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home thermal imageOver the past two years the Department of Energy Resources has worked with the Mass Save® program on a pilot residential energy labeling program called HomeMPG. Funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant, this Home Energy Services program has assigned over 3,000 energy performance scores (EPS) to homeowners in the Springfield area.

An EPS is an asset rating of how energy efficient a home is – in contrast to an operational rating based on how residents’ use energy. By offering a score at the time of their no-cost home energy assessment, homeowners can see how they can lower their score and save energy, money, and carbon, through energy efficiency improvements such as increased insulation, better air sealing, and HVAC and hot water heater replacements. They get another EPS after energy improvements are installed.

The idea of asset ratings is not new. For example, every vehicle sold in the U.S. has a miles-per-gallon rating (MPG). When we purchase a vehicle, we have a measure of how efficiently it can operate. Why shouldn’t this standard hold true for purchasing a home – likely the largest purchase we will make in our lives? Not only will homes with a lower energy score be cheaper to operate, they will likely be more comfortable for the occupants. Furthermore, initial market research cites that more efficient homes sell for a higher price, are on the market for less time, and garner a higher percentage of sales prices.home mpg logo

In an effort to share the lessons learned in the HomeMPG pilot and promote more energy efficiency literacy in the real estate community, Home MPG has scheduled five professional training sessions over the next few months. The training sessions are tailored for real estate agents and residential appraisers. All of the sessions will offer continuing education credits for the respective professionals.

I invite you to participate. For more information on the training sessions please contact me at benjamin.pignatelli@state.ma.us, (617) 626-7349

¹Foley, Craig. “Study of Energy Efficiency, Utility Costs and High Performance Homes on the Massachusetts Residential Real Estate Marketplace.” RE/Max Leading Edge. 2012

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Energy Efficiency Analyst

As an Energy Efficiency Analyst for DOER, Ben Pignatelli manages implementation of a grant to incorporate energy performance scores into the Mass Save® home energy efficiency program, Home MPG. Ben also serves as chair of Boston Inner City Outings, a program of the Sierra Club that takes inner city kids on outdoor trips. Before joining DOER, he rebuilt Sierra Pizza in South Lake Tahoe, CA. A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, with an MBA from BU, Ben is often seen in biking gear, his favored mode of commuting.

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