Original content by our Teammate Alyssa Aquino and Eco-Friendly Homes, LLC.
Imagine an energy bill on your home for around $20 a month.
That's what you can expect from an Eco-Friendly home with a Net Zero score from Home Energy Rating Service (HERS®). A HERS® Index is based on a comprehensive list of energy-usage criteria.
A standard home typically has a HERS?® Index score of 100. The lower the HERS® score, the more efficient your home is, which means you will save on your monthly energy bills.
A Net Zero rating assures that homes offer higher-quality, more durable building materials; comfortable, healthy living space; environmental sustainability; verified home-energy consumption; peace of mind with freedom from electric rates.
So just how does an Eco-Friendly home get the lowest possible HERS® score?
Here are some of the unique features you’ll find in every one of the Eco-Friendly homes:
16 SEER Cooling and Heating Systems
Nearly 15% above minimum required energy-efficiency ratio (SEER) 10% above minimum required heating performance factor (HSPF) Variable speed fan giving you true humidity control
Reduced Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
VOCs often found in new paint/carpet Eco-Friendly Homes uses reduced VOC. Creates healthy, non-toxic living environment.
Thin Coated Low-E Double Pane Windows
Factory coating reduces heat into the home. Minimizes ultraviolet, infrared light. Adjusts to light’s temperature.
Tesla Solar Panels
Sleek, low-profile and powerful. Blends into your roof with no visible mounting hardware. Exceeds industry standards for durability and lifespan.
Voltex® Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Water Heaters
Cost-effective and energy-efficient Reduce water heating costs up to 71%. Save more than $400 annually
Fiberglass Insulation in Ceiling
R-38, higher than Industry standard R-19. Ceilings responsible for a third of energy loss. Thicker insulation, thinner energy costs.
Radiant Barrier Roof Decking
Reflects, rather than absorbs, heat. Made of highly durable aluminum Unaffected by humidity.
Rigid Board Wall Insulation
R-7.5 rating is thicker, more durable. Water/moisture resistant. Lessens load on air condition systems.