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A Case Study in Home Insulation - Boston, Worcester

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 02, 2013

The House

This lakeside cottage was the first of three identical summer camps built in 1909. It took 2.5 cords of wood and almost 800 gallons of oil to make the mostly uninsulated home livable year-round.

The Homeowner

The owner grew up spending summers in this cottage, and didn’t change anything when she moved in year-round 15 years ago. But heating the uninsulated camp house was taking a toll on the house. Her builder suggested that insulation might solve the home’s heat, air, and moisture problems.

The Consult

Uninsulated walls cavities and huge air pathways that allowed warm air to leak into the attic and led to moisture problems in the walls and roof were identified.

The Project

Opportunities were identified to cut the energy use in half by air sealing and adding attic insulation, insulating wall cavities, and basement foundation walls. This created a continuous thermal barrier between the conditioned living space and the exterior.

The Results

Fuel use dropped dramatically after adding home insulation, and the propane costs went from $200/month to only $82/month!

For more information on adding home insulation, contact Custom Insulation.

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