Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)

Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)

May 14, 2014 08:00 ET

GE Using HERS® Index Score to Promote New High Performance Water Heater

OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwired - May 14, 2014) - The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score plays a prominent role in a new General Electric (GE) promotional video announcing the launch of their high performance water heater, the GeoSpring Hybrid Electric Water Heater.

In recognition of its role as the definitive measurement of a home's energy performance, the video introduces the HERS Index Score as the equivalent of the automotive industry's miles-per-gallon (MPG) sticker. GE's video states that, "outside of a mortgage loan, the highest cost of homeownership today is energy" and goes on to say that the HERS Index Score, "lets the homeowner know how efficient the home is compared to other similar homes". A lower HERS Index Score denotes a more energy efficient home.

Homeowners and builders can get a HERS Index Score through a home energy rating. The video draws attention to the fact that 2013 saw a 70% increase in demand for energy ratings as compared to 2012, and that to date, over one million homes across the United States have received HERS Index scores.

The HERS Index was created by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) in 2006 and is the industry standard for measuring a home's energy efficiency. It is also the nationally recognized scoring system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance.

By utilizing the HERS Index Score to promote GeoSpring, GE is following in the footsteps of many RESNET EnergySmart Builders, who are using HERS Index scores as a marketing tool for their homes. GE's video focuses on how homeowners can improve their HERS Index Score by choosing the hybrid water heater which, depending upon region, can save anywhere from four to seven HERS Index points for a lower score. Examples of the product's efficacy across various climate zones throughout the country are also demonstrated.

RESNET Executive Director Steve Baden observed that the use of the HERS Index Score by a leading manufacturer such as GE attests to its role as the national industry standard for measuring the energy performance of new and existing homes. He commented that, "the HERS Index provides an unbiased uniform method by which product manufacturers on a level playing field can demonstrate the benefits of their product to builders and homeowners."

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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.

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