And so it begins…me and my energy makeover….

The old ductwork, ready for recycling...yes I'm that green...

Well, this is the beginning of Le Grand Métamorphose de L’énergie(the big energy makeover). You may remember BGE conducted an energy audit that took hours, and which found(wait for it) all sorts of  l’energie violations…not enough insulation, gaps in this and that, that’s leaking, this is wrong…you know, the usual. So we are endeavoring to do something about this desperate situation.

What you see above is step one….tearing out the OLD ac ductwork in attic…it’s been there, oh I don’t know, maybe 45 years? I didn’t put it in so, that’s undeterminded. But as you  can see it is just bare metal…some of the insulation had come off, some of them were crushed(who would have stepped on them..hmmmmm), so replacement with energy-efficient, already insulated flex duct was overdue.

Oooooh, already insulated!!

 $1300 later(chi-ching)…we have installed the energy efficient flex duct, that will hopefully be the answer to some of our energy woes. Next, comes installing insulation in the crawl space(sounds like a chilly, cramped operation), and sealing over the rim joists(whatever that is-I just nodded in a knowing fashion) and sealing all the rest of the little places we’re losing hot and cold air in dribs and drabs. Step one, check. I’ll let you know how the rest go….


2 Responses

  1. Donna – Did they give you, or do you have any idea where the “break even” point on this venture will be? Seems like you are spending quite a lot of money. Don’t get me wrong, I think every dollar you spend that saves energy is worth the cost but…holy insulation Bat Girl!
    By the way, I believe you’ll find the term “rim joists” refers to the 2 X 10 or 2 X 8 (depending on what was used when they built your house) that the floor joists are nailed into. Modern code calls for floor joists to be spaced at 16″ on center so every 16″ you stand a floor joist in place and nail through the rim joist to hold it in place. The rim joist rest on the foundation wall. Probaly more information than you needed but at least now you should have a better understanding of what they are.

  2. That is a very, very, very good point Bob…a very good point indeed. No, I have no break even point…I just blindly push on. Perhaps I’ll stop at the sealing. And call it an insulated day. Thanks for the get hold of yourself slap!!

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