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Monday, December 5, 2016
Local rebates at your fingertips!

Local rebates at your fingertips! upgrades are a great way to save money on your energy bills and make your home or business more comfortable. While the investment saves money over the long term, the initial investment can cause people to hold off on performing these upgrades.

There are a variety of local rebates available to offset the cost of energy upgrades. Rebates are available through local utilities including BGE, Pepco and Potomac Edison. There may be other rebates available to you – and we have a resource to help you find these.

DSIRE is a resource available through the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University. Funded by the Department of Energy, DSIRE provides a comprehensive list of rebates and incentives available by zip code. Simply enter your zip code to access a complete list of rebates and incentives available to you.

In addition these programs, you can finance your energy upgrades and make the investment even more reasonable.

Have questions? Ready to get started on your upgrades? Contact our office today!

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Friday, November 11, 2016
Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter!

Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter!

When homeowners get ready for winter, it's common to think about attic insulation, windows and similar areas that can be affected by cold temps. It's easy to overlook water pipes -and they can cause immense damage if they freeze and break.

When the temperature of a water pipe drops below freezing, it can quickly become damaged. When water freezes, it can expand up to ten percent in volume. This creates additional pressure on the pipes and valves in the system.

It's important to keep pipes from being exposed to cold temperatures. Here are some ways to protect pipes from the cold:
  • Adding insulation to walls that would affect water pipes. 
  • Cover exposed pipes in crawl spaces or attics with insulation sleeves.
  • Re-route any pipes that are on an outside wall to an inside wall. If this isn't an option, during cold temps keep cabinet doors open below the sink to allow warm air to reach pipes and keep them from freezing.
  • Seal cracks or gaps in the foundation or walls that could allow pipes to be exposed to cold air.

Don’t wait for your home to be damaged from frozen pipes. Contact our office and schedule your free estimate. Our team will review your home and make recommendations for ways you can help reduce the risk of your pipes freezing.

Have questions? Call us! We are happy to help!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Protect Your Home From Ice Dams This Winter

Protect Your Home From Ice Dams This Winter

What Are Ice Dams?

The icicles hanging from you’re your roof may look pretty, but they may be a sign of a bigger problem. Icicles can be a sign of ice dams - chunks of ice that form along the edges of your roof. Ice dams typically form when snow melts on your roof, water pools on the edge of the roofline and refreezes. During the freeze, the ice can back up under the roofing material and create ice dams. Ice dams result in water seeping into soffits, walls and even ceilings. Damage goes far beyond cosmetic issues - your home’s structure can suffer from moisture damage and even rot.

There are three key steps we recommend to reduce the risk of ice dams:

1. Seal Air Leaks
Approximately one-third of heat loss in an average home is through the ceiling into the attic. Most of that heat loss comes from air leaks. These can be found in a variety of places such as gaps in drywall and other penetration points around things such as light fixtures, plumbing pipes, chimneys, access hatches and more. By stopping air leakage you’ll not only help minimize ice dams, you'll save energy and reduce your heating and cooling bills

2. Check your Insulation
Having proper insulation levels in your attic will work to keep the heat where it belongs – in your living space.  Uncertain if your insulation level is enough? We can help.  We typically recommend adding blow-in fiberglass insulation to attics of existing homes to fill open spaces around your current insulation.

3. Add roof and soffit vents
Proper ventilation is an important part of attic insulation. A qualified insulation contractor will be able to determine if your attic has proper venting, and if not, how that can be corrected to ensure your attic has proper air flow.

Even if your home has adequate insulation and proper venting, large amounts of snow and the weight of that snow can result in roof damage. After a large snowfall it's recommended to rake the snow from your roof to remove some of the weight and allow any water to flow off the roof.

Still have questions on how to prevent ice dams in your home? Call us!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Why Air Seal

Why Air Seal

When homeowners think of saving money on energy bills, they often think of upgrading their insulation. Insulation is a great way to reduce heat transfer and indeed is an important part of saving energy. Did you know that sealing air leaks is as important as insulating?

Here are just some of the benefits of air sealing:
  • Improved indoor air quality by helping to keep allergens and pests out of the home.
  • Reduced energy bills by keeping conditioned air (heated or cooled air) inside the home.
  • Reduced wear and tear on your HVAC system.

Air sealing involves sealing penetration points around the exterior of the home (also known as the envelop or "shell" of the home). This includes sealing gaps and air leaks in exterior walls (around outlet covers, etc.), windows, doors, etc.

Air sealing a home is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce energy bills and make your home more comfortable. ENERGY STAR estimates a homeowner can reduce heating and cooling costs up to 20% by upgrading their insulation and sealing air leaks.

Interested in air sealing your home? Contact us to learn more.

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