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Home Energy Efficiency workshop – what we learned

On Tuesday, May 15, the York Adult Ed and the York Energy Efficiency Committee sponsored an informational home energy workshop, facilitated by Wayne Boardman. Participants got to hear directly from some experts in the field, specifically:

Many topics were covered in the interactive, two-hour session, but here is a sampling of facts that not everyone may be aware of:

  1. Maine has some of the oldest and leakiest housing stock in the country, and more than 80 percent of the homes in our state depend on home heating oil.
  2. Attics and basements usually represent 50-75% of home air leakage, while windows and doors generally account for less than 20% of leaks.
  3. Improvements that may not save that much energy in the typical home are: replacing windows, DIY caulking and weatherstripping, and replacing furnace filters more than twice a year.
  4. What really works, depending on the specific situation: wall and attic insulation, professional air sealing, and replacing old heating systems.

    Infrared scan showing cold infiltration

    Infrared scan showing cold infiltration

  5. Fiberglas batts are now generally recognized as being inferior to either blown-in cellulose or closed-cell spray foam insulation, depending on the situation.
  6. Not being able to afford the upfront cost of improving the energy efficiency of your home is no longer a barrier in our state.
  7. Loan money is still available through Efficiency Maine for making home energy improvements. These include PACE and PowerSaver loans.
  8. Getting a professional home energy audit is not only a requirement for most energy loans and some direct incentives, it is a cost that will pay for itself in very few years in tangible money savings.
  9. In many cases, the monthly payments for an energy loan will be less than the average monthly energy savings. And after the loan is paid back, it’s all gravy!

Many thanks to the experts who donated their time and to Katie Schindler of YACE for helping make this event possible.

Keep an eye out for another Home Energy Efficiency Workshop, which will be held in the fall if the interest is there.

 

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