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Episode 3
ANIMAL IN THE CRAWL SPACE! 1923 Build Takoma Park Maryland

Home Energy Audit TAKEAWAYS
YouTube Series - Episode 3
January 28, 2023

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Episode 3 Summary

WHY DID THIS HOMEOWNER GET THE ENERGY AUDIT? Homeowner's exact reason: Just installed new heat pump/mini split system. Energy bills were very high prior to new system and are now even higher. House is old and poorly insulated.

WHERE WAS THIS HOME ENERGY AUDIT? This audit was done at a single family Cape Cod located in Takoma Park, Maryland 20912 through the PEPCO Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program.

WHAT MADE THIS ENERGY AUDIT INTERESTING This home was built in 1923 and when the indoor/outdoor cat came to the door and saw me and all of my equipment, he did a double-take to make sure he was in the right place!

WHAT YOU MAY LEARN FROM THIS ENERGY AUDIT Crawl spaces that have open vents tend to create situations ripe for a cold floor.

KEY TAKEAWAY FROM THIS HOME ENERGY AUDIT Unfinished basements and open crawl spaces are great low hanging fruit when it comes to older homes with complicated or hard to access attics.


 

 

There are so many houses that I have been to for an energy audit where during the beginning walk through the owner is super focused on windows and doors. I know the reason for this. It is because it is the only possible place you can really see any cracks and crevices that lead to the outside.

But, there are far worse offenders than those two areas and they are usually hiding in plain sight.

Hello and welcome to my world which basically revolves around teaching some of the basics of building science so that more people can literally get into the driver’s seat when it comes to their energy usage and overall comfort around the house.

Weekly episodes should yield a variety of housing types that will provide both common and unique scenarios. 

As always, finding the correct diagnosis will require good investigative work, experience and the use of diagnostic equipment.

Hopefully these daily encounters will help open people's minds to the subtle, yet important ways in which a home can lose, literally "tons" of energy.

Do you have some other issue not covered here?

Often times homeowners don't know what a home energy audit is or how it can actually help you understand energy waste in "three dimensional" ways.

For example, it is quite likely that a set of poorly sealed recessed lights will cost you far more in annual energy waste than perhaps all of the windows in your house.

Here is what the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program can do for you:

1.  It can help you avoid choosing the wrong solution to a comfort problem you are having around the house.

2.  An energy audit can help you find practical & often missed ways to reduce your energy bill.

3.  A home energy audit is a great way to organize your home improvement priority list.

4.  It will undoubtedly guide you, or someone you know, to a more comfortable home.

Can an energy audit help you?

Send us an email and we will respond.

If you have an issue that you are not sure about fitting in the parameters of what an energy audit can help diagnose, please inquire.

info@hometrustremodeling.com

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*Measure indoor air quality
*Evaluate windows & doors
*Evaluate attic ventilation

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