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Home Energy Score Offers Opportunities for State and Local Governments

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Nov 22, 2022
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DOE hosted a webinar featuring state and local governments to hear how they are using Home Energy Score to promote transparency in home sales and rentals while supporting broader energy goals in their communities.

Developed by DOE, Home Energy Score™ provides homeowners, buyers, and renters easy-to-understand information about a home’s estimated energy use and cost-effective recommendations for improving energy efficiency. Like a miles-per-gallon rating for a car, the Home Energy Score is based on a standard assessment of energy-related assets to easily compare energy use across the housing market.  

 

Home Energy Score for Government: Incentivizing Energy Efficiency

During the webinar, representatives from City of Berkeley, CA; City of Gainesville, FL; City of Portland, OR; the Oregon Department of Energy; and California’s Bay Area Regional Energy Network shared how they are utilizing Home Energy Score to add value to their programs and policies. Many program partners are going above and beyond with Home Energy Score; City of Gainesville, FL and City of Portland, OR were recently recognized by DOE for deploying innovative applications and providing high volumes of scores.

Panelists discussed the drivers that motivated them to begin using Home Energy Score, including specific ordinances and policies related to residential energy efficiency. They also shared background on implementation strategies and program structures to assist new communities interested in utilizing Home Energy Score. Learn more about how Home Energy Score can support state and local governments here.

Watch the full webinar on-demand.
 

Read more about Home Energy Score here and email the Home Energy Score team at the Department of Energy at homeenergyscore@ee.doe.gov to get involved.