2016 Makeover Journal


August 2, 2016

Inside a makeover winner's home during the comprehensive energy audit. Be sure to follow us over the next several weeks. We'll be equipping you with knowledge and solutions for common energy related problems and high electric bills. Many solutions are do-it-yourself fixes.

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August 9, 2016

The Ninth Annual Energy Efficiency Makeover is sponsored in part by General Electric Lighting. GE donated their popular LED Bright Stik bulbs. Each of the winning homes will receive a lighting retrofit. The LED Bright Stik consumes only 10 watts of power and emits the same light output and color as a standard 60 watt incandescent bulb. Each home will see an immediate reduction in the lighting load. Furthermore LEDs emit less heat which means the air conditioner will not have to remove near as much unwanted heat contributed by incandescent lighting. Changing your incandescent bulbs when they burn out will result in immediate energy savings. Also, LEDs use less energy than CFLs. LEDs use less energy than CFLs, so be sure to change them as well. The cost for LEDs has dropped significantly over the years and replacing them is an easy energy efficiency solution. Everyone wins with energy efficiency!

General Electric Lightbulbs

 

August 11, 2016

Each of the 17 makeover homes had inadequate, improperly installed or missing attic insulation. All will receive a dense layer of cellulose insulation. When finished, the winners' homes will meet Arkansas' climate zone standard. Adequate and properly installed insulation helps improve comfort and lower cooling and heating expenditures. For more information about insulation download our free Building Guideline for Energy Efficiency booklet at www.smartenergytips.org.

Flatbed trailer loaded with insulation

 

August 12, 2016

The Ninth Annual Energy Efficiency Makeover winners are recognized and energy audits are finished. Now the solutions begin.

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August 15, 2016

Proper attic ventilation is key for an energy efficient home.

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August 15, 2016

The makeover team discovers an area that was missing insulation. See how they found the problem and their solution. When finished, this area was dense-packed with cellulose and now has a proper thermal barrier.

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August 16, 2016

​Derrill Holly, Senior Editor-Writer for National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, is on location with the makeover team. While working in the area we stopped by to visit Connie Jefferies, winner of the 2014 $50,000 Energy Efficiency Makeover contest. Connie remains grateful for the makeover and is enjoying a comfortable home with average monthly electric bills around $100. Prior to the makeover her monthly electric bills were more than $300.

Derrill Holly, Senior Editor-Writer for National Rural Electric Cooperative Association with Connie Jefferies, winner of a 2014 makeover

​All dryers regardless of how they are powered emit heat into your home while drying clothes. Additional heat from all appliance causes the air conditioner to run even more to remove the additional heat from your home.​

Infrared photo of a hot dryer

​Here's a free resource to help with all of your energy efficiency retrofit projects or if planning to build a new home. The booklet contains information about key energy efficiency components and measures that impact comfort and electric consumption. Printed versions are available at local electric cooperatives and a PDF version or check out some videos.

 

August 18, 2016

Energy Efficiency Makeover Challenges. Good news is the recent rain event brought relief from the heat. Bad news is now we are battling mosquitos on every job site. That's why we buy repellant by the cases.

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We couldn't complete a makeover of this magnitude without the help from several business partners. Each year we implement new products, equipment and technology. This year, a new air sealing technology is revealed. The Mini Spray Pod will assist crews when air sealing electrical, plumbing and framing areas that contribute to unwanted air infiltration.

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The Ninth Annual Energy Efficiency Makeover winners are recognized and energy audits are finished. Now the solutions begin.

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August 19, 2016

Properly sealed and insulated ductwork is critical for a comfortable home with manageable electric bills. The duct blaster test quantifies leakage. Then our crews identify the leaks and get into the solution. See how we fix leaky ductwork.

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August 20, 2016

​Here is a do-it-yourself "air sealing" video to identify and solve some common unwanted air infiltration culprits in your home. Use low-expanding foam sealants or silicon-latex caulk. The items in the video are affordable and available at most box stores. Be sure to wear disposable gloves, eye protection and have plenty of paper towels on hand. Perhaps you can make this a family event on a rainy day. Everybody wins with energy efficiency.​

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August 22, 2016

​Proper attic ventilation is an important energy efficiency component. It's not uncommon for the attic temperature to reach over 150 degrees in the summer...especially when there are no shade trees around the home. Turbines, or whirlybirds allow for natural convention. Air will move from vents located in the soffit and/or gable ends up through the turbines to move remove unwanted heat from the attic. Watch and see how the makeover team installs whirlybirds.​

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August 24, 2016

All 17 makeover winners received a lighting retrofit. Incandescent and CFL bulbs were replaced with General Electric LED Bright Stik bulbs. LEDs use up to 85 percent less energy than incandescents and emit less heat. Less heat generated from lighting (in the summer) means the air conditioner has less warm air (heat BTUs) to remove from the home. Everyone saves with LEDs because they use less energy and air conditioners use less energy to keep the home comfortable.​

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August 25, 2016

Knee and pony walls and tray ceilings present areas for air infiltration and improperly installed insulation. The makeover team reveals and repairs one of these areas.

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August 29, 2016

If your home is uncomfortable and has utility bills that make you cringe, now is the time for a comprehensive energy audit including a ductwork inspection and test. Improperly installed and leaky flex ductwork might be part of the problem. Our makeover teams frequently discover this common problem. If the flex ductwork is located in the attic, over time the sun's radiant energy may cause the plastic to deteriorate and develop holes. If located in the crawlspace, pets and critters can easily tear into it and rob you of conditioned air that should be going into the house. The solution is properly installed (by a knowledgeable HVAC contractor) rigid, sealed and insulated ductwork.

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August 30, 2016

Do you have a half-basement in your home? Here's a do-it-yourself solution for an uninsulated wall in the basement that backs up to a vented crawlspace. Blue foam board and foam sealants will provide a proper thermal, air and moisture barrier to help improve the comfort and lower your utility bill.

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August 31, 2016

Here's a do-it-yourself energy efficiency inspection and solution if you live in a double-wide manufactured home. Checking and if necessary, repairing the crossover duct will improve the comfort of your home and disperse conditioned air into the home rather than into the crawlspace.

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September 2, 2016

House Uncomfortable? Electric bill too high? The HVAC system just might be the problem. Learn why regular HVAC tune-ups are key to comfort and a manageable electric bill. Also, you'll see what happens if you don't change the return air filter as prescribed.

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