Last week we had our home energy audit through the Center for Energy and Environment, and I'd really been looking forward to it because I wanted to find out why our house feels so cold.
We crank the heat to keep the place feeling warm, which we knew was wasting energy. Did we need new windows? We got our attic insulated last March but didn't feel a noticeable difference.
So Dan, Dan, Tom and Alex came by and went through each room with us, talking about ways to save energy, and a blower door test was done to see how airtight our house was. Turns out our place is pretty darn tight, except for the front door, the mail slot and the back door. Lots of cold air pouring in through those spots, so we need to get weatherstripping kits. Our windows are fine, they just need reconditioning. So, not only will we be saving money, using our existing windows is way more environmentally friendly, obviously! Avoiding waste makes me so happy!
The program is currently available for residents of Audubon, Field Regina Northrop, Fulton, Hawthorne, Kingfield, Logan Park and Longfellow neighborhoods in Minneapolis, so if you're in one of those 'hoods, take advantage of this great learning experience. You go to a short workshop and then your audit is done for only $20. They track your gas and electricity usage for one year prior to and one year after your audit, replace your incandescent bulbs with CFLs, put gap-sealing foam pads around your light switches, install faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads and lots of other helpful things.