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:
- Air infiltration
- Combustion safety testing
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.