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Small Steps Can Lead You to Energy Efficiency

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Source: Norwich Energy Committee

"Bit by bit, we've been improving the efficiency of our home. One year it was basement air sealing and insulation. Another was the attic. Another was window improvements. All along, we've watched our oil use drop significantly and we've enjoyed a more comfortable home. I remember the first day I walked downstairs after the basement had been insulated--instead of an uncomfortably cold floor on my bare feet, it felt as though we had in-floor radiant heat. The change was that dramatic." - Jonathan & Wendy Teller- Elsberg

Measures Installed

  • Air sealed: attic penetrations (wires, pipes, top plates, pocket doors, etc.), attic access hatch/pull down stairs, doors, windows, base and ceiling moldings, basement/crawlspace penetrations
  • Insulated basement rim joist, basement both above and below grade

Savings Achieved

  • Air Leakage Reduction = 15.6% Cost of Job $1,906
  • Projected Heat Energy Savings = 13.26% Incentives from Efficiency VT ($520)
  • Projected Annual Dollar Savings = $428 Net Cost to Homeowner $1,386

Years to Payback through Savings = 3.2
Return on Investment = 31.25%

More Information: 

Norwich Energy Committee