UtilityScore shows how home improvement projects reduce utilities costs

  • UtilityScore is recommending home improvements that will cut down on utility costs, estimating the savings that will result from those improvements and showing loan options for financing the projects.
  • UtilityScore's scores -- which rate a home's utility costs on a scale of 1 through 100 -- are now appearing on HotPads, a rental site operated by Zillow.

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Consumers who snag homes that look like bargains sometimes make an unpleasant discovery: High gas, electric and water bills that bite into any savings on property price. UtilityScore previously rolled out scores to help consumers avoid these rude surprises.