About the Scorecard certificate

When the assessment is complete, the assessor provides a certificate to you that shows information about your home, the star rating, hot weather and cold weather ratings, possible upgrades as well as information about the appliances.  It is a two-page report of the assessed house.

Your certificate:

  • shows your home’s star rating out of 10, which represents the relative cost of running the fixed appliances in your home
  • 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

There is also an opportunity to discuss how you can use the appliances and features of your home to further improve their efficiency.

Sample Scorecard certificate

An example of a Scorecard certificate for an average three-star house.

Scorecard certificate

Scorecard certificate (page 2)

The Scorecard star rating

The star rating represents the relative cost of energy to run the fixed appliances in the house.  

Three stars is the average rating for Victorian houses.

Scorecard certificate 3 star-rating close-up

Hot and cold weather ratings

This section of the certificate shows how well the house performs in summer without any cooling and in winter without any heating.  These ratings are important because low ratings mean that heat can move relatively easily from outside to in and inside to out.  So even if you have efficient appliances, you will need to use them more to maintain comfortable temperatures inside.  For older houses a good level to aim for is three bars or more.

Scorecard certificate - hot/cold weather rating

Energy production

This section of the certificate shows your home’s rating with solar electricity (PV) and without. If you do not have solar PV it will show your star rating and then a star rating to demonstrate what your house would rate if you installed a 2.5kW system.

If you already have solar PV it shows a rating without solar PV so you can decide on what house improvements to target.  It also shows what percentage of your fixed appliance cost is met by your solar generation.

Scorecard certificate - energy/solar


This section on the second page of the certificate shows the efficiency of each fixed appliance and how much of your energy cost is driven by each of the appliances. It also shows a number of options to improve each appliance category. These options give the highest cost savings as calculated by the Scorecard tool.

Scorecard certificate - appliances

You should discuss your particular needs with your Scorecard assessor to refine these options. Each appliance is rated out of five. Consider upgrading any appliance that rates three bars or less. 

This section does not provide information about how to best use these appliances to minimise cost, however, you can also discuss these with your skilled Scorecard assessor.

The Scorecard certificate fact sheet

Click on the links below to download a copy of our Scorecard certificate fact sheet:

How to read a Scorecard certificate (.PDF, 701 KB)

How to read a Scorecard certificate (accessible document, .DOCX, 2.02 MB)

Page last updated: 13/10/20