Even though colder weather is starting to creep in, you still have time to make your home more energy efficient.
In fact, it’s not too late to save energy – and money – before the snow flies.
Like most families, Josh and Danielle Saucier of Winterport are looking for ways to stay warm this winter, without busting their household budget.
":It wasn’t until the price of oil starting going that up that we really thought much about it. We just kind of knew we had a big oil bill and we lived with it when it was 1.50 a gallon.":
They knew they couldn’t live with it anymore, after going through 13-hundred gallons of oil last year and six cords of wood. In the past few months, they’ve blown insulation in the walls, added new siding and spray-foamed the basement sill.
Certified energy auditor Matt Damon says when it comes to stopping heat loss – concentrate on the bottom and top of the house first.
":The cold air is less dense than the warm air so it sinks and drives the warm air up and that warm air really wants to get out. So you stop that air from getting out and plug the bottom of the house.":
Damon says the Sauciers have done of a good job of that.
":Think of this as dollar bills flying right out of here.":
But there’s still some work to do to cap off the house, especially around the chimney.
":The first thing and it’s something really important is to air seal. Anything that sticks up into your attic, you want to stop air from moving.":
Damon says in most cases that can be done easily – and cheaply – with sheet metal for bigger gaps or spray foam and caulk for smaller ones.
":Have one person go up in the attic and the other person kind of tap where there’s a light. Then that person can crawl to where that light is and usually foam seal around it or where a bath fan is, you can foam seal around that.":
Then go for a good layer of insulation. Cutting off cold air into the basement is important, too.
Finally, seal any gaps throughout the living space.
":See right here where the cobwebs are Probably air leakage. The spiders built their cobwebs where’s their air movement.":
The Sauciers can’t wait to see just how much their work will pay off this winter. And they already know its starting to make a difference.
":I’m much happier! I’m a lot warmer than i was at this point last year or years prior living in this house. I think it definitely seems warmer.":
All of the major work at the Saucier’s home didn’t come cheap. They took out a home equity loan to pay for it and they did it without the guidance of a formal energy audit.
Matt Damon suggests everyone have a certified auditor tour their home to find the best places to save. But if you can’t afford a few hundred dollars for that, caulk, spray foam and duct tape can make a difference.
Coming up tomorrow night, we’ll show you some simple, cheap and safe ways to button up your house this winter.