Category: Home Energy Scores

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

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

City of Portland Launches Home Energy Score

First-in-the-nation program provides new insight into energy use and costs of Portland homes. ORTLAND, Ore. – The City of Portland’s Home Energy Score program took effect on January 1, 2018, requiring sellers of single-family homes to disclose a Home Energy Report and Score at the time of listing. Portland is the first city in the… 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

Energy Saving Improvements Highlighted by Home Energy Score

 Classic Craftsman Gets Home Energy Score My name is Lourdes Gonzalez, and I live in a historic home in Laurelhurst. I live in a 1913 craftsman. Originally it had an oil furnace, which has now been converted to gas along with a lot of other energy upgrades that were done in 2013. I just… Read more