See How a Home’s Energy Rating Effects its Utility Bills

Posted By on July 14, 2010

We are continually trying to improve our home’s energy ratings (HERS ratings) here at Potterhill Homes.  We do it because it helps decrease the carbon footprint of the home.  We do it because it’s the right thing to do for our customers. But mostly we do it to help our customers manage their ever-increasing utility bills. 

We recently took one of our homes, the Salvadore, which we recently built as a model home in our Northwind community. We compared the way we built that home to several other ways we could have built that home.

The Salvadore at Northwind has our lowest HERS rating ever, a 34. The home has a geothermal heating & cooling system and 3 Kilowatts of solar panels.

Then, we compared it to the performance of that home if we had built it to the minimum required HERS rating to achieve EnergyStar, which is a HERS rating of 85. 

We also compared that home to the standard Potterhill HERS rating, which is usually a 70 or lower.

Then we compared it to the performance of that home as if we had built it to the minimum required by the 2006 energy code, which requires a HERS rating of 100 or lower.

The results are amazing. Take a look for yourself at how much money per month the homeowner would save depending on their HERS rating.  Click on the link below to open the chart.  The chart says it all…

HERS vs. UTILITY COST PHH

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Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!

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About the authors

Carolyn Rolfes is the President of Potterhill Homes. And she's also a Rolfes - as in daughter of Dan Rolfes, the infamous Red Tag Man of Holiday Homes. So what does that say about Carolyn and who she is? Plenty. When you grow up the daughter of man who does commercials in his red underwear, you have no choice but to have a great sense of humor and humility from a very young age. Carolyn and Dan founded Potterhill Homes in 2001 and she has grown it to be one of the most successful home builders in Cincinnati. Home building is in her blood and she has a keen awareness of what consumers look for in a new home and how to deliver value at all levels. And while we don't make Carolyn dress up in green underwear for our commercials, we bet she would if we asked!