(1st published in Sustain July 17 Newsletter of the Baw Baw Sustainability Network)
The Scorecard is an Australian-first home energy rating program. The Scorecard will enable you to obtain a star rating for your home, in the same way as a fridge or washing machine has a star rating. The star rating is a representation of the running cost of the fixed appliances in your home. It will guide you to make home improvements efficiently and cost effectively.
Accredited assessors can be engaged to deliver a Scorecard assessments for a fee. They will use the government supported Scorecard web tool to rate the energy efficiency of your home’s construction, fixed appliances and other key features such as solar PV energy production. The two page rating certificate also recommends upgrade options to improve your home’s rating.
The Scorecard also rates your home’s performance during hot weather. This important feature helps you understand and improve the comfort of your home in summer.
Many Victorian homes have high energy bills simply due to the way their home is built. The Scorecard will help householders understand and improve this performance.
The program is being rolled out through not for profit organisations only this year but is planned to be open for commercial release sometime in 2018. BBSN is engaged already and we have one accredited assessor with 2-3 more in the process of applying. We are currently offering a Scorecard rating as part of our home assessment service so if you’d like to have your home done, please contact Malcolm on 0417 364 615 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost is $250 but if you are a pensioner, health care card holder, in community housing or on an energy concession there are subsidised programs available now and into 2018 that mean you can access a Scorecard assessment for free. Contact Malcolm for these too. More information is available here.