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Home Energy Score

Home Energy Score

 

Imagine you are in the market to buy a car and comparing your options. You are weighing a number of factors in your purchasing decision, including performance, cost, size, and appearance. When you ask the salesperson what the miles-per-gallon rating for each car is, they shrug and say, “I don’t know.” Even if fuel efficiency is not the only factor you are considering, this would probably concern you as a prospective buyer. And yet, this is how most people make decisions when buying or renting a home: without any information about how much energy the home is expected to use, how much this will cost them, or how to cost-effectively lower energy expenses.

Most Home Buyers enter into the largest investment of their lives without knowing how efficient or comfortable the home is, and little idea of how much utility bills are likely to be. The U.S. Department of Energy is starting to change that, and as your Home Inspector and Home Energy Assessor I can provide you with reliable home energy information to help you save money on energy costs and live more comfortably in your new and/or existing home.

What is the Home Energy Score?

Like a miles-per-gallon rating for a car, the Home Energy Score is a rating designed to help homeowners and homebuyers gain useful information about a home's energy performance. Based on an in-home assessment that can be completed in less than an hour, the Home Energy Score not only lets a homeowner or homebuyer understand how efficient the home is and how it compares to others, but also provides recommendations on how to cost-effectively improve the home's energy efficiency.

The Home Energy Score uses a simple 1-to-10 scale where a 10 represents the most energy efficient homes.

Features of the Home Energy Score:

1. An energy efficiency score based on the home's envelope (foundation, roof, walls, insulation, windows) and heating, cooling, and hot water systems.

2. A total energy use estimate, as well as estimates by fuel type assuming standard operating conditions and occupant behavior.

3. Recommendations for cost-effective improvements and associated annual cost savings estimates.

4. A "Score with Improvements" reflecting the home's expected score if cost-effective improvements are implemented.

Why Use the Home Energy Score?

Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) & States Recognize Customers Want to Know More About Home Energy Costs. MLSs are starting to provide the Home Energy Score to buyers. States across the country are adopting the Score to ensure energy efficiency information is consistent and credible. In some cases, states are offering additional incentives with the Score to encourage upgrades.

New Financial Incentives Make the Score Attractive to Homebuyers. Under a new FHA policy, homebuyers can qualify for a larger mortgage by buying a home that scores a 6 or higher, or by making improvements to a less efficient home. This policy reflects the fact that more efficient homes have lower operating costs.



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