The Whole-House Approach

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® can help  you save money and contribute to your family’s health and safety—all while  increasing the durability of your home, maximizing  your energy efficiency, and improving your comfort.

Step 1

Contact an Energize Delaware Home Performance with ENERGY STAR participating contractor to learn more about the program and to schedule your home energy audit . Your participating contractor will use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and may conduct special tests to identify the energy-saving improvements that best fit your unique home and budget:

  • A blower door test uses the combination of pressure and airflow measurements to calculate your home’s air leakage.
  • A thermographic camera uses infrared sensors to assess the effectiveness of your home’s insulation. This evaluation also helps identify air leakages throughout your home during the blower door test
  • Combustion analysis detects inefficient equipment that may need service or replacement.  Various safety tests detect carbon monoxide and/or gas leaks in your home.

During the audit your contractor or Energy Advisor will provide and install the up to $160 worth of energy-saving measures in your home at no additional cost (with your permission). These measures include the following:

  • Energy-efficient light bulbs, with options for dimmable, three-way, candelabra, globe and spiral bulbs
  • Faucet aerators
  • Efficient-flow fixed showerheads
  • Water heater pipe insulation (installed on hot and cold pipes for six feet from water heater, as accessible
  • Smart power strips

After your assessment, energy-saving recommendations may include:

  • Attic, wall, floor, rim joist, or crawl space insulation
  • Air sealing throughout your home (making your home tighter and less leaky)
  • Duct sealing and/or  duct repair
  • High-efficiency heating and cooling system service or upgrades
  • High-efficiency gas tankless water heaters
  • High-efficiency hybrid water heaters
  • Appliance service
  • Lighting upgrades

An Energize Delaware Energy Advisor also can answer questions and schedule your audit . Learn about financing for your project too.

Step 2

Review the Home Energy Audit Summary Report with your contractor or Energy Advisor. Determine which improvements you would like to make and ask your contractor or Energy Advisor about available rebates .

Step 3

Sign a contract with the contractor you have selected. An Energize Delaware Energy Advisor can help you review the contract before you sign if you feel you need help. Your contractor will then submit your rebate application with a copy of your signed contract to begin the rebate incentive application process with Energize Delaware. Ask your contractor about the rebate reservation system .

Step 4

The contractor will install the contracted energy efficiency improvements then perform final safety and health tests. You and the contractor are required to sign a Certificate of Completion. At this time, payment for services is due to your contractor

Step 5

Once the final completed application is submitted by your contractor and approved, you will receive your rebate check within 4 to 6 weeks.

Check out the What to Expect brochure to learn more about Energize Delaware’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program. Still have questions? Call us at 877-524-1339.

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