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Home Energy Assessments in Portland, Oregon

What are home energy assessments and why do you need them?

home energy assessmentsHome energy assessments are required by the city of Portland as of January 1st, 2018 in order to initiate change in the residential sector. All sellers of single family homes in the city limits of Portland must undergo a home energy assessment prior to publicly advertising the home for sale. This is a result of the energy efficiency industry’s new labels and scores for building energy performance. The use of these scores has not had significant traction, therefore this initiative by the City of Portland is how they aim to improve energy efficiencies in the residential sector. The result will be the reduction of carbon emissions and insights into a home’s energy usage in order to give realtors and home buyers more transparency.

Home energy assessments are different than the typical home inspection as it focuses on mechanical systems, insulation, air sealing and opportunities for cost-effective energy efficiency upgrades.

What is included in a home energy assessment?

You can expect an inspector to check all of the following items:

  • Insulation
  • Windows
  • Furnace, water heater, and air conditioner
  • Duct system
  • Calculating air volume of the home
  • Determining home energy score using the City of Portland approved method

What to expect after the home energy assessment?

Once your assessment is complete, you can expect to receive your home energy assessment score. You will also receive:

  • An explanation of the score
  • Along with the total annual energy used in the home by fuel type
  • The monthly or annual cost of energy purchased by fuel type
  • The current average annual utility retail energy price by fuel type

From there, sellers should provide real-estate agents working on their behalf with a copy of the report and score, as well as any prospective buyers who visit their home while it’s listed for sale. The Home Energy Score will be included on all real estate listings, including third-party services (such as Zillow or Trulia, for instance.)

How much does a home energy assessment cost?

A standard home energy assessment can take anywhere from one to three hours. For the first 1,500 square feet, you can expect to pay $230. Add $30 for every 1,000 square feet in addition to that.

Do you have more questions? Feel free to contact us.