Home Energy Score Partners Recognized for Energy Efficiency Innovation

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 26, 2022

Across the country, 27 Home Energy Score Partners and a network of 460 Home Energy Score Assessors are promoting home energy labeling and providing low cost home energy information to homeowners, buyers, and renters through the Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score™ program.

Like a miles-per-gallon rating for vehicles, Home Energy Score rates home energy use on a scale of 1 – 10, with 10 being the most efficient. Based on the home’s score, the program offers recommendations for cost-effective improvements that homeowners or buyers can make to increase energy performance and reduce costs.

Four Home Energy Score Partners were recently recognized for deploying innovative applications and providing high volumes of scores. Learn about their success:

Innovative Applications

The program recognized the City of Gainesville, Florida for becoming the first entity to include Home Energy Score in a rental ordinance. Taking effect in October 2021, the ordinance is part of Gainesville’s push to improve energy efficiency in rental housing and offers the city robust data to inform such upgrades.

According to Madeline Salzman, Home Energy Score Program Manager, the rental ordinance is an important milestone for the program as rental properties are often underserved in terms of efficiency equipment and programs. Renters can reduce their energy burden and reap cost savings from energy improvements.

Partner Performance Systems Development (PSD) was recognized for enabling the Home Energy Score calculation methodology to become an approved tool for estimating energy savings for New York utility programs. With PSD’s effort, accessibility to Home Energy Score has improved – meaning more energy savings for homeowners, buyers, and renters.

PSD also worked with the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) to include Home Energy Score in the state’s technical resource manual, further broadening the reach of the program and its services. PSD is collaborating with the U.S Department of Energy on additional software products to help states and utilities improve energy efficiency.

Generating Impact: Top Home Energy Score Producers

The Home Energy Score program also recognizes Partners that have produced the most scores in the previous year. Top score producers include the City of Portland, Oregon, which generated more than 7,000 Scores in 2021, and Energize Connecticut, which conducted more than 9,000 scores between April 2021 and April 2022, becoming the first partner to surpass 50,000 total scores.

To learn more about Home Energy Score and get involved, review frequently asked questions, access resources, and find an Assessor or become a Partner today.