Home Energy Score: Know where you stand with energy efficiency

Getting a personalized Home Energy Score is the perfect way to determine if you’re achieving the best energy performance and if you’ve truly optimized your energy efficiency. The results will allow you to better analyze your home’s energy consumption and compare your energy use to other homes in your community. It’s important information for you as well as potential buyers or tenants.

Benefits of learning more about your energy use

  • Save money on energy bills – A Home Energy Score report finds energy waste so you can eliminate it and reduce your utility bills.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint – Making home energy efficiency improvements will reduce your impact on the environment.
  • Improve resale value – Energy-efficient upgrades can make your home more attractive to buyers, and a rating enables them to compare your home to others on the market.
  • Inform future home improvement – Home Energy Scores include recommended measures for improving your home’s energy efficiency and help you choose the right energy-efficient upgrades.

Once you have your Home Energy Score, you can get financial assistance to make upgrades through rebate and incentive programs that help lower costs. In San Diego, homeowners can contact the following resources.

Here’s how it works

A Home Energy Score walk-through evaluates some 40 different performance factors, including

  • Envelope (foundation, roof, walls, insulation, windows)
  • Energy systems
  • Square footage

On a 10-point scale, one represents a home with high energy use, five represents average energy use and 10 represents low energy use. The scale is based on U.S. Census housing data as well as information from more than 1,000 weather stations to normalize energy consumption across the country’s different climates.

What is a Home Energy Score?

Developed by the Department of Energy, a Home Energy Score report uses a 1-10 scale to estimate a home’s energy use and the associated utility costs. With a Home Energy Score, homeowners, buyers and renters can learn how much energy a home uses and where energy efficiency improvements can be made. Since the program launched in 2012, Home Energy Score assessors have scored over 100,000 homes nationwide.

Get started today! Find a qualified assessor in San Diego County

Ready to get your Home Energy Score? Contact a qualified Home Energy Score assessor in your area for a customized report for your home.

Want to learn more about the Home Energy Score program? Visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score website.