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Thetford Family Takes on High Energy Costs

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The Biddle Family
Photo credit: Source: VECAN - Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network

Source: Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network


  • Performed energy Audit to see where house needed work
  • Added insulation, reduced leakage, added high-efficiency boiler and woodstove
  • Reduced leakage by 50%


Rick and Jody Biddle of Thetford Center weren’t happy with their high energy costs. They were also concerned about the huge ice dams on their roof, and significant condensation around their windows in the winter. Rick is a skilled carpenter and decided to enlist the help of Efficiency Vermont’s DIY Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program. He hired a Home Performance ENERGY STAR Participating Contractor to perform an energy audit and to provide him with a list of improvements and guidance for doing the work.

Rick insulated the attic with spray foam and cellulose; air-sealed the attic hatch and recessed lights, and added foam board insulation to the basement walls. He also added a high- efficiency boiler and a woodstove, and replaced some leaky windows and doors. The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractor tested the house afterward and found that Rick had reduced his home’s air leakage by 50%.