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Energy Performance Score: A New Tool for Savvy Homebuyers

04/06/2010

Energy efficiency, utility costs and environmental impact are important factors to consider when buying or building a new home, but they’re not always easy to quantify.  Energy Performance Score is changing all that.

EPS, developed by Energy Trust of Oregon, provides a clear and quantitative way to compare a home’s energy use to similar-sized homes in Oregon. The lower the score, the more efficient the home—and the lower your estimated utility costs.

Why is knowing home energy use important?

Purchasing a new home is an investment, and with any investment it’s important to make sure you’re getting the most value for your dollar. Just like a car,  a home incurs operation costs. Energy use is one of the largest operating costs to homeowners. If you build or purchase a home with a low EPS, that means you’re able to use less energy to complete everyday functions like heating and cooling rooms and running appliances.

Choosing an energy-efficient home not only benefits the environment but can also help you save money. In fact, the monthly energy savings you receive may even exceed the additional mortgage costs of those energy-efficient improvements.

Ask your builder about EPS, or visit www.energytrust.org/eps for more information on why it is the best way to compare homes based on annual energy use and environmental impact.