Brian Ross is a Certified Home Energy Score Assessor
Brian Ross of Details Home Inspections in Vancouver Washington recently earned his certification as a U.S. Department of Energy Home Energy Score Assessor for Washington and Oregon. This means that he is not only fully qualified to perform professional home inspections for those interested in buying or selling a home in Washington but that he also can assess a home and provide an official Home Energy Score on homes in Washington and Oregon.
You might be wondering what exactly that means? What is a Home Energy Score?
The U.S. Department of Energy's Home Energy Score provides home owners, buyers, and renters directly comparable and reliable information regarding the home's energy use. The Home Energy Score was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and implemented in 2012 in order to standardize a means of measuring and comparing a home's energy use across the housing market. The Home Energy Score is comparable to the miles-per-gallon rating on a car and is an incredibly useful tool in the decision process for home buyers.
There are four key features of a Home Energy Score Report:
- The energy efficiency score based on the homes 'envelope'- the foundation, roof, walls, insulation, and windows, and the heating, cooling, and hot water systems.
- An energy use estimate including a breakdown of estimated energy use dependent on type of fuel used, assuming average use.
- Recommendations for improvements and associated estimated cost savings when implemented.
- A theoretical 'score with improvements' indicating the expected Home Energy Score once recommended improvements are completed.
If you're looking to buy or sell a home in the near future, or if you're interested in learning how your current house scores and would like to see the recommendations for improvement and cost-savings, contact Brian Ross with Details Home Inspections in Vancouver Washington. Remember that Brian is certified to perform Home Energy Score Assessments in Oregon and Washington, and can also provide professional home inspections for Washington.
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