As of July 1st, 2023, the City of Bend will require Home Energy Scores on homes listed for sale. If you’re planning to sell your home in Bend, you need to obtain your home’s energy score from an authorized Home Energy Assessor like A Quality Measurement. To manage expectations, it helps for real estate agents and homeowners to understand the correlation between the size of your home and its energy efficiency score, we have created a scatter chart of 250 recent Home Energy Scores done in Oregon:
The chart clearly shows that as the square footage of a home increases, the chances of a higher Home Energy Score go down. Homes under 2,000 Sq ft get the majority of scores 7 through 10. When a home is between 2,000 and 3,000 Sq ft, the Home Energy Scores are much more likely to be under 7. Similarly, when a home is between 3,000 and 4,000 Sq ft, the scores are much more likely to be under 6. For homes over 4,000 Sq ft, the vast majority of scores are a 1.
It’s essential to note that a low Home Energy Score doesn’t mean a large home can’t score well, just like a large SUV can still achieve a high MPG rating. The scale of Home Energy Scores is based on the median-sized home in the U.S. A 4,000 Sq ft home is twice the size of the median home, and therefore, it’s logical to use more energy, resulting in a lower score.
As a buyer, comparing the estimated annual utilities shown on the Home Energy Score report to other similar-sized homes is vital, even if both homes receive a 1 score. This information can help you estimate the energy costs and identify energy-efficient improvements that may reduce those costs in the future.
At A Quality Measurement, we have done over 4,000 scores as of the end of 2022, and we’re happy to help with any questions related to Home Energy Scores or home measurement. We also provide complimentary one hour CE classes for real estate agents in Bend and around Central Oregon. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information or to schedule a Home Energy Score assessment for your home.
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