Did you know that you can reduce your home’s energy use by as much as 20 percent? BGE’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program can help you cut your home’s energy consumption, while also improving its comfort, durability and safety. Rather than focusing on a single problem, such as an outdated heating and cooling system, inadequate insulation or drafty rooms, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR’s whole-house approach employs a home energy audit with diagnostic tests to pinpoint efficiency problems and recommend specific solutions.
The program starts with a comprehensive Home Performance Energy Audit conducted by one of BGE’s certified participating contractors. The audit includes several advanced diagnostic tests, such as a blower door test to measure air leakage and a thermographic camera test to assess your home’s insulation levels. BGE customers pay just $100 (a $400 value) for the audit, which helps identify and prioritize opportunities to improve energy efficiency throughout your home.
During the audit, the contractor will also install simple, energy-saving items in your home at no additional cost.
These items may include compact fluorescent light bulbs, faucet aerators, efficient-flow showerheads, pipe insulation (installed on hot and cold pipes from your electric water heater) and electric water heater tank wrap.
Once the audit is completed, your contractor will present a list of solutions for the problems identified. Solutions could include increasing insulation levels in a specific part of your home, or sealing air leaks to end drafts and uneven room temperatures. The contractor also might recommend replacing outdated or malfunctioning equipment, such as your heating and air conditioning system or water heater. When you decide which items make sense for your home and budget, your contractor will make the improvements and test your home to make sure it meets all of the energy performance goals. The result is a more comfortable home that uses up to 20 percent less energy and saves you money.
In addition to the money saved from reduced energy use, BGE customers who make improvements through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program can receive rebates up to $3,150 for approved measures.
Contact a participating contractor to schedule your Home Performance Energy Audit and get started. For more information and a list of participating contractors, visit BGESmartEnergy.com.
-Article by Jeremy Scharfenberg