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UtilityScore brings new level of transparency to real estate and home improvement to help you assess the true cost of buying, renting, and renovating homes. Nationwide, utility costs are 25% of housing expenses, but buyers and renters are in the dark about what their new bills will be, and homeowners don't know the best ways to reduce their bills.

We have created a unique profile for all 84 million single-family homes in the United States based on home characteristics, climate, and over 7,000 local utility rates. Each home receives a score on a 1 to 100 scale. A 1 means high utility bills and high energy & water use. A 100 means low utility bills and low energy & water use. This score tells you how every home in the country stacks up to its neighbors, and which upgrade projects can save the most money, energy, and water.

We provide personalized utility bill savings estimates for solar, new windows, heating and air conditioning upgrades, and other home improvement projects that save you money on utility bills.

We are impressed by UtilityScore's comprehensive nationwide data set, covering both energy and water costs. Coupled with information on our platform, this data adds further transparency to the housing search process, helping Buyers and Renters assess the true out-of-pocket costs of a home beyond monthly mortgage or rent payments."
-Maria Seredina, Zillow Group Corporate Development
“Transparency has always been a top priority for us. Bringing additional transparency with utility costs to our listings adds tremendous value to our users. Now, renters can have a truer picture of what the costs are to live in their next home.”
-Douglas Pope, co-founder and general manager of HotPads
UtilityScore has painstakingly assembled a dataset of the utility costs for every home in the US. This data had to be gathered and normalized from thousands of sources, and this is the first time someone’s done it. Now that it’s been done, it is going to change the way people buy and renovate homes.”
-Jared Friedman, Partner at Y Combinator

Frequently Asked Questions

What is UtilityScore?

We provide personalized utility bill savings estimates for solar, new windows, heating and air conditioning upgrades, and other home improvement projects that save money on utility bills.

We also estimate energy and water bills to help you consider these costs before you buy or rent.

How does UtilityScore work?

We have created a unique profile for all 84 million single-family homes in the United States based on home characteristics (such as home area, age, and heating equipment), climate, and over 7,000 local utility rates. Each home receives a score on a 1 to 100 scale. A 100 means low utility bills and low energy/water use. A 1 means high utility bills and high energy/water use.

How do I find out my UtilityScore?

1. Enter your home address.

2. Claim your home and Home Facts. Updating your Home Facts will increase the accuracy of our utility bill estimates and highlight the upgrades that will save the most on energy and water bills.

3. Get your UtilityScore, see how it compares to other homes in the neighborhood, and get personalized recommendations for home improvements that can lower utility bills.

What are the ways I can use UtilityScore?

1. Get personalized recommendations on ways to save money on energy and water bills.

2. Access financing options to implement solar and home efficiency projects that save money on utility bills.

3.Understand utility costs before you buy or rent.

4. Before you list your home for sale, update your Home Facts on UtilityScore to update your score and display a more accurate cost of ownership estimate when your home is viewed on real estate sites.

What geographic areas does UtilityScore cover?

UtilityScore currently covers all 84 million single-family homes in the United States.

How accurate is my UtilityScore?

UtilityScore provides utility bill and savings estimates based on property characteristics, local utility rates, and local climate data. Actual bills may vary based on the behaviors and number of people living in the home. Users can refine the estimates by indicating the number of occupants, preferred thermostat settings, and if the home will be occupied during the work week. Homeowners can claim their home and update their Home Facts to increase accuracy of the saving estimates.

Are the utility savings estimates based on actual bills?

No, we do not base estimates on past bills. The behaviors and number of people living in the home have an impact on the utility bill. We encourage homeowners to claim their home and update their Home Facts as well as use the lifestyle refinements (such as number of people living in the home or typical thermostat settings) for more accurate bill savings estimates.

How is a home’s UtilityScore calculated?

The UtilityScore tells you how well a home’s utility bills stack up to other homes in that area. Homes with lower utility bills that use less energy and water will earn higher scores than homes with higher bills that use more energy and water. The scores are calibrated to that home’s local area—we compare a home in Denver to other homes in the Denver area, not to homes in Honolulu.

Can I improve my UtilityScore?

Yes. Claim your home and update your Home Facts to refine your UtilityScore. If a home has already undergone home improvements that reduce energy and water bills, this can be captured in Home Facts. When Home Facts are updated, we recalculate the UtilityScore and estimated bills to reflect those improvements. This higher score is shown on our website and in real estate listings across the nation.

If your home hasn’t been improved yet, we help you find the best project and financing options to lower your bills and increase your UtilityScore.

How does UtilityScore make recommendations?

UtilityScore finds the best projects for you based on your location, your home, and your lifestyle. First, we calculate your potential utility bill savings for every project type in our platform. These calculations are based on your local utility rates, local climate, and individual home characteristics. Second, we rank these projects based on which ones save you the most money.

UtilityScore also finds the best financing options based on locally-available lending products, your monthly budget, and your basic credit profile. Unlike some search tools, we always rank our recommendations based on what’s best for you, not by which lender pays the most for advertising.

Is UtilityScore FREE? How do you make money?

UtilityScore is FREE to homeowners, homebuyers, and renters! We make money by helping lenders, solar companies, and building pros connect with and engage customers.

How do I access UtilityScore’s widgets, APIs, and iFrames?

All of UtilityScore’s implementation tools are available on our developer site: developer.myutilityscore.com. Register for an API key, and start testing! Contact us for support and questions.

Who developed UtilityScore?

Brian Gitt, founder and CEO, has worked for 18 years in energy and residential remodeling. Frustrated by the onerous rules and bureaucratic inefficiency of utility and government led energy and water efficiency programs, the UtilityScore team is taking a market based approach to remove the 3 main challenges to scale solar and home improvements that reduce utility bills.

1. Personalized information to make smart informed decisions

2. Access to capital

3. Recognizing value of improvements in real estate

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News

[27-Dec-2016] The hot and cold hidden costs of home ownership

Consider utility bills carefully before you buy

... Click for details

[26-Oct-2016] Community Developments: Tax Incentives for Impact Investments through CDFIs

According to a study performed by Trulia and UtilityScore, utility bills can have an enormous impact on housing affordability, particularly in less expensive areas.

... Click for details

[26-Oct-2016] Before you buy that home, avoid utility bill shock

Housing affordability isn't just about your monthly mortgage or rent payment. Utilities can be a stealth budget buster.

... Click for details

[26-Oct-2016] Covert Costs: Utilities Are the Hidden Cost of Housing

It’s not about the weather. Utility bills can represent nearly half of a household’s monthly housing costs – and no, it’s not in the places you’re thinking.

... Click for details

[13-Oct-2016] ATTOM Data Solutions Adds Home Utility Costs to Its Bulk Data Platform via Exclusive Agreement With UtilityScore

ATTOM Data Solutions, the nation's leading source for comprehensive property data, and UtilityScore, a national provider of utility data, today announced a data licensing agreement making ATTOM Data Solutions the exclusive bulk data provider of UtilityScore data.

... Click for details

[13-Sep-2016] REcolorado Launches UtilityScore to Help Colorado House Hunters Understand True Cost of Homeownership

REcolorado is pleased to be Colorado’s first MLS to offer today’s savvy homebuyers a tool that will help them assess and plan for the lifetime cost of a property before they purchase.

... Click for details

[24-Aug-2016] The 48 startups that launched at Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 2

When shopping for a home, there’s always going to be a huge cost that goes along with the mortgage: the utility bill. But that might be hard to estimate, especially when digging through potential homes on Zillow or other sites. UtilityScore is building a back-end tool that allows those companies to call up estimates for all 82 million single family homes for utility costs, giving potential home buyers more information when deciding whether or not to make a purchase. That same data can also help companies like solar panel providers demonstrate to potential customers how much money they would save, making it easier to sway them.

... Click for details

[22-Aug-2016] UtilityScore Launches on HotPads to Help Renters Understand Energy and Water Costs

UtilityScore launched this week on HotPads desktop and mobile web, to provide millions of house hunters with a simple way to compare estimated monthly utility costs for rental properties nationwide.

... Click for details

[27-Dec-2016] The hot and cold hidden costs of home ownership

Consider utility bills carefully before you buy

... Click for details

[26-Oct-2016] Community Developments: Tax Incentives for Impact Investments through CDFIs

According to a study performed by Trulia and UtilityScore, utility bills can have an enormous impact on housing affordability, particularly in less expensive areas.

... Click for details

[26-Oct-2016] Before you buy that home, avoid utility bill shock

Housing affordability isn't just about your monthly mortgage or rent payment. Utilities can be a stealth budget buster.

... Click for details

[26-Oct-2016] Covert Costs: Utilities Are the Hidden Cost of Housing

It’s not about the weather. Utility bills can represent nearly half of a household’s monthly housing costs – and no, it’s not in the places you’re thinking.

... Click for details

[13-Oct-2016] ATTOM Data Solutions Adds Home Utility Costs to Its Bulk Data Platform via Exclusive Agreement With UtilityScore

ATTOM Data Solutions, the nation's leading source for comprehensive property data, and UtilityScore, a national provider of utility data, today announced a data licensing agreement making ATTOM Data Solutions the exclusive bulk data provider of UtilityScore data.

... Click for details

[13-Sep-2016] REcolorado Launches UtilityScore to Help Colorado House Hunters Understand True Cost of Homeownership

REcolorado is pleased to be Colorado’s first MLS to offer today’s savvy homebuyers a tool that will help them assess and plan for the lifetime cost of a property before they purchase.

... Click for details


[24-Aug-2016] The 48 startups that launched at Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 2

When shopping for a home, there’s always going to be a huge cost that goes along with the mortgage: the utility bill. But that might be hard to estimate, especially when digging through potential homes on Zillow or other sites. UtilityScore is building a back-end tool that allows those companies to call up estimates for all 82 million single family homes for utility costs, giving potential home buyers more information when deciding whether or not to make a purchase. That same data can also help companies like solar panel providers demonstrate to potential customers how much money they would save, making it easier to sway them.

... Click for details

[22-Aug-2016] UtilityScore Launches on HotPads to Help Renters Understand Energy and Water Costs

UtilityScore launched this week on HotPads desktop and mobile web, to provide millions of house hunters with a simple way to compare estimated monthly utility costs for rental properties nationwide.

... Click for details