Want to Become A Home Energy Rater?

This spring, the Energy Office and Fannie Mae are underwriting the cost of training for Nebraskans who want to become certified in conducting home energy rating system assessments.

A home energy rating system is a measurement of a house's energy efficiency. Rating systems allow buyers to easily compare energy costs for homes being considered for purchase. Also, a homeowner can use the energy rating to pinpoint the most cost-effective energy-saving improvements.

High Interest

According to Jack Osterman in the Energy Office, the value of the training is more than $1,000 for each individual. The five-day training sessions will be held in February and March at the Kansas Building Science Institute in Manhattan. "We offered people who attended the Affordable Housing and Homelessness Conference a chance to register for free training sessions," Osterman said. "We received about twice as many applications as there will be training slots available at this time."

Osterman said the applications will be reviewed in January and the 10-15 winners will be notified. Preference will be given to those individuals with a technical background that work for housing organizations and community action agencies. Others being considered include employees of public utilities, state agencies, housing inspectors and energy auditors from the private sector. Workshop attendees are responsible for the cost of travel, meals and lodging.

More to Come in '99

In early 1998, the Energy Office received a $50,000 U.S. Department of Energy grant to establish a home energy rating system in Nebraska. Funds from the grant, plus $25,000 in matching funds from the Energy Office and Fannie Mae, are underwriting the cost of the home energy rater training. Other aspects of the project include regional sessions for lenders, realtors, appraisers and others to become more familiar with home energy ratings as well as energy efficient mortgage and improvement financing options available to homeowners and landlords.

Later in the year, the Energy Office hopes to make additional free training sessions available. If you are interested in becoming a home energy rater, contact Jack Osterman in the Energy Office.

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