Colorado Rocks with Home Energy Score!

Real Estate Agent with Smart Green Realty

Imagine showing buyers a home, and, along with the Seller Disclosure, there is a easy to understand "energy thermometer" rating the house for energy savings on a scale of 1 to 10. The United States Department of Energy (DOE) introduced the Home Energy Score three years ago. It is like a vehicle mile-per-gallon rating--only for homes.

The Home Energy Score allows homeowners and buyers to compare homes, based on how energy efficient they are. The beauty of the score is its simplicity: On a scale of 1 to 10, a 10 shows excellent energy performance, and 1 means the home needs serious energy improvements. 

Unlike granite countertops and deluxe bathroom features, energy saving air sealing, duct sealing and insulation are  hidden behind the walls. HVAC systems that are 95% efficient look much the same as systems that only deliver 75% efficiency. 

The Home Energy Score is a tool that sellers can use to demonstrate superior energy savings. 

Colorado saw the benefit for consumers. The Colorado Energy Office has worked over the last three years to develop infrastructure to provide home owners and home buyers low cost energy information at the point of purchase," says Colorado Energy Office Residential Program Manager Peter Rusin. Unlike other rating systems tied to a specific building code, the Home Energy Score evaluates homes based on their expected performance, even if they were built before building codes existed, and shows how they can improve their score with prioritized energy conservation measures.


Comments (3)

Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I hope we get scoring instituted here too. We're leading most of the nation on renewables so at least that's working for us.

Nov 03, 2014 05:03 AM
zeta cross
Smart Green Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Getting Greener Makes Your home worth more!

Lucky you in Hawaii! Kathleen Luiten. Lower energy bills are good for all home owners.

Nov 03, 2014 05:58 AM
zeta cross
Smart Green Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Getting Greener Makes Your home worth more!

A 2013 study of the Atlanta, GA MLS shows that buyers are willing to pay up to 13% more for a house that demonstrates proven energy savings of 20% over the neighbors. Achieving a 20% energy savings is not hard or costly for homeowners.


Nov 03, 2014 06:03 AM