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KOTA News EXTRA: Energy vampires - the energy audit

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The Residence Hill Bed and Breakfast in Sheridan serves as both a home and business for Rob Bernard.  But this century old building gets drafty during the winter.

"I think everybody that owns an old house knows that it's got a lot of leaks for air," said Bernard.

So to help his own bottom line and make the place more comfortable for guests, Bernard brought in Green Steps, Inc. from Buffalo to conduct an energy audit.

"It's sort of like an energy x-ray of the house that tells us where the problem areas are," said Bernard.

"It assists the homeowner in making their home more energy efficient through better insulation, air sealing, improving on appliances," said John Snyder with Green Steps.

To test for air leaks Snyder closes all the doors and windows and sets up what he calls his "blower door" at the front entrance.

"I depressurize the home and suck air from the outside in and this helps me to find where the air is infiltrating through," said Snyder.

Then, Snyder uses an infrared camera to find where the air is entering the building.

"I go through and evaluate all your windows, your appliances, your insulation levels," said Snyder.

Snyder found that if you add up all of the building's air leaks, it's roughly equal to leaving an entire medium-sized window open all the time.

"That's pretty compelling evidence.  I guess it's safe to say that I didn't know how bad it was," said Bernard.

Snyder says the materials to fix the leaks could cost Bernard about $500, but he'll save big bucks in the long run.

"A can of spray foam, some silicone caulk, and some type of silicone backer.  It's easy for a homeowner to do," said Snyder.

"I might save as much as $50 to $80 a month," said Bernard.

Not only will Bernard save money but the old building won't get drafty next winter.

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