homeowners http://michiganradio.org en Michigan homeowners improve on energy efficiency http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-homeowners-improve-energy-efficiency <p><em>by Tanya Ott for The Environment Report</em></p><p>It&rsquo;s cold outside&hellip; and maybe inside, if your house isn&rsquo;t properly insulated. Home energy efficiency is a big issue and a new study gives Michigan kudos for making it a priority.</p><p>Randy Rice has lived in his Southgate, Michigan house for 13 years. He&rsquo;s lived there &ndash; and often shivers there&hellip;</p><p>&ldquo;Certainly believe that the air was leaking upstairs. We could feel some breezes. I just saw dollars flying out the window.&rdquo;</p><p>Rice replaced the windows five years ago and it helped&hellip; but he still worries about leaks around the windows. So he called in...</p><p>&ldquo;Amanda Godward, with Ecotelligent Homes. I&rsquo;m the owner and energy auditor.&rdquo;</p><p>Godward&rsquo;s first step is to interview customers like Randy Rice. She takes house measurements, checks out insulations in the attic and windows. Then&hellip;. she goes all high tech with the &ldquo;thermal infrared scan.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;We use this to find flaws in the insulation, in the walls, without having to do any destructive testing.&rdquo;</p><p>She turns on a fan that pulls all of the air out of the room. It creates a vacuum so cold air from the outside is pulled inside. She can see, on a scanner, all the little cracks and holes where air is sneaking in.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5514 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan homeowners improve on energy efficiency