A Home Energy Rating System (HERS) booklet has just been released by the California Energy Commission. With the help of this booklet, homeowners can determine the energy efficiency of their homes based on a HERS rating scale of 0 – 250 and, by doing so, pinpoint energy-saving improvements.
The California Civil Code does not mandate the disclosure of the HERS booklet for any sales transactions. However, in this era where most people are energy-efficient-conscious, it could be prudent to include this booklet in the disclosure package. Not only does it provide useful information for buyers, it also serves as protection for sellers and brokers from potential liability. Delivery of the HERS booklet will alert the buyer to the existence of a statewide home energy rating program.
C.A.R. will be updating the Combined Hazards Booklet to include the HERS booklet, which should be available in October. In the interim the HERS booklet can be viewed and downloaded from the California Energy Commission website.