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Information on the Home Energy Score

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The Home Energy Score is a home energy rating developed by the Department of Energy. The rating on your house is comparable to the MPG rating on your car. It rates the home on a scale of 1-10, based on how efficient the home uses energy. Unlike a traditional energy audit that is based on utility bills, the Home Energy Score only uses the attributes (furnace, insulation levels, windows, etc.) of the home to calculate the home energy score.


This allows a homeowner to compare her or his home's efficiency (and long-term cost with concern to energy bills) to another home, or their neighbor’s home. So similar to how you might go car shopping, and compare the MPG rating between two vehicles, you can do the same with homes. Like a car, your actual fuel mileage may vary with occupancy and use, but the Home Energy Score provides a standard way for a consumer to compare the efficiency of homes of similar size in your area.


The Score also has a feature that shows the amount of energy and financial savings there would be if the owner made different upgrades.

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You can get background information, where to find a rater, and more by going to the Department of Energy Home Energy Scoring Tool page.

 

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The Certified Home Inspector will be at your home for no more than 1.5 hours. They will then go back to their office to run information collected, about 50 data points, in the Scoring Tool to produce the Home Energy Score and report. The Colorado Energy Office will go over the report with both the home owner and Realtor within two business days of the initial visit.

 

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No, the Colorado Energy Office encourages homeowners to get a comprehensive home energy audit, which looks at the home’s health, safety, and durability issues. For home buyers that would like to take advantage of the FHA’s or VA’s Energy Efficient Mortgage program, a HERS Index Rating is still required. The Home Energy Scoring Tool can provide an initial look at the home to see if an Energy Efficient Mortgage would beneficial.

 

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The CEO promotes sustainable economic development in Colorado through advancing the state's energy market and industry to create jobs, increase energy security, lower long-term consumer costs, and protect our environment. One of the best ways to meet these goals is through energy efficiency. The CEO has worked with stakeholders, including real estate brokers, from around the state on increasing the energy efficiency of Colorado homes. A consistent theme in real estate transaction is that brokers need a 3rd party energy rating system that costs less than $200 and be viewed like a radon test.


This study will provide the CEO with feedback from Colorado consumers, real estate agents, and appraisers on how they use the tool. This information and market reaction can help the CEO understand how to promote the Home Energy Score in the future.


The CEO has also been asked by real estate stakeholder about the impact energy efficiency has on the home buying process. The Home Energy Scoring Tool can serve as a proxy for energy efficiency that may provide data for the CEO to help answer this question.

 

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To help limit as many variables as possible the CEO is only providing scores to 60 homes in the Academy 20 School District. Homes must be listed on the Pikes Peak Realtor Association (PPRA) Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and not be under contract or planned to be listed on PPRA’s MLS within two weeks. The homes must be substantially renovated in the last 10 years and cannot be greater than 2,500 square feet or be built after 2000

 

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Substantially renovated means an upgrade to a major component, including but not limited, to at least one of these renovations; a retrofitted kitchen, a remodel to all the of bathrooms, or new carpet/paint throughout, that would make the home "move-in" ready or reduces the effective age (appraiser term) of the home.


There will be variation in terms of how a real estate agent defines it, but the general consensus that most homes will have a similar level of finish. The idea behind this is that we can limit some of the variables in the homes, much like limiting to one school district.

 

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Only homes that score 6 or better are required to have the score put onto their homes listing.

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As part of the development of rating tools, it is important to continually evaluate the predicted energy use and the actual energy use from a home. The past billing data can be used to continually validate and improve the scoring tool. In order to obtain the billing information, the CEO needs your permission to get the data from Colorado Springs Utilities. All personal information including energy use will be confidential. All reports will be limited to aggregate data at the school district level.  

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No, but we encourage you to sign the waiver so that we can work with Colorado Springs Utilities data to validate the Energy Scoring tool. All personal information including energy use will be confidential. All reports will be limited to aggregate data at the school district level.

 

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Interested customers and/or real estate brokers can sign up to be added to a list for the Home Energy Score by emailing or calling Peter Rusin at:  

Peter.Rusin@state.co.us or 303-866-2343.

 

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The Colorado Energy Office is working with InterNACHI, a professional home inspection organization, to provide the Home Energy Score in Colorado Springs. InterNACHI has partnered with the Department of Energy to provide the score and their Qualified Assessors include:

 

The CEO has contracted with three local companies to provide the Home Energy Score for this study.


•  A Precise Home Inspection, Inc.  719-466-1335 


•  Rest Assured Inspection Services, LLC.  719-510-7703


•  Colorado Energy Analysts.  719-687-4715.


Scheduling appointments for the complementary score should still be done through the Colorado Energy Office. For other appointments outside of the study or if you have an emergency and need to cancel an appointment last minute, please contact them directly.