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Tuesday, June 6, 2017
HPWES Rebates Are Changing! Here's What You Need to Know.

HPWES Rebates Are Changing! Here's What You Need to Know.

The utility rebate program that has been available through Home Performance with Energy Star is changing next month. If you have not yet taken advantage of rebates, please read on.

The rebates will soon shift to focus on electric savings, which in most cases will affect the amount of your rebate.

Here’s are the basics you need to know:
  1. If you have a home heated with natural gas, propane, or oil, the dollar amount of your available rebate WILL BE DECREASING.  In order to move your project through the existing program with the higher rebate amount, you will need to ACT QUICKLY.  All work through the old program will need to be complete through DeVere Insulation Home Performance by July 15th for us to meet the rebate program deadline for the old rebate program.
  2. If you have an all-electric home, the rebate amounts are going to be fluctuating as well. In some cases they will go down and in others, they will go up.  Call DeVere Insulation Home Performance to discuss your options and determine the best timing to do your project to maximize your rebate.
  3. If you plan to replace your current HVAC system AND do air sealing and insulation work, there will now be additional rebates available to you. Call DeVere Insulation Home Performance to discuss.  This applies to homes with natural gas heating, electric heating (heat pump), and all homes with central air conditioning.
Contact us to learn more.



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Thursday, June 1, 2017
Our Insulation Install Process in Baltimore, MD

Our Insulation Install Process in Baltimore, MD

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For most homeowners, working with a home performance contractor is a new experience. To help explain the entire process, please review the following steps:

Step 1: A DeVere Insulation Home Performance representative will visit your home to review the site and discuss any recommended work. Your representative will build the scope of work and proposal and provide it to you for your review.


Step 2: After receiving the proposal, please review the proposal, terms and conditions.


Step 3: You may choose to schedule time to review the proposal with the salesperson to address any questions regarding the work outlined in the proposal.


Step 4: When you are ready to proceed with work, please submit the signed proposal to DeVere Insulation Home Performance via email or fax.


Step 5: A DeVere Insulation Home Performance representative will be in contact to schedule the job and review available payment options.  In the majority of cases, payment is collected at the end of the job either by check or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.


Installation Prep - DeVere Insulation Home PerformanceStep 6: Review our Homeowner Checklist for information on what to expect the day of install and how to prepare your home.  

  • DeVere Insulation Home Performance is not responsible for moving any furniture or personal belongings in a customer's home. If there are belongings or furniture that affects the crew from performing the work safely, the job will be rescheduled for a later date. Any expenses incurred due to a reschedule will be added to the project cost.





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Our crew prepping for an installation.
Step 7: On the day of install our crew will complete the work specified on the contract. If the scope of work changes, DeVere Insulation Home Performance will be in contact and discuss how to proceed. A change order would need to be signed prior to beginning any revised or additional work.



Step 8: Once all work is complete, DeVere Insulation Home Performance will provide a completion form and payment options.


Step 9: If you have had an energy audit on your home, please contact the auditor to have a test out performed.  The auditor will submit the utility paperwork once the test out is complete and payment has been made.

Download Our Install Process.


Still have questions on what to expect? Contact us! We're happy to help.


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Monday, May 15, 2017
Why Your Home Needs Proper Ventilation.

Why Your Home Needs Proper Ventilation.

Today’s green building techniques are resulting in tight building envelopes. This allows homes to be more efficient than ever before and helps keep energy bills low. Today’s building science also requires home ventilation to be looked at in new ways. Tight building envelopes require proper air exchange to manage indoor air quality.

With today’s homes being tighter than ever, there is less opportunity for air to naturally escape. When you combine this with an increase the number of additives in today’s building products, indoor air quality can become quite poor. If you live in a newer, energy-efficient home, you need a controlled ventilation system to maintain optimal air quality.

There are many types of ventilation systems available for a home. Two common systems are not energy efficient options and are not recommended. These are:
  • Exhaust Only - A small exhaust fan is programmed to pull out stale air and moisture. The home relies on natural air leaks to bring air into the home (not an energy-efficient option).
  • Supply Only - A fan brings fresh air into the home. Air is not mechanically vented out. The home relies on natural air leaks to vent air from the home (not an energy-efficient option).

A balanced ventilation system includes both exhaust and supply to control ventilation at both ends. This system includes separate fans to manage air supply and air exhaust and create an energy-efficient ventilation balance. This system can go one step further by adding heat recovery which conditions the incoming air prior to entering the home. This is a great system for cold climates, preventing cold air from being drawn into the home during winter.

Does your home have a ventilation system? Do you have questions about your home’s air sealing and ventilation? Contact us with any questions.




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How is your home’s indoor air quality?

How is your home’s indoor air quality?

Do you think most of the pollutants you breathe come from outside your home? Think again. The majority of our exposure to air pollutants comes from the air we breathe inside buildings – our homes, offices, schools, etc. In fact, indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. The EPA estimates that 72 percent of a person’s chemical exposure happens at home.

There are many ways to improve your indoor air quality. Here are just a few:

Air seal – Sealing air leaks creates a controlled indoor environment. It prevents outdoor pollutants from entering the home and allows an energy auditor to develop a plan to effectively maintain clean indoor air.

Properly ventilate An effective mechanical air system with good filtration can help remove polluted indoor air from the house.

Reduce indoor chemicals Choose low-emitting products for your home. This can include building materials used in your home, furniture, cleaning products, and more.

Have questions about your home’s indoor air quality? Contact our office – our team is happy to help.




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