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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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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.

Siblings together with family at home watching TV
July 31, 2019

Add new insulation and air sealing by the efficiency pros at Fifth Fuel to enjoy a cool summer in Metro Maryland and Northern Virginia. Combining air sealing with insulation upgrades is the most effective energy saving improvement you can make! Our ENERGY STAR insulation pros ensure your home is cool and comfortable.

new homeowners inside house with dog on couch surrounded by boxes
July 23, 2019

New homeowners in Northern Virginia and Metro DC should use their home inspection report to help the pros at The Fifth Fuel identify gaps in energy efficiency. Our energy pros can spot potential problems in home performance and identify solutions.

woman fanning herself laying in bed, hot bedroom
July 9, 2019

Find out what could be making your bedroom uncomfortably hot, with help from The Fifth Fuel — a trusted local insulation and home comfort expert serving Northern VA, DC, and MD. The Fifth Fuel shares the importance of attic and wall insulation as well as air sealing. Find out how to fix your hot bedroom.

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June 13, 2019

Learn about how insulation and air sealing work to keep your home comfortable year-round — and find out how to tell if your home needs an insulation or air sealing upgrade. The Fifth Fuel offers free estimates to Northern VA, DC, and MD homeowners looking to increase their home comfort. Learn more.

garage attached to house
June 4, 2019

Find out if your garage needs insulation, and how you might benefit from insulating your garage. The Fifth Fuel is a trusted insulation and energy efficiency contractor serving Northern VA, DC, and metro MD. Learn more about why a garage insulation project may be well worth the cost for your home.

woman coughing at home, poor iaq
May 28, 2019

Find out what hidden allergens could be lurking in your crawlspace — and how those allergens could be making their way into your home. The Fifth Fuel is Northern VA, DC, and MD's local crawlspace and indoor air quality specialist. Learn more about crawlspaces and IAQ here.

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