One year later: a home energy upgrade

A lifetime ago I did home energy audits. Last January I had my home in Ithaca, New York insulated and sealed up.

Eleven years ago I worked on the Weatherization Assistance Program of Washtenaw County, Michigan as an energy auditor. Through that program I learned how to use a blower door, inspect a home for insulation gaps and air leaks, and make recommendations for energy saving improvements. It was a satisfying way to help the community and the environment.

From a heating and energy perspective, my current house is far from perfect. The “three season room” in the front is not clearly indoor or outdoor space. Several additions to the original structure caused the house to have a variety of insulation conditions. There is little southern exposure to provide passive solar. The roof is poorly suited for solar panels.

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