What We’ve Seen So Far with Home Energy Scores in Portland

Enhabit started home scoring Portland homes in October. When it comes to home efficiency, classic old Portland homes run the gamut, from high energy users to cozy, efficient abodes that rival the conservation of new homes. Portland Home Energy Scores reveal hard-to-see differences with stunning clarity. Here we highlight the scores for a few “bungalow” style homes, all similarly sized and built in the early 1900s, with varying levels of efficiency upgrades.


House #1

Home Energy Score now: 6
Location: Mt. Tabor
Year Built: 1927
Conditioned floor area: 1,845 sq ft
Number of bedrooms: 2
Stories above ground level: 1

REPAIR NOW: None

REPLACE LATER: Water heater: Pick one with an ENERGY STAR label


House #2

Home Energy Score now: 1
Location: Mt. Tabor
Year Built: 1914
Conditioned floor area: 1,845 sq ft
Number of bedrooms: 3
Stories above ground level: 2

REPAIR NOW: Air tightness: Have a professional seal the gaps and cracks that leak air into your home.

REPLACE LATER: Furnace: Pick one with an ENERGY STAR label. Water heater: Pick a heat pump water heater with an ENERGY STAR label


House #3

Home Energy Score now: 8
Location: Mt. Tabor
Year built: 1921
Conditioned floor area: 2,379 sq ft
Number of bedrooms: 3
Stories above ground level: 2

REPAIR NOW: None

REPLACE LATER: Roof: Add rigid insulation sheathing


House #4

Home Energy Score now: 4
Location: Laurelhurst
Year built: 1913
Conditioned floor area: 2,269 sq ft
Number of bedrooms: 3
Stories above ground level: 2

REPAIR NOW: None.

REPLACE LATER: ENERGY STAR water heater: Pick one with an ENERGY STAR label


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