What is a Home Energy Score and Why Do You Need One?
Understanding Home Energy Scores: Exploring the Assessment Process and Environmental Impact | ‘Dear Claire’ Episode
In this episode of ‘Dear Claire’, I’m on location at a listing with Matt, from Home Energy Assessors as he explains what he does to determine your home’s energy score and why they’re required in Portland, OR.
Think of it as a ‘miles per gallon’ number for your home. Essentially what Matt does is check all aspects of your home, the exterior walls, the attic type, the roof type, the foundation, the basement, what type of windows you have, the heat source, electrical, etc. He then enters all this information into the Oregon Department of Energy’s website. The site does its own calculations and comes up with your home’s score. It gives you your home’s energy score as of today and also the score if you made specific upgrades.
Matt also mentions the reason Oregon has put this into place is because they’re trying to bring down the amount of carbon emissions. This is one of the things they’ve instituted to try and get people to think differently about how they buy a home and get them to be a little more proactive with getting their homes to be more efficient.
Another thing to mention is the score runs from one to ten, ten being fantastic and one being not so great. Most homes score on the lower end. The older your home is, the lower the score. This is because your home is subject to the building codes of the year.
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