LEARN HOW YOUR HOME USES ENERGY AND HOW TO SAVE EVEN MORE!
HOME PERFORMANCE WITH ENERGY STAR AUDIT
Do you have a room that’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter? No matter what you do to reduce your energy use, do your bills stay high? The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program offers a comprehensive, whole-house approach to improving your home’s energy efficiency, comfort and safety while helping to reduce your energy use by 10 to 20%.
The Home Performance Audit starts at just $100* (a $400 value) for qualified Maryland utility customers. Ask us if you qualify. After the audit, ENERGY STAR® rebates of $200 to $7,500 from the Smart Energy Savers Program may be available. For more information on specific measures and rebates, click here.
THE HOME PERFORMANCE AUDIT
Blower Door Test
This test uses the combination of pressure and airflow measurements to determine your home’s air leakage, which contributes to comfort and indoor air quality issues, and higher energy costs.
We use infrared images to assess the effectiveness of your home’s insulation. Insulation directly impacts a home’s comfort and energy efficiency performance.
Combustion + Safety Testing
This is done to detect carbon monoxide and natural gas leaks inside and outside your home. High levels of carbon monoxide and gas leaks pose severe health risks to you and your family.
MORE ENERGY SAVING MEASURES
Switch out incandescent light bulbs for LED to save an average of 6% energy use and up to $130 annually.
Low-flow Shower Heads + Faucet Aerators + ShowerStart Adapter
Reduces water consumption and energy by requiring less hot water to be generated.
Smart Power Strips
With a smart power strip, many devices can be consolidated to one outlet and use energy only when the appliance is in use.
Insulating your hot water pipes reduces heat loss and can raise water temperature 2°F–4°F more than uninsulated pipes. You won’t have to wait as long for hot water when you turn on a faucet or showerhead, which helps conserve water.
Home Performance with Energy Star Rebates
Based on approved measures, a homeowner may qualify for the following after their audit:
|Air Sealing and Insulation Measures||A $7,500 maximum† based on the modeled reduction of electric and natural gas consumption|
|Duct Sealing||$500 per system standalone, $750 per system when paired with air sealing and insulation work|
|Heating & Air Conditioning Equipment Rebates||A $7,500 maximum† based on the modeled reduction of electric and natural gas consumption|
†$7,500 maximum or 75% off for entire project work scope.
Typical Home Improvements
After diagnosing your home performance, our Building Analyst will work with you to recommend only the work your home needs based on your concerns and budget. Additionally, they will do their due-diligence to find you the maximum rebates you qualify for.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
How should I prepare for my Home Performance with Energy Star audit?
In your Home Performance appointment confirmation email, you will receive a ‘What to Expect’ document and a ‘Pre-Audit Checklist’. Please read through both documents, and return the completed ‘Pre-Audit Checklist’, so our certified energy auditor has a better understanding about your home’s energy usage.
Your energy auditor will need access to every room in your home, including the attic, crawlspace, fireplace and combustion appliance area to create an accurate energy model of your home. Before the audit, it is helpful to clear access to these areas.
I heard I may receive no additional cost energy efficiency products? What does that include?
If you’ve already had a QHEC, you may have already received some products to help save energy. The Home Performance with Energy Star audit includes even more direct install measures. When your certified professional comes to audit your home, s/he will also replace remaining energy inefficient products with up to an additional 14 LED bulbs, 2 shower heads, 1 shower start adapter, 3 low-flow aerators, 1 smart strip and pipe insulation for your hot water heater’s exposed pipes. Note: If you are in Pepco or SMECO, you may only be eligible for water measures if you have electric or natural gas powered water heaters.
What is the cost of the Home Performance with Energy Star audit? Who helped subsidize the cost?
The Home Performance with Energy Star audit is a $400 value, but is available to qualified BGE, Pepco and SMECO customers starting at $100 for homes up to 3,000 square feet and single combustion appliance zones. For homes greater than 3,000 square feet or with more than one combustion appliance zone, the cost is $150.
Customers of BGE, Pepco, SMECO and Delmarva pay a small monthly surcharge which funds up to 75% of the Home Performance with Energy Star audit. To help offset the cost of the surcharge, it’s recommended to participate in this program.
How can EZ Green Home help me afford to invest in making my home more energy efficient?
Having a Home Performance with Energy Star audit is like taking your home to an energy efficiency doctor. Our energy professionals will diagnose your home, provide you with prioritized work to give you the largest impact for dollars invested, and provide a competitively priced estimate for high quality, vetted home energy improvement experts. The audit will also unlock up to $7,500 in rebates for qualified customers. Contact our Home Performance department to help determine if you’re qualified or learn more about other financing programs available in your area.