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TRIBUNE PHOTO_ JONATHAN HOUSE - Michael Kronenthal accesses his family's attic, where they hope to install new insulation to use less energy. T_551585

PORTLAND, Ore. (PORTLAND TRIBUNE) — Portlanders newly listing their homes for sale must first obtain a Home Energy Score, under a 2016 city mandate that took effect Jan. 1.

To get a Home Energy Score, home sellers must hire a home energy assessor, who will visit the house, do a quick survey and calculate the energy the home will require. In addition, the assessor will lay out cost-effective ways to boost the home’s energy efficiency, and provide an idea of the home’s carbon footprint.

The Home Energy Score is akin to a miles per gallon sticker required for new-car sales, or comparable requirements for refrigerators and other appliances.

Home shoppers will be able to calculate their monthly energy bills, a key part of the cost of owning a home, before their buy.

Portland becomes the first U.S. city to require such scores for all prospective homes on the market.

City officials expect the mandate will result in proactive efforts by homeowners to improve their home’s energy efficiency before putting it up for sale. That will reduce costs for new homeowners, and lower the carbon emissions associated with heating, cooling and powering homes.

The city is also exploring ways to reduce carbon emissions in commercial buildings, starting with a requirement by landlords to monitor and report energy usage.

• To learn more about the city program and arrange a Home Energy Score with the city’s designated nonprofit, click here.

• To find a contractor to do home energy retrofits that might be eligible for rebates from Energy Trust of Oregon, call 1-866-368-7878 or click here.

• City webpage on the Home Energy Score.The Portland Tribune is a KOIN media partner.

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