The National Association of Home Builders' Research Center and Rebuilding Together have a demonstration project near Annaplis, Maryland designed to show how anyone can cut energy costs by 20 percent a year.
Patty Johnson, president of Rebuilding Together, indicates that low-income homeowners spend as much as 50 percent of their income on housing rose 36 percent during the past decade.
This is a list of some of the things that can be done to improve energy efficiency:
- Insualte areas near exterior penetrations -- electrical service, plumbing lines, telephone/televison cables, ductwork for vents and fans, and the flue pipe into the chimney.
- Insulate areas near penetraions to attic or basement, electrical wiring and fixtures, and plumbing supply and waste linies.
- Calk the sill plate around the perimeter of the house from the exterior, it it is accessible.
- Weather-strip/insulate your attic access panel. Install gaskets beneathy receptacle and switch-cover plates. Insulating an Unfinished Attic