home energy score
The Home Energy Score rating on your house is comparable to the MPG rating on your car. It rates the home on a scale of 1-10, based on how efficient the home uses energy. This allows a homeowner to compare her or his home’s efficiency (and long-term cost with concern to energy bills) to another home, or their neighbor’s home. So similar to how you might go car shopping, and compare the MPG rating on a Camry versus a Hummer—now you can do the same with homes.
Key facts about the Home Energy Score
The Home Score reflects how much energy your home needs plus any additional energy needed to get the energy to the house.
- The Score provides a comparison between your scored home and houses of similar size in your area.
- The Score does factor in your climate. For example, a house in Charlottesville that uses twice as much energy than one in San Diego may have the same score since it takes more energy to heat and cool homes in harsher environments.
- The Score is not meant to replace a comprehensive home energy assessment, which would also look at the home’s health, safety and durability issues.
One of LEAP’s certified contractors will collect energy information during a brief home walk-through and then score that home on a scale of 1 to 10. A score of 10 would represent a home with excellent energy performance whereas a 1 would represent a home that needs extensive energy improvements or energy upgrades. Then, the home energy auditor will provide the homeowner with a list of recommended energy improvements and the associated cost savings estimates as well as the Home Energy Score itself.
You benefit from improving your home by saving on your utility bills, increasing the comfort of your home, and reducing your use of natural resources. Your score does not factor in how you use energy in your home, e.g., how often you use a dryer, or whether or not you turn lights off. It’s a measure of how efficient your home is, not how efficient you are.