Energy Efficiency & Home Energy Solutions

Home Energy Solutions (HES) is a comprehensive energy assessment and remedial weatherization program to improve your home's energy efficiency quickly and affordably. After the 4-6 hours of service you'll have a more comfortable home, lower energy bills, and an energy improvement plan alongside all applicable incentives.

Take the smartest first step towards a more energy-efficient home by scheduling a HES audit today.

Energy Efficiency Begins with a Home Energy Solutions (H.E.S.) Energy Audit HOME ENERGY SOLUTIONS

What is Home Energy Solutions?

Home Energy Solutions is an an all-in-one in-home energy efficiency service designed to help lower energy bills. Our energy efficiency experts use state-of-the-art technology techniques to conduct house-wide efficiency diagnostics, identifying all areas where energy is being wasted. Our team takes immediate remedial action to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient on day one. Upon completing the 4-6 hours of service, our experts provide you with a comprehensive report of their work and an energy efficiency upgrade plan including the most advantageous rebates and incentives you qualify for. Thanks to public funding, the service only costs you $50 (and it's free-of-charge if you're income-eligible). A Home Energy Solutions energy assessment is the smartest first step for anyone looking to lower their energy bills and make energy efficiency upgrades in Connecticut.

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Take A Look At A Home Energy Audit Step By Step

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What to Expect During a HOME ENERGY SOLUTIONS Assessment? H.E.S. STEP BY STEP

Each circle represents a step in the Home Energy Solutions Audit Process

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1) Certified Technicians Visit

Building Performance Institute & Utility certified technicians come to your home for in-person energy assessment & service.

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2) Blower Door Testing

Our experts conduct this advanced air flow test to discover and quantify air leaks within your home's envelope.

Technician use thermal imaging camera for heat loss inspection and discovering overheating temperature in heating point
Technician use thermal imaging camera for heat loss inspection and discovering overheating temperature in heating point

3) Infrared Imaging

Using infrared imaging, we produce detailed thermograms of your ceilings and walls to gauge current insulation effectiveness and pinpoint problem areas requiring.

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4) Air Testing

We test for carbon monoxide & gas leaks to ensure the safety of all members of your household.

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_Duct sealing with mastic reduces loss of conditioned air

5) Air Sealing

We caulk and weatherstrip drafty windows and doors and assess replacement needs and advanced air sealing upgrades to perfect the home envelope.

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duct sealing

6) Duct Sealing

HCP techicians measure & seal leakage at and around all of your home's heating and cooling ducts.

Basement Perimeter Air Sealing
Basement Perimeter Air Sealing

7) Weatherization

Our techs seal holes and leaks with spray foam insulation while assessing comprehensive insulation solutions to perfect the thermal barrier.

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watersense

8) Aerator Replacement

We provide and install water conservation equipment such as faucet aerators and efficient-flow shower heads.

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Home Energy Score graphic

9) Home Energy Score

We provide you with a U.S. Department of Energy - Home Energy Score based on our evaluation (like a "miles per gallon" score for your home)

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10) Report & Review

We provide a walkthrough and review of findings and installed measures. In addition, we'll present you with a cost-effective upgrade plan for creating a healthy, safe, and comfortable home including all home energy rebates & financial incentives you qualify for.

Mouse over an icon/circle to view a description of each step.

What happens during a Home Energy Solutions energy assessment?

Every home has its unique characteristics, and each household consumes energy differently. That is why we have a team of certified technicians, trained by the Building Performance Institute, who come equipped with advanced tools to evaluate your energy needs and conduct important health and safety tests, ensuring the well-being of your family.

During the energy assessment, our technicians use a blower-door test to identify drafts and air leaks in your home. They seal these leaks using various techniques, such as caulk and weatherstripping for drafty windows and doors, or spray foam insulation for larger gaps. Additionally, our technicians will install sealing gaskets on door bottoms and assess your attic, garage door, and basement insulation, among other air sealing interventions.

Our technicians also install water conservation equipment, including low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators if necessary. Furthermore, we help you determine which rebates you're eligible for, including those for energy-efficient appliances, blown-in cellulose insulation, and window rebates.

At the end of the energy assessment visit, our technicians will review the work done and propose more advanced energy-saving measures.They'll provide a complete energy efficiency upgrade plan alongside all the most advantageous rebates and incentives you qualify for. These measures could include adding more insulation, improving air sealing, or upgrading your heating and cooling systems. Our goal is to ensure that your home is as energy-efficient and comfortable as possible.

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1) Certified Technicians Visit

Building Performance Institute & Utility certified technicians come to your home for in-person energy assessment & service.

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1280px-BlowerDoor

2) Blower Door Testing

Our experts conduct this advanced air flow test to discover and quantify air leaks within your home's envelope.

Technician use thermal imaging camera for heat loss inspection and discovering overheating temperature in heating point
Technician use thermal imaging camera for heat loss inspection and discovering overheating temperature in heating point

3) Infrared Imaging

Using infrared imaging, we produce detailed thermograms of your ceilings and walls to gauge current insulation effectiveness and pinpoint problem areas requiring.

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air-testing2

4) Air Testing

We test for carbon monoxide & gas leaks to ensure the safety of all members of your household.

_Duct sealing with mastic reduces loss of conditioned air
_Duct sealing with mastic reduces loss of conditioned air

5) Air Sealing

We caulk and weatherstrip drafty windows and doors and assess replacement needs and advanced air sealing upgrades to perfect the home envelope.

duct sealing
duct sealing

6) Duct Sealing

HCP techicians measure & seal leakage at and around all of your home's heating and cooling ducts.

Basement Perimeter Air Sealing
Basement Perimeter Air Sealing

7) Weatherization

Our techs seal holes and leaks with spray foam insulation while assessing comprehensive insulation solutions to perfect the thermal barrier.

watersense
watersense

8) Aerator Replacement

We provide and install water conservation equipment such as faucet aerators and efficient-flow shower heads.

Home Energy Score graphic
Home Energy Score graphic

9) Home Energy Score

We provide you with a U.S. Department of Energy - Home Energy Score based on our evaluation (like a "miles per gallon" score for your home)

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_Kitchen table wrap-up_edited

10) Report & Review

We provide a walkthrough and review of findings and installed measures. In addition, we'll present you with a cost-effective upgrade plan for creating a healthy, safe, and comfortable home including all home energy rebates & financial incentives you qualify for.

What happens during a Home Energy Solutions energy assessment?

Every home has its unique characteristics, and each household consumes energy differently. That is why we have a team of certified technicians, trained by the Building Performance Institute, who come equipped with advanced tools to evaluate your energy needs and conduct important health and safety tests, ensuring the well-being of your family.

During the energy assessment, our technicians use a blower-door test to identify drafts and air leaks in your home. They seal these leaks using various techniques, such as caulk and weatherstripping for drafty windows and doors, or spray foam insulation for larger gaps. Additionally, our technicians will install sealing gaskets on door bottoms and assess your attic, garage door, and basement insulation, among other air sealing interventions.

Our technicians also install water conservation equipment, including low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators if necessary. Furthermore, we help you determine which rebates you're eligible for, including those for energy-efficient appliances, blown-in cellulose insulation, and window rebates.

At the end of the energy assessment visit, our technicians will review the work done and propose more advanced energy-saving measures.They'll provide a complete energy efficiency upgrade plan alongside all the most advantageous rebates and incentives you qualify for. These measures could include adding more insulation, improving air sealing, or upgrading your heating and cooling systems. Our goal is to ensure that your home is as energy-efficient and comfortable as possible.

$1,800* of value for only $50? What's the catch? IT'S YOUR MONEY!

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Why is Home Energy Solutions So Affordable?

There's no catch! The program is funded through public-private collaboration spearheaded by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund initiative known as "Energize CT". Every month, all Connecticut residents pay a small charge on their utility bill for the purpose of helping Connecticut residents make their homes more energy efficient. These funds are combined with other state allocations and are provided on the basis of need. Access the benefits that you are contributing to funding. Schedule a home energy audit now!

The HES program derives its funding from the collaboration of all the following partners

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Check your own electric or gas bill (*Combined Public Benefits Charge).

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Don't let energy waste drain your wallet or compromise your comfort. Take the smartest first step towards a more energy-efficient home by scheduling a HES audit today. Our expert team is here to help you maximize your energy savings and improve your home's overall efficiency.

Upgrade smarter with eligible incentives! Incentives

Which energy-saving upgrades are eligible for Energize CT Rebates?
Energize CT offers numerous rebates for energy-saving upgrades for Connecticut homeowners, which includes: up to $1.70 per square foot for insulation; up to $100 per unit for Triple Pane Windows; up to $15,000 per installation for Ground Source Heat Pumps; up to $85 per unit for Smart Thermostats; up to $300 per unit for Tankless Gas Water Heaters; up to $650 per unit for Natural Gas Furnaces; up to $750 per unit for both Natural Gas Boilers and Heat Pump Water Heaters; up to $300 per unit for Gas Condensing Water Heaters and up to $15,000 per installation for Air Source Heat Pumps. Please note that the details presented here serve merely as general information and not as financial advice. Actual rebates may vary based on specific circumstances and program rules at the time of your project. Always check the current program details and requirements with Energize CT.
"Which energy-saving upgrades are eligible for Inflation Reduction Act Rebates?
The Inflation Reduction Act empowers energy-conscious households with a suite of substantial incentives for a range of energy-saving upgrades, including Heat Pump Water Heaters (rebates up to $1,750), Heat Pump Air Conditioner/Heaters (up to $8,000), Weatherization projects (up to $1,600), Electric Induction Stoves (up to $840), Electric Wiring (up to $2,500), Heat Pump Clothes Dryers (up to $840), and Electrical Panels (up to $4,000). The information provided here regarding the Inflation Reduction Act is for informational purposes only, may vary based on individual circumstances and regulatory changes, and does not constitute legal, financial, or tax advice; consult with official sources or relevant government agencies for the most accurate, up-to-date information, and to verify eligibility, rebate amounts, and tax credit details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Top FAQs About Home Energy Solutions

What energy efficiency rebates and incentives do I qualify for with a HES energy audit?

During your energy audit, HCP's energy efficiency technicians will identify and recommend further energy-saving projects for your home. You’ll get an estimate of the energy you’ll save making each improvement. The more energy an improvement will save, the greater incentive you’ll receive. Most customers receive these added energy efficiency upgrades and improvements at little to no additional cost.

The energy efficiency rebates and incentives may include:
- Insulation rebates for attic insulation wall insulation
- Home improvement rebates such as ENERGY-STAR® certified window replacement rebates for eligible double-pane and triple-pane windows.
- Appliance rebates such as: vouchers to replace inefficient refrigerators to ENERGY-STAR® refrigerators, energy-saving water heater rebates, high-efficiency heat pump rebates, air conditioning installation or replacement rebates.
- UI rebates and Eversource rebates depending on your Connecticut utility provider and energy rates.

We’ll qualify you for all applicable CT energy rebates, submit all the rebate application forms and provide professional installation of your energy efficiency improvements.

Yes! For a limited time, you can recover between 75% and 100% of home insulation costs through Home Energy Solutions! The program is an initiative of Energize Connecticut. The program is funded by small charges you're already paying on your utility bills and allows you to access insulation services at reduced costs and potentially free-of-charge. By performing an Energize CT energy audit, Home Comfort Practice can qualify you for Eversource rebates and UI rebates. The rebates can apply to insulation, windows, appliances, and other energy efficiency upgrades. Get started now by scheduling a home energy audit. 

During an Home Energy Solutions (HES) visit, a utility-certified technician will evaluate your home’s energy performance and install energy-saving measures such as sealing air leaks and installing energy-efficient lighting, faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads. The technicians will also provide written recommendations for deeper energy -saving measures such as insulation, high-efficiency heating and cooling, water heating, windows and appliances. To help you in making smart energy choices, your recommendations will include information on rebates and financing along with payback and investment information specific to your home.

Can renters benefit from Home Energy Solutions - Income Eligible (H.E.S. -IE)?

Yes! The program is open to owners and renters alike. However, as a renter you will need to obtain your landlord’s approval for any modifications. For example, when drilling holes for blown-in cellulose insulation in walls or when replacing old drafty windows with energy efficient triple pane windows.

All FAQs About Home Energy Solutions

Top FAQs About Home Energy Solutions

  1. What is Home Energy Solutions (HES)?

    Home Energy Solutions (HES) is an all-in-one in-home energy efficiency service designed to help lower energy bills. It conducts house-wide efficiency diagnostics, including blower door testing, infrared imaging, and air testing. Certified technicians visit your home to assess its energy performance and recommend remedial actions for improved energy efficiency. The service aims to make homes more comfortable and energy-efficient by addressing issues such as air leaks, insulation, heating and cooling systems, and appliances.
  2. How long does a Home Energy Solutions service typically take?

    A Home Energy Solutions service typically takes 4-6 hours to complete. During this time, the certified technicians perform various assessments, implement energy-saving measures, and provide recommendations for energy improvements tailored to your home's specific needs.
  3. What are the benefits of Home Energy Solutions?

    Home Energy Solutions offers several benefits to homeowners. First, it helps create a more comfortable living environment by addressing energy-related issues that affect indoor temperature, air quality, and overall comfort. Second, it helps lower energy bills by identifying and implementing energy-saving measures. Third, the program provides an energy improvement plan tailored to your home, along with applicable incentives and rebates to make energy-efficient upgrades more affordable and cost-effective.
  4. How much does the Home Energy Solutions service cost?

    The co-pay for the Home Energy Solutions service is $50. However, the service is free-of-charge for income-eligible individuals who meet certain criteria. This ensures that the program remains accessible and beneficial to a wide range of homeowners, including those with limited financial resources.
  5. What is the average annual energy savings with Home Energy Solutions?

    Home Energy Solutions provides an average annual energy savings of $350. By implementing the recommended energy-saving measures and improvements, homeowners can significantly reduce their energy consumption and corresponding costs, leading to long-term savings and increased energy efficiency.
  6. What are the steps involved in a Home Energy Solutions assessment?

    A Home Energy Solutions assessment involves several steps. First, certified technicians visit your home to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of its energy performance. This includes blower door testing to identify and quantify air leaks, infrared imaging to assess insulation effectiveness, and air testing to ensure the safety of household members. The assessment also covers air sealing, duct sealing, weatherization, aerator replacement, and a home energy score evaluation. Finally, the technicians provide a detailed report and review of findings, along with recommendations for cost-effective energy improvements, applicable rebates, and financial incentives you qualify for.
  7. What is the purpose of blower door testing in a Home Energy Solutions assessment?

    The purpose of blower door testing in a Home Energy Solutions assessment is to discover and quantify air leaks within your home's envelope. By depressurizing the house and using a specialized fan, technicians can identify areas where air leakage occurs, allowing them to recommend appropriate air sealing measures to improve energy efficiency and reduce wasted energy.
  8. How does infrared imaging contribute to a Home Energy Solutions assessment?

    Infrared imaging plays a crucial role in a Home Energy Solutions assessment. It is used to produce detailed thermograms of ceilings and walls, enabling technicians to gauge the current effectiveness of insulation and identify problem areas that may contribute to energy loss. By identifying thermal irregularities and potential insulation deficiencies, infrared imaging helps guide recommendations for insulation improvements to enhance energy efficiency and reduce heat loss or gain in the home.
  9. What does air testing during a Home Energy Solutions assessment involve?

    Air testing is an important component of a Home Energy Solutions assessment. It includes checking for carbon monoxide and gas leaks to ensure the safety of household members. Technicians use specialized equipment to detect and measure the presence of these potentially harmful gases, allowing them to address any issues promptly and prioritize the well-being and health of occupants during the assessment process.
  10. What is the significance of air sealing in a Home Energy Solutions assessment?

    Air sealing is a vital aspect of a Home Energy Solutions assessment. It involves caulking, weatherstripping, and assessing replacement needs to address drafty windows and doors and improve the home envelope. By sealing air leaks and reducing unwanted airflow between the interior and exterior of the home, air sealing helps enhance energy efficiency, reduce energy waste, and create a more comfortable living environment while also lowering heating and cooling costs.
  11. What is the purpose of duct sealing in a Home Energy Solutions assessment?

    Duct sealing plays a crucial role in a Home Energy Solutions assessment. It involves measuring and sealing leakage in the heating and cooling ducts of your home. By identifying and addressing duct leaks, which can result in significant energy loss and decreased HVAC system efficiency, duct sealing helps optimize the distribution of conditioned air throughout the home, improving comfort levels and reducing energy waste associated with heating and cooling.
  12. How does weatherization contribute to a Home Energy Solutions assessment?

    Weatherization is an essential component of a Home Energy Solutions assessment. It involves sealing holes and leaks with spray foam insulation and assessing comprehensive insulation solutions to improve the thermal barrier of your home. By addressing gaps, cracks, and inadequate insulation in the building envelope, weatherization measures help prevent heat loss during the winter and heat gain during the summer. This results in improved energy efficiency, reduced energy consumption, and enhanced comfort levels within the home.
  13. What is the importance of aerator replacement in a Home Energy Solutions assessment?

    Aerator replacement is a key aspect of a Home Energy Solutions assessment. It includes providing and installing water conservation equipment such as faucet aerators and efficient-flow showerheads. By replacing outdated or inefficient aerators, which control the flow rate of water from faucets and showerheads, homeowners can achieve water savings and reduce water waste. This not only contributes to improved energy efficiency but also promotes sustainable water usage and cost savings on water bills.
  14. What is the Home Energy Score provided during a Home Energy Solutions assessment?

    The Home Energy Score is a U.S. Department of Energy evaluation provided during a Home Energy Solutions assessment. It represents an assessment of your home's energy efficiency, similar to a "miles per gallon" score for your car. The score provides a standardized metric that helps homeowners understand their home's energy performance and compare it to other homes. It serves as a useful tool for identifying areas where energy improvements can be made and provides valuable information for making informed decisions about energy-saving upgrades.
  15. What happens during the report and review stage of a Home Energy Solutions assessment?

    During the report and review stage of a Home Energy Solutions assessment, the certified technicians provide a comprehensive walkthrough of the findings and measures that have been installed. They present a detailed report that outlines the current energy performance of your home, including areas of improvement and recommended energy-saving measures. They also offer a cost-effective upgrade plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. Additionally, the technicians will discuss all applicable rebates and financial incentives that you qualify for, providing you with information on how to maximize the affordability of energy-efficient upgrades.
  16. How is the Home Energy Solutions program made affordable?

    The Home Energy Solutions program is made affordable through public-private collaboration and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund initiative known as "Energize CT." This initiative collects small charges on utility bills, which are then used to fund programs like Home Energy Solutions. By leveraging these funds and implementing energy efficiency measures, the program can provide cost-effective services, incentives, and rebates to homeowners, making energy-saving upgrades more accessible and affordable for a wider range of individuals and households.

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