What is Scorecard?
The Victorian Energy Efficiency Scorecard (the Scorecard) provides an energy star rating for a new or existing home, similar to fridge or washing machine star ratings.
The Scorecard star rating program is the first of its kind in Australia. Assessments and information are tailored specifically for your home and are delivered by government-approved assessors.
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 provides an easy-to-understand snapshot of how your home copes with hot and cold weather.
Important News: In-home activities to stop until further notice
Restrictions have changed to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the Victorian Government advises that in-home assessments are not permitted until further notice. Assessors may continue to conduct remote assessments while restrictions require them to work from home.
You can contact an assessor to discuss your options, including arranging an in-home assessment for a future date.
For more information on restrictions and health advice, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au
Introduction to the Scorecard
A Scorecard assessment will give your home a star rating that you can use to compare it to others.
An energy star-rating for your home
The Scorecard provides an energy star-rating for your home on a scale from 1 to 10. A high star rating means your home will use less energy, and cost less to run, than one with a lower star rating.
Assessments and information are delivered by government-approved assessors and are tailored specifically for your home.
Many Victorian homes have high energy bills simply due to the way the home is built. Currently, the average Victorian home is three-star rated so there are lots of opportunities to increase the home’s rating. The Scorecard helps you understand those opportunities and to improve your home’s performance, spending less on energy bills while staying comfortable.
It also provides an easy-to-understand snapshot of how your home copes with Victoria’s hot and cold weather.
If you’re looking at buying or renting, a Scorecard rating allows you to compare energy use with similar homes. If you are building or renovating, a Scorecard can help you to quickly work out how to save money on your future bills.
What to expect during your assessment
The average on-site assessment takes approximately two hours, but the time taken will depend on the size and complexity of your home.
The assessor collects data on:
- room sizes
- construction materials
- window type
- placement and furnishings
- your hot water system
- renewable energy sources
At the end of the assessment the assessor will provide your home’s star rating and you can view your Scorecard certificate.
The Scorecard certificate
- shows your home’s star rating out of 10
- shows where your energy is being used
- rates the efficiency of various elements of your home, such as the building itself and major appliances
- rates the performance of your home in hot and cold weather
- provides practical options to improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Sample Scorecard certificate
There is also an opportunity to discuss how you can use the appliances and features of your home to further improve their efficiency.
Many assessors offer complementary services, such as blower door testing to understand how leaky the house is, putting you in touch with trusted suppliers, performing upgrades or working with your builder to improve results. If you have a particular requirement just ask when you call for a quote.
Energy advice you can trust
The Scorecard program is available across Victoria. Contact an assessor to get a quote for assessing your home – find their contact details and the areas they serve here.
Only accredited assessors can provide Scorecard assessments.
The Victorian Government has applied strict quality control standards which assessors must meet to be accredited. You can view these standards on the Scorecard website.
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Page last updated: 17/09/20