In the thick of another hot summer of rising utility bills, a new tool for increasing energy efficiency is especially welcome. Tennessee Realtors® are offering just that as part of a nationwide partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

To further advance voluntary energy-efficiency activities in homes across the nation, the National Association of Realtors®’ (NAR) Center for Realtor Technology and the DOE have joined forces to help American families improve the efficiency of their homes. The Better Buildings Home Energy Information Accelerator makes energy information more accessible to potential homebuyers while improving and expanding home-upgrade programs that help Americans save money on their energy bills. The ultimate aim is to cut waste and move the United States closer to a clean-energy future.

The accelerator assists national organizations, federal agencies, and regional, state, and local leaders in real estate and energy efficiency in voluntarily expanding the availability and use of reliable home-energy information at relevant points in residential real-estate transactions.

“This important program gives a boost to energy efficiency in Tennessee by expanding awareness of homes’ energy performance as part of the home-buying process,” said Pat Beech, 2015 president of the Tennessee Association of REALTORS® (TAR). “Improving access to money-saving information reflects our commitment to consumers, and it certainly will enhance the process of buying and selling homes throughout the Volunteer State.”