Be a winner with a home-energy audit

| by Gary Wollenhaupt
Be a winner with a home-energy audit

If you’re like me, you’re still in sticker shock over your winter utility bills. With record cold weather in many part of the United States, heating homes was a very expensive proposition for most people. 

I’m developing a plan to make a difference in my utility bills for next winter. First,  my attic probably needs additional insulation, as I saw the snow melting more along one section of the roof. That tells me heat, and my money, are escaping through the roof.

Anyone have good ideas on retrofit wall insulation? My house is about 35 years old and has fiberglass batts in the walls. However, the first story is clad in brick. I’d like to blow in foam or cellulose or something, but I don’t know how installation is done through brick. Do you drill through just like on siding?


 

A WellHome auditor uses

an infrared camera.

If you want to make changes in your home, one good way to start is with an energy audit. That’s where a trained auditor comes to your home and assesses its energy efficiency. It usually includes a blower door test, in which the auditor puts a fabric door over the open front door.

The barrier has a fan in it that draws air out of the house, lowering the pressure inside. Outside air will rush in, and the auditor uses an infrared camera to spot the outside air coming in. The camera shows where a home might need more insulation or better caulking.

Or, you can do it yourself with a tool like the Black & Decker Thermal Leak Detector.

In either case, you can start with a short, online home-energy assessment from WellHome.

This tool gives you tips to see how much money and energy your home could be wasting. At the end of the assessment, you are entered into a sweepstakes for a home system efficiency upgrade valued at $2,500.

Pretty cool, right? I’ve already done one for my house.


Topics: Cost of Ownership, Energy Audits, Going Green, Insulation

Companies: Masco Corporation



Gary Wollenhaupt

Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.

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