Put that same coffee in an insulated foam cup with a lid on it, and now you can hold it in your hand because the heat stays inside the cup. A house works the same way. The more you do to keep the heat from escaping, the more heat stays inside.

There are a few simple things you can do to improve your home’s performance by 30%-50% and potentially save thousands of dollars.

A complete energy retrofit of your home can be expensive. I would start with a free energy audit by some of our local Southern Maine vendors: Dead River Company in Scarborough & Biddeford, Goggin Energy or LaPlante Electric in Portland, Gelina’s HVAC in Scarborough, or Southern Maine Heat Pumps in Gorham to name a few. 

Once you have your audit, you will have a plan of attack and know where the home is not performing well. Start fixing the small inexpensive things, such as sealing the leaky windows and door with weather stripping. Think about it. The average home has 20-25 windows that are like holes in a cup of coffee.

That’s a lot of lost coffee. And it burns your hand and wallet when it leaks. Next, inspect the rim joist, the wood floor that sits on the foundation walls and runs the perimeter of the entire home.

Fill it with insulation or some insulated foam board. Next, find the access panel to your attic and use the same foam board on the back side facing the attic and seal the sides. You would not believe how much heat we lose in that unused little hole.

You’ve just improved your home’s performance and increased the energy efficiency at a low cost all in one weekend. Rather than filling the attic with insulation and changing the windows, you’ll save thousands of dollars and live in a healthy, happy home.