Energy costs, as reflected in utility bills, should be a priority for every homeowner. Fortunately , the US Department of Energy (DOE) recognized a need for a low-cost computerized tool to provide homeowners and buyers a simple way to understand their homes’ energy efficiency. DOE launched the Home Energy Score program in 2012. Since its inception, Home Energy Score Assessors have scored over 50,000 homes nationwide.

Here is how the Better Buildings division of DOE describes their Vision of the this tool: “Home Energy Score is a recognized, widely used and influential tool in the market that leads to an improved U.S. housing stock with better energy performance, lower costs and greater comfort as well as more efficient use of natural resources.” This means that homebuyers and sellers can understand the energy efficiency of a property, or for a homebuyer to compare alternatives in the market.

Key facts about the Home Energy Score system are that a qualified energy assessor can complete an assessment in 1-1 ½ hours, with a blower door used to identify the overall magnitude and location of air leaks in the outer shell of the home. This information is the basis for creating an energy improvement plan, called weatherization. The system proves an easy to understand and comparable information about a home’s energy performance, based on extensive research by DOE’s national laboratories. Energy assessors are trained and subject to quality assurance standards. The system can be customized based on local conditions, so it’s not a one-size fits all program.

Alban Inspections’ energy auditors are qualified as Home Energy Score assessors. In most cases, when a Realtor schedules a home inspection and a Home Energy Score assessment with Alban, we will attempt to schedule an energy auditor to complete both simultaneously. If you want additional information regarding the Home Energy Score program, call Sandra Watkins, President of Alban at 1-800-822-7200. As always, we stand ready to serve your clients.