RESNET Designates Scott Homes Inc. as a Smart Homes Contractor for Ensuring Every Home is Energy Efficient Using the HERS Index Scores
Well, the goal of this partnership is to build beautiful homes that are proven through industry standards to be of the highest efficiency available by science. By utilizing this science, you as a homeowner will not only save money and stay comfortable year round, but you will also lower your carbon footprint and have the highest quality home.
And it won’t cost you anything extra. Energy efficiency is something we believe in and practice. We want to give you the most efficient home because it just makes sense.
A Track Record of Energy Efficiency and Excellence
From the beginning, since Scott Homes Inc. first opened its doors over 30 years ago, Scott wanted to build quality, high efficiency houses that had as minimal impact on the environment as possible. Through our continued study of building science, we are constantly striving to improve our standards of efficiency and excellence. HERS testing helps us do that. We conduct the HERS test on every home we build. And our homes consistently score above industry standards.
What is HERS?
Around that same time another organization was taking shape that wanted to set standards for builders and connect people, resources, and knowledge. HERS is an industry standard, and the best way to actually see how efficient a home is. This makes it easier for you to qualify for lower mortgage rates, save money every year by having the smallest energy bill possible. It also helps the environment, too, by minimizing the impact of housing and related energy demands. Here’s more information on energy ratings.
How Does HERS Make Your Life Better?
So how good are the scores and what can they do for you, the homeowner? A HERS report breaks down estimates of what yearly energy cost will look like for the owner. The lower the score, the better. Olympia Federal Bank gives a ½ point reduction in closing cost for houses that score below 70. Not only do our homes rate below 70, most rate below 60! That means you can expect annual heating bills to be around $200 for most homes. (Yes, that’s $200 for the entire year.)
All of these things add up. With the help of RESNET, Scott and our crew are building homes more efficient than ever. And in the rainy Pacific Northwest, this gives you the benefit of a warmer home and lower utility bills. In an area where we can tell which way is north by the direction the moss is growing on power poles, it keeps your home comfortable and warm without emptying your pocketbook.