The description “energy efficient home” is not a government regulated term. It may be used by any home builder who incorporates even the least energy efficient products on the market into their homes. So how does a consumer compare one home to another in the area of energy efficiency? How does he or she know that one home’s energy efficiency is equivalent to that of another home? There are many factors that contribute to a home’s energy efficiency. It is in looking at the home as a whole, a combination of its individual, energy saving components, that one determines the true comparative worthy value of the home. As you can see, one company’s “energy efficient home” can be completely different than another. At On Top of the World, we quantify our claim of energy efficient home.
The HERS® Index is the industry standard when measuring a home’s energy efficiency, it is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance. Knowing that you have a low HERS® score means you get to put the savings back in your pocket every month!