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The Armington Household Jamestown, R.I.

Besides wanting to save money and make her home more comfortable, Mrs. Armington is interested in environmental issues and wants to play her part with regard to energy efficiency.

In 2010, RISE Engineering, in its capacity as National Grid's EnergyWise Home Energy Services Program lead vendor, conducted a free comprehensive energy assessment of this property, provided instant savings measures (ISMs) and presented a recommended action plan. The ISMs included replacing existing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and supplying a refrigerator brush to help keep the condenser coils clean and maximize the unit’s energy efficiency.In 2015, RISE subsequently conducted a second home energy assessment and supplied additional ISMs, including efficient LED bulbs, smart power strips and a new refrigerator coil cleaning brush. Mrs. Armington chose to proceed with several recommended actions, including installation of carbon monoxide detectors, replacement of the old furnace and a faulty heat pump, and weatherization measures including air leakage sealing, duct sealing, and duct and basement ceiling insulation.The ISMs and weatherization upgrades coordinated by RISE through the EnergyWise program following the 2015 assessment created over $1,100 in projected annual energy savings. Mrs. Armington is pleased with the savings and improved conditions, especially the warmth of the insulated floors, and has contacted RISE yet again regarding additional recommended upgrades.

THE NEED

Reduce energy costs and improve efficiency and occupant comfort.

THE SOLUTION

  • 8 compact fluorescent light bulbs (2010)
  • Refrigerator coil cleaning brush (2010, 2015)
  • 17 LED light bulbs (2015)
  • 2 smart power strips (2015)
  • Weatherization measures (2015)
    • Air leakage sealing
    • Duct sealing and insulation
    • Basement ceiling insulation
 

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