Susan Jones
CNS News
January 13, 2014

The Energy Department on Tuesday is rolling out new, improved software to help Americans measure the energy efficiency of their homes.

An example home energy score from the Energy Dept.'s web site.
An example home energy score from the Energy Dept.’s web site.

DOE says its energy-scoring software — called the Home Energy Scoring Tool — is like a vehicle’s mile-per-gallon rating because it allows homeowners to compare the energy performance of their homes to other homes nationwide. It also provides homeowners with suggestions for improving their homes’ efficiency.

The software is part of the government’s effort to reduce the nation’s energy consumption; but it’s also billed as a way to keep home-retrofitting going, at a time when stimulus funds for weather-proofing have run out.

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