CASE STUDY

DEL DEOCAMPO, BRECKENRIDGE

When Del Deocampo and her husband purchased their Breckenridge home in Fall 2016, the 2,300 square foot house was the largest home they had ever owned.

An ad placed by High Country Conservation Center (HC3) in the Summit Daily News caught her eye about the benefits of a home energy assessment.

“While our home gives our family of three enough space to happily be together and apart, we had never owned a home that large and wanted to be sure it was running as efficient as possible.

The audit helped satisfy our desire to be a little more conscious of what we could to do make our house run well and smart.

— Del Deocampo, Breckenridge

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.

Assessment Outcomes

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

Through the assessment process, Del discovered that her home was among the 60% of U.S. homes that are under-insulated or un-insulated.

MEASURES TAKEN

  • air sealing performed
  • attic re-insulated
  • crawl space re-insulated

ENERGY EFFICIENCY SAVINGS

At an estimated savings of about $1,000 annually on their utility bills, their energy efficiency investments will pay back in about three years.

In addition, the added insulation has reduced the Silver Shekel home’s energy consumption by an estimated 700 therms and 800 kWh each year.