Looking to improve your home’s efficiency, save on your utility bills, and create a safer, more comfortable environment to live in?
It can be intimidating knowing where to start, knowing which steps to take and when. Luckily, Green Dream Group, a Chicago-based home performance has outlined a helpful hierarchy of energy efficiency upgrades. By taking a prioritized approach, homeowners can implement some of the simpler, yet extremely effective upgrades first, thus spending less and getting quicker results. After a home has undergone these modifications, then a homeowner can move onto other energy efficiency measures.
While every home is different, a typical home improvement plan could fit this sequence:
First Step: Sealing air leaks and adding insulation
2nd Step: Improving heating and cooling systems
3rd Step: Sealing ductwork
4th Step: Replacing windows
5th Step: Upgrading lighting, appliances, and water heating equipment
Final Step: Installing renewable energy systems
While multiple variations of this energy performance hierarchy exist – see MN Power’s Pyramid of Conservation below for another example – they can prove to be a useful tool for forming your home performance action plan.
One way to be sure you are addressing the right issues and taking the appropriate steps, though, is to have a professional energy assessment conducted. So if you are considering home energy improvement, contact 401(e) and we can help you out.