Each home’s problems are different, but there are some recommendations that Home Performance service providers frequently make:

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 more than 10 years old, your service provider may recommend that you replace it with a unit that has earned the ENERGY STAR label.

C. Repairing Ductwork. Sealing leaks, making sure ducts are straight and properly connected, and insulating 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 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 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 contractor may recommend additional measures, like installing solar panels or a solar hot water system.

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