26 Nov '16, 6pm

How well is your house really performing? There's always room for improvement.

How well is your house really performing? There's always room for improvement.

How do you figure out where your home ranks in terms of its energy use? You can compare your energy use to other similarly sized homes in your area, using a process known as benchmarking. For most homes-but not for the unique architectural masterpiece--the admittedly crude benchmarking method described here will be adequate to give you a good idea of your home's efficiency ranking. The method relies on you computing the fuel used to heat your house during the past year and normalizing that fuel use for the size of your home and last year's weather. Fuel use is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units) rather than gallons or therms. Nevertheless, the conversion is easy since there are 95,475 BTUs in each gallon of propane and 100,000 BTUs in each therm of natural gas. (Electric space heat needs to be evaluated differently because space heating usage must be separated from el...

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