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How are recommendations on the back of a Portland Home Energy Score report generated?

Realtors and homeowners know that the outcome of a home energy assessment is the score for that home. What many don’t realize is that the Home Energy Score report also includes recommendations for cost-effective upgrade options that the homeowner could do to improve the home’s energy efficiency. These recommendations are helpful because they take the… Read more

6 Things to Know Before Your Home Energy Score Assessment

Enhabit’s assessors often receive questions from realtors and homeowners about how they can prepare for their home energy score assessment. Here are six of the questions we get asked most often, along with some expert input from our team of home energy score advisors. How long does it take to get a home energy score?… Read more

Does My Portland Home Need a Home Energy Score?

As of January 2018, Portland, Oregon homeowners who want to sell their home are required to get a Home Energy Score before listing. Having worked with hundreds of homeowners for the past three months on their scores, we continually hear questions about which types of homes need to receive a Home Energy score. According to… Read more

What Causes a Low Home Energy Score?

Is your Home Energy Score lower than you expected? Maybe you even got a dreaded “1”?  If your score’s on the low end of the 1-10 scale, you might be surprised. Results can be concerning, especially if you’ve made investments in energy efficiency. But a low number means there’s a lot you can do to… Read more

Does Your Home Need Critical Repairs?

Critical repairs are fixes that need the most immediate attention in your home. These repairs address concerning situations  like a failing roof, peeling paint, faulty plumbing, or structural problems that will only cause increasing cost and damage to the home unless action is taken to fix them. Problems with your house that may impact the… Read more

Do Condos Need Home Energy Scores? An Answer to a Common Question

A common question we hear is “Do condos need a City of Portland Home Energy Score?” The answer depends on the type of condo. Homes that require Home Energy Scores for listings are single family detached or side by side townhomes, row houses or common wall houses like duplexes or triplexes. Many condos will fall… Read more

Insights From Enhabit’s First 50 Home Energy Scores

Enhabit assessors have completed 50 City of Portland Home Energy Score assessments to date. For the most part the results confirm what we expected, given our past energy efficiency field knowledge of the Portland housing stock. The average score so far is 4. The Home Energy Score is a number that ranges from 1, for… Read more

Video: How to Populate Portland Home Energy Scores on the RMLS

Realtors: RMLS has developed the ability for subscribers to auto populate home energy score information directly to listings, using RMLSWeb. The auto population process will make it simpler for real estate professionals to include home energy score information on a listing. In this video, Earth Advantage walks you step by step through the process. After… Read more

Essential Home Prep Tasks for Fall, Part II: Inside

In Part I, we explored outdoor tasks to improve your home’s efficiency and resilience as you prepare for winter. Here we point out a number of things you can do to prep your home for winter from inside, even as the weather outside turns cool and wet. From tuning your heater to safeguarding against fire,… Read more

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”… Read more