Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?

UtilityScore provides monthly and annual energy and water cost estimates based on local utility rates, climate, property characteristics, and lifestyle factors. Homes are scored on a 1-100 scale, with 100 representing very low utility bills and 1 representing very high utility bills. We’re also building the tool to allow the listing agent to provide more detail about what’s going on inside the home to improve that score.

How accurate are UtilityScore estimates?

UtilityScore delivers accurate utility estimates that are based on local utility rates and typical usage assumptions synthesized from widely-cited state and national energy use, water use, and climate data sources. Users can refine the estimates and score by indicating the number of occupants, preferred thermostat settings, and if the home will be occupied during the work week and therefore provide homebuyers and renters valuable information before they buy.

Are the utility estimates based on actual bills?

No, we do not base UtilityScore estimates on past bills. The behaviors and number of people living in the home can have a big impact of the utility bill and therefore the UtilityScore estimates are based on the home itself. Utility costs can vary significantly based on the size of the home and lot and the utility service provider’s rates. We found that, on average within a single metro area, utility bills can vary by $100 per month due just to local differences in utility rates.