“The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Home Energy Score program (the Score) is celebrating a milestone this month: Since the program launch in 2012, over 500 individuals are qualified to offer the Score, a miles-per-gallon energy rating system for homes.
These individuals – known as Home Energy Score Assessors (Assessors) – spend about an hour walking through a house collecting information and entering it into the Scoring Tool, a standardized energy estimation tool. The Assessors then provide a Home Energy Score Report to the home’s occupants. The Score rates the home on a 10-point scale, where 10 represents a highly efficient home; provides an estimate of annual energy costs assuming average occupant behavior; and includes customized recommendations to homeowners, renters, or potential home buyers for how to make the home more energy efficient. Score recipients then have the option to pursue these recommendations on their own terms, and potentially help themselves save on future housing costs along the way.”
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