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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November 13, 2018

If you are experiencing drafty rooms, or high utility bills, it might be time to schedule a home energy audit. Fifth Fuel experts can assess your home and will help determine the cause of these problems so you can fix them for good.

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November 2, 2018

Want to conserve energy, save money, and boost home comfort? You need home insulation and air sealing. Why complete these upgrades together? Insulation and air sealing work hand in hand to block unwanted heat out in the summer and keep valuable heat in during the winter. Insulation stops heat flow through building materials.

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October 25, 2018

Weatherization upgrades like air sealing and insulation increase home comfort, boost energy efficiency, and improve indoor air quality—making them great upgrades for Homeowners Associations. See how The Fifth Fuels works with HOAs like yours in Northern Virginia to drastically improve communities.

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October 3, 2018

Making energy conserving upgrades to your commercial space saves you in monthly expenses and keeps your employees more comfortable at work. If you are looking to increase the energy efficiency of your Northern Virginia or DC area business, contact the experts at The Fifth Fuel!

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August 27, 2018

Crawlspace upgrades like encapsulation and insulation can save you money on home improvements and lower your utility bills month after month. Plus, they enhance indoor comfort and control moisture. Learn more from The Fifth Fuel, Northern VA and DC's energy efficiency experts!

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August 17, 2018

Insulation and air sealing together have the power to improve indoor comfort, lower your utility bills, and so much more. Find out why these two energy saving home updates go hand-in-hand from The Fifth Fuel, Northern Virginia and DC's home energy efficiency experts.

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June 12, 2018

Home insulation and proper air sealing can make a large difference in how comfortable your home is this summer. When Manassas, VA heats up, you want to know that heat is going to stay outside so your air conditioner can keep you cool. The Fifth Fuel has the expertise you need to stay comfortable.

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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.

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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 problem for good?

How Heat Moves Throughout Your Home

It’s first important to understand why heat gathers in your home’s upstairs rooms. Heat travels through radiation, conduction, and convection.

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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.