HUD Web Tool Provides Advice on Energy-Efficient Home Rehabs
Recognizing the enormous potential for energy savings and comfort improvements in the nation’s existing housing stock, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently launched the Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor, a Web-based tool designed to help home owners, contractors, architects, facility managers and others to improve residential energy efficiency during renovation and remodeling.
In six clicks the Advisor provides recommendations for cost-effectively increasing the energy efficiency of a typical renovation project in single-family or multifamily housing. These free recommendations are based on the building type, age, location and project.
The Advisor suggests specific actions to get the most value from a typical remodeling project.
Making a few easy improvements, like sealing air leaks when finishing a basement or upgrading to ENERGY STAR® rated appliances with a kitchen remodel, can produce big savings on energy bills, increase comfort and create a quieter, healthier indoor environment, according to HUD.