BEE Smart About HERS

BEE Smart About Energy Efficiency with Maronda Homes

HERS Index - The Lower The Number The Better!

The HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index was established in 2006 by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), the national association of home energy raters and energy-efficiency mortgage lenders, as an industry standard for measuring the efficiency of a new home.

It is also the nationally recognized system for calculating the energy performance of a home. Homes that score a 70 or lower on the HERS Index Scale (illustrated left) have superior energy performance compared to a standard 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 awarded a rating of 100. Maronda Homes has a HERS Index score between 50 and 60 -- that is up to 40 percent more energy efficient than a standard new home.

Benefits of HERS Index Energy Rating with Maronda Homes

Maronda Homes' BEE Smart Energy Program provides more value for today and a better investment in your tomorrow.

  • Helps you calculate the true cost of home ownership (it’s not just all about mortgage payments!)
  • Each 1 point decrease in the HERS Index corresponds to a 1% reduction in energy consumption compared to a HERS Reference Home
  • Our average home has a HERs Index between 50 and 60. That’s at least 35-40% better than the average home built to code
  • Puts you on the path to increasing your home’s resale value
  • Improve the overall comfort of your home
  • Shows you how to reduce your energy bills

Our BEE Smart Energy Program Saves You Money

We build energy efficient structures specific to the region that your new home community is in.

Florida Homes

BEE Smart Energy Efficient Homes in Floridea

  1. High-Efficiency Heating & Cooling System As much as 40% of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. Our 16 SEER Trane ® heat pump with variable speed air handler is designed and installed for optimal performance resulting in a big savings effect on your utility bills – and your comfort.
  2. Energy-Efficient LED Lighting Our homes are equipped with LED bulbs throughout, which use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent. In addition, they are dimmable, produce very little heat and last at least 6 times longer.
  3. Wi-Fi Enabled Programmable Thermostat According to the Department of Energy, a programmable thermostat can reduce your heating costs by up to 35% and cooling costs by up to 25%. With Wi-Fi connectivity, temperature and settings can be adjusted remotely.
  4. Upgraded Ceiling Insulation R-30 Insulation greatly reduces attic heat from entering the home and thereby increases cooling efficiency.
  5. Pfister® WaterSense ® Plumbing Fixtures All of our faucets and shower heads are EPA WaterSense approved and use up to 30% less water than traditional fixtures, while still maintaining performance!
  6. ENERGY STAR® Rated Appliances Every appliance comes with two price tags: what it costs to take it home and what it costs to operate. Our ENERGY STAR® certified appliances use 10% to 50% less energy than typical appliances.
  7. Air Ducts Sealed with Mastic Ensures no conditioned air leaks into the attic.
  8. Water-Managed Construction Details Flashing, moisture barriers, and heavy-duty membranes are employed to effectively drain water from the roofs, walls, and foundation.
  9. Blower Door Test This process verifies our home’s air tightness exceeds code requirements.
  10. High-Performance Windows Double Pane Low-E windows have protective coatings and vinyl frames to help keep heat inside during the winter months and outside during the summer. In addition, they block damaging ultra-violet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings.
  11. Building Envelope Our collective barriers help prevent outside water from entering the walls and to seal the home to keep outside air where it belongs. With our quality thermal barrier package, you save on cooling/heating costs.
  12. High Efficiency Hot Water Heater Heated water accounts for approximately 15% of your home’s energy use. Our 95% efficiency rated hot water heater means less money and less time to heat water as needed.

Ohio & Kentucky Homes

BEE Smart Energy Efficient Homes In Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky

  1. Site and foundation moisture barriers and draining system
  2. Walls and roof with moisture resistant materials and flashing reinforcement
  3. House wrap paired with insulation that seals the home to minimize energy leaks and prevent water intrusion
  4. Silverline® High-performance energy efficient windows
  5. Wayne Dalton® Insulated garage doors
  6. Insulated front entry door system
  7. Comfortmaker® High-efficiency furnace
  8. Comfortmaker Energy efficient air conditioning
  9. Highly efficient Bradford White® water heater
  10. GE® ENERGY STAR® Certified appliances
  11. ENERGY STAR Certified LED bulbs
  12. Digital programmable thermostat that adapts to your lifestyle and seasonal changes to maximize savings on utility bills
  13. Pfister® EPA WaterSense® Approved plumbing fixtures
  14. Blower door tests by an certified independent energy rater to verify the tight thermal building envelope and optimal energy efficiency on your new home

Pennsylvania Homes

  1. Site and foundation moisture barriers and draining system
  2. Walls and roof with moisture resistant materials and flashing reinforcement
  3. House wrap paired with insulation that seals the home to minimize energy leaks and prevent water intrusion
  4. Silverline® High-performance energy efficient windows
  5. Wayne Dalton® Insulated garage doors
  6. Insulated front entry door system
  7. Tempstar® High-efficiency furnace
  8. Tempstar Energy efficient air conditioning
  9. Highly efficient A.O. Smith® water heater
  10. GE® ENERGY STAR® Certified appliances
  11. ENERGY STAR Certified LED bulbs
  12. Digital programmable thermostat that adapts to your lifestyle and seasonal changes to maximize savings on utility bills
  13. Pfister® EPA WaterSense® Approved plumbing fixtures
  14. Blower door tests by an certified independent energy rater to verify the tight thermal building envelope and optimal energy efficiency on your new home

BEE Smart, Be Energy Efficient with Maronda Homes!