Category: energy efficiency

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Five Summer Energy Tips

Have uncomfortable summer temperatures taken a toll on your energy bills? If summer heat has taken the fun out of your summer – and money out of your wallet – here are five things you can do to ease the pinch:

  • Run Ceiling Fans. Keep your ceiling fans running to circulate conditioned air. This can also increase comfort by keeping the air moving in the home.
  • Seal Air Leaks. All homes have air leaks as a result of the construction process. Air leaks allow conditioned inside air to escape, causing your cooling system to run more often. Having your home air sealed by a qualified contractor will help ensure the job is done right the first time.
  • Run Bath Fans. Running your bath fan after showers will help remove warm, humid air. By adding a timer to your bath fan, you can schedule it to run on a daily basis to continually move stale, warm air out of the house.
  • Adjust Your Thermostat. If your home has a programmable thermostat, check it. Can you turn it up a degree or two during the day? Increasing the temperature in your home during the day when there are fewer people at home can provide some relief in your energy bills.
  • Increase Attic Insulation. Many homes don’t have enough attic insulation. Even newer homes may have attic insulation that does not meet current codes. Contact a qualified contractor to have insulation added to your attic. Increasing your attic insulation can save up to 30% on your energy bills!

If summer temperatures have made your home uncomfortable, it’s time to do something about it. If you’d like us to check your attic insulation level or talk with you about air sealing, contact us to schedule your free estimate.

Air sealing

The Importance of New Home Air Sealing

Are you finalizing a plan for new home construction or remodeling an existing home? Don’t overlook air sealing and energy efficiency. Taking time today to effectively insulate and air seal your new home or remodeling project will save money for years to come.

Investing in air sealing and other energy efficiency measures has a huge payoff for homeowners and builders:

  • Better indoor air quality. When a home is not air sealed, pollutants, moisture, and pollen can enter through penetration points in the home’s envelope. Sealing air leaks helps keep pollutants out of the home – especially important for people who suffer from asthma and/or allergies.
  • It’s easiest to air seal an open cavity. It is much easier to seal air leaks during construction when walls and other cavities are open. Adding air sealing as part of the construction process can reduce headaches later. Why put off air sealing when it can be done today?
  • A more comfortable home. Sealing air leaks helps increase comfort inside the home. This creates peace of mind for homeowners and happier customers for builders.
  • Higher home values. Energy efficient homes sell at a premium. This premium can be as much as 4% above the national average. Investment in air sealing and other energy upgrades benefits a homeowner when it’s time to sell, and saves the homeowner money on monthly energy bills while they own the home.
  • Credits and financing. Investment in energy efficient measures can qualify for financial assistance through tax credits or rebates and through energy-efficient financing (including an energy efficient mortgage/EEM). Check with your lender for more information.

If you’re interested in adding air sealing to your next project, contact our office. Our team is happy to answer questions and recommend a course of action for your project.