Editor's Note: Cross-posted from the Energy Blog.
You may know the miles per gallon your car gets, but have you ever wanted to know the miles per gallon your home gets?
Vice President Biden and Secretary Chu recently launched the Home Energy Score program to help consumers save money by saving energy. The program is kicking off in ten pilot locations across the nation.
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.
But don’t wait to start saving. Visit energysavers.gov for tips on upgrading your home, lighting, or appliances – things you can do now.
For more details on the Home Energy Score, check out this video with Acting Under Secretary for Energy, Cathy Zoi.
Kathleen Hogan is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency.