SUNRISE INTERVIEW: Helpful Home Tips (Energy Star Program)

These days, we’re all looking to save money on our energy bills. And, a home performance evaluation with the Energy Star Program can help you make that happen.

Dan Hanson joined us Wednesday morning to share some advice from the Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association.

First of all, what is a home performance evaluation and why should a home owner have their home evaluated?

Your home is probably the largest investment you'll ever make. With any investment it's smart to make the most of it. The home performance evaluation is a way to see exactly where you are losing money with inefficient heating and cooling. Improving the "envelope" or "shell" of your home by adding air sealing and insulation is often the most cost-effective way to make your home more efficient and comfortable. This evaluation will tell you exactly where you are home is losing money. For example, you don't want to throw money away on new windows if they really are not the sources of your heat loss.

Another reason to have the evaluation done is because there's money in it for the home owner. ENERGY STAR and Focus on Energy offer many incentives which can be found on their web site.

How do I schedule a home performance evaluation?

First of all, schedule an evaluation with any qualified ENERGY STAR energy home performance trade ally. You can find a list of professionals or Trade Allies listed on the web site. You'll need to make an appointment so the Trade Ally can come into your to conduct the tests and identify where the air leaks are.

You will then receive a written list of items that are recommended in order to make your home more energy efficient.

How many of the recommended improvements does a homeowner need to complete?

That's really up to you. Complete one or more of the recommended improvements and work with your Home Performance Trade Ally to retrofit your home.

How does the homeowner receive the incentives for the improvements that are made?

Work with your Trade Ally who will verify that improvements were made and complete all of the required paperwork. If you are eligible, the incentives will be mailed right to your home.

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