Energy Performance Score: “MPG For Your Home”



Energy Efficiency

Energy Performance Score
Energy Performance Score

Energy Performance Score is a term you may have heard about.  And if you haven’t heard about it yet, it’s a fair bet you’ll hear about the Energy Performance Score in the near future.

When you buy a car you want to know what kind of gas mileage it gets, right?  It’s easy to find – the Miles Per Gallon, or MPG, is posted right there on the window.

Now, when you buy a home there’s a new kind of performance sticker, just like the MPG rating on that shiny new car.  It’s called an Energy Performance Score, or EPS.

Developed by our friends at Energy Trust of Oregon, the EPS is tallied by a certified EPS Auditor, who sets up various testing equipment to see how energy efficient the home is—or—isn’t.  For instance, auditors with Neil Kelly Home Performance perform the following rigorous tests:

  • Blower door tests to detect drafts and air leaks
  • Duct blaster tests to improve heating efficiency and air quality
  • Combustion safety tests to check proper venting and efficiency of appliances
  • Carbon monoxide safety tests to ensure air quality
  • Indoor air quality inspections throughout the house
  • Pressure balancing tests to maximize heating & cooling to all rooms
  • Infrared imaging to reveal hot and cold spots in your home
  • Moisture readings to correct conditions that can lead to mold and mildew.
  • Interior and Exterior Physical Inspections
  • Attic and crawl space venting evaluations

Image courtesy of Energy Trust of Oregon

Not only is the EPS a wonderful tool for those who want their largest investment to perform better, but it’s an important tool for those who want to sell their home. Often it takes just a little bit of air sealing to get a better EPS rating. It’s a guarantee to a home buyer that they are purchasing a home that’s not going to cost and arm and a leg to heat or cool.  Neil Kelly offers these services in all of their markets: Portland, Eugene, Bend, and Seattle.  If you’re interested just click here.