Get Gephardt
KUTV.com | Stories - Cost Savings Realized with Simple Home Efficiency Fixes
Tuesday, June 18 2013, 09:14 AM MDT
Cost Savings Realized with Simple Home Efficiency Fixes
By Matt Gephardt
Photography and Editing by Mike Fessler
(KUTV) Terri Klug lives in an Olympus Cove home that is about 70 years old. She agreed to let us use her home for a test: We wanted to see how much air was escaping her home and how difficult would it be to fix.

Teri says she won't be surprised if she learns her home is inefficient. She says she regularly feels a draft by a large window in her living room.

To help with the experiment, we enlisted Jensen Poore. He owns Energy Wise Utah, a company which specializes in locating and fixing air leaks in people's homes. To find the leaks, first, Jensen hooks up what is called a blower door to Teri's front door. It's an air tight piece of material that fits snuggly into Teri’s front door.The blower door has one large whole for a large fan that Jensen says simulates about a 20mph outside wind. The fan is attached to a computer that reads how hard the fan is working, which is what determines the efficiency of the home. The harder the fan has to work, the less-leaky the home.

Jensen then uses an incredibly sensitive gun that reads heat signatures to see where cold air from outside is leaking into the home. We discovered the largest trouble spots were a section of missing insulation in the ceiling and a missing attic hatch cover. There were also several smaller leaks around several doors and windows.

Energy Wise Utah agreed to come back the following day and make a few repairs to Teri’s home. They did some pretty simple and inexpensive things, including installing a little extra insulation, sealing around the windows and the doors with caulk. They also installed a thin layer of cellophane over several of the older, leakier windows. In all, Energy Wise Utah worked for about four hours installing roughly $80 worth of supplies.

When Jensen fired back up the fan it was working nearly twice as hard as it had been before the repairs, meaning the house is now leaking about 50% less air into the house. For Teri, that will mean significantly less gas will need to be used to heat her home, which will mean a significant cut down in her gas bill.

"I think that the science behind getting a home energy efficient is so worthwhile," Teri said.

Jensen says that with rebates offered by gas and power companies, many people in Utah could get home repairs similar to Teri’s and ultimately have it not cost them a dime. To see if you qualify for a rebate, Jensen suggests first calling your gas or power company and asking them to audit your home before you call a repair company. More information on rebates can be found by following the links below.

Questar Gas: http://www.thermwise.com/home/Weatherization.html

Rocky Mountain Power: http://www.rockymountainpower.net/res/sem/epi.html

(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
Cost Savings Realized with Simple Home Efficiency Fixes

News Photos & Videos - Submit Your Photos Here


More Gephardt Stories

Fighting Facebook Fraud
Cost of Business Goes Up and Kraft Recalls Mislabeled Wieners
Good Question: Why Do Winners Of The Masters Get Green Jackets?
Michael's Security Breach Update, Coffee Production Being Threatened and General Mills' Forced Arbitration
National Mortgage Settlement Payments Delayed to Thousands
GM Dodges Recall Responsibility, Returns On Rented Property and Employee Rest Tied To Dishonesty
Fine Print Reveals a Company is Behind Tax Lien Notices
Computer Scam Alert, Congress Weighs In On E-Cigs and Beef at an All-Time High
Good question: What's the figure eight printed on globes?
Amazon Offers Employees $5,000 to Quit, Most Common I.R.S. Mistakes and Flyers in February Arrive Late
Chimney Sweep Folds with Consumer's Deposit
Heartland Virus Threat, I.R.S. Fields Your Calls and the Big Mac Budget Demonstration
XP Support Gone. What Now?
"Or your money back" Offer not Honored
Get Gephardt: Man Lands in Collections Despite Fully Paid Utility Bills
Good Question: How Were the Aquarium Fish Safely Moved?
GM Wins Crash Test Honors, FTC Cracks Down On Weight-loss Claims and CVS In Hot Water
Two Utah Men Brought Up On Tax Fraud Charges
Home Automation Failures Frustrate Customer
Yahoo Increases Email Security, SLC Marathon Set For April and Microsoft Introduces Its Siri
Wendover Casino Blocks Handicapped Stalls for Promotional Giveaway
New Scam Alert, Chrysler Recall and Amazon Joins the TV Market
Good Question: How do Taxpayers avoid being audited by the IRS?
If the IRS is Unresponsive, Try the Taxpayer Advocate
Mudslide Scammer Alert, Nissan Recall and New Trader Joe's Location in Salt Lake County
Insurance Mix Up Keeps Woman From Lifesaving Meds
E-Book Refund, College Tuition Increases and Unclaimed Tax Returns
Billing Bundle Bungled
Flood Insurance Increases, IRS Cash Crunch and Possible Apple & Comcast Partnership
Good Question: How is the Moment Spring Starts Determined?
Defiance May Soon Pay Off for Couple Fined Over Negative Comments
PS4 Announces VR Headset, Google Makes Smartwatches and 2010 Tax Returns Still Available
GM Spokesperson: Loaners, Rentals Available to 1.6 Million Drivers Impacted by Recall
Google Wins Viacom Lawsuit, Walmart Wants Used Games and Microsoft's Stock Surges
Fake IRS Auditors Attempt to Rip Off Taxpayers
Retailers Asked to Stop Selling Tobacco, NYC Requires Sick Time and New Expiration Date Labels
Good Question: Are E-Cigarette Commercials Legal?
Low Utah Unemployment Rate, Graco Recall Expanded and High Tax Return Average
ACA Marketplace Confusion Leaves Adults Signed Up for Pediatric Dental Care
Target Continues Damage Control, Staples Closing Locations and Facebook Blocks Gun Advertisements
Popular Provo Road-Race Organizer Stiffs Winners
Gov. Gets Wiretap Bill from Sprint, Guns Are Selling Well and F.T.C. Cracks Down
Fur Coat Storage Company Vanishes with Several Expensive Coats
Utah Benefits From Reopening Parks, RadioShack Closing Locations, EPA Regulations and Potential ATM Hacking
Semi-Pro Football Players Question the Disappearance of League Fees
Drought Affects Grocery Prices, Free Checking Disappears and Bill Gates On Top Again
Good Question: "How Do Search Engines Determine Search Result Orders?"
Airlines Cut Bereavement Fares, Internet Usage Goes Mobile and Wells Fargo Cuts Jobs
Stolen Debit Card Used at Target.com Days after Victim Shops at Target
Delta Changes Frequent Fliers Program, Sprint in Trouble over Nude Pictures and Min Wage Battle Continues
California Scheme Leaves Utahn, National Hispanics out Hundreds
Target Breach TimeLine, Facebook Email Says Goodbye and House Prices on the Rise
Lifetime Warranty Abruptly Cancelled
Taco Bell Breakfast, Disney Resort Price Increase and New Alumni Tracking Software
Man Injured At Amusement Park Awaits Damages
Credit Restored for Consumer Fined for Negative Online Review
Postal Service Issues, Hot Pocket Recall and Netflix vs. Verizon
Ex-Federal Worker: Someone Forged My Official Gov. Documents
Alarm Customer Moves But Cannot Cancel Service
Improving Medication Information, Groupon Deal and I.R.S. Tax Update
Advertise with us!

 

Pay It Forward
Fresh Living
Family Matters
Road Trippin
Hooked On Utah

Advertise with us!