New home energy scores work like the MPG concept for vehicles
Consumers often are swayed toward one vehicle or another by the miles-per-gallon rating. After all, the higher the number, the less money they’re likely to spend fueling it up.
The state of Connecticut is using the MPG concept to help promote energy efficient homes going on the market. Through a program called Home Energy Solutions, homeowners can get energy efficient scores on structures and suggestions for improving efficiency, such as using geothermal for heating and cooling needs. Statistics show that geothermal requires the lowest cost to operate, running about $2,000 annually for the average home.
The home energy score helps homeowners and homebuyers determine a home’s expected energy use. In Connecticut, assessors will collect data during a home’s energy assessment and provide a score on a 1-to-10 scale. A score of 10 indicates that the home has excellent energy performance.
The goal of Home Energy Solutions is to provide scores for 12,000 to 14,000 homes a year. The state wants to weatherize 80 percent of homes by 2030 and eventually include efficiency scores in real estate listings.
Colorado and Vermont soon will follow suit with similar efforts.
More information about geothermal here.