In the next few months, the City of Portland will begin issuing fines to home sellers who have listed their home for sale without disclosing the required Home Energy Score and Report.Read More
Just 6 weeks into the City of Portland Home Energy Score program, almost 1,000 homes have been scored! One trend that’s emerged already is that Portland homes have some great opportunities to affordably improve energy efficiency.
The back side of the Home Energy Report provides recommendations for energy efficiency upgrades which will pay for themselves in energy savings in ten years or less. We’ve seen that it’s possible to improve a Home Energy Score by about three points, just by following these recommendations. That means a home that has a four or five can get to a seven or eight by installing insulation throughout the house and sealing air and duct leaks.
And keep in mind, there are other actions that can be taken in a home to improve efficiency and comfort but may take longer to payback, like windows and solar. These will rarely show up on the Home Energy Report but they could add value to your home and be beneficial in the long term.
The simple answer to this question can help make any house a more comfortable and affordable place to live.
Shown in a simple 1-10 scale (10 being the most efficient), a Home Energy Report can be used to estimate a home’s energy use, the associated costs, and provide affordable suggestions to improve its efficiency.Read More
Oregon Department of Energy Analyst Roger Kainu is joined by Andria Jacob and Kyle Diesner with the City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability to talk home energy scoring in Oregon.Read More