Au­dit find­ings

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

In the first year of a new city or­di­nance, en­ergy au­dits were com­pleted for 4,862 homes. Here are the most com­mon is­sues un­cov­ered dur­ing that year:

58 per­cent needed win­dow shad­ing (so­lar screens on win­dows).

Nearly 80 per­cent needed more at­tic in­su­la­tion (an­other 0 inches, on av­er­age).

About 68 per­cent needed duct re­pair work in at­tics. (On av­er­age, 22 per­cent of the air con­di­tion­ing in older homes leaks into the at­tic, Austin En­ergy says.)

78 per­cent needed weath­er­strip­ping, seal­ing or caulk­ing around win­dows, doors and other open­ings

In all, 520 home­own­ers made en­ergy-ef­fi­ciency im­prove­ments, with 229 mak­ing them be­fore the home sold and 29 mak­ing them af­ter.

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