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Choosing a Contractor

The selection of experienced, competent contractors and other energy professionals is critical to the success of your energy-efficiency project(s). Here are some guidelines to aid you in choosing a contractor:

  • Ask for multiple current references that you can contact about work the contractor performed.
  • Ask the contractor to provide a cost-estimate in writing for any work they will do.
  • Make sure they are licensed and insured contractor.
  • The contractor should certify that their work conforms to state and local regulations and codes.
  • Verify that the contractor carries workers' compensation insurance.
  • Make sure the contractor has experience and will use energy-efficient equipment.

Visit the ENERGY STAR Service and Product Provider Directory and search for contractors and energy professionals in your area to help you with your upgrade(s).

How to Select a Contractor

The following resources provide additional tips on selecting a contractor for you energy efficiency upgrade project:

Learn how to pick the right, qualified contractor for you heating and cooling project.

This guidebook provides details for businesses that plan to hire an energy consultant or energy auditor to assess their buildings and property for energy efficiency upgrades. Produced by the California Energy Commission.

Once you have decided which energy improvements to make, the next step is to decide how to install your improvements. This handbook will help you decide if you need to hire a construction manager, how to determine the services you need, and how to choose the right contractor. Produced by the California Energy Commission.

If you have a home-based business, you may also find the following resources useful:

EPA's Home Energy Yardstick provides a simple assessment of your home's annual energy use compared to similar homes.

Get a list of the kinds of contractors you may need to hire to improve energy efficiency in your home.

Tools and resources to help you identify the best ways to save energy in your home.

Finding a competent and reliable contractor is the first step to a successful and satisfying home improvement project.

Tips for buying energy efficient heating and cooling systems and for lowering your home's energy bills.

Find tips and advice on buying energy saving home appliances from the Federal Trade Commission.

Information on how you can saving money by making energy efficient upgrades in every room of your house.

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