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The Ramos Home: Charlottesville

Helene Ramos
Charlottesville, Virginia

H Ramos (1800x1015)Year Built: 1951
Square Footage: 1,314
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2
2-Story Cape Cod with Attached Side Porch
Two Heat Pumps

Projected Energy Savings
25%

Her Story

Helene Ramos knew when she purchased the home that some energy upgrades would be in order.  Not sure where to begin, she decided to take advantage of a Home Energy Check-up performed by LEAP as part of the Dominion Virginia Power program. The LEAP Energy Coach identified additional energy-saving opportunities, many of which Ramos pursued on her way to a certificate through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

“I noticed a difference as soon as the insulation was completed; particularly the heat retention of the upstairs and the heat pump not running continuously. The process was seamless. I initially heard about the program from one of my own clients. Good response from LEAP and the Energy Coach was very efficient in going through my home” — Helene Ramos

Basic Issues Uncovered in Home Energy Assessment

  • House tested as being four times as leaky as it needed to be.
  • Air handler and duct work in attic basically outside of building envelope and couldn’t keep up with heating load.
  • Many wall cavities in basement open to exterior.
  • Numerous knee wall areas on second floor.
  • Heating bill during the winter months often more than $300 a month.

Energy Improvement Measures Implemented

  • Insulation and air sealing cut leakage in half.
  • Knee wall slants were densely packed with cellulose or foamed with open celled foam.
  • Top attic was conditioned with 4-6” of open celled foam and fire proof covering.
  • Basement wall cavities and rim joist were air sealed and insulated.
  • Numerous lights were changed to CFLs and water heater tank was wrapped.

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Contractor: 

WEATHER SEAL LOGO