Home Energy Score
What is the Home Energy Score
and why would I need it?
The Home Energy Score is a better building tool from the U.S. Department of Energy that helps home owners and renters understand a home’s energy efficiency and how to improve it. The score rates homes on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most efficient and 1 the least efficient. By understanding your home’s energy performance, you can decide what energy improvements are the most cost-effective for your needs. The tool uses weather stations around the state to make the score local. A score of 5 represents the average energy usage of a home in your zip code. The score only works with single family homes, duplexes, triplexes, quad-plexes, and townhomes. However, the Colorado Energy Office is working on options for condo owners.
What is included in a Home Energy Score?
The score is considered an asset rating, or a rating that only includes the non-moveable features of a home, like wall insulation or a furnace, rather than moveable items like window blinds.
This helps you to better compare the features of the home to other homes in the area.
The score does not include any personal information or utility bill information to protect your privacy.
The Home Energy Score is more than just a number. The score is comprised of four parts:
- The score, ranging from 1-10
- The features of the home that impacted the score
- The recommended improvements to increase the score
- Estimated utility bill savings
The home assessment should not take more than 1.5 hours, and in some cases a score can be generated onsite.