“HOME ENERGY SCORE” What is it?

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Imagine you went to buy a new car and one of your first questions to the salesperson is “what is the estimated miles per gallon (EPA)”?  The salesperson says “I don’t know?” You ask yourself, “Why should I buy this car if I don’t know what the EPA is?”  This is the common practice for buying homes, we do not know what the utilities will cost us each month, but it could be a utility guzzler! The point of the story is, we should all know how much this home will cost us to heat, cool and more importantly how safe is the inside air we breathe?

A Home Energy Score (HES) is a testing method used since its conception in 2010 by the Department of Energy (DOE) to rate homes on their perspective utility use. Shouldn’t you have all the facts about a home before you make the largest, most important investment most of us will ever make? You are told what the cost is, how much the property taxes are, and the interest rate you will pay. How about the monthly cost of utilities (gas, electricity, water) associated with living in this new home you want to purchase?

BEST-Techs Contracting believes in testing, measuring, and proving your homes overall energy performance, and making that home a comfortable and safe environment for all the occupants, which means you and your family! When thinking about a Home Energy Score, you will want to understand what is involved and how this will change your thoughts on upgrades for your home. Let’s start with a few, very important points to keep in mind.

  1. Provide homeowners and homebuyers knowledge of home energy efficiency and cost-effective improvements to reduce energy use and costs
  2. Encourage use of reliable, consistent home energy efficiency information in real estate transactions to inform decisions, and build a market value for comfortable, energy efficient homes
  3. Integrate the Home Energy Score into financing products to help drive the market for comfortable, energy efficient homes
  4. An energy efficiency score based on the home’s envelope (foundation, roof, walls, insulation, windows) and heating, cooling, and hot water systems
  5. A total energy use estimate, as well as estimates by fuel type assuming standard operating conditions and occupant behavior
  6. Recommendations for cost-effective improvements and associated annual cost savings estimates
  7. A “Score with Improvements” reflecting the home’s expected score if cost-effective improvements are implemented

 

*information provided courtesy of Department of Energy U.S.

https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/home-energy-score/home-energy-score-about-score

Conclusion:

The Home Energy Score is a widely recognized and influential tool in the Real Estate market place that leads to an improved U.S. housing stock with better indoor air quality, energy performance, lower utility costs, and greater comfort as well as more efficient use of our natural resources.

It helps build market value for energy efficient Single-Family, Multi-Family and Townhomes that improve overall quality of life for the occupants.

California is a leader in many ways when thinking of Energy Efficiency, but there are many states that are leading the way when it comes to Real Estate and the purchasing a new home.  The great State of Oregon has passed a new law regarding the Home Energy Score and has now required new listings on single family residences to show their Home Energy Score.  To learn more about the Home Energy Score and how this will affect your potential buyer/seller of the property you are interested in, please visit the web sites below;

http://www.hpxmlonline.com/hpxml-datasets/bpi-2101/

https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/downloads/home-energy-information-accelerator

http://www.homeperformance.org/who-we-are/what-is-home-performance

https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/home-energy-score