Bregman/Rusnak Home: Savings surge in Leesburg

The Bregman/Rusnak Family
City of Leesburg

Year Built:  1975
Square Footage: 1258Bregman nova ss April 2015
Bedrooms: 4
Baths: 2

Split level
Heat pump and backup

Projected Energy Savings: 

(experienced 45%+ savings in March 2015 over March 2014)

Their Story

James Bregman (an Olympic bronze medalist in Judo!) and Terry Rusnak own a split level home in Leesburg, and the temperature and comfort inconsistencies among these levels combined with high utility bills made it clear that they needed a home energy assessment. The work they did dramatically reduced their energy costs and improved comfort of their home. And a few days after one of our heavy snows this winter, theirs was the only house on their block that still had a good amount of snow on the roof — that a good sign that indicates the air sealing and insulation is keeping the hot air inside (instead of melting the snow).

In Their Own Words

“Fully assessing the needed improvements provided confidence that our investment would yield cost savings – something we saw immediately even during the harsh winter we just experienced (2015).”

Basic Issues Uncovered in Home Energy Assessment

1. Poor attic insulation
2. Air leakage through recessed lights
3. Air leakage around attic hatches
4. Poor crawlspace insulation

Energy Improvement Measures Implemented

1. Increase attic (R-38) and crawlspace (R-25) insulation
2. Installed boxes over recessed lighting
3. Insulated attic hatches and applied weather stripping
4. Installed efficient showerheads and water aerators in bathrooms



LEAP served as the General Contractor on this job through our Project Management service.

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