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Although your home performance contractor will develop a specific plan for your home, commonly recommended improvements for an energy-efficient home include:

Sealing air leaks and adding insulation

Would you walk outside on a cold day with your jacket unzipped? Air sealing your home is like zipping up your jacket.

Sealing air leaks will make your home more comfortable and significantly reduce your energy bills.

Many air leaks in homes are more obvious:

  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Electrical outlets

But other areas are even more significant sources of air leaks:

  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Recessed light fixtures

Along with air sealing, your contractor may recommend that you add insulation. Many older homes are not well-insulated, and some have no insulation at all! Even new homes frequently have improperly installed or missing insulation.

Properly installed insulation in walls, floors, and attics:

  • Moderates temperatures throughout the house
  • Results in a quieter, more comfortable living space
  • Makes your home easier and cheaper to heat and cool

Number one rule in air sealing – air seal before you insulate!

To learn more about insulation, please visit:
pliers Insulation 101
pliers Types of Insulation
pliers Installing Insulation.

Improving your air ducts

Many homes have leaky ductwork and poor airflow, resulting in stuffy and uncomfortable rooms. Sealing and insulating ductwork often solve this problem.

Your home performance contractor may recommend the following energy-efficient home improvements:

  • Sealing ducts with a heavy tape such as mastic, durable foil-backed tape, or aerosol-based sealant
  • Insulating ductwork in attics, crawlspaces and unconditioned basements
  • Balancing the duct system to circulate air to all rooms

Rather than focusing on one aspect of your homes, such as single-paned windows, an old heating system, or leaky ductwork, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR offers a whole-house approach.

The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Process


Step 1: The energy audit

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR begins with a home energy audit. A trained contractor will use state-of-the-art equipment to test your home’s:

  • Insulation levels
  • Typical problem areas such as your attic or basement
  • Heating, cooling and water heating systems
  • Utility bills from the past year*.

*This data will help you understand the seasonal trends and patterns of your home’s energy consumption.

The contractor will also perform a series of diagnostic tests, including:


Step 2: Improve your home’s energy efficiency

After the Home Performance energy audit, your contractor will help you select improvements that will most effectively improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.


Step 3: Quality assurance

The Maryland Home Performance contractor will then perform a post-insulation analysis to ensure that all work has been done properly. The Maryland Energy Administration or your utility may also send a quality assurance professional to inspect the work.

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