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!


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October 3, 2018

Running a small business in Virginia comes with a lot of “cans of paint” to juggle — like keeping your employees happy and comfortable, maintaining your facilities, and providing for your customers — all while staying profitable. If you’ve been operating a business in an outdated building, you... Read more

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August 27, 2018

No matter who you are or where you live in the DC area, it feels good to make smart investments with your money. You’re probably already familiar with typical investments like stocks and bonds, but have you considered home upgrades that pay for themselves in a short period of time?

Some of... Read more

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August 17, 2018

There are some things that simply go together. Mornings and coffee. Cheese and fine wine. Sonny and Cher. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Here’s a natural duo you might not be aware of: insulation and... Read more

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June 12, 2018

Once the summer hits Manassas, VA and the DC metro area, the heat and humidity will take every opportunity your home gives it to make you and your family uncomfortable. Do you find yourself constantly needing to turn up the AC to keep your home cool? Relying too heavily on your air conditioner... Read more

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June 7, 2018

If you’re experiencing discomfort or high energy bills in your Manassas, Virginia, or Metro DC area home, you’ve probably been wondering how you can increase your home’s comfort and lower those bills. We strongly suggest that you start with a home energy audit.

An... Read more

Woman in front of fan because she is too hot during the summer months in her Arlington, VA home
June 26, 2017

The nights are continuing to get warmer and if your bedroom is upstairs, you may have already experienced trouble sleeping due to the heat. Maybe you’re trying to get comfortable by blasting the air conditioner, shedding layers, or using multiple fans, but what if there was a way to solve the... Read more

Man relaxing on a couch because he is cool durign the hot summer months thanks to The Fifth Fuel in Manassas Virginia
May 25, 2017

The weather is heating up here in Manassas and the DC metropolitan area, and for many homeowners, this means running an air conditioner constantly. When temperatures climb into the 90s and above, living and working in an environment that’s difficult to cool can be uncomfortable to say the least... Read more

Flower in front of home representing the coming of spring
March 22, 2017

Homeowners in the DC metro area are rejoicing in the fact that the winter weather is almost gone. Most of us look forward to spending more time outside and ditching those extra layers, but now is also the perfect time to focus on improving your home’s energy efficiency. The problem? Most... Read more

Ice dams on a roof in Manassass Virginia, outside of Washington DC where The Fifth Fuel performs home retrofits
November 18, 2016

The holidays are right around the corner, which means now’s the time to prepare should we end up experiencing a rough winter. One of the biggest headaches associated with home performance in the winter is that of ice dams, and Virginia isn’t exactly in the clear the way most of us would like to... Read more

House wrapped with a scarf. Indicating you need to insulate to keep warm with The Fifth Fuel
October 21, 2016

Fall is in full swing, and many homeowners living in and around Manassas, VA are beginning to notice cold spots popping up once again. Summer often hides these issues, but once temperatures begin to fall, cold spots make themselves known in short order. It’s easy to assume that the problem is... Read more


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