Home Energy Score San Rafael

San Rafael

(415) 942-6565

Santa Rosa

(707) 452-3464

The price of utilities is rising in San Rafael, Marin County, and all over California. Electricity rates increased by 38% between January 2021 and September 2023. The price of natural gas increased by 24% from November 2021 to November 2022.

It goes without saying that increasing home efficiency is necessary to reduce energy costs. Does your house lack efficiency? Why make an assumption? A Home Energy Score (HES) audit is something you can do! A Department of Energy-certified Home Energy Score Assessor from John Owens Services uses calculations and measurements to give your home a score between 1 and 10. It’s like rating a car’s miles per gallon—the higher the figure, the more economical the house.

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The price of utilities is rising in San Rafael, Marin County, and all over California. Electricity rates increased by 38% between January 2021 and September 2023. The price of natural gas increased by 24% from November 2021 to November 2022.

It goes without saying that increasing home efficiency is necessary to reduce energy costs. Does your house lack efficiency? Why make an assumption? A Home Energy Score (HES) audit is something you can do! A Department of Energy-certified Home Energy Score Assessor from John Owens Services uses calculations and measurements to give your home a score between 1 and 10. It’s like rating a car’s miles per gallon—the higher the figure, the more economical the house.

How Was the Home Energy Score Created?

A formula for calculating a home’s energy use was devised by the U.S. Department of Energy and used in the creation of the energy score program. Every room in your house is measured during an energy audit, which assigns a number to each room on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest efficiency. The energy use and expected cost of energy in your home are taken into account in this assessment. A list of home improvement projects that can be completed in ten years or less is provided by the score. You can also use evaluations to prioritize your projects according to their associated expenses.

When to get an HES Score

To find out how much energy is used in your house and how to make improvements in order to be saving energy, energy assessments are always an excellent idea. It suggests modifications that will pay for themselves quickly in energy savings, so you know the investment will be worthwhile. These can include efficient appliances, such as a heat pump HVAC system, that increase energy efficiency and therefore boost your home performance. Now is the ideal time to receive your home’s energy score if you’re interested in learning more about how much energy you use and where you might make improvements.

Having an official Home Energy Score on file can be very helpful if you ever plan to sell your house, in addition to helping you decide which energy changes to make. Prospective purchasers are interested in learning as much as they can about the house. They will be more interested in the house if this feature is made apparent to them, particularly if the score is higher than that of other homes in the neighborhood.

Taking care of the trouble spots in your home’s energy use before you sell will help increase the appeal of your house to prospective buyers because it will have more to offer in terms of safety and energy savings thanks to this assessment procedure.

What Are Home Energy Auditors and What Is a Home Energy Score?

Home Energy Score rating chart

A Department of Energy-certified specialist known as a “Home Energy Score assessor” will come to your house to do an energy audit. A qualified contractor, a home inspector, or an expert in the field of energy audits can all serve as home energy auditors. These experts visit your house to perform an energy assessment, during which they go around the house gathering a great deal of data in order to assign a rating to your property based on its energy efficiency.

What is inspected as part of the Home Energy Audit?

The HES includes the following tasks:

  • Calculating the house’s and the foundation’s square footage
  • Examining the size and efficiency ratings of the energy systems you already use, such as your hot water heater, air conditioning unit, and space heater
  • Counting the windows and measuring their thickness
  • The thickness of insulation in the walls, crawlspace, and attic
  • Examining the electrical panel
  • Checking for air sealing at penetrations and seams
  • The state of the air ducts

These items are optional:

  • Testing for leaks in your space heating system with a duct blaster (most ducts leak up to 30%)
  • Test your home’s air changes in one hour with the Blower Door Test. Electrical outlets, above stoves, fireplaces, and even windows are common locations where leaks occur and can be major causes of air leaks. The ideal number of air changes in a house is two per hour; in most cases, five to ten occur.

An overall energy consumption estimate based on the kind of fuel, operational parameters, and occupant behavior will also be provided.

What Do They Do With All This Information?

After completing this assessment, they will be able to determine an efficiency score ranging from 1 to 10, as well as tailored recommendations for low-cost home repairs, along with an estimate of how much you will save annually and the return on investment.

Home energy auditors can also provide homeowners with a sneak peek at what their potential Home Energy Score might be if they choose to implement the suggested changes by using the results of the Home Energy Assessment. If your house now has a score of 3, for instance, making the energy-efficient improvements suggested by the test might raise it to a 7.

Next, we begin the process of starting to plan any future upgrades to improve your score and help you save money and lower utility bills, such as insulation or heat pump water heaters. Estimates for upgrades are included as part of the audit. John Owens Services will also be able to obtain permits, install equipment, and assist with any associated rebates.

What Are Common Upgrades Recommended?

  • Insulation upgrades to attic, basement or walls.
  • Heat pump water heater
  • Ductwork upgrades
  • Duct sealing
  • Seal Can Lights and seams in attic
  • Install programmable thermostat

What Do Home Energy Scores Cost?

Typically, a home energy audit will cost around $399; the price may vary depending on the size of the home. BayREN offers rebates for home energy assessments that could be available to you. It is always important to ask about any potential rebates you may be eligible for when it comes to home energy assessments. Any upgrades recommended and sold will come with additional costs for the services.



The John Owens Way

Our philosophy is simple, we always want to maintain equipment to give it the longest life possible. Next, we want to focus on repairing when something goes wrong. Then only as the last choice, we replace equipment when needed. That’s the John Owens Way.

San Rafael
(415) 942-6565
Santa Rosa
(707) 452-3464

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Maintenance

Regular maintenance keeps your home’s systems running well all year long. We’ll help you gain efficiency and save money.

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Repair

When something breaks down, our team will get to you fast. We’ll find the problem and fix it to get you back to normal.

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Replacement

When it’s time to replace something in your home, we’ll help you get a top quality product that matches your specific needs.
San Rafael
(415) 942-6565
Santa Rosa
(707) 452-3464