"I'm saving about 200 gallons a year."
Back in the fall of 2008, Patty McMahon knew her house needed more insulation and other work, but she didn’t know where to start. So, she hired an energy auditor to learn how to get the best return for her money. She was thinking new windows and extra insulation.
The auditor agreed on the extra roof insulation but advised against replacing windows. He also recommended insulation for the basement walls. Patty agreed to the extra roof insulation, to air sealing some major leaks and to installing a programmable thermostat.
Soon, Patty will look into replacing the old cedar siding and adding insulation under new low maintenance siding. Basement insulation is also still on the list. For now, she’s happy with the results. Her home is more comfortable – especially upstairs – and she’s saving about 200 gallons of oil a year.