The Colorado Energy Office has agreed to have the Building Performance Institute boost the use of the U.S. Energy Department’s home energy scoring program in the state.

The BPI will assist in processing energy score assessor applicants, certifying those approved as independent BPI “raters.”

“The Colorado Energy Office has worked over the last three years to develop infrastructure to provide homeowners and home buyers low-cost energy information at the point of purchase,” said Colorado Energy Office residential program manager Peter Rusin. “BPI’s partnership fills a quality assurance gap, helping to ensure that homes throughout Colorado are properly rated for energy efficiency.”

The Department of Energy says a home energy score is similar to a miles-per-gallon rating for a car. It gives homeowners an estimate of how much energy a house will use, along with ways to improve its efficiency.

 The Colorado Energy Office said it would help boost the use of and numbers of BPI raters in the state Colorado housing market by subsidizing the first 2,000 energy scores submitted and the first 150 candidate applications, and promoting the program.