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There's no doubt about it. The choices you make at home can lead to significant savings—in energy and money. Explore this section to find answers to common questions, improve your energy efficiency and learn how to find or build a "green" home.

If you are interested in low-income weatherization support, learn more about the CEO's Weatherization Program. We partner with local weatherization agencies throughout Colorado to offer low-income residents access to free, cost-effective energy efficiency services.

The homes section will help Colorado Consumers understand the whole home approach to make a home more energy efficient, how to implement the whole home approach in different phases in their current home, market trends on energy efficient or high performing housing, and how to find, sell, or rent a energy efficient home. 

 

The Whole Home Approach - What is it and why does it matter?

Much like the transition from a corded home phone to a Smartphone in nearly everyone’s pocket, homes have become much more complex in technology and building techniques over the last 30 years, but also a lot more popular with home buyers and renters. The Whole Home Approach, sometimes called house as a system, utilizes building science to understand how different systems such as insulation, furnace, mechanical ventilation, or even the orientation of the building interact and affect energy consumption of the building. 

 

The end result is that “by becoming more efficient in one aspect of home energy use, consumers can gain opportunities to become more efficient in others. One example of this approach is using enough insulation to reduce the heating needs–and thereby the size of the furnace–of a home.”  This approach will reduce the cost of the furnace by allowing a smaller one to be installed and money over the long run, as a properly sized furnace will run more efficiently and the smaller size will use fuel.  Additionally, as buildings get tighter, looking at the house of a system can help elevate healthy indoor air quality concerns or potential moisture issues.    Building science has worked in step with contractors, so they can add ventilation or moisture control systems to go along with increased “tightness” of the home.