What is the 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.
Developed by DOE and its national laboratories, the Home Energy Score provides home owners, buyers, and renters directly comparable and credible information about a home's energy use. Like a miles-per-gallon rating for a car, the Home Energy Score is based on a standard assessment of energy-related assets to easily compare energy use across the housing market.
The Home Energy Score Is:
A standardized method for a quick yet reliable home assessment
An assessment of a home’s envelope and major energy systems
An accurate comparison between homes, regardless of location in the U.S.
Quicker and cheaper than a full energy audit
Here's what we DO:
Once we arrive at your house we ask you just a handful of questions about your home, what year its built, whether any previous assessments have been done, basic home info of that nature. Then we will look at your roof, foundation, windows, insulation throughout, your HVAC, water heater, and any other home systems you have, as well as occupant habits and maintenance.
We try to look at the home in its entirety, as a system, not as individual components under the same roof, so we take into account how your HVAC system works with your existing insulation levels, while keeping in mind total window surface area/ conditioned square footage of your home, average ceiling height and roof type along with other factors and standard assumptions and from this info your Home Energy Score is calculated. So the score does not merely tell you how efficient your individual components are, its giving you a comprehensive "miles per gallon" look at your home as a whole, as a living breathing organism, and doing so with a standard metric system that allows homeowners to compare results with others across the nation.