Now customers can save an average of $2,500 on home energy efficiency improvements with the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program rebates.
Your participating contractor might recommend any of the following types of typical energy-saving home improvements:
Sealing air leaks and adding insulation
Along with sealing air leaks, which could be allowing cold or hot air to enter or escape from your home, your contractor may recommend adding insulation. Many older homes are poorly insulated, and some have no insulation at all. Properly installed insulation in attics, walls and floors provides for more even temperatures throughout your home and results in a quieter, more comfortable living environment that is less costly to heat and cool.
Sealing and insulating ductwork
Regardless of the thermostat setting, many homes have leaky ductwork and poor airflow, resulting in uncomfortable rooms. Your contractor may recommend sealing your home’s ducts and balancing the duct system to optimize airflow to all rooms. Insulating ductwork located in attics and crawl spaces also can reduce energy usage and increase your home’s overall comfort.
Ensuring adequate ventilation
Ventilation, or the exchange of indoor air with outdoor air, is critical to reducing indoor air pollutants, moisture and odors in your home. Without proper ventilation, some household contaminants can cause health problems, while excess moisture can lead to mold growth and physical damage to your home. To ensure the health and safety of the occupants, mechanical ventilation should be installed as deemed appropriate by your participating contractor. To learn more, see the U.S. Department of Energy's overview of whole-house ventilation and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's fact sheet on whole-house ventilation systems.
Improving heating and cooling systems
If your heat pump, furnace or air conditioner is more than 10 years old, your contractor may recommend replacing it with a unit that is ENERGY STAR certified and properly sized. Installed correctly, high-efficiency units can help you save on heating and cooling costs. They also can make your home more comfortable year-round by providing more consistent indoor temperatures and better humidity control. Learn more about eligible HVAC equipment upgrades through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program.
Fixing your combustion equipment
Your contractor also should test the combustion equipment in your home, such as your furnace and hot water heater, to ensure that they operate and vent properly. The contractor will conduct a carbon monoxide reading on natural gas ovens and other areas to further test the safety of your home.
Upgrading lighting and appliances
Energy used for lighting and appliances can account for half of your home's total energy consumption. As a result, your contractor may recommend ENERGY STAR certified products, such as refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, room air conditioners, water heaters and light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. Please also see BGE's Appliance Rebate Program to learn more about eligible products.