Category: Energy Efficiency

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

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

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

Couple’s Home Energy Score a Blueprint for Future Upgrades

Home Energy Score: 3 Location: Mt. Tabor, Southeast Portland Home built: 1915 Estimated electric use: 9,058 kWh/yr: $1,033 Estimated natural gas use: 958 therms/yr: $1,044 Total energy costs per year: $2,077 A Home Energy Score is helping energy-aware Portland homeowners Lynn Merrick and Michael Kronenthal make efficiency upgrade decisions. Loving Restoration The couple spent years transforming… 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

5 Tips to Stay Toasty Warm and Save Energy for the Holidays

Days are shortening, temperatures are dropping—and winter is just around the corner. Grab a coffee or a hot apple cider, put on your favorite flannel, and cuddle up to your sweetie because we’ve got you covered when it comes to the best tips for keeping toasty indoors. 1. Take advantage of winter sun. Yes, the… Read more

4 Tips About Home Buying and Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency isn’t something you can physically see, but that shouldn’t make it any less of a priority when looking at homes on the market. The City of Portland requires home listings to include Home Energy Scores starting in 2018, which can benefit both the buyer and the seller. Nicolette Hanna, a broker for Living… Read more

5 Reasons You Need to Install a Smart Thermostat

Some of the more common brand names you may have heard about include Nest, Ecobee, Honeywell and others. But what are the real advantages to switching to a smart thermostat?” “A smart thermostat is all about adaptive technology that maximizes the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. It senses and learns in ways that… Read more