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					                                                                                       SMUD’s Energy Efficient Remodel
Partners                                                                               Demonstration Program

Building America
The Building America program conducts and supports research, development,
and demonstration activities that will produce cost-effective homes that
use up to 70% less energy. It partners with more than 270 companies
comprised of architects, engineers, builders, equipment manufacturers,
material suppliers, community planners, mortgage lenders, and contractor
trades. Building America is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.




NREL
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the U.S. Department
of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy
efficiency research and development. NREL's building research accelerates
industry adoption of advanced energy efficiency and renewable energy
technologies in both the residential and commercial buildings marketplace.




                                                                                       Saving Money and Energy – Today and Tomorrow




                                                                                                                                                                          SACRAMENTO MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT
                                                                                                                                                                          The Power To Do More.®

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               SMUD’s Energy Efficient                 and renewable energy measures in your next        Resources
               Remodel Demonstration                   home improvement project. Look for the insert
                                                       in this brochure to see which specific energy
               Program is collaborative                                                                  Do-It-Yourself Audits
                                                       saving features were built into this home.
               effort between SMUD and
               local builders to remodel                                                                 SMUD Home Analysis Tool                                       Environmental Building News
                                                                                                            http://smud.apogee.net/homesuite/calcs/rescale/            www.buildinggreen.com/menus/index.cfm
               homes that showcase the
                                                       MONEY-SAVING                                         default_supp.aspx
               best in money-saving                                                                                                                                    Green Building Pages
                                                       RECOMMENDATIONS
               energy efficient upgrades.                                                                ENERGY STAR® Home Energy Yardstick                            www.greenbuildingpages.com/main.html
               These homes are more                    You’ll save money, make your home more            www.energystar.gov
                                                                                                                                                                       Green Home Guide
               than granite countertops                comfortable, and help the environment if you
                                                                                                                                                                       www.greenhomeguide.com/
                                                       incorporate the following energy saving           Hire a Professional Home Energy Auditor
               and new flooring - they
                                                       recommendations in you next home
               are a system of                         improvement project.                              ENERGY STAR® for Homes Partner Locator                        For more detailed information on energy
               components that work                                                                      www.energystar.gov                                            efficiency upgrades by specific project, visit
                                                                                                                                                                       savewithsmud.org/EER
               together to provide an                  Start with a home energy audit or Home
                                                       Energy Rating (HER). The audit/HER will           CalCERTS
    enjoyable, healthy living                                                                            www.calcerts.com
                                                       identify improvements that can be made to
    environment.                                       reduce your energy use. You can use this
                                                       information to identify the most cost effective   California Home Energy Efficiency Rating Services
    By incorporating energy efficiency as a key
                                                       approach to including energy efficiency in        www.cheers.org
    element of your remodeling project, your
    home will not only be more comfortable and         your remodeling projects. SMUD offers an
    appealing, but you’ll save money and energy.       online home energy audit tool or you can          Home Performance Contractors
    Plus, durable, energy efficient products require   schedule a visit from a Home Energy Rater.
    less maintenance and will increase the resale      Home Energy Raters inspect your home,             California Building Performance Contractors Association
    value of your home.                                perform tests and provide an itemized list of     www.cbpca.org/homeowners/
                                                       energy efficiency upgrades from the least to
                                                       most costly. Visit www.cheers.org or              Efficiency First
    Improving the energy performance of your
                                                       www.calcerts.com for more information.            www.efficiencyfirst.org/about/
    home is also good for the environment because
    it helps reduce the amount of pollution and
                                                                                     Add insulation
    CO2 produced by your home. Most importantly,
                                                                                     and seal air        Remodeling Guides
    your family will benefit from a home that
                                                                                     leaks. Air leaks
    keeps you comfortable regardless of the season,
                                                                                     are major
    has healthier indoor air quality, and saves                                                          REGREEN: ASID & USGBC Residential Remodeling Guidelines
                                                                                     sources of
    money on your utility bills.                                                                         Second Edition
                                                                                     energy loss and
                                                                                                         www.regreenprogram.org
                                                                                     make your
    The Energy Efficiency Remodel Demonstration                                      heating and
    Program is part of SMUD’s on-going efforts                                       cooling systems     Build it Green Greenpoint Rated Existing Home Rating System
    to help its customers save energy and money                                      work harder to      www.builditgreen.org/existinghome
    on their utility bills and is a real example of                                  maintain
    how you can incorporate energy efficiency                                        consistent          Building Science Corporation (BSC)
                                                                                     temperatures.       www.buildingscience.com/


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    THE BASIC ENERGY EFFICIENT                        •   Seal and tighten heating and air                                                                     Outside Living
    PACKAGE - BIG SAVINGS, LOW                            conditioning ducts
                                                                                                                                                               •   Choose an energy-efficient hot tub
    COST                                              •   Replace wasteful incandescent lighting
                                                                                                                                                               •   Install a solar water heating system to heat
                                                          with high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® CFL
                                                                                                                                                                   your pool
    Every home improvement project represents             lighting
    an opportunity to not only improve the                                                                                                                     •   Install high efficiency pool pumps with timers
                                                      •   Plug electronic and entertainment
    appearance of your home, but improve its              equipment into power strips                                                                          •   Install ENERGY STAR® CFL lighting fixtures
    energy performance and save you money.                                                                                                                     •   Install retractable, controllable awnings over
                                                                                                                                                                   windows and patio areas, especially on south
    A good start is to include a simple and           ROOM-BY-ROOM                                                                                                 facing areas
    affordable package of energy efficiency
    upgrades in your project. You can save up to      REMODELING TIPS                                                                                          •   Plant shade trees and other vegetative shading.
    30% on your annual electric and gas bills with                                                                                                                 SMUD’s Shade Tree program offers free shade
    this basic package:                               You’ll get bigger savings by adding to the                                                                   trees to SMUD customers. Visit savewithsmud.org
                                                      basic Energy Efficient Package. Specific project                                                             for more information.
    •   Air seal the house – caulk and/or foam all    recommendations include:                           Bathroom
        seams and joints; weather strip doors and                                                        •   Install ENERGY STAR® rated ventilation fan        Finished Basement
        windows                                                                                              units with timers                                 •   Insulate basement floor to R-10 and exterior
    •   Insulate the attic to R-38                                                                       •   Install water-saving showerheads, faucets             basement walls to R-15
    •   Control the sun – Install interior blinds,                                                           and toilets                                       •   Air seal and insulate rim joists
        exterior shade screens or awnings, or low-                                                       •   Install ENERGY STAR® windows                      •   Provide appropriate venting of all combustion-
        emissivity (low-e) films on east and west                                                        •   Install high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® CFL              based heating and water heating equipment
        facing windows. Install retractable awnings                                                          lighting fixtures, skylights and/or solar tubes
        on south-facing windows
                                      • Insulate                                                         Living Room, Bedroom,                                 BIG PROJECT, BIGGEST SAVINGS
                                      the water
                                      heater
                                                                                                         Office/Work Area
                                                                                                         •   Install ENERGY STAR® windows                      For the biggest savings, combine the Energy Efficient
                                      • Reduce
                                                                                                         •   Install shutters, blinds and drapes               Package and the Room-by-Room Remodeling Tips
                                      hot water
                                                      Kitchen                                                                                                  with high performance roofs and walls and super
                                      demand –                                                           •   Install ENERGY STAR® CFL lighting fixtures,       efficient heating and air and water heating systems
                                      install         •   Install ENERGY STAR® appliances –                  skylights and/or solar tubes                      when doing additions, adding a new story, or gut
                                      water-saving        refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer
                                                                                                         •   Manage phantom loads of TVs, computers            rehabs. Specific recommendations include:
                                      faucets         •   Install an ENERGY STAR® range hood                 and other electrical equipment by using
                                      and shower
                                      heads
                                                      •   Install ENERGY STAR® windows                       on power strips – and turn off the power          Roof and Walls
                                                      •   Install high-efficiency ENERGY STAR® CFL           strips when not in use.
                                  • Install an                                                                                                                 •   Insulate walls to a minimum R-13. If you are
                                                          lighting fixtures                              •   Install ENERGY STAR® ceiling fans                     building new walls, consider using advanced
                                  ENERGY
    STAR® programmable, set-back thermostat                                                              •   Purchase ENERGY STAR® electronics such                2x6, 24” o.c. framing and insulating the new
                                                                                                             as TVs and computers                                  wall to R-30
                                                                                                                                                               •   Install radiant barrier roof sheathing if the ducts
                                                                                                                                                                   and air handler are in attic




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    Heating and Air                                                                                         Check areas such as electrical outlets, windows,      bulbs and come in a variety of shapes
                                                                                                            doors, attics, around chimneys, and through           and sizes. Changing four light bulbs
    •   Contractor should size heating and cooling
                                                                                                            recessed lighting fixtures.                           in your most frequently used fixtures
        systems according to the ACCA Manual's
                                                                                                                                                                  can save $120 over the life of the
        J, S, and D in mechanical system design
                                                                                                            In addition to the air leaks, you should also take    bulbs.
    •   At a minimum, upgrade HVAC systems with                                                             a look at your insulation. Insulation is rated by
        an ENERGY STAR® sealed combustion,                                                                  resistance value, and the value is determined by      Appliances and electrical equipment
        condensing furnace with a minimum 90%                                                               the type and thickness of the insulation material     consume energy even when they are
        AFUE and SEER 14.5 air conditioning                                                                 and the installed weight per square foot. Select      not in use. You can manage these
    •   Properly commission new (or tune up                                                                 insulation with a minimum resistance value of 30      “phantom loads” plugging appliances
        existing) HVAC systems                                                                              (R-30) for maximum performance. Proper insulation     and equipment into power strips and
                                                                                                            leads to better performance from your heating         turning the power strips off when not
    •   Install a whole house fan                       CONSIDER SOLAR ENERGY                               and cooling systems, and reduces outside noise,       in use. It’s a simple way to save up
                                                        Once you’ve increased your home's efficiency,       too.                                                  to 15% on your total energy bill.
          Plumbing                                      consider adding a rooftop solar electric system
          • Install a high-efficiency water             or a solar hot water heater to further reduce       Seal ductwork. Older homes often have poor air        Upgrade heating and cooling systems. Older,
            heater with a minimum                       your utility bills. For more information, visit     flow and leaky ductwork that, regardless of the       inefficient heaters and air conditioners use more
            Energy Factor (EF) of .62                   smud.org and click the “Rebates” tab.               thermostat setting, leaves some rooms stuffy and      energy because they have to work harder to heat
          • Install on-demand hot water                                                                     uncomfortable. Sealing and insulating ductwork        and cool. Make sure that your furnace and air
            recirculation system                                                                            in attics and crawlspaces can also help to ensure     conditioner are properly sealed and insulated. At
                                                        REBATES AND INCENTIVES                              a more comfortable home.                              a minimum, install an air conditioner with a Seasonal
           • Reconfigure plumbing to                                                                                                                              Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER)
             distribute hot water                       In addition to the costs savings on your utility
                                                                                                            Upgrade appliances and lighting. Two of the           of 14.5 and a 90% Annual Fuel
             efficiently                                bill, there are renewable-energy and energy-
                                                                                                            biggest sources of energy use for most homes are      Use Efficiency (AFUE) furnace.
          • Insulate hot water pipes                    efficiency tax credits available from the federal
                                                                                                            appliances and
                                                        government and rebates from SMUD. Visit
          For downloadable project plans with                                                               lighting. You                                         Upgrade plumbing. Two steps
                                                        smud.org for more information on rebates.
          more details, visit savewithsmud.org/EER                                                          can reduce                                            you can take when upgrading
                                                                                                            your energy                                           your plumbing are to insulate
                                                        For information on federal tax credits, visit
                                                                                                            use by up to                                          your hot water pipes and install
          QUALITY ASSURANCE                             energystar.gov/taxcredits. Rebates for gas
                                                                                                            40%– and save                                         water-saving faucets and
          Make sure that the contractor you use         appliances may be available from your local
                                                                                                            money – by                                            showerheads. You can save
          takes a comprehensive approach to your        gas utility.
                                                                                                            selecting                                             even more money and energy
          project and can verify the quality of their                                                       ENERGY STAR®                                          by installing an ENERGY STAR® water heater with
          work. They should test the home before                                                            appliances and                                        a minimum Energy Factor (EF) of .62. You can also
          and after the improvements are made.          SMUD IS HERE TO HELP                                electronic                                            save energy by keeping your water heater set
    The contractor should also provide a report                                                             equipment.                                            to 120 F.
                                                        Through rebates, financing, free shade trees
    that shows you before and after numbers that
                                                        or advice, SMUD can help you save energy
    measure your house’s actual performance                                                                 You can save
                                                        on your next remodeling project. By working
    improvements. At a minimum, ask for duct                                                                even more
                                                        to create super-efficient homes, SMUD ensures
    and blower door tests. The contractor should                                                            money and
                                                        a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable
    also be familiar with SMUD’s rebate programs                                                            energy by
                                                        environment for our community.
    as well as programs from other utilities, and                                                           using CFL or
    work with you to maximize the energy                To learn more about SMUD’s Energy Efficient         LED lighting, and installing energy saving windows,
    performance of your home.                           Remodel Demonstartion Program, visit                skylights and solar tubes. CFLs use up to 75% less
                                                        savewithsmud.org/EER                                energy, last 7 to 10 times longer than incandescent

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