Homeowners, builders, contractors, and weatherization agencies today have a wide range of energy efficiency upgrades to choose from for existing homes. This course compares the popular upgrades and systems available to help you make the best choice for your projects. Making good decisions about improving an existing home's energy efficiency and lowering its energy costs can be challenging for a consumer. There are a wide variety of options available, all with certain benefits and costs. Homeowners and building professionals frequently ask, What are the most cost effective changes that I can make to improve energy efficiency?

This course is intended to serve as a guide in answering questions about prioritizing energy efficiency investments for existing homes. By closely examining a study commissioned by the Propane Education & Resource Council, the Analysis of Energy Efficiency Upgrades for Existing Homes, this course will provide objective information about the most effective measures and/or equipment choices across five climate regions.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the most beneficial EEMs in each of the five targeted climate zones covered.
  • Convey the costs and benefits of the EEM options to your clients.
  • Explain the difference between elective and non-elective energy efficiency measures or EEMs.
  • Determine approximate payback periods and Savings to Investment ratios for EEMs in your projects.

Pre-Requisite: None.