White House Promotes Energy Efficiency Ratings and Advice
Vice President Biden, along with Energy Secretary Chu, announced the launch of the “Home Energy Score” pilot program aimed at helping citizens understand how energy-efficient their homes are. A report will provide homeowners with a home energy score between 1 and 10. Homeowners can also view how their energy efficiency compares to other homes in their region.
Secretary Chu stated that “the Home Energy Score will help make energy efficiency easy and accessible to America’s families by providing them with straightforward and reliable information about their homes’ energy performance and specific, cost-effective energy efficiency improvements that will save them money on their monthly energy bills.”
The report will also provide estimated savings from weatherization and other energy efficiency projects, as well as providing a customized list of recommended efficiency upgrades.
The pilot programs will begin in cities including Omaha and Minneapolis, among others. After the pilot programs are completed, a nationwide rollout of the program will occur in 2011.
Acquiring a Home Energy Score entails a short visit from a qualified specialist who will provide custom advice on how to cut the homeowner’s energy bills.
Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency, Cathy Zoi explains the Home Energy Score.