How It Works

“Our Energy Advisor did all of the legwork. He completed the paperwork, found a very capable contractor, and even helped me get the rebates.”

Gayle McClure, Federal Hill

To ensure that you have a satisfying experience upgrading the energy efficiency of your home, we offer a simple 5-step guide:

1. Meet your personal energy advisor in person or on the phone.

Retrofit Baltimore’s energy advisor help in multiple ways: facilitating the Home Energy Assessment, reviewing your custom recommendations report, selecting cost-effective improvements from the Home Energy Assessment, and securing financing and rebates.

2. Schedule your Home Energy Assessment with a Retrofit Baltimore-approved Building Analyst.

Retrofit Baltimore has vetted and screened energy retrofit companies, selecting the best in the Baltimore region. Highly trained Building Analysts provide top-quality work and customer service. During the 2 to 3 hour onsite Assessment, the Analysts utilize advanced diagnostic techniques and equipment to pinpoint issues with air leakage, insufficient insulation, carbon monoxide, natural gas, moisture infiltration, pests and more. Over 50% of homes release some degree of carbon monoxide or natural gas that is immediately addressed by the Building Analyst.

3. Select the recommendations for your home improvement.

Based on your Home Energy Assessment, you will receive a comprehensive custom report detailing the most cost-effective energy upgrade opportunities for improving the comfort, safety and efficiency of your home. The most common prescriptions for a more comfortable home include sealing air leaks and adding insulation in order to improve temperature consistency. Other common improvements include fine-tuning heating and cooling systems, improving ductwork, installing a cool roof, adding a rain garden, and repairing carbon-monoxide and natural gas leaks.

4. Set aside two to four days for your work to be completed.

Upon selecting the improvements for your Home Energy Assessment, you are ready to move forward with the retrofit performed by a highly trained contractor. A typical retrofit takes two to four days to complete, including custom solutions. In addition to feeling more comfortable in your home, you will be making an impact in your community and on the planet. Each retrofit creates local, family-sustaining jobs and reduces carbon emissions equal to taking half a car off the road.

5. Start enjoying the energy-saving, money-saving benefits of your retrofit.

In addition to a more comfortable, safer home, most homeowners see a reduction in utility costs up to 20% and an increase in the value of their home. Plus, Home Energy Assessments performed by a qualified contractor enable homeowners to receive 50% off in rebates, up to $2000!

The Energy Improvements

Your home is an integrated system that includes air flow, insulation, and heating and cooling equipment. Your comfort, health and safety require all parts of your home to be finely tuned and working together. By sealing air leaks, installing insulation, adding a cool roof, and other energy saving options, you will be able to reduce your energy usage in your home and save money on your energy bills.

Sealing Air Leaks

If you add up all the hidden air leaks from cracks and gaps in your home, it is equivalent to having an open window in your house all year long. Air enters and exits your home around the attic, tops of basement walls, chimney flues, light fixtures, baseboards, and dryer vents, as well as through broken or improperly sealed windows. Air leakage can result in uncomfortable drafts, a room feeling too hot or too cold, and the infiltration of moisture, dust, pests, and pollutants. Sealing air leaks creates greater temperature consistency and safer air quality throughout your home.

Installing Insulation

Most homes lose significant heating and cooling energy through poorly insulated ceilings, floors and walls. Even if your home has existing insulation, it will likely benefit from the substantial recent improvements in technology and installation standards. Adding insulation will noticeably save energy, keep you more comfortable, and reduce noise from outside your house or between walls. Because insulation works best when air is not moving through or around it, the contractor will often also recommend air sealing.