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

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.