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Home Energy Score: Information for Homeowners

The Home Energy Score is a quick, low-cost way for you to learn about your home's energy performance and see how it compares to others in the area or nationwide. It also provides homeowners with recommendations for energy upgrades as well as an estimate of how these improvements can reduce utility bills and improve the Score.

How does the Home Energy Score compare to other types of home energy assessments and audits?

To produce a Home Energy Score, an Assessor collects approximately 40 pieces of data during an hour-long home walk-through. Next, the Assessor inputs this information into the Home Energy Scoring Tool to generate your Score and a list of recommended energy improvements. The recommendations and energy savings are based on national installation cost averages for specific energy improvements and state average utility rates. The Score is known as an asset rating because it only considers your home's fixed attributes (e.g., walls, windows, heating, cooling, and water heating systems) and applies standard assumptions about occupant behavior to all homes.

You are encouraged to follow up with a more extensive whole house energy assessment. A whole house assessment often includes the use of diagnostic tools such as a blower door test, and factors in the behavior of your home’s occupants and includes more specific and prioritized energy improvements.

In some cases, local contractors and programs offering more extensive assessments may issue their own home energy improvement recommendations along with the Home Energy Score. If you're interested in taking advantage of energy efficiency incentives, financing, or homeowner insurance policies, check first to see if local programs have specific prerequisites to qualify for incentives.

When should I get a Home Energy Score?

A Home Energy Score is useful if you are a homeowner looking to renovate or remodel your home, lower your utility bills, improve the comfort of your home, or reduce your energy usage. The Home Energy Score can help you understand how to integrate energy upgrades into a home renovation or improvement project. Also, it makes sense to have your home scored before and after work is completed because your Score can reflect improvements or other changes. The Score serves as an official way to document these improvements and thereby enhance your home's appeal when you're ready to sell.

Learn more about home energy efficiency upgrades before you begin work.

You can find more information on the Frequently Asked Questions for Homeowners page or in this separate printable document.

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