The Fifth Fuel Blog, VA

Home energy efficiency is a complex topic that affects our energy bills, comfort, and indoor air quality. As leaders of residential energy conservation in Northern Virginia and Metro DC, The Fifth Fuel team is dedicated to educating home and business owners about building science concepts and how these concepts influence our built environment. For example, homeowners commonly think their heating and cooling system isn’t performing properly, when in reality, a home performance issue is causing uneven home temperatures.

Our blog is designed to provide useful information that can be applied to gaining an understanding of home energy efficiency, helping our customers to make informed choices about energy-saving home improvements including insulation, air sealing, and crawlspace encapsulation.

Would you like a free estimate on a home energy upgrade? Call The Fifth Fuel today to get started!


bonus room, game room in finished attic
August 25, 2020

Learn why the converted room in your attic or over your garage has big temperature swings, and why properly insulating and air sealing these rooms can lower energy bills and make your whole home more comfortable. Upgrade the bonus room in your home with proper insulation services from The Fifth Fuel.

pink fiberglass batt wall insulation
May 21, 2020

Upgrade your home's insulation this spring and benefit all year-long from reduced heating and cooling bills and higher home comfort. The Fifth Fuel breaks down why the existing aging insulation in your walls, attic, and crawlspace might not be doing its job anymore. Schedule an energy audit today.

ladder into attic space in home
March 18, 2020

Remove and replace your attic insulation today for improved home comfort and lower monthly heating and cooling costs. The Fifth Fuel breaks down the signs that your attic insulation needs to be replaced and what insulation types work best for attics. Reach out to discuss attic insulation removal costs today.

woman wearing winter jacket at home inside
March 6, 2020

Discover the reason you're still cold in your house, even when the heat is on. The Fifth Fuel breaks down the three most common causes of poor home comfort in a Virginia home, and explains why a home energy audit is the best first step to identifying the problem and fixing the issue for good.

Blow-in cellulose insulation in an attic
January 29, 2020

Solve your indoor comfort issues with attic insulation removal and replacement services from The Fifth Fuel. Find out how chilly indoor drafts and high utility costs can be linked back to poor attic insulation, and how home upgrades like air sealing can pay for themselves through years of energy savings.

 Home Heat Loss header
January 17, 2020

See for yourself where the common areas where heat loss occurs in a home with this illustration from The Fifth Fuel. Learn just how much of the energy your furnace produces could be wasted due to poor insulation and air leaks, and how you can upgrade your home to save money and stay comfortable.

contractor installing insulation
November 19, 2019

Learn more about the benefits of hiring a quality local contractor for your insulation upgrade. While the DIY route might seem tempting, there are health risks with removing and installing insulation, and the risk of doing a subpar job makes this a home improvement best left to the professionals.

air sealing windows
November 11, 2019

Learn more about the benefits of air sealing and how it helps your home's energy efficiency. Air sealing a house improves insulation performance and stops outside air from getting inside. Through air sealing exterior walls as well as your attic and basement, The Fifth Fuel can improve home comfort.

home model with scarf around it, warm home concept
October 24, 2019

Did you know your home’s architectural style can affect its energy efficiency? From Cape Cods and colonials to ranches and split levels, The Fifth Fuel breaks down some common home performance issues associated with particular home styles and where insulation upgrades can improve your indoor comfort.

insulation batt
September 16, 2019

Learn the best places to upgrade your Northern VA or Metro DC home insulation from the pros at The Fifth Fuel, with top energy savings from new attic insulation. Eliminate dampness and drafts with crawl space encapsulation to improve indoor air quality. Add dense-pack cellulose wall insulation to cut noise & save.


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