"MPG" for Your House: The DOE's New Home Energy Score "MPG" for Your House: The DOE's New Home Energy Score
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"MPG" for Your House: The DOE's New Home Energy Score

by Ben Jervey

November 12, 2010
The Department of Energy has announced an important new tool—an energy "scoring" program, if you will—that will help reduce our dependence on oil and will help American families save bundles heating and powering their homes. It's called Home Energy Score, and the best way of describing it is that it's like MPGs for your home, as the DOE blog explains:

The Home Energy Score is like a miles per gallon rating—but for your home. It summarizes a home’s energy performance on a simple 10-point scale—with a 10 for the top performers, or those that keep the home comfortable with the least amount of energy. The score also comes with a report that recommends customized home energy upgrades and estimates the savings possible from those improvements. Over the next several months, cities like Omaha, Nebraska and Minneapolis, Minnesota will run pilot tests of the Home Energy Score, helping participating homeowners save money by cutting energy costs. After the pilots wrap up, we will refine the program before it rolls out across the nation later in 2011. Then, in one simple, short visit from a qualified specialist, you'll be able to get custom advice on how you can cut your energy bills—in many cases by hundreds of dollars each year.


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Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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"MPG" for Your House: The DOE's New Home Energy Score