Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program

One of the challenges for folks who want to make their own energy efficiency improvements on their homes is getting the proper guidance and training on how to achieve meaningful energy savings. In 2010, Capstone Community Action (formerly Central Vermont Community Action Council) piloted a statewide program to support and train do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowners (like you) to undertake comprehensive efficiency improvements in their own homes under the supervision of a certified energy auditor. We learned that many Vermonters want to learn how to do this work in their own homes, and now Efficiency Vermont offers incentive rebates for qualifying DIY projects through the DIY Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program. Homeowners can get professional guidance they need to complete the project safely and effectively and access incentives.

"I did the DIY pilot program last year (2010) and easily made back the money I invested in the auditor and materials."

B.B., South Hero

Efficiency VermontHomeowners who want to make energy efficiency improvements can now access Efficiency Vermont's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR incentives by working with a certified auditor to guide them through the project. The auditor will do a complete energy assessment of the home, provide a report with a scope of work for the homeowner, consult with the homeowner throughout the project, do a mid-project inspection and thorough air-sealing assistance, perform the test-out and submit the necessary paperwork for the incentives. Learn more about Home Performance with ENERGY STAR incentives.

"The DIY pilot program was a real benefit to me...I could access incentives and do the work myself with professional guidance."

M.C., South Burlington

    • Marc Companion finished his DIY in 2010 and now saves an average of 35-40% on his energy bills.

      Marc Companion finished his DIY project in 2010 and now saves an average of 35-40 percent off his energy bills.

    • A blower door test measures air leaks in the home and helps prioritize the areas for work.

      A blower door test measures air leaks in the home and helps prioritize the areas for work.

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