As huge winter storms batter each coast this week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced the launch of a new tool, the Energy Star Home Advisor, to help Americans save money and energy by improving the energy efficiency of their homes through home-improvement projects.
The timing seems ironic. Winter isn’t exactly the time to be studying your energy uses and hiring a contractor. A spring launch would have been much better. Consumers could undertaken the projects or hired a contractor in the summer.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy visited Durham, N.C., with local officials Friday for the agency’s Energy Efficiency Action Week and a tour a new Energy Star-certified Habitat for Humanity home. The home tour included blower door and duct blaster tests.
Durham was a good choice. It’s 53 degrees in Durham on Friday.