Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Benefits
Beyond Energy Savings
At the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, we believe it should be easy to reduce your utility bills by improving the way your home uses energy. That’s why with our Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program we provide reduced-cost* comprehensive home energy assessments, incentives, and financing options to make home energy improvements easy and affordable.
The Energy Alliance's home energy assessment is performed by an Energy Alliance Home Performance Contractor who will develop a recommended scope of work for your home energy upgrade. Homeowners can then benefit from an Energy Alliance incentive for qualifying measures. However, the benefits of improving your home’s energy performance with the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance go beyond saving money.
Adding Comfort by Stopping Drafts
For many homeowners, it can be difficult to maintain a constant temperature throughout the home. Whether it is improving the cold room next to the garage in the winter, or the humid second floor during the warm summer months, the Energy Alliance can help.
Our certified Home Performance with ENERGY STAR professionals approach your home as a system, tackling issues with air sealing, HVAC efficiency, moisture barriers, and insulation to ensure every room in your home is comfortable year round. Sealing and insulating your home is an excellent way to retain warm air in the winter and prevent cool air from escaping in the summer.
A Healthy, Safe Home
It all starts with your home energy assessment, the first step to a more comfortable and energy smart home. Energy Alliance qualified contractors perform a top-to-bottom comprehensive assessment of your home’s energy usage, which includes health and safety testing of your combustion appliances. These tests ensure your combustion appliances (such as furnaces, hot water heaters, and stoves) are functioning efficiently, and not leaking harmful carbon monoxide or natural gas into your home.
Improving Outdated Equipment
Old, inefficient furnaces, air conditioners, and hot water heaters significantly add to a home's energy use. Once your home is properly insulated and all air drafts are sealed, the Energy Alliance can work with you to replace outdated mechanical equipment with new high-performance models. Don’t know when to start looking at replacing your home’s energy consuming equipment? ENERGY STAR’s guide can help you decide when it’s time to replace your heating and cooling systems.
Reducing Air Pollution
During the hottest days of summer, our air conditioners work hard to help keep our homes cool. However, the power plants providing energy for our air conditioning systems add pollutants to our air at the time of year when smog is at its worst. By using high-efficiency cooling systems, adding insulation, and eliminating drafts, you can retain the comfortable, conditioned air in your home. This puts less of a strain on our power grid and helps us all breathe a bit easier during the hottest and most humid months of the year.
*Reduced cost comprehensive home energy assessments are based on the square footage of the home, click here for details.