In the spring of 2018, the City and County of Denver’s Department of Public Health and the Environment launched a home energy label pilot program using the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy ScoreTM to generate the label. The pilot program sought to understand whether receiving an energy label during the transaction of a home could increase energy efficiency in single-family residential buildings in Denver. Denver was also interested in understanding whether an energy label would be helpful in meeting some of the residential sector goals laid out in Denver’s 80×50 Climate Action Plan.
The pilot program will continue to run through the end of 2019 and the intent of this analysis, which was conducted in late fall 2019, is to understand the impacts of the pilot and identify if and how Denver can use a home energy label to support greater residential energy efficiency. Specifically, this analysis seeks to answer the following questions:
A. Does sharing an energy label around the transaction motivate efficiency investments sooner with sellers, buyers and/or new owners?
B. Does sharing the Score with sellers, buyers, or new owners result in energy savings?
C. What are the opportunities and challenges related to using the Score as a tool to encourage energy efficiency?
D. Is the Score the right tool for Denver to encourage residential energy efficiency?
E. What are the next steps for Denver regarding energy labels?
Links to the full report and Executive Summary can also be accessed at www.Denvergov.org/HomeEnergy.