Getting a Home Energy Score involves a few simple steps. These steps can be accomplished while still living in the home or selling the home from another location.
STEP 1: Schedule a Home Energy Assessment
Contact an authorized Home Energy Assessor to get a Home Energy Score and Report before listing or otherwise announcing your home for sale on the market. By accessing the current list of Home Energy Assessors, you will always be accessing the most up-to-date list of authorized assessors.
Home Energy Assessors are independent companies and there are many from which to choose. We recommend calling more than one in order to find cost and scheduling which meet your needs.
STEP 2: Prepare for the Home Energy Assessment
The Home Energy Assessment is a streamlined and simple process. It will require that the Home Energy Assessor has access to your house for 45 minutes to an hour. The Assessor will need to access your attic and crawl spaces so clearing items which may be blocking access to these areas in advance is advised. You do not need to be present for the Assessment.
More than seventy pieces of home information are collected during an energy assessment. Information about a home’s envelope (foundation, insulation, walls, windows) and its heating, cooling and hot water systems will be entered into the modeling software.
Information about how residents operate the house and non-permanent house features like lighting, home electronics and appliances are not included in the Home Energy Score calculation. The scoring methodology assumes standard operating conditions in order to allow homes to be compared on an apples-to-apples basis, independent of occupant behavior. For more information, check out this video on What to Expect During an Assessment.
STEP 3: Obtain the Home Energy Score and Report
Once the assessment is complete, the Home Energy Assessor may need some additional time to enter the data points gathered and generate the Report. Check with them on what the turnaround time will be on providing the Report to you and how they will send it. If you are working with a real estate professional, request that the Home Energy Assessor provide the Report to both of you at the same time.
As soon as the data points are entered into the software, the Home Energy Score and Report will be available immediately at the Green Building Registry.