I discovered Dr. Energy Saver on the Internet in the summer of 2018 when I was researching remedies for ice dam formation. The video presentation I found was clear and concise. I response to my call, a very professional evaluator (Tim D.) showed up and appraised my situation. Apart from giving me a thorough and understandable explanation for my problem, he informed me that my existing insulation contained asbestos and would have to be removed before the necessary improvements to prevent another ice dam.
This led to another search for an environmental contractor to remove the asbestos. Fortunately, Tim had acquainted me with a trust fund which was set up to help ameliorate the costs of asbestos abatement, and which eventually reimbursed me about $4,000.
Once the abatement was complete, the Dr. Energy Saver crew (supervised by Tim, Ray and Sue) completed the air-sealing and installation of new cellulose insulation in a single day in December 2018. There was an immediate noticeable improvement in the warmth of the house: the wood floors were not so cold! I have not looked for changes in my gas bill yet, but I am content that the house is much more energy-efficient.
There was one minor glitch in the process. After the new insulation was installed, I observed a persistent small area of snow melt on the roof that could potentially cause an ice dam. After I reported this to Tim, he came out to the house and analyzed the problem. There was a subtle leak of warm air from one of the walls adjacent to the shower enclosure in the bathroom. Tim took charge and arranged for his crew to tweak the air sealing in this area. I think they may have done an “over-kill” job, as it looks like there is no way for air to pass into the attic.
This just in: the latest information about natural gas consumption indicates a decrease of about 30% over last year’s consumption with roughly the same average daily temperature.
Stephen W. of Mundelein, IL
Wednesday, May 15th