What is the home energy consumption data?

The home energy consumption data displayed on the Property Details page helps you evaluate residential properties. RPR partners with Tendril, the leading provider of property-level energy consumption data and scores, giving RPR users access to this valuable information to share with consumers and clients.

Accessing this data is quick and easy. Just look for the Home Energy Consumption section on the Property Details page (below the Schools section). By expanding the section you can see energy consumption details for the property you are researching, as shown below:

 

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The Home Energy Consumption section provides some great information for your clients including:

  • Average Monthly Costs 
  • Energy Score 
  • Local Average Cost and Score
  • Consumption Breakdown
    • Lighting
    • Kitchen
    • Electronics
    • Water Heating
    • Heating
    • Laundry
    • Other

Best of all, you get an easy-to-digest information subject property energy score and comparison to the local average. This data will help buyers and sellers see how a property performs and scores with energy consumption compared to other homes in the marketplace. 

The estimated monthly energy costs are displayed for the property and the state. The costs are calculated using utility bills, home data and a physics-based model. Please note that the actual condition of any particular home is not a factor in the estimate.

Energy Scores range from 0 to 100 and are an indicator of a property's energy efficiency and utility costs. A home with a high score should have reasonably low energy use compared to a home with a low score, which may not be as energy efficient as it could be.

The Local Score is based on the ZIP code, the year the home was built and the dwelling type (single vs. multi-family).
 

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Although Tendril has nationwide coverage, not every property will have home energy data to display, or enough data from which to calculate an energy score. Tendril updates its data and its modeling calculations on an ongoing basis. 

And yes, RPR also provides this valuable information on your Property and Seller's reports, helping you look professional on your next listing or buyers presentation.

 

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Tendril FAQs:

What does Tendril know about my property?

Tendril collects published information and combines it with data from a number of independent sources. They calculate the energy score by collecting information regarding the property's location, year built, the style and size of the property along with a number of other contributing factors.

My utility can tell me about energy use. What does Tendril do differently?

Knowing the amount of energy going in and out of your home is definitely useful, and this information may already be available from your electric and gas utilities. However, Tendril is able to provide an independent angle with a scientific view of the energy used in your home, and compares that with other homes.

How does Tendril use property information?

Tendril uses a detailed simulation of how a property uses energy. This simulation is achieved through scientific modeling of your home's energy use. 

What is the energy score?

Think of it like the sticker on the front of a fridge or washing machine when you first buy it. The energy score provides you with an indicator of a property's energy efficiency and utility costs. For example: a home with a high score should have reasonably low energy use compared to a home with a low score that may not be as energy efficient as it could be.

What property data most impacts the energy score?

The type of property—whether it's an apartment, townhouse, or single family home—will have the most impact on the energy score. The use of renewable energy through solar panels will also make a noticeable difference. The third biggest influencer is the location, which will provide information around the energy consumption based on the weather. How the home is heated and cooled, along with the amount of floor space are also valuable features considered in the model.

How can I improve my energy score?

Performing energy-efficiency upgrades or getting energy-efficiency recommendations from someone who is able to view and inspect your property can help increase your score. 

Will my energy score change?

Your energy score can change over time. Tendril is actively working to improve the model that predicts your energy score. As improvements are made to the model, your score may change. Additionally, as more information is learned about your home's specific build and occupancy characteristics, the energy score will evolve to reflect that new information.

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