So you can have the peace of mind, your new home has been designed and built to standards well above other homes in the market today. The ENERGY STAR label gives you the peace of mind that your home has undergone a better process for inspections, testing, and verification to ensure that it meets strict requirements set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Homes earning the ENERGY STAR label use 20-30 percent less energy than typical new homes, and even more when compared to most resale homes on the market today.
Much like MPG indicates the fuel efficiency of an automobile, a home energy rating indicates the energy efficiency of a home. The HERS Index is a scoring system established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and provides a means to compare the relative energy efficiency of different homes. The lower the HERS Index, the lower your energy consumption and the lower your energy bills will be.
A home built to the specifications of the HERS Reference Home* or typical new home scores a HERS Index of 100, whereas a typical home built prior to 2004 scores a 130. A net zero energy home, a home that produces as much energy as it uses, scores a HERS Index of 0. The average new Simmons Home has a HERS score of 53, meaning it is nearly 50% more efficient than the typical new home, and approximately 75% more energy efficient than an existing home built before 2004.
With the help of independent Home Energy Raters, Simmons Homes and its builder partners choose the most appropriate energy-saving features for their homes. Additionally, our Home Energy Raters conduct onsite testing and inspections to verify energy efficiency of our homes.
Learn more about ENERGY STAR certified new homes at www.energystar.gov/newhomes.