Home Energy Score Program
How does your home rate when it comes to energy efficiency? Until recently, it was up to the homeowner to research, identify and implement energy improvements. But now, thanks to the Home Energy Score Program from The U.S. Department of Energy, homeowners can obtain a home energy assessment to recognize opportunities and options for improving energy efficiency.
The Home Energy Assessment
Home energy assessments are performed by qualified, independent home energy assessors who use software to gather home system information. Some of the many factors that are taken into account during assessment are appliances, home systems, age of the home and region. The home is then rated on a scale of 1 to 10, with a score of 10 demonstrating excellent energy performance. Likewise, a score of 1 indicates that the home needs extensive energy improvements.
The video below explains the program more in-depth.
Beyond providing just the score, the home energy assessor assembles a list of energy improvement recomendations. These also include estimated cost savings that would be realized from making the improvements. All if this information is provided in an easy to understand assessment report.
Benefits From Getting Your Home Energy Score
In addition to the obvious energy cost savings for the homeowner, the score is a great resource for home buyers as well. Because it demonstrates the value of energy efficiency, potential buyers can compare the in-use costs of each home. This new, marketable rating makes for a more informed home purchase.
Similar to automobile fuel mileage rating, the Home Energy Score provides a snap shot of the cost of ownership for an individual home.
Learn more about the Home Energy Score Program and find a qualified assessor in your area, from the Home Energy Score website.
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