Assessment Process & Findings
A local BPI-certified contractor, Deeper Green Consulting’s Drake Tisdale, was contracted by HC3 to complete the home energy assessment.
“The assessment process was extremely easy and FAST,” Del shared.
Drake explained each element of the assessment and why he was performing particular diagnostic checks like the combustion safety analysis, blower door testing and infrared imaging, which would help identify air leaks.
Del and her husband Scott assumed that the windows were likely the biggest culprits in sucking energy out of the house. Through the assessment process, however, Drake determined that the home’s attic and crawl spaces lacked proper insulation and were likely contributing to their increased use of heat tape as well as ice forming on their windows during cold spells.
Results of Improvements Made
In two separate projects completed over about six months, Deeper Green Consulting’s contractors re-insulated the attic and crawl spaces, which cost about $4,000.
“If there was an opportunity to save money by completing these two things, we wanted to do so,” Del noted.
As the improvements qualified for rebates from High Country Conservation Center through their partnership with Summit County Government, $800 was reimbursed to the homeowners.
“We’ve definitely noticed months (especially in the shoulder seasons) where our monthly bills came in lower than the year before. We simply didn’t have to turn the heat on as early as we thought we might need it. We also noticed we didn’t need to turn on the fireplace as much as we had the winter before, and the icing over of the windows didn’t occur as often.”
— Del Deocampo, Breckenridge