"I wish I would have made the investment years ago."
In 2010, Rob Apple used 1,200 gallons of oil a year to heat his 150 year-old Montpelier home. His neighbor used 600 gallons. Armed with this news, Rob scheduled an energy audit which found that Rob's home was leaking like a sieve, so his contractors focused on sealing air leaks and adding insulation.
They insulated the basement walls and sills with closed cell foam, and sprayed foam under a sunroom addition and roof overhang. In the attic, they sealed around the internal chimney and foamed along the attic wall plates while adding 12 inches of loosefill cellulose. Total cost was $8,000; projected energy savings were 37%. The next year, we checked Rob's oil use. He's now burning 820 gallons - 33% less. He's saving about $1,600 a year in oil bills, earning a 20% return on his investment - and has a more comfortable home. Rob's happy with the savings. His only regret is that he didn't make the investment years ago.