The Horton Home: Charlottesville

Eric Horton
Charlottesville, Virginia


Square Footage:  1084
Bedrooms: 2
Baths: 1
Single story home
Heat pump

Projected Energy Savings:  30%

His Story

While Eric Horton was planning a full remodeling project for his home, he suspected that might be the best time to include energy efficiency upgrades. He got some recommendations, did a little research and decided that there would be a clear value to his home by working with LEAP. One beautiful remodel later — new kitchen and bath, moved walls to open up spaces, refinished floors, fresh paint, updated lighting — he’s happy in his “new” home.

“I’m glad I called LEAP before remodeling.  My contractor provided a lot of good tips, suggestions and ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of on my own.  In researching the price difference between energy efficiency improvements and traditional construction, it wasn’t that much more expensive to follow the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR guidelines.  It would have been foolish not to take this path.  I’m very happy with the results.” — Eric Horton

Basic Issues Uncovered in Home Energy Assessment

  • Older home that had never been updated
  • Poor attic insulation, No crawlspace insulation, No wall insulation
  • Whole house fan and attic hatch that did not close were big sources of air leakage
  • Windows in very poor condition
  • Full remodeling planned with energy efficiency improvements

Energy Improvement Measures Implemented

  • Air seal attic floor and add 14” blown cellulose
  • Air seal and insulate crawlspace walls
  • Dense pack exterior walls
  • Install Energy Star windows
  • General air sealing opportunities
  • Remove existing whole house fan



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