Every House Needs an Energy Audit
Inspecting a house for inefficiencies is the first step toward optimized comfort and minimized utility costs.
Magazine extra: Follow John Jennings, an energy auditor at the firm Steven Winter Associates, while he makes recommendations on how to insulate a new shed dormer in an old home, where to insulate a garage workshop for the most impact, how to find wall-cavity R-values easily, and whether or not you really need to replace your old boiler.
In the bill from her gas company, Leslie MacKensie of Minneapolis learned that she could have a free energy audit performed on her house, so she made an appointment. After assessing the 1915 bungalow, the auditors showed her air leaks and other problems that resulted in a monthly bill of $110. The auditors left her with weatherstripping and foam-insulation pads to install, along with a list of other needed improvements.
Chipping away at the list has had dramatic results. Even after she expanded her home with a small addition, her current gas bill averages…