In my experience, even small measures, like air sealing and additional insulation, can result in energy savings up to 37 percent, although EPA estimates may be lower.* With federal and state incentives, the price of green technology is almost always offset in a few years by energy savings.
The first step to building green into projects is a comprehensive home energy assessment. This review looks at each home’s energy use and safety as an integrated system. Based on the assessment, I create a multistep energy plan to share with customers.
In my state, New York, an energy assessment is routinely available at no charge to customers who work with contractors participating in the Home Performance with Energy Star program. To qualify as a home-performance contractor in New York, companies must be accredited by the Malta, N.Y.-based Building Performance Institute. You can learn about your state’s incentive programs at Dsireusa.org.
To read the Energy Efficiency Steps go to www.ForResidentialPros.com