About The Home Energy Score
The Answers You Need
What is the Home Energy Score?
The Home Energy Score Report estimates home energy use, associated costs, and provides energy solutions to cost-effectively improve the home’s efficiency.
Like a miles-per-gallon rating for a car, the Home Energy Score is an easy-to-produce rating designed to help homeowners and homebuyers gain useful information about a home’s energy performance.
Based on an in-home assessment that can be completed in less than an hour, the Home Energy Score not only lets a homeowner or homebuyer understand how efficient the home is and how it compares to others, but also provides recommendations on how to cost-effectively improve the home’s energy efficiency.
The Home Energy Score uses a simple 1-to-10 scale where a 10 represents the most energy-efficient homes. The Score was designed to be easily understood and to tap into people’s desire to improve their score or to outperform their peers.
Since the program launched in 2012, more than 400 Assessors have generated over 50,000 Home Energy Scores nationwide.
What Does My Home Energy Score Mean?
Access Financing with the Home Energy Score
The Home Energy Score is an asset rating that allows homeowners, buyers, and renters to compare U.S. homes in terms of estimated energy use and costs. Based on a standard assessment of a home’s energy-related assets, the Home Energy Score Report provides information that can be included in multiple listing service (MLS) listings and potentially influence home appraisals and financing.
FHA Energy Efficient Homes Policy
Updated policy was enacted January 2016 to include Home Energy Score
Allows lenders to provide for a borrowers purchasing or refinancing a home
Home must score or reach a 6 or higher with financed improvements
See FHA’s Mortgagee Letter for additional information: