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Efficiency Revolution, LLC
I agree with David Satterlund's comment about batt insulation. It's difficult to get installers to do it right, and often it's difficult to tell if it is done properly because the defects are hidden. Blown cellulose or fiberglass are the way to go. Here's a little-known fact about spray foam: it often contains gases which are 1000x to 3000x more potent than carbon dioxide in their global warming potential!

I also agree with DeMonfort Carter's comment about an energy audit. That's the best place to start when making improvements. Without an audit you might spend money in areas which don't give you the results you would like. Many utility companies, including Xcel Energy in Colorado, will give you a large rebate covering more than half the cost of the energy audit.
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wyobunney
There are two building envelopes to consider when evaluating payback on energy efficiency homes and appliances (see comments re: high efficiency fridge.) One is the home itself. The 2nd is the planet.
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Lenore Frances Home Interiors

Great article!

   

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