Two weeks ago, I blogged on Earth Day about an energy audit I had done on my middle-aged house.
There was a lot of information shared with me that day – more than I could really process or remember, even with my photos and copious notes. Luckily, a few days later, I received a detailed report from Pascale, my extremely knowledgeable auditor from Energy Efficiency Experts. What a help! She pulled together the major recommendations as a checklist for the actions that I need to take. She also provided links, phone numbers and resources for how and where I can purchase some easy fixes that I can do on my own, such as installing a chimney balloon in my leaky chimney flue and weather stripping my front door.
And, as if I needed any additional incentive, the report includes an energy-use comparison between my home and a similarly-sized counterpart that is sealed, insulated and equipped with energy-efficient appliances. Those little charts and graphs are definitely eye openers! It also has some great references on where to buy compact fluorescents – including dimmable ones and where to recycle them! I’m planning to follow up by installing some smart power strips, which will help reduce my phantom energy load.
I have taken some other steps since my audit. I’ve purchased weather stripping, caulk, spray foam and cement to patch my many holes and cracks, and let me tell you, I’m putting them to good use. I’m also starting to call insulation contractors to get some quotes.
As a card-carrying environmentalist, I’m relieved to learn that there are many easy actions that I can take to save money while making my older home more energy efficient. After all, you don’t have to demolish older and historic homes or commercial buildings to reduce your carbon footprint.
I encourage you all to put your home to the test. It’s worth it.
- Denise Ryan
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