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Microsoft Hohm today began providing “Hohm Scores” that estimates the energy efficiency for more than 60 million homes in the United States. By entering a home address, anyone can compare their energy use to the average of other households in their neighborhood, or across the country. This information will help homeowners determine how much or little energy they use. This information will help homeowners consider ways to make changes in their energy usage and will likely lead to some interesting and informative discussions with your neighbors.
Hohm Scores are calculated using public record information about a home’s size, age and location. It then adds in data about typical weather patterns for that area, average utility bills, and more. Finally, Hohm Scores apply advanced analytics licensed from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy. Those analytics help calculate a home’s likely energy use. The end result is an assessment of a home’s energy use, ranking it on a 1-100 scale (100 being perfect energy efficiency).
For more about the Hohm Scores, read this article at Microsoft News Center. To get a Hohm Score for your home, visit the Hohm site.