What is Scorecard?
Scorecard is delivered by independent accredited assessors using the government-supported Scorecard webtool.
The assessor rates the energy efficiency of your home's construction, fixed appliances, and other key features such as solar PV energy production.
The Scorecard also rates how comfortable your home is in hot weather.
Many Victorian homes have high energy bills simply due to the way the home is built. The Scorecard helps you understand and improve this performance.
A Scorecard assessment will tell you where your home is using the most energy and how you can reduce your use while staying comfortable.
A Scorecard assessment will give your home a star rating that you can use to compare it to others.
Introduction to the Scorecard
New ways to fund home upgrades
There are some new ways to improve the energy performance and comfort of your home if you don’t have the funds up front. Some banks now offer lower interest rates if you are planning to upgrade your home or buy a new higher performing home. There is a double benefit, you get a home that is more comfortable, lower cost to run and you get a better interest rate. There is also a new home upgrade loan which can be paid off through your council rates called Environmental Upgrade Finance.
The Residential Efficiency Scorecard makes the process easy for both options. A Scorecard assessor uses the government supported Scorecard tool to see what upgrades bring the biggest benefits to save money on your energy bill. The assessor provides you with upgrade options to choose from and a Scorecard certificate that is used to help access the loan. Victoria is leading by opening the way to pay a home performance upgrade loan through your council rates. This can be a good option, especially if you may sell your home in a few years, as the loan is attached to the property. This means those that benefit from the upgrade pay for the upgrade. Click here to download a fact sheet on the loans.
If you are interested in finding out more about these loans register here.
Formal recommendation to cease In-home Scorecard Assessments
Recommendation to cease in-home activities
The Victorian Government is implementing a wide range of measures to protect public health, with Victorians being told to stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
As a result, the Victorian Government strongly recommends that the following activities cease:
- Residential Efficiency Scorecard program – in-home assessments
- Energy Savvy Upgrades – in-home assessment, installations and audits
For general information on how to stay safe, please visit: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Why has this recommendation been made?
Assessments and upgrades occur in homes and may require multiple home visits. Appropriate physical distancing can be challenging in these circumstances.
You can keep up to date via: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.
You must follow these directions – stay home. Protect our health system. Save lives.
Helping Victorian households save money on their energy bills remains a key goal of the Victorian Government.
New loans for energy efficient homes
New bank loans to improve the energy performance and comfort of your home are now available!
Some banks now offer lower interest rates if you are planning to upgrade your home or build or buy a highly energy efficient home. This is a win win, you get a home that is more comfortable, with lower energy bills, and you get a better interest rate.
The Residential Efficiency Scorecard makes the application process easy. A Scorecard assessor uses the government supported Scorecard tool to see what upgrades bring the biggest benefits to save money on your energy bill. The assessor provides you with upgrade options to choose from and a Scorecard certificate that is used to help access the loan.
To download the fact sheets on the home loans click below:
- Low Energy Loans Fact Sheet (PDF, 437 KB)
- Low Energy Loans Fact Sheet (accessible document, Word, 2.59 MB)
See this media release for more information or search online for low (or clean) energy bank loans for homes.
Homes with higher energy ratings sell for more
Did you know that homes with higher energy ratings sell for more?
An article has been published on The Conversation by Daniel Daly, a research fellow at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (University of Wollongong) which covers research that shows how homes with higher energy ratings sell for more.
Scorecard 2019 Report
The Scorecard programme produces one of the largest datasets of home energy cost and comfort in Victorian homes.
A report has been released with the first analysis of this data, including summaries of home performance, programme benefits and outcomes.
Buying a home?
Selling a home?
Renovating a home?
Worried about your energy bills?
Is your house too hot in summer or too cold in winter?
- The Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard (PDF, 986.0 KB)
- The Victorian Residential Efficiency Scorecard (DOCX, 1.8 MB) (accessible document)
- Scorecard in Arabic (PDF, 252.6 KB)
- Scorecard in Greek (PDF, 253.2 KB)
- Scorecard in Hindi (PDF, 359.5 KB)
- Scorecard in Italian (PDF, 201.4 KB)
- Scorecard in Punjabi (PDF, 350.5 KB)
- Scorecard in Mandarin (PDF, 301.0 KB)
- Scorecard in Cantonese (PDF, 334.9 KB)
- Scorecard in Turkish (PDF, 266.6 KB)
- Scorecard in Vietnamese (PDF, 229.0 KB)
Page last updated: 01/06/20