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    • Average Energy Cost for 121 Leon St, Madison
      • Gas: Monthly Average:  $33 ( 22 therms )
      • Electricity: Monthly Average:  $29 (178 kWh)
      • Track use to see if improvements are succeeding
      • View average energy use of homes at:
    • Home Heating Rating on
      • Compares houses of same size and age. Rating for 121 Leon St is:
      Your Home Heating Rating is: 4.2 - Good
    • Small house
      • Less than 800 sq. ft.
    • How was energy use reduced for this house built in 1951?
      • By using easily available measures!
    • Set back thermostat in winter when
      • sleeping or gone. Wake up to warm house with a programmable thermostat
    • Keep warm at night with thick comforters
      • Use electric blanket when needed
      • Timer turns off electric blanket in morning
    • Changed to fluorescent lights
      • Now available in many shapes
    • Few ceiling fixtures, so bought compact fluorescent torchieres
      • Focus On Energy rebate for torchieres with ENERGY STAR® label
    • Bought compact fluorescent torchieres
      • $15 Focus On Energy rebate for torchieres with ENERGY STAR® label
    • Change to fluorescent lights
      • (paper shade hides bare bulb)‏
    • Y-adaptor allows 2 bulbs inside paper shade for bright light
      • Bulb on right is 20 years old, and is used several hours per day
    • Motion detectors on outside lights
    • Installed 95% efficient furnace
      • Vents through side wall
    • Furnace has blower motor that saves
      • about $40 per year in electricity. (ECM motor)‏
    • Received rebate from Wis. Focus on Energy for efficient furnace motor
    • New showerhead uses 1.75 gallons
      • per minute (vs. 2.5 GPM standard)‏
    • Water-saving aerator has “trickle lever”
      • Reduces flow without turning off. (No need to adjust temperature)‏
    • Tested house for air leaks using
      • blower door . Air leaks were only a small problem.
      Photo by The Energy Conservatory
    • Ducts are in attic. Tested for duct
      • leaks to outdoors using “Duct Blaster”
    • Ducts are tight and already had some insulation on them
      • Blew more cellulose in attic, burying ducts
      Duct buried in insulation
    • Sealed gap between ceiling diffuser
      • and ceiling (ducts are in attic)‏
    • Replaced electric water heater with gas water heater
      • Cut water heating costs in half, carbon dioxide by two thirds
    • Gas tank-style water heater rated at .62 Energy Factor (E.F.)‏
      • Couldn’t do tankless heater – no room to vent the exhaust
    • Insulated hot and cold water pipes
      • on heater. Heater came with heat traps
    • Water temperature reduced to
      • 120 degrees at the tap
      (Thermostat on a gas water heater)‏
    • Water temperature set to 120ºF.
      • Saves energy and prevents scalding
    • Cold water wash for most loads
      • Consumer magazine rated cold water detergent #3 out of 22 tested
    • Air dry clothes
      • (after the snow melts)‏
    • Borrowed portable meter from library to check refrigerator.
      • Fridge was guzzler, so replaced. Cut costs by two thirds
    • Put computer and peripherals on power strip. Turn off power strip
      • to reduce standby electric use. Otherwise some energy used even when switched “off”.
    • Replaced plastic dryer vent with metal vent
      • Reduces drying time, prevents house fires
      Metal dryer vent cleaned annually
    • Signed up for 100% Green Power fom MGE
      • According to the EPA, my 2136 kWh of Green Power per year is equivalent to 242 gallons of gasoline not used. That’s like not driving my car for seven months.
      • Source:
    • Next Steps:
      • Replace electric clothes dryer with gas dryer. Reduce carbon dioxide by a factor of four, cut drying costs in half
      • Replace washer with ENERGY STAR® washer
      • Perhaps insulate walls? Requires removing interior wall boards due to partial insulation. Big job.
      • Perhaps insulate foundation? Requires trenching around house. Big job.
    • Resources:
      • Wis. Focus On Energy 1-800-762-7077 or
      • For MGE customers, track energy use online at
      • Jonathan Beers
      • 608-252-4743 work, 249-9976 home
      • [email_address]