Helping Portland
Home Sellers with there Home Energy Score

About the Portland Home Energy Score.

What is a Home Energy Score –

The Portland Home Energy Score provides comparable information about a homes energy performance.  Homes get scored on a ten point scale where 1 uses the most energy and 10 uses the least.  This number can be used to compare the energy efficiency of different homes.  We all know how to use MPG ratings to compare the fuel efficiencies of cars.  A home energy score is used in the some way for a houses.  It’s not a measurement of actual energy usage. Just as the actual MPGs can very in a car depending on the driver so too can the actual energy consumption of a home very based on the behavior of people living in the home.  The Home energy score is about the house itself.  Focusing on insulation, windows, water heaters, heating, and cooling systems.  The home energy score dose not look at things like TV’s, refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes washers, dryers, or other appliances in the house.  After scoring you will receive a report that will revel cost effective ways to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.   

Who is getting a Home Energy Score –

People in Portland are getting Home Energy Scores because the city mandated that everyone selling a home in the city must get one.  The fine is $500 for non-compliance – ouch!  You’re expected to have your Home Energy Score information displayed on advertising, in you RMLS listing, and available at an open house.  You may consider getting a Home Energy Score even if you don’t live in the city or you’re not planning on selling soon.  A Home Energy Score can be a cost-effective tool to discover ways you can save money on your energy bills as well as make your home more comfortable to live in.

Where do you get one of these scores –

You get Home Energy Score from an assessor that has been certified with the Department of Energy, the City of Portland, and Earth Advantage.  You can schedule one here

When are people getting them –

In Portland, a lot of people are getting Home Energy Scores right before they sell their home because they are required to have them in their listing.  However, getting one at any time or even if you live outside the city can be a good idea.  A Home Energy Score can be a cost-effective tool to discover energy savings in your home. Not only will you save money but your home will be more comfortable to live in. 

If you’re unsure if your home is within the city limits, go to Portland Maps and put in your address. Look at the jurisdiction, if it says Portland you are in the city.

Why is Portland doing this –

  • To help the environment by lowering the carbon footprint of the city and improve the air quality of the city.
  • And to give home buyers a way to compare a home’s energy efficiency against other homes in the market allowing them to make an informed decision.
  • So homeowners can make their homes more comfortable and less expensive to operate.
  • Portland has developed a Climate Action Plan.  A strategic plan to achieve a 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and they are working hard to reach that goal.

         5 Things To Know about Portland’s Home Energy Score

  1. They are only required in the City of Portland but can be a great tool anywhere.
  2. The scores are recorded in public domain and can be viewed at The Green Building Registry.  
  3. Home Energy Scores are good for 8 years but if you make upgrades to your home the score can be renewed sooner.
  4. Homes in Portland must have a Home Energy Score before they are listed for sale. The score should be displayed in advertising, in you RMLS listing, and available at an open house.
  5.  There are some exemptions such as high rise buildings,  foreclosure, trustee’s sale, short sales. . . You can find out more about exemptions on page 8 of the Administrative Rules

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