Explore the Benefits of a Tight Home
When it comes to completing energy efficiency projects, many homeowners focus on insulation or HVAC upgrades without considering how a home’s other features can impact energy consumption. To help improve home comfort and savings, SMECO encourages members to take a “whole-home approach” to energy efficiency upgrades. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program recommends completing the following improvements together to increase the energy efficiency of your home, ensure lasting savings, and minimize continued maintenance:
- Sealing major air leaks
- Addressing indoor air quality issues
- Ensuring adequate attic ventilation
- Adding insulation
Increasing Efficiency and Comfort
Air could be leaking from your home’s gaps, cracks, and seams. In addition to costing you money, air leaks also create drafts that let cold air in during winter and hot air in during summer. Sealing your home before adding insulation helps you save money and improve overall comfort.
EmPOWER Maryland programs are funded by a charge on your energy bill. EmPOWER programs can help you reduce your energy consumption and save you money. Learn more about EmPOWER and how you can participate.