Saturday, February 12, 2011

Energy Audit. Otherwise Titled "Holy Electric Bill Batman!"

We're having an energy audit of our house done by the TVA.  Why?  Because we had an $839.76 electric bill.  I know it's unebelievable.  Shut your mouth.  And yes, I'm serious.  No, that's not exaggerated.  Yes, that's more than our house payment.  We have a heat/air unit for downstairs and one for upstairs.  The upstairs doesn't have a heat issue, partially because (duh) the heat rises from downstairs.  Downstairs is another issue.  Well, another lot of issues.  We have true hardwood floors - slats of wood on the floor joists.  No subfloors here.  The house *I'm sure* is not insulated well.  You can pretty much feel the wind blowing through the floor.  The audit costs $150 to have done, but there are lots of rebates, incentive monies, etc. available to have suggested repairs done in an attempt to make the house more energy efficient.  I'm very curious to see what the audit says. . . and scared at the same time.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

Oh, you gotta love an old house!

Even though our house is kind of new we added extra insulation last year. Ellie's bedroom was always cold, so we rented a machine at Lowes and blew it into our attic all by ourselves. It was great and fairly cheap to do. Solved all our problems. Do you have a basement? We don't at the lake and had no insulation in the floor. We had someone come in and spray insulation (the foam kind) into the floor. A world of difference! Good luck!!