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Home Performance with ENERGY STAR takes a whole-house approach to implementing energy improvements in existing homes.

The program revolves around a comprehensive home energy assessment that provides information about where a home can be improved to save energy and improve health and durability.

Typically, homeowners choose which upgrades they want to implement based on their wants and needs, but some program sponsors elect to require minimum standards. Contractors can perform the upgrades or work with subcontractors who meet program requirements.


Some examples of common upgrades are included in the chart below.

Sealing air leaks is the first step to making your home more energy-efficient. Air leaks around your house, especially leaks in the basement and attic, can cause significant loss of heated or cooled air. These leaks can make your house uncomfortable and make your heating or cooling system work harder. After sealing leaks, we may also recommend adding insulation to make rooms more comfortable.

Many homes have leaky or uninsulated ductwork that can cause heated or cooled air to be distributed unevenly through the house. Sealing, fixing and insulating ductwork can make your home more consistently comfortable and help your heating and cooling system work more efficiently.

If your furnace or air conditioner is more than 10 years old, we may recommend replacing it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR® label. When properly sized and installed, these high-efficiency units can save you up to 20% on heating and cooling costs.

Energy used for lighting and appliances can account for nearly half of your utility bill. Installing ENERGY STAR qualified lighting and appliances can make a big difference. Renewable energy systems, such as solar electricity or solar hot water heating, provide even more savings.