Home Energy Score
Home Energy Score Inspection
- Homes up to 1,500 square feet – $125
- Homes over 1,500 square feet – $149
Home Energy Score Consulting $75
- Before you schedule your Home Energy Score Inspection, we recommend that sellers purchase our HE Consultation. During our 1-hour, onsite consultation, we’ll evaluate your home using our thermal imaging camera, and discuss some potential improvements that you can make that will significantly increase your energy score.
Getting a Home Energy Score for Your Home
As of January 1, 2018, the City of Portland will require that any home within the city limits attain a home energy score from a qualified home energy assessor prior to listing. Our assessor at St. John’s Home Inspections is licensed to provide Home Energy Scores, compliant with the City of Portland.
Developed by Department of Energy and its national laboratories, the Home Energy Score Report estimates home energy use, associated costs, and provides cost-effective energy solutions to improve the home’s efficiency. Once the report has been generated, Home Energy Scores will be available online to any interested party.
During the non destructive or invasive assessment, the home’s heating and cooling equipment, ductwork, water heater, insulation, windows and roofing are examined and collected data is entered into a program. A score of 1-10 is generated, as well as recommended improvements that can raise the home’s score and increase efficiency. The assessment takes about one hour to complete.
The Score Itself
The Home Energy Score uses a 1 through 10 scale where a 10 represents the most energy efficient homes. The scale is determined using U.S. Census housing data, and is adjusted for local climate. This way houses all over the country in different climates can be compared.
Things to remember about your Score:
It estimates a home’s total energy use, not energy use per square foot. For this reason, if two homes are identical other than size, the larger home will generally score worse than the smaller home. The more volume a home has to heat or cool, the more energy is required.
Scoring a “1” does not mean your home is poorly built.
A beautiful home with up-to-date equipment can still get a low score if the square footage is high or if there is insufficient insulation. A low score just means there is significant room for improvement to reduce a home’s energy use. Scoring a “10” does not mean your home cannot improve. Even a home that uses less energy than most of its peers may benefit from additional energy efficiency or renewable energy investments. If recommendations are provided with your Score, consider if those cost-effective measures make sense for your home.
Recommendations that come with the Score are expected to pay back in ten years or less based on state average utility rates and national average installation rates. Assessors may provide different or additional recommendations that reflect local rebates or other incentives the Scoring Tool does not consider.
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