Friday, May 20, 2011

Pittsburgh is Test Market for Home Energy Score

The Department of Energy will be visiting a handful of homes in ten markets across the US testing new technology to rate homes' energy efficiency - while lowering the amount of time it takes to assess each home from four hours to one hour. Homes will be given an "energy score" between one and ten, with ten being the most efficient. John Horchner, Program Officer with Efficiency PA says he expects many homes in the Pittsburgh area to score somewhere in middle because of the age of the structures. Horchner also says it's possible that an energy score could play into real estate transactions in the future as buyers search for houses that will keep their energy bills lower. More information on signing up for Home Energy Score can be found at The deadline from registering homes for a chance to participate in the pilot is May 25.