How it Works

Homeowners

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UtilityScore provides personalized recommendations for home improvements that save 25% on energy and water bills, using just your home address. Get Paid to Save™!


Homebuyers and Renters

The largest personal investment for most people is their home but most of them have no idea how much it costs to operate and own it. Their utility and energy bills are actually 25% of their housing expense every month. Also for home or apartment renters, utility costs can be a significant monthly expense. That's why we’ve partnered with Zillow Group and other real estate listing sites across the country to help you lower your utility and energy bills. When you start your search for your new home, you will now be able to look at its UtilityScore and compare all the houses you're considering. Scoring and utility cost estimates are embedded in the real estate listing and are based on local utility rates as well as a home's size and age, and the regional climate. Homes are scored on a 1-100 scale, with 100 representing very low utility bills.

UtilityScore helps house hunters understand their costs before buy or rent. See Beyond the List Price™!

“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

Frequently Asked Questions

What is UtilityScore?

UtilityScore provides personalized recommendations for home efficiency and solar, using just your home address. These improvements can save homeowners 25% on their energy and water bills

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

How does UtilityScore work?

1. Enter your home address

2. Gets personalized recommendations for home efficiency projects that will reduce energy and water bills

3. Select a project and get access to financing options and local quality pros.

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 home efficiency projects

3. Find local quality pros to improve your home

4. Understand utility costs before you buy or rent

5. Before you list your home for sale update your home facts on UtilityScore to increase your score and lower cost of ownership displayed on real estate sites

What geographic areas does UtilityScore cover?

UtilityScore currently covers all single-family homes in the U.S. We will cover multifamily homes and apartments in Q4 2016 and expand internationally in 2017.

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 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 can have a big impact on the utility bill and therefore the UtilityScore estimates are based on the home’s characteristics (e.g. sq ft, lot size, year built, etc.), climate, and local utility rates.

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?

If a home has already undergone energy and water efficiency improvements, homeowners and realtors can improve a home’s score by logging in to MyUtilityScore and updating that property’s Home Facts. When Home Facts are updated, we recalculate the UtilityScore and estimated bills to reflect those improvements. This higher score is reflected 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. Third, you can update your Home Facts to better refine our results. For example, if you’ve already replaced your windows recently, let us know and we’ll recalculate your top projects.

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 their target customers.

How do I access UtilityScore’s widgets, APIs, and i-frames?

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 scaling home efficiency

1. Personalized information to make smart informed decisions

2. Access to capital to implement home efficiency projects

3. Recognizing value of improvements in real estate

Still have questions? Contact Us

About

UtilityScore is changing the way people buy, rent, and renovate homes. The company was founded in April 2015 by Brian Gitt, who 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 scaling home efficiency:

  • 1 .Personalized information to make smart informed decisions
  • 2. Access to capital to implement home efficiency projects
  • 3. Recognizing value of improvements in real estate


Personalized recommendations and accurate calculators simplify home improvement decision-making for homeowners, and increase conversion rates and lower customer acquisition costs for lenders and building pros.


UtilityScore is the only company that provides a tool that covers all utilities including electricity, natural gas, water, and sewer and has a national database of local utility rates. To build this database, we had to source and normalize data from five thousand scattered utility websites.

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
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

Professional

We are an API for utility data. We are the first and only company to create a dataset of utility costs for all 82 million single family homes in the U.S. This is how it works: We receive a home address and return two things. First, we provide the home’s estimated energy and water bills. Second, we provide estimated bill savings for home improvement projects such as windows, solar, and air conditioning.

Developer

Our platform provides widget, API, and i-frame tools for you to seamlessly integrate our content into your website or mobile application. We help lenders, solar companies, and building pros get more customers at a lower cost. Real estate sites and apps use UtilityScore to help homebuyers and renters budget and compare homes based on estimated utility bills.

Contact Us

Still have questions? We are happy to help. Simply complete the form below and we will be in touch.

News

[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

[22-Aug-2016] UtilityScore shows how home improvement projects reduce utilities costs

UtilityScore is recommending home improvements that will cut down on utility costs, estimating the savings that will result from those improvements and showing loan options for financing the projects. UtilityScore's scores--which rate a home's utility costs on a scale of 1 through 100--are now appearing on HotPads, a rental site operated by Zillow.

... 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

[22-Aug-2016] UtilityScore shows how home improvement projects reduce utilities costs

UtilityScore is recommending home improvements that will cut down on utility costs, estimating the savings that will result from those improvements and showing loan options for financing the projects. UtilityScore's scores--which rate a home's utility costs on a scale of 1 through 100--are now appearing on HotPads, a rental site operated by Zillow.

... Click for details