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Stop wasting money
Give your home an energy efficiency upgrade

The typical American family spends approximately $2,200 per year on utility bills, while unknowingly wasting a large amount of the energy that they pay for. Energy efficiency upgrades, also known as retrofits, can reduce energy consumption by as much as 40%, enabling homeowners to save money month after month, year after year. 80% of existing homes can benefit from a retrofit. Chances are, yours is one of them!

How do you know if your home is wasting energy?

If your utility bills seem high, consider that to be a red flag. You most likely are wasting energy. There are many other telltale signs, some of which you can detect on your own.

Understanding how your home uses energy will help you know what to look for and where, but hiring a professional to perform a whole house assessment or energy audit is highly recommended. The home energy usage chart below also will aid your understanding of the energy auditor's recommendations and provide guidance for prioritizing the elements of your energy upgrade.

Average Home Energy Use

Heating and Air Conditioning  54%
Water Heating  18%
Appliances (including Refrigeration)  11%
Lighting  6%
Computers and Electronics  6%
Other  5%


Retrofits also help the environment

The energy used by residential buildings is responsible for 21% of all U.S. carbon emissions. Every step you take to save energy at home helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Retrofits can aid the recovery of the U.S. economy

Approximately three million homes across the country could benefit from energy upgrades. The potential market for retrofits could stand-up a new industry and help put unemployed construction workers back to work.

retrofit: noun \re – tro –fit\
a range of measures performed on existing homes in order to reduce energy consumption. These include adding insulation, sealing air penetrations, sealing the ductwork of HVAC equipment, installation of new heating and cooling systems, etc.

1. energy upgrade  2. energy tune-up

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