For 2,200 homeowners in this area, the winter's heating bill isn't likely to be as high as their neighbors', according to the Washington Gas Light Company.
As a result of upgrading the insulation in their homes, the gas company estimates those reduction of 16 per cent in the rate at which they use fuel for heating.
The gas company began an insulation sales program in October, 1975, to help homeowners evaluate the existing insulation in their homes and to improve it if necessary. "We're very concerned about the need for conservation," said Washington Gas vice president Richard C. Vierbuchen, "and adequate insulation is the single most important means of conserving energy."
Most homes in this area were built before the energy crisis when fuel costs were low, Vierbuchen said, and they are poorly insulated by today's standard.
The national Bureau of Standards now recommends that attics in this area be insulated to a minimum of R-30. A few years ago that recommended minimum was R-19, Vierchen said. Insulation in older homes might have lost some effectiveness because of settling or matting, he added in.
The effectiveness of an insulation products is determined by its R-value, Vierbuchen said. R-values are determined through controlled tests that measure a product's ability to resist the flow of heat.
Vierchen stressed that insulation savings are gained all year long, because "less energy is needed to keep the house warmer in winter and cooler in summer."
The gas company reinsulation program is available to all area residents, whether they are gas customers or not. Appointments with a company sales representative can be made by calling the Energy Conservation Department at 354-5700.