With our weatherization plan well underway, the Wine Family had yet to see clear results in our home energy costs. However, in February, despite heavy use, we saw a bill for $290. Still aghast at the almost $300 bill, we asked our neighbors about theirs. "It was $690," my tenant exclaimed, "My heart almost came out of my chest when I opened it!" So why this disparity?
It's one part behavior and one part weatherization.
- They have 5 people living on that side to our 2 people
- Their AC and Heat have a lower tolerance for variability (keeping it at 70 degrees all the time)
- They are afraid of their programmable thermostat
- Both ceilings and ducts were sealed.
- Only our side had sealing done on the interior.
WEATHER SEALING, TOTAL COST OUR SIDE ($54):
In February, we went gangbusters on weather improvements on our side, spending about 10 hours during evenings and weekends to air seal the living space including:
- Adding door sweeps to front and back ($24)
- 4 tubes of silicone on floor molding, window moldings, door frames and latch gaps that lead to airspace in wall ($11)
- 2 cans of Great Stuff gap sealer for larger molding gaps ($8)
- Weather sealing old square pane windows, new windows untouched ($12)
All of these improvements were simple and easy to learn. The videos I used to learn them were on youtube.com or energysaver.gov. They definitely played a roll in our $370 savings.