Rhode Island project aims to make home energy use comparisons easier

Rhode Island (36.5 out of 50)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has been awarded federal funding for an interstate partnership that aims to make it easier for people to compare home energy usage.

The state's congressional delegation announced the funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to Rhode Island's Office of Energy Resources.

The office was the lead applicant for the nearly $550,000 grant. It aligns the two most prominent systems of home energy ratings so key metrics are comparable.

Rhode Island will partner with Arkansas, Massachusetts, Missouri and Oregon and organizations focused on energy efficiency.

The delegation says the project will help create voluntary home energy disclosure policies to encourage energy labeling in the residential real estate market. It will serve as a national model.

The lawmakers say it will help people buying homes or implementing energy-saving improvements.

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