Home Energy Audit/Retrofits
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This page first made public: Mar 18, 2011
Students learn how to model energy losses in a home, and then audit an existing home. They propose cost effective changes, and calculate the energy saved and payback time. The class decides which changes to make, visits Home Depot to purchase supplies (using the class lab budget), and spend a day at the home making the changes. They write a final report to the homeowner and the instructors. This project plays the role of a lab in thermodynamics classes; we've used it for introductory and advanced classes in chemistry, physics, and environmental science.
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The audit can be done (except for the blower door test) with no special equipment or budget. Performing the retrofit requires $500-$1000 in supplies, depending on the house.