ENERGY STAR's Home Energy Yardstick compares your home's energy efficiency to similar homes across the country. It also offers suggestions for energy-saving home improvements.
You will need to collect together a year’s worth of your utility bills. The Yardstick program also needs basic information about your house size and location.
Enter your location (zip code), number of people in your home, square footage, age of home (decade built), and energy use (monthly or one year total). The Yardstick program will benchmark your energy use against its database of other U.S. homes.
This will tell you how efficient your home is compared to similar homes.
Taking The Next Step
In January, many folks like to plan projects for the New Year. That includes deciding which home improvement projects they want to tackle during the year.
Energy Star has another easy to use program that can help target the best ways to improve your house to make it more energy efficient. The return on investment data will help you choose the best use of your time and money.
The Home Energy Saver program offers a comparison of the energy costs (in $/year) of an average home and an energy-efficient home in your part of the USA. The results are broken out by end-use function (such as heating, cooling, and water heating).
An online survey asks questions about your house in about 20 different categories (including shape, shading, windows, and appliances). This results in a custom evaluation of your own home's energy use.
You also get a list of recommended ways to decrease energy consumption. Each suggestion includes ballpark costs and estimated percentage return on investment.
With all this information, you can make good choices about replacing appliances or upgrading parts of your home’s structure.
I tried it for our home and was pleased with how easy it was to use.