Geneva, IL -- March 18, 2013 -- Pro Energy Consultants of Geneva, Illinois announces that its owner, Jerry Needham recently completed all requirements to earn his certification as a HERS Rater. As a Certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Rater, Needham can now score the energy efficiency of a new or existing home. These scores are necessary for a new home to be ENERGY STAR rated.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy educating and helping Americans save money and protects the environment through energy efficient products and practices. According to the ENERGY STAR website (http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=new_homes.hm_index), a new home carrying the ENERGY STAR label delivers energy efficiency savings of up to 30 percent when compared to typical new homes.
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Additionally, Needham says a HERS rating on an existing home is a starting point for remodeling work designed to improve energy efficiency. It is also necessary to qualify for Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM).
"During a HERS rating, we enter various measurements into a computer program and then compare the home to a reference home, generating a HERS Index score for the home," says Needham. "The lower the HERS Index score, the more energy efficient it is. The Index is similar to a MPG (miles per gallon) rating for a car except the lower the number the better the efficiency".
By combining the information gathered by a HERS rating with that of an energy audit (or assessment), homeowners can determine which home improvements would be most likely to reduce energy costs.
"We can determine where and how a home is losing energy," explained Needham. "A Comprehensive HERS rating report contains a cost/benefit analysis for the recommended improvements and expected return on investment."
The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), an independent, nonprofit organization, certified Needham. According to the RESNET website (http://www.resnet.us/), the group is committed to helping homeowners reduce the cost of the utility bills by making their homes more energy efficient.
For questions about home energy audits, ENERGY STAR ratings, or Energy Efficient Mortgages, call Jerry Needham at 630-770-4994 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Pro Energy Consultants:
Locally owned by Geneva, Illinois residents Jerry and Billie Needham, Pro Energy Consultants is an energy-consulting firm with the mission to help American homeowners and businesses make informed decisions through home energy audits and energy management consulting. More information is available by contacting Jerry Needham at 630-770-4994 or via email email@example.com. To learn more, visit geneva.proenergyconsultants.com or Facebook: www.facebook.com/ProEnergyConsult.
More about RESNET:
The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) was founded in 1995 as an independent, non-profit organization committed to helping homeowners reduce the cost of their utility bills by making their homes more energy efficient.
RESNET is responsible for creating the national training and certification standards for HERS Raters and Home Energy Survey Professionals, both of which are recognized by federal government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. mortgage industry.
In order to qualify for RESNET certification, home energy professionals must first complete the rigorous training required to meet the high standards of excellence demanded by RESNET and agree to abide by the RESNET Code of Conduct. Visit their website, www.resnet.us for more information.