Choose Your Project:

Determine the Effort Required.

Use the chart below to assess which home improvement projects you will feel comfortable doing yourself, and which you may want to hire a contractor for.

Doing the Project Yourself* Hiring a Contractor* Projects
Ease of Project Time (days) Costs Time (days) Costs How-to-Instructions
Attic Difficult 1−3 $$$$$ 1−2 $$$$$
Basement/ Crawlspace Moderate − Difficult 1−3 $$$$$ 1−2 $$$$$
Ducts Moderate − Difficult 1−3 $$$$$ 1−2 $$$$$
  • Duct Air Sealing
  • Duct Insulation
Doors/Windows/Walls Moderate 1−2 $$$$$ 1 $$$$$
  • Air Sealing Wall Penetrations
  • Air Sealing Electrical Outlets
  • Air Sealing Behind Window and Door Trim
  • Weatherstripping Doors
  • Weatherstripping Windows
  • Applying Plastic Over Windows
  • Air Sealing Fireplaces

*Results will vary depending on the age, construction and condition of your home, as well as the contractor estimates.
Key: $ = <$100, $$$$$ = >$2,000

Utility Rebates

Many local utilities may offer rebates for a professional home energy assessment and certain air sealing and insulation projects.

Be sure to contact your utility company before beginning a project to see what incentives are available in your area. You can also check for incentives using the DSIRE database for state incentives. Exit ENERGY STAR

Financial Assistance

You may be eligible for financial assistance to make improvements like air sealing and insulating through your state's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

For more information, visit the following site and select your state of residence: Weatherization Assistance Agency Locator Exit ENERGY STAR.

Get Started on Your Projects