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Upgrade to Energy Star

energy-star-logoEven though I’m still looking for a job, things still need to get done. One major issue I have had with my home is a chimney chase that is completed rotted out. In fact, I think the only reason it still stands is because its the only thing it knows how to do. Not only is this an obvious issue, there is another problem from it too: animals can easily get in and out of the house. Not a good situation to be in. After finally being rid of a pesky rat, and my in-laws coming, the time has come to take the shot in the gut and pay to fix it.

I had a few companies check it out, and the range is $3,000-$5,000 to fix it. No thanks. So then I started looking at how much material it would require, and started realizing how little it actually cost. Well, of course, having $3,000 setting on my mind for a while, I figured I’d check and see how much it would cost to redo the whole backside of the house. Sadly, it cost about the same as the low estimate for just my chimney chase.

So here I am today, T minus two weeks away from beginning. I finally went and bought my materials today. The usual stuff, like 32 OSB sheathing boards, 79 James Hardie Fiber Cement Lap Siding boards, nails, caulk, etc. But then there was the not so usual, but definitely worth it stuff, like the 2 LoE/Argon double strength glass Energy Star windows, the LoE Energy Star patio door, and theĀ 20 Owen’s Corning Foamular Panels, which adds another R-3 to my walls, insulates even where the studs are, and provides an additional moisture barrier.

Once this projects starts I’ll keep you posted with pictures and how-to’s.