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When Albemarle County Sheriff J.E.“Chip” Harding and his wife Linda first decided to renovate their home in Pantops, they were focused largely on cosmetic improvements like granite countertops. After a Home Energy Assessment they decided to include energy efficiency in their remodel. “She was like a detective,” Harding recalls of his home energy assessor, who discovered issues like an uncovered whole house fan (like leaving a window open year round.) “Once she pointed out the problems, it was obvious. Major energy leaks were hiding in plain sight.”
The Home Performance Assessment
- Only 8” of compressed fiberglass insulation with many voids under attic flooring
- Recessed can lights were leaking a lot of air
- The attic stairs were not air sealed or insulated
- In the basement, there was a large hole at the electrical panel connected to the garage allowing air infiltration
- The door between the house and the garage was not weather stripped
- The homeowner built a raised storage platform so 12” of blown cellulose insulation could be added to the attic floor.
- Recessed can lights were boxed, air sealed, and covered in insulation
- Homeowner plans to change out the old whole house fan with a new air-tight, insulated model
- The electrical panel was sealed off from the garage
- The garage door was weather stripped so no cold drafts or car exhaust can enter the living space.
Projected savings: 20% energy savings and air leakage reduced by 30%
Case Study Courtesy of our Good Friends at the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP).
Leatha H., Charlottesville, VA
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