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Black Sheep

www.blacksheepapp.co

Black Sheep is an iOS application that helps home buyers find energy efficient homes by combining real estate listings with energy efficiency and energy consumption data. It also motivates homeowners to get Home Energy Score assessments, which helps populate the Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score database and encourages home owners to improve their energy efficiency.

Black sheep allows the user to search for homes by location, showing each home on a map with a memorable sheep icon. The icon shows how each home’s Home Energy Score compares to its peers, ranging from an all-black sheep for the lowest 20% of Home Energy Scores to all white for the highest 20%. The Home Energy Score is like a Miles Per Gallon rating for a home: “white sheep” stand out from the flock by using efficient lights, windows, furnaces, and other features. While the “black sheep” homes could use energy efficiency improvements.

In the expanded view for each home, the app shows annual electricity usage using the Department of Energy’s Green Button Data standard, and calculates annual electricity cost by combining the homeowner's usage from Green Button data with monthly prices from the Energy Information Administration API.

Black Sheep’s database is pre-filled with simulated Home Energy Scores and Green Button data for existing homes in Arlington, VA (as a demonstration), but sellers can add their own Home Energy Score and/or Green Button data by clicking the “I’m a seller” button on the map screen - and “opt in” to displaying their energy data.

We believe homeowners should be encouraged to share their Home Energy Scores and Green Button data.  Black Sheep shows what would be possible if they did.

Usage instructions: Black Sheep requires iOS 7. To use the app as a home buyer, enter a search in the map view to see homes, and click on one you’re interested in. A window will pop up showing information about the home, including the home energy score and estimated annual electricity cost. As a seller, you can click the “I’m a seller” button in the map screen to enter your Home Energy Score ID and QA number and to share your Home Energy Score, or download your Green Button data.

(You can navigate to the Green Button example data site to download a file.)

Submitted by 7 months ago

Comments (27)

  1. Great idea

    7 months ago
    4 Agreed
  2. Brilliant. Seriously, who came up with this. It's so obvious!

    7 months ago
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  3. Excellent!

    7 months ago
    3 Agreed
  4. super cool. and the acting...I mean, come on!

    7 months ago
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    1. I'm not sure you could actually call it acting in the traditional sense of the word...

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  5. awesome idea...when can we get it?

    7 months ago
    4 Agreed
  6. I wish this had been available when I was buying a house.

    7 months ago
    5 Agreed
  7. Awesome idea. You got my vote!

    7 months ago
    3 Agreed
  8. Super app! I can see lots of (energy) went into this.

    7 months ago
    7 Agreed
  9. Awesome. Brilliant.

    7 months ago
    2 Agreed
  10. This is a great idea!!

    7 months ago
    2 Agreed
  11. Black is the new Green!

    7 months ago
    3 Agreed
  12. Great Idea, would be nice to use on android devices as well.

    7 months ago
    3 Agreed
  13. I'd love to see it on Android, or as a web app.

    7 months ago
    3 Agreed
  14. Very interesting, good example of thinking out of the box!

    6 months ago
    1 Agreed
  15. I link the simplicity of the idea.

    6 months ago
    2 Agreed
  16. Great idea! Simple but very useful.

    6 months ago
    1 Agreed
  17. You got my vote - glad to see how the app leverages multiple data sources to make it easy for users to gauge costs

    6 months ago
    3 Agreed
  18. Cool idea for a Hot product! Better Living through Energy!

    6 months ago
    1 Agreed
  19. Great idea! Like the simplicity...

    6 months ago
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  20. very cool...love the idea!

    6 months ago
    2 Agreed
  21. Sweet! This is awesome!

    6 months ago
    1 Agreed
  22. I like that the home's seller is incentivized to get the energy score. a small price to pay when looking to sell a home

    6 months ago
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  23. Great idea!

    6 months ago
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  24. love the video!

    6 months ago
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  25. Awesome Video! You guys could get rich off of this and buy Range Rovers!!

    6 months ago
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  26. Congratulations!!!

    6 months ago
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