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Energy Audit

Posted on | December 30, 2008 | 1 Comment

blowerdoorJust about one year ago, we embarked on a project to weatherize our house.

It’s one year later and we have done all the construction work, we just need to do the final blower door test in order to receive the incentive money.

Around last September, I heard about a free energy audit available from National Grid.  I was curious about what kind of information they provided so we arranged to have someone come over to our house and walk through.  I realized later that this program was really just a means to get more people to do real energy audits because not enough people were accessing the available incentive money.

On Election Day we had our real energy audit.  A.S.K. Construction did a comprehensive review of the house on 2 fronts:

1. Health and Safety issues (carbon monoxide detector coverage, adequate ventilation in the house, adequate fresh air for the boilers etc…)

2.  Energy Efficiency issues (efficiency of the heating and cooling systems, measure of existing air infiltration, windows and insulation).


You can click here to see the detailed costs as related to the scope of work we decided was required on the house.


This is a great article from Eco Home Magazine about the value of performance testing in a building as well as the importance of good ventilation in a tight house.

Another tool to see where heat is being lost is infrared thermography.  Click here to see sample (and beautiful) images.


One Response to “Energy Audit”

  1. Energy Audit = Money in Your Pocket : toeprintproject
    March 30th, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

    [...] We weatherized our house last year.  You can read all about it here. [...]


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