“It’s only been a few months, but we see our (energy) usage is down and monthly
bills are down, too. Hopefully the trend continues. The goal was to have the audit pay for
itself in what we’re saving in utilities. So far, so good.”

 

Customer: Larry Baum

Home Energy Situation
The Baum home is more than 100 years old. During the winter the first floor stays cold, the third floor stays hot, and the second floor is a combination. “It’s annoying and it’s uncomfortable,” Larry Baum told GreenStreet Solutions. Mr. Baum wanted to improve the comfort level in his home and just as importantly, he hoped to significantly lower his monthly energy bills.

 

Home Energy Audit Findings

Shell Insulation
• Insulation needed in exterior wall cavities to decrease air infiltration and improve indoor comfort

Lighting
• Because all lighting fixtures have incandescent bulbs, the household is consuming considerably more energy than necessary

Doors/Attic Hatch
• Air leakage to unconditioned spaces detected at second floor French doors, third-floor knee wall door and third-floor attic hatch

Floor Seam – Main Level
• Sealant needed to reduce drafts at wall/floor seam throughout home’s main level on walls adjacent to exterior

Inoperable Windows
• Air leakage detected through framework of inoperable windows

Dryer Vent
• Dryer vent pipe disconnected at wall exit point, allowing dryer exhaust to enter home interior

Fireplace
• Unsealed fireplace allowing migration of conditioned air to home exterior

 

Recommended Improvements / Expected Results

Shell Insulation
• Install dense pack cellulose insulation into each wall cavity to decrease air infiltration and improve interior comfort

Lighting
• Replace home’s 74 incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) to reduce energy usage

Doors / Attic Hatch
• Install rubber weather-stripping and new door sweeps to French doors to reduce air leakage
• Install weather-stripping around third-floor knee wall door to reduce air leakage
• Install weather-stripping around third-floor attic hatch to reduce air leakage
• Seal seams on all door frame structure assemblies to create air tight seal

Floor Seam – Main Level
• Apply clear silicone caulk at wall/floor seam throughout home’s main level on walls adjacent to exterior to reduce drafts

Inoperable Windows
• Until they are replaced, inoperable windows should be permanently sealed with weather-rated caulk to reduce drafts
• Weather-stripping should be applied at top and bottom of inoperable windows to decrease air migration

Dryer Vent
• Replace vent piping system
• Secure vent piping system to dryer exit point and wall exit point to route dryer exhaust to home exterior and prevent access to home through unsecured dryer vent opening

Fireplace
• Seal fireplace with a fireplace balloon to decrease migration of conditioned air to home exterior (Remove balloon prior to using fireplace.)

 

Expected Non-Energy Benefits

• Improved indoor air quality
• Improved indoor comfort
• Reduced indoor drafts
• Reduced light bulb maintenance and replacement costs
• Increased home security
• Increased home value

 

Home Energy Improvements Completed by GreenStreet Solutions

• Floor seam sealing