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Display estimated utility costs (electric, natural gas, water/sewer) and scores on real estate listings

Enable search by estimated utility costs and scores on your site

Enable search by estimated utility costs and scores on your site

Ideas and Case Studies

UtilityScore helps house hunters see beyond a property's list price to consider its projected utility costs before they buy. Software and website developers can use the UtilityScore API to serve a broad range of clients in the real estate and building industries. Here are some of our favorite ways to enhance your real estate listings, engage users, and turn users into customers with the UtilityScore API.

Ideas and Case Studies

UtilityScore helps home buyers and renters understand their utility expenses in two ways: First, by providing an estimate of monthly utility bill expenses before they buy and rent, and second, by providing a score on a 1-100 scale to show how that home stacks up to others in the area. Displaying both the estimated monthly utility bill and the score helps your users not only budget for their new home, but also simplifies home-to-home comparisons with a standardized scale.

Listing agents and homeowners can also edit their home facts (e.g., efficient heater, new appliances, solar) to give more insight on how water and energy are used inside the home. This deeper information helps UtilityScore provide more accurate estimates of bills, and helps showcase efficient homes by providing higher scores.

Visualize utility costs across geography

UtilityScore helps you tell a local story with deeper data. Our API allows you to pinpoint estimated utility costs for individual properties. You can aggregate these results at the tract, zip, city, or any level to create engaging, relevant content that informs users about the affordability of an area.

Zoom in to an individual property, though, and users may be surprised to see that the tiny home trend also leads to tinier-than-average energy and water bills. Or the sprawling mini-mansion they’ve always dreamed of will not give them mini utility costs.

Reveal the total cost of homeownership

Savvy buyers demand a comprehensive snapshot of total cost of homeownership, including mortgage, insurance, and property taxes. Use UtilityScore to help buyers budget for their energy and water bills—which comprise 25% of housing costs on average in the United States—by embedding estimated monthly or annual utility costs on real estate listing pages next to other monthly expenses.

Normalize annual estimated utility bills (response parameter: total_bill_annual) by home size to calculate total costs per square foot. A bigger house usually demands higher utility bills, but local variations in energy and water costs can mean a bigger home in Everett, Washington is a better utility bargain per square foot than a smaller home on the edge of the Seattle city limits.

A tale of two cities (and two housing budgets)

These two similar properties are both in the suburbs of Atlanta, about the same distance from the city, but one home's utility bill is $73/month more due to local differences in utility rates. If applied toward the mortgage, this monthly bill savings translates to affording an additional $15,000 worth of principal.

Identify hot target markets for the solar and home improvement sectors

The rooftop solar market has gone mainstream, and they’re ready to reach out to customers through reliable targeted marketing campaigns. Help identify those prime markets with the UtilityScore API by finding properties, neighborhoods, or entire communities with high electricity bills (response parameter: elecricity_bill_monthly). Solar and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors especially want to meet customers with high summer electricity bills (response parameter: elecricity_bill_peak_summer), which indicates high summer cooling demand, high peak electricity pricing, or both.

The hidden costs of working from home

Working in your jammies is great, but it comes with a cost. Operating personal computers, lights, appliances, toilets, and heating and cooling because the home is occupied during the day can increase utility costs by a few hundred bucks a year.

Use the UtilityScore API parameter daytimeocc to explore how full-time home occupancy will impact homeowners’ energy and water bill budget. For example, for a 2,848 sqft San Francisco home, daytime occupancy increases annual utility bills by about $587 per year, or 13%.

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