There is a grant available for renos that improve the home's energy
efficiency based on the difference between before/after tests. The test
consists of an air leakage measurement and a walkabout to examine insulation
levels etc. What temporary changes could one make to minimize the point
value of the 'before' test? Here are some of my ideas:
1. Open up the sealed fireplaces and dampers
2. Loosen the tight weather-stripping
3. Remove/reduce the attic insulation
4. Unseal and plumbing/electrical access holes
Now this may seem unethical, but I have already spend $1500 on energy
efficient windows and plan to spend a further $2000 on the other windows as
well as insulating the basement so I'd like some of my money back.
Intentionally sabotaging your home efficiency to reap a reward is
fraud. I think as a federal tax payer, yes I they keep almost all the
money they collect from us, I am deeply troubled you would think of
doing this. Being a thief can be hazardous to your health.
Oh, btw mr smartguy, by making your house more energy efficient, you
will typically get your money back thru reduced energy bills.
tom @ www.URLBee.com
A few months before my energy audit I went and replaced all the windows of
my house and put 2" sm insulation and sided the front of the house. I
screwed myself. Sigh. As far as making your house worse before the
audit...Lets be honest.
Removing insulation from your attic????
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