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Letter: The Best Kind of Home Improvement

To the Editor:

Kudos to Sally Horn of the MCA for joining the Energy Action Fairfax pilot project and to homeowners Ernest Carter and Roshanak Badii who invited neighbors over to watch the energy audit of their home (“McLean Home Hosts Energy Audit,” McLean Connection, Sept. 5-11, 2012). The professional auditor was able to pinpoint areas of the house where energy is wasted—by air leaking in or out of the house and insufficient insulation—and calculate which improvements could most cost-effectively increase the comfort level of the home while cutting heating and cooling bills. More homeowners need to hear about the benefits of home energy audits and subsequent energy performance improvements that will improve their comfort and the value of their homes.

Linda Burchfiel

McLean