Home Energy Score

Know your Score, know your home

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Informed homeowners make informed decisions, and that’s what the Home Energy Score is all about. Proudly offered through Focus on Energy’s Home Performance program, the Home Energy Score is a nationally recognized product developed by the U.S. Department of Energy. It gives you a clear picture of how well your home uses energy and what you can do to unlock its full energy-saving potential.
 
Benefits of a Home Energy Score
  • Fast – Most Scores take about an hour
  • Affordable – Cost varies, but is similar to an average furnace tune-up or included with a Whole Home energy assessment
  • Simple – Provides easy-to-understand information about your home’s energy performance  
  • Credible – Extensive research by the Department of Energy plus robust training for Scorers, ensures a high-quality product and customer experience

How do I participate?

  1. Schedule your Home Energy Score walk-through.

  2. Following the walk-through, you will receive a customized energy report outlining the current condition of your home and recommendations for improvements.

  3. Decide which energy-saving improvements to make in your home from the list provided by your Home Energy Scorer. You may be eligible for incentive through the Whole Home Improvements or Heating and Cooling Improvements paths.

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What is Home Energy Score?

More than a number

Similar to a miles-per-gallon rating for a car, the Home Energy Score allows you to compare your home’s energy use to other homes nationwide. Along with a ranking, you’ll also receive a full Home Energy Score Report. This includes a list of recommended energy improvements and their estimated savings to help take the guesswork out of determining smart, cost-effective investments.

 
The Home Energy Score is based on an in-home walk-through that typically takes about an hour to complete. Your Scorer will collect multiple pieces of information on your home’s structure and energy systems. Homes are ranked on a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 represents the most efficient. The scale is determined using U.S. Census housing data and is adjusted for the local climate, environment, and housing stock, which allows houses across Wisconsin, and the country, to be compared.

Understanding your Score

What will your Home Energy Score report tell you?

  • Your current Home Energy Score and the improved Score after you complete recommended upgrades
  • The amount of money these upgrades could save you each year
  • Facts about your home’s energy systems and estimated energy use

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When to get a Home Energy Score

What is the difference between a Home Energy Score and a Whole Energy Assessment?

If you’re interested in a basic understanding of your home’s energy use, Home Energy Score can be your fastest route to answers. What you can expect from a Home Energy Score:

  • A short home inspection with
    • NO performance testing
    • A simplified clipboard energy assessment
  • A short summary report that includes
    • Your home’s Score
    • Improvements you can make to increase your Score
  • Score can be listed on Multiple List Service (MLS) when selling your home.

If you have an idea of specific problems in your home that you would like to address, a Home Energy Assessment is the best starting place for your journey to greater home comfort. A Home Energy Assessment helps address concerns such as: high energy bills, comfort concerns like drafty rooms, or mold and moisture issues. What you can expect from a Home Energy Assessment:

  • A complete home assessment with
    • Use of diagnostic tools and modeling software
    • Health and safety testing
    • An in-depth energy assessment
  • A comprehensive report that includes
    • A Home Energy Score
    • Recommendations for how you can address your home comfort concerns
    • Detailed information on how recommended improvements will save you energy
    • Information on how to receive incentives from the Whole Home Improvements path by making the recommended improvements
  • This is a necessary step to receive Focus on Energy incentives on air sealing and insulation improvements

However, if you are also experiencing high energy bills or comfort concerns such as drafty rooms or have mold and moisture issues, you’ll get more benefit from scheduling a home energy assessment through the Whole Home Improvements path.

 

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Energy assessments vary in scope depending on the size, age, and condition of the home, but they typically last 2–4 hours and cost $200–$400. After an energy assessment, you’ll have access to Focus on Energy incentives up to $2,250 for making recommended improvements. Plus, a Home Energy Score is included with every home energy assessment.

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