Why Get A Score for Your Home?

Many homeowners are not well informed about their home's construction or energy systems. Lacking good information, homeowners miss opportunities to reduce their energy use and associated costs. Created by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Home Energy Score is a credible, nationally recognized product to help you understand your home's energy performance and how to improve it cost-effectively. 

What is the Home Energy Score?

Like a miles-per-gallon rating for vehicles, the Home Energy Score allows homeowners to understand their home's energy efficiency compared to homes nationwide, regardless of location and occupancy. Each Home Energy Score Report provides a list of recommended energy improvements and their estimated cost savings to help take the guesswork out of determining smart and cost-effective investments.

To learn more about the Score, see our About The Score or the Score's Methodology

The Home Energy Score Can Tell You:

  • Cost-effective recommendations to reduce the amount of energy your home wastes on inefficiencies
  • The amount of money you could save each year on energy costs by implementing recommended improvements
  • The percentage of carbon dioxide emissions that could be eliminated by implementing recommended improvements
  • Facts about your home's energy systems and estimated energy use
  • Your home's current Score based on its energy systems
  • Your home's Score if all recommended improvements were implemented

If you are buying or refinancing your home, the Home Energy Score can help you qualify for a larger mortgage or more financing options. If you complete improvements that increase your home's Score, the Home Energy Score can help express market value for those improvements at time of sale. 

How Do I Get A Home Energy Score?

There are many different types of organizations offering the Score throughout most of the country. See our Partner Map to see if an organization offers the Score in your area. 

Once you have an appointment, a Home Energy Score Assessor will visit your home and collect approximately 40 pieces of data about your home and generate the Home Energy Score. The time it takes to generate a Score varies depending on the Assessor and what services he or she is providing other than Home Energy Score.

If the Home Energy Score is not currently offered in your area or by your utility, we recommend reaching out to your utility or state energy office to see when the Home Energy Score will be offered in your area. 

More Energy Efficiency Resources

  • The Be a Smart and Engaged Homeowner guide covers what you should know before starting work on your home.
  • Energy Saver from the Department of Energy provides tips and in-depth information on improving various systems in your home.
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