Home Performance with Energy Star
December 1, 2017
If you’re considering making improvements to your home to lower energy bills or fix comfort problems, you should learn about Home Performance with ENERGY STAR—a whole-house approach to improving your comfort at home and energy efficiency, while helping to lower your utility bills.
A Whole-House Approach
Rather than focusing on a single problem, like an old heating or cooling system, not enough insulation in the attic, or leaky windows, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR helps you understand how improvements throughout the home work together so you can prioritize your investment to achieve your energy savings and comfort goals.
Benefits of Home Performance with Energy Star:
- Possible utility bill savings of 20% or more
- Fewer drafts and more comfortable rooms
- Work performed by specially trained contractors
- Third-party quality assurance to make sure work gets done right
- Reduced greenhouse gas emissions to protect the environment
A participating contractor will perform diagnostic testing on your home and provide you with recommendations to improve your home's efficiency. Common improvements include:
A. Sealing Air Leaks and Adding Insulation. These are critical first steps to improving the energy efficiency of your home.
B. Improving Heating and Cooling Systems. If your furnace or air conditioner is old or damaged, your participating contractor may recommend that you replace it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label.
C. Sealing Ductwork. Making sure ducts are straight, properly connected, sealed, and insulated where needed, will greatly improve your home's comfort and energy efficiency.
D. Replacing Windows. If it's time to replace your home's windows, your participating contractor may recommend ENERGY STAR qualified models specific to your climate.
E. Upgrading Lighting, Appliances, and Water Heating Equipment. Energy used in these areas can account for nearly half of your utility bill, so there's a big opportunity to save by installing ENERGY STAR qualified products.
F. Installing Renewable Energy Systems. Once energy efficiency improvements have been made to your home, your participating contractor may recommend additional measures, like installing solar panels or a solar hot water system.
What makes home performance with Energy Star participating contractors different?
Knowing what energy efficiency improvements to make in a home and how they can work together requires special expertise. Participating contractors are equipped with specialized training and diagnostic tools to determine how your home is performing, and can assist you in achieving your goals, whether it’s improving comfort, cutting energy costs, or protecting the environment.