As a result of the growing demand for energy efficient homes, more and more multiple listing services (MLS) across the nation are creating special “green categories”. Consumers looking for energy efficient homes can search directly for them by going straight to this category. By comparing the HERS Index scores of homes, buyers can make better-informed buying choices.

Energy efficient homes are more comfortable to live in, generate lower utility bills and have higher resale values. As a result, they are more in demand than ever before, which is why builders are building more of them.

The states listed below already have multiple listing systems that include green categories, with more states set to follow:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • New Hampshire,
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

Identify an Energy Efficient Home

While it’s good to know there are more energy efficient homes being built, how do you know if the one you’re viewing is an energy efficient home? The answers to three basic questions can tell you:

  1. What’s the home’s HERS® Index Score? The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. A home receives a HERS Index Score based on its energy performance; the lower the HERS Index Score, the more energy efficient the home.
  2. Did a RESNET EnergySmart Builder build the house? RESNET EnergySmart builders are committed to building energy efficient homes and getting them rated based on energy performance. You can tell how energy efficient a home is by its HERS Index Score.
  3. Is the home equipped with ENERGY STAR qualified appliances? ENERGY STAR qualified appliances use energy more efficiently to reduce energy waste and costs, without sacrificing features or functionality.

If you’re looking for a RESNET EnergySmart Builder, search our list of national builder partners with links to their websites.

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