Denver program helps residents see home energy use

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The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) has launched a new pilot program that will pay for an energy assessment of homes in the city.

People who have bought a house in the last 12 months or are under contract for a new property, as well as residents preparing to sell a home, are eligible to receive a Home Energy Score, according to a news release from the city. The scoring system was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy to give people an idea of a home’s energy use. The score is similar to a miles-per-gallon rating on a car. Home Energy Scores are on a 10-point system, and look at the home as a whole, not by square footage.

The pilot program will look into how score information can help homeowners understand energy costs. The DDPHE will also look into upgrades people can put into homes that will cut energy costs now or over a long period of time.

An assessor will spend approximately one hour in the home to determine the Home Energy Score. The value of having the energy assessment done is $175, according to the release. For more information on the program, as well as to request an assessment, visit www.Denvergov.org/HomeEnergy.

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