Energy Department Updates Home Energy Scoring Tool for Advancing Residential Energy Performance
As part of the Energy Department's commitment to helping families across the United States save money by saving energy, the Department announced today its first major software update to the Home Energy Scoring Tool, developed by the Department's Building Technologies Office and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).
Home Energy Score
The Home Energy Score is similar to a vehicle's mile-per-gallon rating. The Home Energy Score allows homeowners to compare the energy performance of their homes to other homes nationwide. It also provides homeowners with suggestions for improving their homes' efficiency.
The process starts with a Home Energy Score Qualified Assessor collecting energy information during a brief home walk-through. Using the Home Energy Scoring Tool, developed by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Qualified Assessor then scores the home on a scale of 1 to 10. A score of 10 indicates that the home has excellent energy performance. A score of 1 indicates the home needs extensive energy improvements. In addition to providing the Score, the Qualified Assessor provides the homeowner with a list of recommended energy improvements and the associated cost savings estimates.
Learn more about the Home Energy Score
If you are a homeowner interested in getting a Home Energy Score, contact one of DOE's Home Energy Score Partners to find a Qualified Assessor in your area. The program launched in 2012 so it may not yet be available in your area. Find out more about how to get involved. If your organization is a state or local government, utility, or an energy-related non-profit, you can become a Home Energy Score Partner. Are you a building professional interested in becoming a Qualified Assessor? Learn how to qualify. If you are interested in finding out more technical details, including the results of ongoing analysis, check out our Research and Background information.