Home Performance with Energy Star
If you live in CT and have already had Home Energy Solutions(HES) services completed but are looking for deeper efficiency upgrades in your home, then you can use the HPwES program to access rebates provided through the CT Energy Efficiency fund. We provide clear reports and direction on areas for your home’s energy improvement potential.
The Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) assessment includes: combustion safety and efficiency testing on heating, cooling and hot water equipment, a blower door test to quantify air leakage and find potential air sealing opportunities,thermal imaging, a visual inspection of windows, insulation, heating and cooling equipment, appliances, and other potential areas of improvement.
Following the assessment we will provide a comprehensive report. This report outlines potential upgrades, areas of concern, estimated savings, rebates, and annual return on investment. BEST assists with all rebate application processes and paperwork needed to qualify for state rebates and energy upgrade financing options through CHIF and or SmartE loans. BEST will provide you with all potential financing options for your upgrades. Some of the recommendations may include air sealing, duct sealing, water saving measures, lighting upgrades, ventilation, insulation, appliances, and heating and cooling upgrades.
Potential savings and rebates for energy saving measures:
Air sealing- The average existing home can see anywhere from 10%-40% reduction in air infiltration. This will improve your comfort, reduce your energy bills, and improve indoor air quality. The cost for air sealing can range from $500-$1,200 and the rebate can range up to $1,000 dollars.
Duct sealing- Sealing exposed ductwork in unconditioned areas can improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems and improve comfort in the home. Often times homes can reduce their duct leakage up to 50%. The cost of duct sealing can range from $500-$2,000 dollars and the rebates can range up to $1,000 dollars.
New Construction- Duct testing is the new code- rebates exist for $300.00 off duct testing.
Insulation- Heating and cooling cost can account for as much as half the energy you use in your home. Often times homes have inadequate insulation levels which make the home uncomfortable and cost you more in energy bills. Adding insulation can greatly reduce your energy bills and make your home more comfortable. If you have inadequate insulation the insulation rebate will cover up to 50% off your insulation cost.
Lighting- Lighting accounts for 10% of your electric bill. The HPwES audit will identify potential lighting upgrades that will save you energy.
CFL- CFL bulbs use 75% less energy than an incandescent. Just changing one 75 Watt incandescent to a 20 watt CFL equivalent can save $232.00 over its lifespan! CFL light bulbs last up to ten times longer than a standard incandescent. CFLs do contain a trace amount of mercury to operate. However it is important to note that CFLs save 2-10 times more mercury from the environment than they contain by avoiding pollution from coal-fired power plants. The amount of mercury in each bulbs is not enough to cause a health risk to you in your home, but they should be disposed of properly like batteries, to minimize their impact on landfills.
LED- LED light bulbs have a long life expectancy up to 100,000 hours which is between 10-20 years. LEDs use 80-85% less energy than an incandescent light. LEDs are free of toxic chemicals and are 100% recyclable. LED lights also brighten up immediately when turned on. Rebates can significantly lower LED cost making them affordable options.
Water Measures- Energy efficient water measures can save you on both water and energy. Efficient water measures can allow you to save 1.5 gallons per minute. This can amount to a significant savings over the course of a year. For example, by changing just one shower head from inefficient to efficient you could save over 5,000 gallons of hot water per year per person.
Heating and Cooling- Upgrading your older and inefficient heating and cooling appliances will help you to save energy. New heating and cooling appliances can save you up to 10-20% on your energy bills.
Home Energy Scoring through DOE- We are a Home Energy Score Certified Vendor.