OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 12, 2015) - In a move that's sure to effect the way Americans buy homes, on October 23 the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) launched their new National Registry, which is an online tool that allows visitors to look up HERS-rated energy efficient homes anywhere in the United States.
The first search feature of its kind, the RESNET National Registry is an extensive database that informs users if a home has been HERS-rated for energy efficiency, and if yes, what its resulting HERS Index Score is. Homebuyers simply need to enter the street address (including city, state and zip code) of the home they want to buy to learn whether it has a HERS Index Score. To date, over 1.5 million American homes have been HERS-rated for energy efficiency.
Created by RESNET, the Home Energy Rating System (HERS®) is the nationally recognized system for inspecting, testing and labeling a home's energy performance. It is the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. Every time a home is HERS-rated for energy efficiency, it is assigned a HERS Index Score as a numerical value of its energy performance. The lower the score, the more energy efficient the home. The HERS Index Score has been likened to a kind of miles-per-gallon (MPG) sticker for homes.
A HERS Index Score is the result of a HERS energy rating, which is an in-depth analysis of a home's energy efficiency. An independent and certified RESNET HERS Rater will examine the home and carry out a range of tests to determine its energy performance. The data is entered into sophisticated HERS rating software, which calculates the HERS Index Score. RESNET has produced a short video that explains the HERS Index in a way that's easy for everyone to understand.
With the launch of the RESNET National Registry, consumers can now go online to look for new and existing homes that have been rated for energy performance, and comparison-shop based on HERS Index scores. It is part of RESNET's ongoing efforts to support homebuyers in their search for energy efficient homes.
To see how the RESNET National Registry works, and to search for HERS-rated homes in your area, visit the website.
To view the video associated with this press release, please visit the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klGa1rUdydo&feature=youtu.be
The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) is the independent, national nonprofit organization that homeowners trust to improve home energy efficiency and realize substantial savings on their utility bills. RESNET's industry-leading standards are recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others.
(November 12, 2015 - 11:00 AM EST)
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