Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Typical Upgrades
Customers can save up to $6,750 (up to $7,825 through 12/31/2017 with the inclusion of HVAC measures) on energy efficiency improvements with rebates from Energize Delaware. Just find a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractor , or contact an Energy Advisor , and secure a rebate reservation by December 31, 2017; then complete the recommended upgrades by December 31, 2017 to be eligible for the increased rebates.
Your Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractor might recommend any of the following energy-saving home improvements:
Sealing air leaks and adding insulation
Excessive air leaks allow costly conditioned air to escape from your home. Your contractor or Energy Advisor may recommend sealing air leaks to keep your conditioned air in your home and keep the outside air out. Many older homes are poorly insulated or have no insulation at all. Properly installed insulation provides more even temperatures throughout the house and results in a quieter, more comfortable living environment that is less costly to heat and cool.
Ensuring adequate ventilation
Ventilation, or the exchange of indoor air with outdoor air, is critical to reducing indoor air pollutants, moisture and odors in your home. Without proper ventilation, contaminants such as formaldehyde or other volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and radon can cause health problems, while excess moisture can lead to mold growth and physical damage to your home. To ensure the health and safety of the occupants, the program requires mechanical ventilation to be installed as deemed appropriate by your participating contractor. To learn more, see the U.S. Department of Energy's overview of whole-house ventilation and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's fact sheet on whole-house ventilation systems.
Sealing and insulating ductwork
Many homes have leaky ductwork and poor airflow resulting in uncomfortable rooms. Your contractor or Energy Advisor may recommend sealing and/or insulating your home’s air duct distribution system. Sealing and/or insulating ductwork spaces can reduce energy usage and increase your home’s overall comfort.
Improving heating and cooling systems
If your heat pump, furnace or air conditioner is more than 10 years old, your contractor or Energy Advisor may recommend replacing it with a properly-sized unit that is ENERGY STAR certified. When installed correctly, high-efficiency units can help you save on heating and cooling costs. They also can make your home more comfortable year-round by providing more consistent indoor temperatures and better humidity control.
Fixing your combustion equipment
Your contractor or Energy Advisor will test the combustion equipment in your home, such as your furnace and hot water heater, to ensure that they operate and vent properly. In addition, the contractor will conduct a carbon monoxide reading on natural gas ovens and other areas to further test the safety of your home.
Upgrading lighting and appliances
Energy used for lighting and appliances can account for half of your home’s total energy consumption. As a result, your contractor or Energy Advisor may recommend ENERGY STAR certified products, such as refrigerators, freezers, clothes washers, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, room air conditioners and light emitting diodes (LEDs). An energy-efficient hybrid water heater may also be recommended.
List of Rebates - Click here to view a full list of rebates offered by Energize Delaware for the home improvements your Energy Advisor and participating contratcor may recommend.