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Saving Money After the Retrofit

Learn about the 2008 energy retrofit and check out our savings!

Saving Money After the Retrofit

The NAEC building

The plan for the retrofit developed out of the NAEC’s participation in the local Cost of Energy Task Force in the fall of 2007, prior to inception of the State’s $300,000,000 weatherization program.

The NAEC and the Cold Climate Housing Research Center worked together in to create a video documentary about the retrofitting process. The expected reduction in fuel usage was of about 25-50%, and it turns out that comparisons of fuel use from January to May 2009 to the same time periods in 2008 and 2007 show a nearly 60% decrease in fuel usage from as much as 6.8 gallons/day in 2007 to 2.73 gallons/day this year—and that adds up to a cost savings of nearly $250/month!

Further steps taken to reduce fuel consumption and costs include: new cellulose insulation blown into the ceiling spaces two years ago and a used but highly efficient EK (Energy Kinetics) boiler installation at the same time. That lowered the fuel consumption by 25%, from 2800 gallons per year to 2100. During the retrofit the NAEC increased fuel efficiency by: replacing windows and window panes; filling in thermostat plug-ins and air leaks in the ceiling and the walls; adding a foam layer to the outside of the building; and other highly effective repairs and replacements.

NAEC Retrofit Volunteers

With the recent national economic challenges, many are looking for cost-saving strategies at home and at work. Being able to afford home and business heating costs weighs heavily on people, especially those forced to relocate to warmer climates or close up shop in the winter season in order to make ends meet. Conserving fuel makes sense; the cheapest fuel is the gallon not used! And though gas prices have dropped down a bit, this project serves as a model to others in the community who are looking to reduce the demand for fossil fuel and pad their pocket books during these financially turbulent times.

CLICK HERE to Learn More Details About This Project and See Step-by-Step How to Complete an Energy Retrofit of Your Home!

In 2008 the NAEC completed an energy retrofit of its building. This retrofit was completed by community volunteers and board members. The process proved anyone can retrofit their homes, with some effort and desire. The energy savings are worth it!

Karl working on the building

Heat your home efficiently - heating can be the largest source of fuel use!

  • Don't choose a house that is bigger than your needs


  • Build a house that takes incidental solar heating into account


  • Make sure your house is well insulated in the walls, roof, and floor and well sealed with a vapor barrier


  • Use the most efficient windows available


  • Add an arctic entry and insulated doors to prevent heat loss


  • Keep the thermostat down and wear a sweater


  • Turn the heat down even further when you're out, and at night


  • Use a heating source that is efficient and properly sized for your home

Save electricity - part of our electricity comes from coal: a huge source of dirty emissions

  • Check the age and efficiency of your refrigerator, and in the winter, consider using a critter-proof box outside as a freezer - or keep your freezer outside

  • Turn off lights, appliances, radios, computers and TV's you're not using


  • Buy compact fluorescent light bulbs


  • Put timers or powersavers on your plug-ins


  • Use less hot water, and turn the water heater down to 120 degrees


  • Insulate your water heater and pipes
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