Renovation projects offer a great opportunity to
increase the energy efficiency and comfort of a home, as well as
opportunities to save money and receive tax credits. Small renovations
may include upgrading the lighting system and basic appliances or
weather stripping. Major projects might involve replacing windows,
adding insulation, putting on a new roof, renovating a kitchen or
bathroom, adding a room, or gutting a building to its shell and creating
a new interior. Regardless of the scope of a renovation project, it
should be viewed as a chance to improve the home's energy performance.
Keeping a home in top condition energy-wise can pay big dividends. Increasing a home's energy performance translates to lower utility bills and more comfort. For many existing homes, particularly older homes, there are a number of opportunities to improve energy efficiency. Some are relatively inexpensive and can be done by the homeowner.