[How many energy saving measures are in this photo? Answer at the end of the blog]

The best deal in town for an energy audit is not through me (I know, it’s shocking!). If you hire me for an energy audit, I’ll do a great job, but it will cost you a fair amount of money. If you go through the non-profit Community Energy Challenge (as long as you live in Whatcom County), you can get the same thorough audit for about a third of the price, plus the CEC will coordinate the rebates, the loan program, hire and oversee the contractors, and provide quality control to make sure the whole thing is up to snuff. Or, if you want just a quick, free overview of your home, Puget Sound Energy offers a free Homeprint audit (about an hour of my time) with free installation of CFL lightbulbs. There is no catch, except that with the free audit I don’t have the time to gather and analyze as much data as I would with a regular audit, so you don’t get as robust a picture of how your home is doing. But it’s a good way to get a rough idea on how you can make your home more energy efficient. I have a contract with both PSE and the Community Energy Challenge, so am happy to help you through either program.
For the photo, you could save energy by: sealing the cut-out for the bathtub, sealing the hole around the large drain, insulating the water pipe, and either insulating the floor with R30 batt insulation held with lath, or seal and insulate the foundation with 2 inches of closed cell rigid foam, then mechanically ventilate the crawl. If you wanted to go all out, you could skim coat the shiplap floor with 2 part foam, then insulate.