The Home Improvement Toolbox from the U.S.
Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® web site is a
homeowners that identifies ways to save energy and money when
repairing, remodeling or improving their homes. The Toolbox is
available online at EPA Home Improvemnt Toolbox.
Use these tools to help you save energy and money when remodeling,
repairing or improving your home.
The Toolbox is a good place for consumers to start if improving
or remodeling their home. It targets a home's biggest energy problems
and offers solutions on how to remedy them, where to go for help and
which upgrades will be most cost-effective.
The Toolbox is easy-to-use and offers customized reports that
homeowners can show to their contractors or bring to a local
home improvement store for help.
Doctors, Yardsticks and More
The Home Improvement Toolbox is just one of
the resources offered
by ENERGY STAR® to help homeowners identify cost-effective,
energy-saving improvements to protect the environment by using
energy more efficiently.
The Toolbox contains four tools:
The ENERGY STAR® Home Energy Yardstick helps consumers
determine how much energy their homes use in comparison to others. Consumers
need to know their zip code, square footage, number of occupants and basic
information from their utility bills to receive an energy performance score
for their homes. Then, consumers can use the other tools in the ENERGY STAR®
Home Improvement Toolbox to improve upon their Yardstick score.
Consumers can use the ENERGY STAR® Home Improvement Advisor to calculate
and prioritize which home improvement projects are most effective in saving
energy and money in their homes. The Advisor delivers a customized,
interactive report of "top upgrades," and, to help consumers decide which
improvements to make, it provides valuable statistics on cost of upgrade,
return-on-investment and amount of energy saved. Printer-friendly reports and
resources guide consumers through these steps.
Many common household problems, such as drafty rooms
and cold floors, are indicators of energy inefficiencies
within the home. The ENERGY STAR® Home Doctor offers prescriptions
that not only alleviate these irksome household
problems, but also lead to increased energy efficiency and lower utility
bills. Consumers simply choose from a list of household symptoms and receive
printable advice and web-linked resources on how to cure them.
For consumers ready to begin the remodeling process, the
ENERGY STAR® Home Remodeler offers recommendations on how
to include energy-efficient upgrades into their home improvement
plans. Consumers select the projects of interest to them and
receive printable reports on energy- and cost-saving actions and