Upgrades

These are the available upgrade measures.
Default upgrade costs are from the NREL National Residential Efficiency Measures Database.
How these measures are applied is described on the Upgrades Logic page.
 Category  Measure
 HES default  Scoring tool
 Boiler pipes
 Insulate    
 Basement wall insulation
 R11
 X X
   R19   X
 Central air conditioner
 Energy Star (SEER 14)
 X X
   SEER 15
   
   SEER 16
   

 Premium Efficiency  (SEER 17)    
 Attic insulation
 R19   X
   R30   X
   R38   X
   R49   X
   R60   X
 Indoor lighting: standard
 CFL  
 Indoor lighting: torchiere
 CFL    
 Electric Clothes dryer
 Fuel switch to Natural Gas
   
 Cool roof
 High Slope - 15% reflectivity
   
 
 Low Slope - 50% reflectivity
  X
 Foundation wall insulation
 R11   X
   R19   X
 Clothes washer
 Energy Star (MEF 1.42, water factor 9.5)
X
 
   High Efficiency (MEF 2.2, water factor 4.0)
   
 Duct insulation
 R6 X
X
 Duct sealing
 Reduce leakage to 3% of total airflow
 
X
  Reduce leakage to 6% of total airflow X 
 Dishwasher  Energy Star  (energy factor = 0.58)
X
 
   High Efficiency (energy factor = 0.68)
   
 Refrigerator(s)
 Energy Star (15% better than standard)
X
 
   Premium Efficiency (25% better than Standard)
   
 Floor insulation
 R11   X
   R19   X
   R25   X
   R38   X
 Freezer(s)
 Energy Star (10% better than standard)
X
 
 Gas boiler  Energy Star (85% AFUE) X
X
   87% AFUE    

 Premium Efficiency (91% AFUE)    
   94% AFUE    
 Gas Furnace  Energy Star  (90% AFUE) X
X

 92% AFUE
   
   94% AFUE
   
   Premium Efficiency (96% AFUE)
   
  Heat pump  Energy Star (SEER 14, HSPF 8.2) X
X
   SEER 15, HSPF 8.5
   
   SEER 16, HSPF 8.6
   
   Premium Efficiency (SEER 17, HSPF 8.7)
   
 Envelope/Air sealing
 75% of existing leakage (25% reduction) X
X
   60% of existing leakage (40% reduction)
   
   50% of existing leakage (50% reduction)
   
 Oil boiler
 Energy Star (85% AFUE) X
X
   87% AFUE
   
   Premium Efficiency (90% AFUE)
   
 Oil furnace
 Energy Star (85% AFUE)
X
  Energy Star (90% AFUE) X 
   Premium Efficiency (95% AFUE)
   
 Propane furnace
 Energy Star (90% AFUE) X
X
   92% AFUE
   
   94% AFUE
   
   Premium Efficiency (96% AFUE)
   
 Room air conditioner
 Energy Star (EER 9.7)  
X
  Energy Star (EER 10.7) X 
   Premium Efficiency (EER 11)
   
   EER 11.5
   
 Roof EPS insulation
 Add R5 exterior foam sheathing
X
X
 Skylights
 Double-pane solar-control low-E aluminum frame    
   Double-pane solar-control low-E wood frame    
   Energy Star (Double-pane solar-control low-E argon gas wood frame) X
X
   Double-pane insulating low-E, argon gas wood frame window
   
   Triple-pane insulating low-E, argon gas wood frame
   
 Slab edge insulation
 R5 X

 Thermostat  Programmable
X
 
 Water cooler
 Energy Star (45% better than typical)
   
 Wall insulation
 R13
  X
   Add R5 exterior foam sheathing (only available for wood frame construction w/ wood, aluminum or vinyl siding)
 
 Well pump
 Energy Star (60% combined pump and motor efficiency)
   
 Water heater, electric
 Convert to Gas (Energy Factor 0.62, recovery efficiency 76%)
   
 
 Energy Factor 0.95, recovery efficiency 98%
 
 
 Energy Star (heat pump, EF 2.76)
 X
 Water heater, natural gas storage
 0.62 energy factor, 76% recovery efficiency X

   0.65 energy factor 80% recovery_efficiency    
   Energy Star (0.67 energy factor)
   X

 Premium Efficiency (energy factor 0.81, 88% recovery efficiency)
   
 Water heater, oil storage
 0.62 energy factor, 78% recovery efficiency X

   0.66 energy factor, 80% recovery efficiency
   
 Water heater, propane storage
 0.62 energy factor, 76% recovery efficiency X

   0.65 energy factor, 80% recovery efficiency    
   Energy Star (0.67 energy factor)    X
   Premium Efficiency 0.81 energy factor, 88% recovery efficiency
   
 Windows
 Double-pane solar-control low-E aluminum frame    
   Double-pane solar-control low-E wood frame    
   Energy Star (Double-pane solar-control low-E argon gas wood frame) X
X
   Double-pane insulating low-E, argon gas wood frame window     
   
   Triple-pane insulating low-E, argon gas wood frame     
   
   Double-pane very low-solar gain low-E, argon gas, wood/vinyl frame                   
   
   Triple-pane insulating low-E, argon gas insulated vinyl or fiberglass frame