step 4: transform
After you’ve enrolled and had a professional assessment of your home performed, you are ready to get started with your home energy upgrades (also known as a home energy “retrofit”).
What exactly falls under that “home energy upgrades” umbrella? Typical measures in HPwES home retrofits include (but are not limited to):
• Air seal the home (can include weather stripping and caulking)
• Insulate the attic, crawl space and walls
• Air seal and insulate ductwork
• Switch incandescent lights to CFLs or LEDs
• Upgrade to a high efficiency HVAC unit (i.e. heat pumps, furnace or boiler, air conditioner)
• Upgrade to a high efficiency water heater
• Replace or install bath fans to improve ventilation
• Replace windows
There is no one-size-fits-all home energy retrofit. Homes come in all shapes and sizes with all manner of issues. Your home energy assessment and conversations with LEAP and your contractor will help you identify and select the measures that will be most cost-effective for you. Upgrades to your home can be made according to your own timeline and budget.
Homeowners who have completed the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program cite many ways their homes have been transformed: more comfortable rooms in every season, consistently lower energy bills, better indoor air quality and increased home value.
Check out our Success Stories to find out how your Virginia neighbors have reached 20%+ energy savings through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Get inspired!