Why Are My Heating Bills So High?
Building Science 101 – How Air Travels
Air enters a home from the basement through the rim-joints (where the house sits on the foundation). This air pushes up through the house, creating convection that magnifies drafts and other air leaks. Ultimately the warm air is pushed out the roof. This is also the cause of ice dams.
Energy Improvements are also eligible for up to $2,000 in incentives from Efficiency Vermont
Homeowners can receive incentives from Efficiency Vermont after Energy Improvements are complete and “tested-out.” A “test-out” is a second blower door test that measures your energy savings. Your incentives from Efficiency Vermont, up to $2,000, are based on the test-out results.
What do I do When the Energy Audit is Complete?
Are You a Do-It-Yourselfer?
Homeowners who are especially handy can do some or all of the work themselves. We will pair you with an Energy Auditor who likes to work with DIY’ers.
Once energy improvements are completed; your auditor will perform a second blower door and CAZ (Combustion Appliance Zone) test for $250 to measure your energy savings. Your incentives from Efficiency Vermont, up to $2,000, are based on the results from the second blower door test.
If a home is in need of additional repairs– such as a new roof, replacement of knob and tube wiring, or foundation repairs– then homeowners should consider the NeighborWorks Home Repair lending program in conjunction with energy improvements.
HEAT Squad will also help you locate appropriate and reliable contractors to complete energy improvements for you. Learn more about our network of contractors.