Whole Home Improvements

The more you do, the more you save

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR logo

Energy experts recommend taking a comprehensive, whole home approach when looking to boost comfort and keep your energy bills in check. The Whole Home Improvements path helps you do just that by looking at your home as a system. Making energy efficient improvements such as adding ceiling or wall insulation is a straightforward change that can transform the way your home feels in the cold of winter and the dog days of summer.

And it all starts with a home energy assessment.

After the assessment, you'll receive a clear road map of recommended improvements, cash incentives, and expert guidance to help you use energy smarter. Homeowners who receive an energy assessment typically see utility bill savings of 20 percent or more. Plus, you'll qualify for the highest incentives. Consider it your reward for getting the most comfort out of your home and taking a comprehensive approach to saving energy.


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    There are two customer incentive tiers: Tier 1 (standard) and Tier 2 (income-qualified). See if you qualify for Tier 2 incentives.

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    Find a Whole Home Improvements Trade Ally and schedule your energy assessment. 


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    Following the assessment you will receive a customized energy report outlining the current condition of your home, recommendations for improvements and incentives.

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    Decide which energy-saving improvements to make in your home. 

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    Your Trade Ally will make the improvements and work with you to receive your eligible incentives based on your overall energy reduction.

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    Receive a $250 bonus incentive when you complete Whole Home Improvements and Heating and Cooling Improvements together within 90 days of each other. This does not include Smart Thermostat stand-alone.

Homeowners who get a home energy assessment will also receive a Home Energy Score at no-cost. Home Energy Score was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and is like a miles per gallon rating for your home. It allows homeowners to compare their home’s efficiency to other homes locally and nationwide. Homes are ranked on a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 represents the most efficient home. The scale is determined using U.S. census housing data and is adjusted for local climate, environment, and house stock, which allows houses across Wisconsin and the country to be compared. 

Knowing your Home Energy Score may give you an advantage in the marketplace if you are looking to sell your home in the future. A higher Score may increase your home’s value and make it more attractive to potential buyers. The same thing applies when you’re looking for a home: Home Energy Score can help you understand your potential home’s operating costs and give you a road map for lowering those costs. Learn more about Home Energy Score, coming as another path to Home Performance Program in 2018.

Benefits of program participation include:

  • Greater home comfort
  • Lower energy bills
  • Improved indoor air quality
  • Financial incentives
  • Quality assurance

Assessing the Assessment

A home energy assessment helps pinpoint where your home is wasting energy, what you can do to save money and enjoy greater comfort, and determines the best order to complete improvements. It’s performed by a trained and certified Trade Ally contractor who will also look at health and safety issues that may be present. Energy assessments may vary in scope and typically range between $200-$400 dollars. Final scope and cost often depend upon the age, size, and condition of your home. If you qualify for Tier 2 incentives, the assessment fee is reduced to a $50 co-pay.


Incentives for Whole Home Improvements

Incentives valid January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017

Air Sealing and Insulation

Tier 1

Tier 2

10-19% energy reduction $850 $1,000
20-29% energy reduction $1,250 $1,500
30%+ energy reduction $2,000 $2,250

Note: You must first complete an energy assessment to qualify for air sealing and insulation incentives.

Learn more by downloading the following educational material:

Do you qualify for Tier 2 incentives?

You may be eligible for the higher Tier 2 incentives if your household income falls below the upper limits outlined below. 

Household Size

Annual Upper Income Limit

1 $34,899
2 $45,638
3 $56,376
4 $67,115
5 $77,853
6 $88,591

Follow these steps to be approved for Tier 2 incentives:

  • Download the Income Eligibility Application or call 800.762.7077
  • Collect required documentation and submit your application.
  • Receive approval notification and move forward with your projects.