Thank goodness I waited for the rest of the energy-efficiency work. It’ll save us around $300.
As you may recall, I decided to do the attic and duct sealing separately from the insulation installation. Mainly to break up the pain of the costs. The sealing work (plus some sun screens for the guest house windows) would run $2,000 before the rebate. The insulation would be $1,900 pre-rebate.
While the guys were here sealing everything up, I asked them to get a quote for R-45. They came back with $1,600. Um, what?
I asked him to double-check with his supervisor, but sure enough that was the right amount.
On the one hand, I’m concerned that I’d apparently have paid too much if I’d decided to move forward with all the work. On the other hand, $300 less! Also, this company lets you sign over the rebate ahead of time (for face value), so I don’t have to fuss with rebate forms.
Thanks to breaking things up a bit, savings will only go down about $1,000 total, despite the total cost of about $2,900. Well, that includes the $377 Arizona tax refund. And once the federal refund comes in, savings will only be about $150 less than where it started.
And that’s good because we still have to figure out what the hell we’re doing with the fence. The P.O.S., weather-beaten string of sticks that parades as our fence now stops six feet short of our masonry wall. Having someone (other than us) put a fence panel in that area could still cost $450ish, which is ludicrous.
Tim is voting to extend the masonry wall. But besides the cost of doing that ($700ish for six feet), there’s the issue that the brick colors won’t match. Which means we’d have to paint the inside of the wall, too.
Ideally, we’d just put a gate door in at the edge of the masonry wall. But the chances of us doing that ourselves are two: slim and none. Tim can’t be around the powder from quick-drying cement, and he has to stay away from the mixed-up stuff because of his skin. And I’m now (and hope to continue to be) pregnant. So that’s just not happening. Maybe we should just find a cheap handyman.
Whatever we choose, we need to do it soon. Don’t want anymore dogs wandering into the backyard. And hey, who wants a savings account that sticks around?
When has waiting paid off for you?