You’re in the market to buy a new home. You have found two that you really like. Both homes are in the neighborhood you want and the price that you can afford. Now you need to make a tough decision.
One way you can compare houses is by looking at their individual home energy scores. A Home Energy Score is like a miles per gallon rating for your car. It allows homeowners and buyers to estimate their yearly energy bills.
The higher the score the more energy efficient the home is. The more efficient the home is the more comfortable it is to live in with fewer drafts and more stable temperatures.
These energy scores are provided by assessors throughout the country and can be included in real estate listings. They also offer energy saving recommendations for low scoring homes and can even qualify you to borrow more money on your mortgage.
Now no matter which home you choose, you’ll have a better sense of what your energy bills will likely be and the improvements you can make to keep your new home comfortable.
Ready to get started? The first step is to find an assessor here. The next step is to make the appointment. Here is what you can expect during the appointment:
You’ll learn all about how your new potential home uses energy and what improvements can help increase comfort and savings. It starts with an on-site visit from a certified home energy score partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy.
They will have a large checklist which will be used to evaluate all kinds of things throughout your potential home. How are the insulation levels? Is the heating and cooling equipment doing the job? What about the windows?
The assessment only takes an hour and afterwards you’ll receive a numerical home energy score like the one pictured above. You’ll receive a custom report to help guide you when you’re ready to make energy saving comfort boosting home improvements (if you decide to purchase the home).
The report includes a list of recommended upgrades along with incentive details and estimated annual cost savings. It’s the real prescription for reaching your new home’s full potential. And all it takes is one simple appointment.
Know your new home. Know your score.
To find out more about the Home Energy Score, visit the Better Buildings Solution Center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.