CLC pilots new national home energy score program

CLC pilots new national home energy score program

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Cape Light Compact (CLC) will test a new federal Home Energy Score pilot program in 200 volunteer residences on the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard in 2011.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) chose CLC as one of only ten counties, utilities, and nonprofit organizations nationwide to administer the pilot program. DOE plans to evaluate the results, refine the program, and launch the Home Energy Score system nationally in late 2011.

The Home Energy Score is a new energy label that ranks a home’s energy efficiency, and energy consumption on a scale of 1 to 10, in comparison to other similar homes in a region. A score of 10 represents excellent energy performance and a score of 1 the need for extensive energy improvements or energy upgrades.

Along with an energy score, homeowners also will receive a list of recommended energy improvements and estimates of the associated cost savings.

The CLC is a regional energy services organization made up of all 21 towns in Barnstable and Dukes counties. The compact operates a regional energy efficiency program and works with the combined buying power of the region’s 200,000 electric consumers to negotiate lower electricity prices and other public benefits.

CLC will test the new DOE score system through its existing Home Energy Assessment Program in 2011. As part of the program, the compact covers at least 75 percent of the cost, up to $2,000, to install recommended insulation.

Participants for the Home Energy Score pilot program will be chosen from a list of CLC customers who volunteer for it. Only year-round Martha’s Vineyard and Cape residents are eligible. Call CLC at 800-797-6699 to request participation.