Thank you for your continued interest in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Home Energy Score pilots. The pilots wrapped up their scoring efforts last month, with more than 1,000 homes assessed and scored in total. We are now in the process of analyzing the pilot data as well as the wealth of information our pilot partners provided to us last week at a pilot wrap-up meeting in Washington, D.C.
As you may recall, Vice President Biden announced the Home Energy Score pilots in November 2010 as part of the Recovery thru Retrofit effort. Since then, DOE and its pilot partners -- energy organizations, co-ops, and other non-governmental organizations in different climatic and geographic areas – have worked together to test the Home Energy Scoring Tool and the Home Energy Score. The pilots trained dozens of home energy assessors and provided scores and energy improvement recommendations to more than 1,000 households across the country.
Representatives from the following pilots participated in last week’s wrap-up meeting in D.C.: Cape Cod (MA), Chicago, Indiana, Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. The pilots discussed successes and challenges in implementing the scoring program and using the scoring tool as part of their residential energy efficiency programs. They recommended methods for improving communication with assessors and homeowners; and, they highlighted issues to address prior to a national launch of Home Energy Score. We are very fortunate to have had such committed and thoughtful pilot partners.
DOE is now in the process of applying the pilot recommendations and lessons learned to develop and launch a scoring program that can effectively inform and motivate homeowners to invest in energy improvements. Stay tuned for a webinar in September 2011 during which we will provide more details on pilot findings and next steps.
To get added to the DOE Home Energy Score distribution list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please direct questions about the Home Energy Saver APIs (application programming interface) to email@example.com.
Look out for an email from me in late August about our next webinar.
You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home Energy Score, Manager
U.S. Department of Energy
For more information, visit www.homeenergyscore.gov.