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1 Low Cost, No Cost Home Energy Savers Home Energy & Weatherization Jeff Barber LEED AP architect Housing & Environmental Design Specialist Bob Schultheis Associate Extension Professional Natural Resource Engineer December 9, 2015

2 Energy Management for Home goals save energy provide comfort assure safety and health

3 Conservation - saves energy - saves $$$ Participants in the Montana Weatherization Assistance Program experienced 30% average savings* $ average savings 4.7 year payback $ average expense for measures * MT WAP

4 Typical Cold Climate Home Energy Use Clothes drying 4% Refrigeration 10% Cooking 2% Lighting 12% Other Electric 8% Space heating and cooling 46% Water heating 18% Source: Montana Weatherization Training Center Home Energy Consumption

5 home energy

6

7 A house energy audit guides weatherization priorities!

8 Priority weatherization measures An audit consists of 5 assessments: Building envelope evaluation Building insulation and air tightness Mechanical system assessment Electric base-load assessment Occupant behavior assessment

9 Factors that influence consumption 3 categories 1. Climate and Home Site 2. Structure/Building Envelope 3. Occupant Habits and Behavior

10 Factors that influence consumption Climate and Building Site Temperature Precipitation Wind Solar Orientation of home Topography of site Vegetation on site

11 Factors that influence consumption Structure/Building Envelope Size and design of building Building materials used Insulation type and application Use of vapor & air barriers Air sealing methods Type & quality of doors & windows Fuel and heating system choice Ventilation Lighting selection Appliance choices

12 Factors that influence consumption Occupant Habits and Behavior Temperature settings Energy ethic and behavior Appliance selection and use Heating/AC system maintenance Hot water usage Building envelope maintenance

13 Energy Audit Duct Blaster Blower Door Inspection

14 Energy Audit Thermal Imaging

15

16 Pressure differential between rooms.

17 Top 5 Tips to Saving Energy at Home No Cost/Low Cost Solutions

18 1 Heating System - control heating thermostat - try 68 F. 68

19 1 Heating System filter change monthly & keep system clean.

20 Air Filters MERV 1 Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV) ASHRAE Standard 52.2 Efficiency in collecting very small particles

21 MERV 8 v. 10 1

22 MERV Ratings 1 MERV PARTICLE TYPICAL CONTROLLED SIZE ( m) CONTAMINANT 1 4 >10.0 Pollen, sanding dust, textile and carpet fibers Mold, spores, hairspray, cement dust Legionella, lead dust, welding fumes Bacteria, most tobacco smoke, insecticide dust, copier toner Virus, combustion particles, radon progeny

23 1 Furnace/AC Filters change/clean monthly

24 Poorly sealed filter access panel 1

25 1 radiator and register 1 Heating System do not block air flow.

26 1 Heating System move warm air.

27 Seal Air Leaks 2 Control Air Leaks start high

28 Control Air Leaks weatherstrip doors 2

29 2 Control Air Leaks weatherstrip windows

30 Control Air Leaks use sealants 2

31 Insulate and turn down water heater F for electric mid or warm for gas

32 3 Stop hot water leaks and insulate pipes.

33 Close off unused spaces and unplug unnecessary appliances. 4

34 Use tube fluorescent and energy efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) in fixtures throughout your home to provide high-quality and high-efficiency lighting. Fluorescent lamps are much more efficient than incandescent (standard) bulbs and last about 4 to 10 times longer. 5

35 Top 5 Tips to Saving Energy at Home Moderate/High Cost Tips

36 1 This option is low cost. Windows storm windows (Inside is best)

37 1 Windows thermal curtains

38 Heating system tune-up and cleaning. 2

39 Heating system up-grade or replacement. 2

40 Heating System Installation of duct mastic & insulation 2

41 Insulation go for easy access 3

42 3 The higher the R value the greater the resistance to energy flow the better the insulator.

43 3 Insulation type will depend on application

44 Insulation rolls and loose fill 3

45 3 Insulation glass fiber R /inch

46 3 Insulation Rock Wool R /inch

47 Insulation Polyurethane & Polystyrenes R /inch 3

48 Insulation cellulose fiber - R 3.7/inch 3

49 Insulation vermiculite R 2.2/inch 3

50 All weatherization measures can be applied to mobile homes.

51 4 1. Estimated energy consumption on a scale showing a range for similar models 2. Estimated yearly operating cost based on the national average cost of electricity. Choose Energy Efficient Appliances

52 ENERGY STAR 4 Appliances CFLs Heating & Cooling Lighting Fixtures Home Electronics Ceiling Fans Home Office Equipment Water Coolers Windows Insulation Thermostats Ventilating fans Dehumidifiers Roofing Homes

53 Consider after conservation. 5 5

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