Renovate Your Existing Home

Every Home Can Go Green

East Austin remodeled home showcases 5-star AEGB rating plaque. © Kimberly Davis.
Remodeled home in East Austin. AEGB rating: ★★★★★ ©Kimberly Davis

Existing homes have many green benefits.

  • They are more likely to be close to amenities, so they can save gas and reduce pollution for the community
  • They usually have mature trees that provide cooling shade and reduce energy bills
  • They are typically made of high-quality, solid materials that have lasted and are likely to last longer than new replacements

Cost-effective improvements to existing homes can help reduce utility bills and enhance comfort without sacrificing beauty.

Start with a Home Energy Audit

To improve energy efficiency, begin with an Energy Audit. Have your home assessed by a home performance testing company so you know what energy improvements are needed.

The energy audit may include:

  • An evaluation of insulation and ductwork.
  • Testing for duct leakage, correct static pressure, and backdrafting of gas appliances.
  • Testing for room-by-room air-flow balancing and air leakage to the outside through the thermal envelope.

See Austin Energy's whole-home approach to energy efficiency

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Date last reviewed or modified: 01/31/2022