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Energy Savings at Home

Advice, tools, resources and inspiration to help you save energy

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Identify the Problems You Want to Fix

Use the chart below to match your biggest concerns to the home improvement projects that may be able to address them and deliver the comfort and energy efficiency you are looking for.

Common Problems What to Look For Projects
Attic
  • Drafty rooms
  • Hot and cold rooms; uneven temperature between rooms
  • High heating or cooling bills
  • Ice dams on roof in the winter
Basement/ Crawlspace
  • Cold floor in the winter
  • Hot and cold rooms; uneven temperature between rooms
  • High heating or cooling bills
  • Pests (insects, rodents)
Ducts
  • High heating or cooling bills
  • Hot and cold rooms; uneven temperature between rooms
  • Dust or smells from attic or crawlspace
  • Look for cracks, kinks, loose air supply boots or missing insulation
  • Duct Air Sealing
  • Duct Insulation
Doors/Windows/ Walls
  • Drafty rooms
  • Pests (insects)

warning iconCombustion Safety

In some situations, sealing your home or ductwork can cause combustion appliances like water heaters to backdraft, creating unsafe conditions inside your home.

Inspection and testing by a home energy professional can help to identify combustion-related health and safety issues that should be fixed before any air sealing or other efficiency improvements are made.

warning icon Safe Indoor Air Quality

Sealing your home may trap indoor air pollutants such as radon, carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds. A tight home may require additional mechanical ventilation to maintain safe air quality in the home.

For more information on safe ventilation, visit EPA's Indoor Air Quality for Homes Exit ENERGY STAR pages and DOE's Guide to Home Ventilation. Exit ENERGY STAR

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