Jessica Gulley-Ward and Kevin Ward’s Bennington ranch had some issues. Attic spaces weren’t properly sealed and the dirt-floor basement, which extended into a crawl space underneath the bedrooms, was poorly insulated. The result was a winter home temperature regularly 15 degrees cooler than the thermostat setting.
The couple heard about the benefits of energy efficiency through a local radio show, and contacted Thomas Reuter of Shaping Energies in Rutland. After a home energy assessment, Reuter and the couple came up with an energy investment plan that included:
- Installing cellulose loose-fill insulation in the open attic spaces above the main living quarters and bedrooms
- Performing air-sealing throughout the home, including air penetration areas in the attic and along floor and ceiling moldings
- Upgrading insulation in the basement/crawl space, and applying closed-cell spray foam insulation to rim joists
The couple helped offset project costs with incentives from Efficiency Vermont.
The result? The home’s air leakage has been reduced by 61%—saving the couple an estimated $600 per year in energy costs, and keeping them far more comfortable.