Energy Efficiency Audits & Contracting in Maine

Energy Efficiency Comes Home - II

Energy Efficiency Case Study | Evergreen Home Performance | Rockport, MaineI've been waiting for this for years. Talking to homeowners about the benefits of attic insulation and basement encapsulation, and wishing for those improvements for my own old house. And now, I have finally Evergreened My Home.

The attic is air sealed, and there's a uniform R-60 layer of cellulose, so my daughter's previously-uninsulated bedroom is actually warm.

And the basement. Oh, the basement! I don't cringe when I walk down the stairs. I don't hold my breath and scan the corners anxiously. I don't feel like I've entered some creepy netherworld. I'm not saying the basement is going to be the new playroom or anything, but it feels like part of our house.

Energy Efficiency Case Study | Basement Before | Evergreen Home Performance | Rockport, Maine

Energy Efficiency Case Study | Encapsulated Basement | Evergreen Home Performance | Rockport, Maine

A durable vapor barrier covers the uneven dirt floor (which had been poorly covered by some knucklehead) and rubblestone walls. Spray foam insulation extends from the rim joists to a foot below grade, sealing the vapor barrier and keeping air, moisture, dust, and worse from sneaking in to my basemen - and my breathing zone. (It also covers all manner of home repair sins - like the ratty pink stuff visible in the photo below, left.)

Energy Efficiency Case Study | Basement Before | Evergreen Home Performance | Rockport, MaineEnergy Efficiency Case Study | Encapsulated Basement | Evergreen Hoime Pewrformance | Rockport, Maine

Already, my house feels different. Warmer, yes - it's awfully nice not to shiver when I go in to kiss my daughter goodnight - but also taken care of. Like I've finally addressed a nagging problem and finally get to relax. I guess that's the "peace of mind" Evergreen's customers have been telling me about for years. I like it.