Certified U.S. DOE Home Energy Score
Developed by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its national laboratories, the Home Energy Score provides 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 Report estimates Kalamazoo, MI, area home energy use, associated costs, and provides energy solutions to cost-effectively improve the home’s efficiency. Each Home Energy Score is shown on a simple one-to-ten scale, where a ten represents the most efficient homes.
Better World Builders are DOE-trained Home Energy Score Assessors and can provide the Home Energy Score within an energy audit, home inspection package, or as a standalone product.
Features of the Home Energy Score:
- An energy efficiency score based on the home's envelope (foundation, roof, walls, insulation, windows) and heating, cooling, and hot water systems
- A total energy use estimate, as well as estimates by fuel type assuming standard operating conditions and occupant behavior
- Recommendations for cost-effective improvements and associated annual cost savings estimates
- A "Score with Improvements" reflecting the home's expected score if cost-effective improvements are implemented
The goal of the Home Energy Score Program is to build market value for energy efficient Kalamazoo, MI, area single-family homes and townhomes that improve quality of life.
Home Energy Score accomplishes this by:
- Providing homeowners and homebuyers knowledge of home energy efficiency and cost-effective improvements in order to reduce energy use and costs.
- Encouraging 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.
- Integrating energy information into financing products to help drive the market for comfortable, energy efficient homes.
Program Webpage: www.energy.gov