The Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) is now offering free a Home Energy Score to sellers, buyers and recent owners with helpful information about a home’s estimated energy use and opportunities for savings and efficiency. The free pilot program aims to score 300 single-family homes that have been recently purchased, are soon to be listed, or are currently on the market.
Developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and its National Laboratories, the Home Energy Score is based on a standard assessment of a home’s structure and major energy-consuming equipment to easily compare energy use across the housing market. The Score provides comparable and credible information about a single-family home’s energy performance using a 10-point score to reflect how much energy a home is estimated to use. All Scores will be generated by a qualified Home Energy Score Assessor.
Sellers can choose to include a Home Energy Score in the MLS to highlight efficiency improvements that can make a property more desirable to prospective buyers. For buyers, the Score can offer insight on improvements that can lower a home’s energy bills. A Home Energy Score can also help buyers qualify for additional financing options. Those interested can request a Score at www.Denvergov.org/HomeEnergy.
“In Denver’s competitive housing market, home operating costs are more important than ever. The pilot will focus on uncovering the best way to highlight the full cost of owning a home by making it cost-effective and energy efficient from day one,” said Program Manager Julie Saporito of DDPHE.
Increasing awareness of a Home Energy Score also supports the City’s climate goals. Homes in Denver are a leading contributor to local greenhouse gas emissions for energy use. Helping residents understand how efficient (or inefficient) their homes are can better inform the full cost of owning a home and make home ownership more cost-effective while reducing emissions city-wide.
Through the pilot, the City will explore ways to provide Home Energy Scores with the help of new owners, sellers and buyers and seek to understand what kind of impact the information has with regards to making energy improvements in the home.
Requests for a Home Energy Score are available on a first come, first served basis for properties that have sold within the last 12 months as well as those that are preparing to list or are currently on the market.
For more information about this pilot visit: www.Denvergov.org/HomeEnergy.