Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)

Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)

August 01, 2014 09:00 ET

Ohio's AEP and Columbia Gas To Use HERS® Index Scores as Part of Home Building Program

OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 1, 2014) - AEP Ohio and Columbia Gas of Ohio are using Home Energy Rating System (HERS) scores as part of their EfficiencyCrafted Program to promote energy efficient homes in Ohio. The program has enrolled over 55 builders to date, and calls for building homes that surpass local building codes and meet a higher standard of energy performance. The EnergyCrafted Program guidelines call for builders to use a combination of proven technologies, advanced building practices and performance testing to achieve lower HERS scores of their finished homes. The average HERS Index Score for an EnergyCrafted Program home is 60, while the U.S. average is 64.

The EnergyCrafted Program was created in response to growing demand for energy efficient homes. What started as a new homes program that supplied energy efficiency training to builders has grown to include educating consumers about the energy efficient features of new homes.

"Consumers are pushing to know more about the technical components of their home as they relate to energy efficiency," said Pablo Vegas, AEP Ohio President and Chief Operating Officer. "Most people have heard of ENERGY STAR appliances, but now are also interested in how their new home can be ENERGY STAR Certified."

The HERS Index was created by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance. A lower HERS Index Score denotes a more energy efficient home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a typical resale home has a HERS Index Score of 130 while a home built to energy codes existing in 2006 and deemed energy efficient, is awarded a score of 100. With an average HERS Index Score of 60, EnergyCrafted Program homes are 40% more energy efficient than many new homes built as recently as 2006.

"Terms like a HERS score are becoming more mainstream," Jack Partridge, President of Columbia Gas of Ohio, explains. "Over the years, a shift has occurred in the consumer mindset, and more and more new homebuyers understand they can reduce their homes' energy bills while maintaining comfort. Through the EfficiencyCrafted brand, Columbia Gas of Ohio and AEP Ohio will help our customers locate new homebuilders who typically build homes with a HERS score under 70 and often 55 or lower."

About Columbia Gas of Ohio and AEP Ohio

Headquartered in Columbus, Columbia Gas of Ohio provides approximately 1.4 million customers in 61 of Ohio's 88 counties with natural gas. It is one of seven energy distribution companies belonging to NiSource Inc., and the largest natural gas utility in the state.

AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio and provides nearly 1.5 million customers in the state with electricity. AEP Ohio is a unit of American Electric Power.

To learn more about the EnergyCrafted Program, visit www.efficiencycraftedhomes.com/#about

About RESNET

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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