Home Improvement Expert™ is an easy way to get a quality job.
Proper installation of all home improvements related to energy efficiency is critical but often a significant challenge for homeowners. Research findings reveal significantly reduced energy savings and potential performance risks where home improvements are not properly installed. Now the U.S. Department of Energy has a tool that homeowners can use to help ensure quality installation. Home Improvement Expert fact sheets and checklists compile best practices from industry leaders and national laboratories for twenty-one home improvements related to energy efficiency.
All homeowners have to do to hold projects accountable to these standards for excellence is include one or more of the appropriate checklists in their vendor contracts. In doing so, homeowners will act in their best self-interest to optimize energy efficiency, comfort, health, durability, and safety.
Find all of the Home Improvement Expert fact sheets and checklists below and click to download them for your next home improvement project.
Installed correctly, comprehensive vented attic upgrades can significantly reduce utility costs while improving comfort, indoor air quality, and durability of the attic structure.
Installed correctly, comprehensive vented-to-unvented attic upgrades can significantly reduce utility costs while improving comfort, indoor air quality, and durability of the attic structure.
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Tips for Hiring a Contractor
- Look for licensed, insured, and certified contractors.
- Check references and reviews on home improvement websites.
- Get multiple bids in writing.
- Check with your utility and state, local and federal weatherization programs for rebates and incentives.
- Include the Home Improvement Expert checklist in bids and contracts to ensure quality installation.
- Consider using a Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) certified Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater, Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified Building Analyst, or other qualified professional (e.g., licensed engineer or architect) to inspect the work.
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These factsheets and checklists can be used to help optimize energy savings and improve performance related to comfort, health, safety, and durability.
For more customized home improvement recommendations:
- Get your Home Energy Score from a Home Energy Score Certified Assessor™ by visiting https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov/home-energy-score.
- Get an expert assessment through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program by visiting https://www.energystar.gov/campaign/improvements.
Are you a contractor looking for resources? Visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Solution Center at https://basc.pnnl.gov.