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As home building standards evolve and a growing number of home buyers recognize the importance of having an energy efficient home, people need more access to information about home energy efficiency. Home Energy Score is one assessment that helps homeowners, buyers, and renters alike get a quick, easy-to-understand look at a home’s overall energy usage.
What Is the Home Energy Score?
The Home Energy Score (HES) is a simple assessment of a home’s energy efficiency, developed by the Department of Energy. It’s a lot like a miles-per-gallon rating for a car and takes into account several aspects of a home’s energy usage, including its foundation, roof, walls, insulation, and heating, cooling, and hot water systems.
After an HES assessor conducts a thorough inspection of a home, they will generate a Home Energy Score Report. This report rates the home on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 representing high energy use and 10 representing low energy use. The report also includes facts about the home, estimated energy usage, recommended improvements, and what the new rating and estimated energy savings would be after completing the recommended improvements.
What Are the Benefits of a Home Energy Score?
Whether you’re a home seller, a realtor, or simply a homeowner who is looking to improve your home’s efficiency, now is a good time to consider scheduling a Home Energy Score assessment. With the Home Energy Score, you can:
Discover which improvements your home needs for greater energy efficiency
Learn how to improve your home’s efficiency before listing it for sale
Compare energy use of multiple homes listed on the housing market
Find out how much you’ll likely pay in energy costs for a particular home
Home Star Iowa: Iowa’s Certified HES Experts
As Iowa’s leading energy efficiency expert with expertise in whole home diagnostics and ratings for new homes, we’re here for your Home Energy Score needs. Our certified assessors provide fast and reliable Home Energy Score assessments to get you the information you need when you need it. If you’re in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, area, talk to us today to learn more about HES or to schedule an assessment.
Want to learn more about a home’s energy use — and what you can do to make it more efficient?