Fall renovations: improving energy efficiency

October 1, 2009 at 7:55 PM 3 comments

iStock_brickwallFollowing my Eco Energy Retrofit audit from nearly a year ago, my partner and I are trying to figure out the best ways to make our home more energy efficient. Among other recommendations, our auditor suggested we seal drafts. My weekend project (or one of them) involves working from the outside of the house in. I plan to fill in all the little cracks and holes in the mortar between our brickwork (for more reasons than one: did you know that mice can wiggle through a hole the size of a dime?) made over time by temperature changes and by drilling holes for cables, etc.

I’ll also add a crack-filling sealer to joints between asphalt paving and the house. I’ve already filled in larger holes with expanding foam, including around exterior hose pipes.

Next, I’ll move inside and look for open spaces around baseboards and window frames.

Have you found any major air leaks in your home?

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ContractorBids  |  October 17, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    hmmmm I like this post but I would love to see some on how to save on construction costs in this tough market

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  • 2. Refridgerator Filter  |  October 24, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    I have had small “air leaks” in our house, but they are mainly on the inside of the house, like spaces in the caulking around base boards. Our house is over a hundred years old and is very large. It would take a good amount of caulking to do it. Will these spaces cause the same air leaks?

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  • 3. Eco Logic  |  November 2, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    […] November 2, 2009 After visits by ghouls, princesses and Dracula this Hallowe’en weekend, and with all the candy chased out of the house, it was finally time to to finish some energy-saving projects. Aside from typical fall homeowner stuff – raking leaves and emptying eavestroughs, I finally finished the brick work I talked about a few weeks ago, posted here. […]

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