Their master suite comprises the East side of the second floor, so it gets some pretty good solar load in the morning. Keeping the master suite comfortable so Shelly could get ready for work without feeling like she was just back from a morning jog was a challenge. Pete found himself programming the dining room thermostat to drop to 62 at around 5:30 am to make the master suite comfortable in the morning.
Eventually, exasperated, they hired us to perform a comprehensive home assessment. We uncovered some significant but all to common deficiencies that were contributing dramatically to their comfort and control challenges.
From the assessment I was able to build a list of recommendations with varying degrees of comfort, control, and energy reward. Working with Peter we developed a plan that fit their needs. Before going into the plan, let me share an e-mail Peter sent me February 24th, 2010:
Just doing some crappy calculations going from actual to actual reads (July to January)...
08/09 energy costs $1435 vs 09/10 $910. I used the same pricing for each period. Last read was 1/25/10. Next actual will be around 3/25/10 for a full Winter picture.