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Assess the Level of Opportunity

Use the chart below to match the biggest energy savings and comfort opportunities with your next home improvement projects.

Savings in Energy and Money* Savings and Comfort Benefits Projects
Attic 4 stars

The attic usually has the most potential for energy savings and is typically accessible. Start with the attic if you want to have the highest impact on savings and comfort. Always do attic air sealing before adding insulation.

Basement/ Crawlspace 4 stars

Once the attic has been addressed, the basement or crawlspace is usually the next best place to seal and insulate to reduce energy use and control drafts from below.

Ducts 4 stars

Leaky ducts can be a significant source of energy loss in your home, especially if ducts are located in the attic or crawlspace where conditioned air leaks to the outside.

  • Duct Air Sealing
  • Duct Insulation
Doors/Windows/Walls 4 stars

Leaks through doors, windows and walls can lead to uncomfortable drafts, but usually have the least impact on energy use. However, these tend to be the most accessible areas and are perfect for a do-it-yourselfer.

  • 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 based on climate and the age, construction and condition of your home.


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