Energy Efficient Homes

What can you do with $6,000?


Take your family out to dinner once a week for the next eleven years.


Buy a cup of coffee every day for the eight years.


Get a dog, hire a trainer, buy a lifetime supply of food and pay someone to walk him.


Watch the next 500 or so new releases at the theatre.

These are just a few of the fun things you can do with $6,000. When you buy a Drake Group home, you save money in energy costs compared to a standard new home and an existing home (as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy). Our homes are rated by third party, Energy Raters who assign a value to each home according to the HERS Index.

A home with a score of 60 on the HERS Index will have typical energy savings of approximately $1,257 year compared to an existing home with a HERS Index of 130. That translates to more than $6,000 over a five year period.

How Does the HERS Index Work?

HERS Index To calculate a home’s HERS Index Score, a certified RESNET Home Energy Rater will do a home energy rating and compare the data against a ‘reference home’ – a design modeled home of the same size and shape as the actual home, so the HERS Index Score is always relative to the size, shape and type of house you live in. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home.

The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that a typical resale home scores 130 on the HERS Index while a standard new home is rated at 100.

    • A home with a HERS Index Score of 70 is 30% more energy efficient than a standard new home.


  • A home with a HERS Index Score of 130 is 30% less energy efficient than a standard new home.

Developed by the Residential Energy Services Network and introduced in 2006, the HERS Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. Government agencies such as the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognize the HERS Index as an official verification of energy performance.

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