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Monday, September 19, 2016
Five Energy-Saving Fall Projects

Five Energy-Saving Fall Projects

When temperatures begin to drop, it's time to get your home ready for winter. Here's a quick checklist to keep your house—and property—in peak condition this winter.

#1 Improve Your Windows
Old and inefficient windows leak conditioned air. Switch out your window screens for storm windows—if you have them—before the frigid temps kick in. This swap will save you money on energy costs, protect your window from the elements, and eliminate drafts throughout fall and winter. 

#2 Service Your Heating System
Check the pilot light, vacuum excess dust, and change the filter. Heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer, and have fewer problems if properly serviced. While you're at it, get your wood stove and fireplace in working order. Pay special attention to your wood stove or fireplace insert’s door gasket to ensure a tight seal. Servicing your system now will help make it through any unexpected cold snap. 

#3 Caulk Windows and Air Seal
Air sealing around windows and door frames helps prevent heat from escaping. Caulking and sealing these openings is one of the least expensive maintenance jobs you can do. If left undone openings in the structure can cause water to get in and freeze, resulting in cracks and mold buildup. Need more help than a tube of caulk? We can help!

#4 Inspect Your Roof
Make sure the roof is in good shape. Inspect for missing and loose shingles. Look for trouble spots now instead of in a few months when ice, rain, snow, and wind wreak havoc on existing problem areas.

#5 Check Your Insulation
While temperatures drop outside, you can still stay warm and keep your energy bills low with proper insulation. Attics are one of the biggest culprits when it comes to winter energy loss, so prep yours for winter by upgrading your insulation now.

BONUS TIP: Reverse Your Ceiling Fan
Change the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft that redistributes warm air from the ceiling. Fall is also a good time to prep your humidifiers. Be sure to clean them regularly during the heating season. Bacteria and spores can develop in a dirty water tank resulting in unclean moisture misting out into your room.

Energy Star estimates 10% savings on annual energy bills. We can help. Call today for a free estimate. 


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Friday, September 16, 2016
Looking to Save Money on Energy Bills? Check Your Basement.

Looking to Save Money on Energy Bills? Check Your Basement.

For most homes, basement rim joists and box sills are a major source of energy loss. These areas are located around the perimeter of the basement ceiling, where the walls of the home meet the foundation.

This is one of the thinnest points in a home’s exterior, which allows outside air to easily leak into the basement. This area is also a convenient way for pests to enter a home – spiders, bugs and other creatures can easily find their way from the ground outside your home, into home through penetration points left behind around HVAC, electrical and plumbing access points around the basement ceiling.

Spray foam is an ideal product to both insulate and air seal the rim joists and box sills. Spray foam insulation is a two-in-one product that both seals air leaks and insulates. It goes beyond what a homeowner can do on their own with caulk or similar products.

Insulating and air sealing your rim joists and box sills will make your basement (and entire home) more comfortable, help keep out pests and help reduce your energy bills. Contact us to schedule your free estimate!





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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Clean Energy will help Maryland's Economy

Clean Energy will help Maryland's Economy

Our team believes investing in clean energy will help grow Maryland's economy. There are many benefits of investing in clean energy including job creation and reducing carbon footprint. Click here to the Capital Gazette article written by our General Manager, Michelle Griffith,
about the economic benefit of investing in clean energy.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Five Easy Steps to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Five Easy Steps to Prepare Your Home for Winter

With summer just winding down, it may be hard to believe winter is on the way! It’s easy to overlook preparing your home for winter – but it can cost you in high energy bills, equipment malfunctions, home pest issues and more. Here are five easy steps to prepare your home for winter.

1. SEAL AIR LEAKS

Air sealing is one of the least expensive and most effective ways to reduce energy loss and keep energy bills lower during winter. A leaky home can waste approximately 10 to 15 percent of a home’s heating dollars. Air leaks are found around doors and windows, penetration points in the attics (can lights, chimney chases, etc.)

2. CHECK AND UPGRADE YOUR ATTIC INSULATION
Many of today’s homes are under insulated when compared to today’s building codes. After sealing air leaks, adding a layer of blown-in fiberglass insulation to your attic space can further reduce your energy bills and help keep your home comfortable.

3. SEAL AND INSULATE YOUR CRAWL SPACE
Crawl spaces can cause a variety of headaches for homeowners. Because they crawl spaces have direct contact with the earth, they become damp. This is a great breeding ground for mold and mildew, and provides an ideal living space for pests.

4. CHECK YOUR HEATING SYSTEM

Now is the time to schedule your routine inspection of  your home’s heating system. By confirming it’s in good working order, you’ll know it’s working as efficiently as possible – and you’ll help avoid a mid-winter break down.
And don’t forget to change your air filter! Changing it often throughout the year can help your system run more efficiently – and help reduce dust in your home.

5. CHANGE YOUR LIGHT BULBS
Take a quick inventory of the bulbs throughout your home. Upgrading to LED bulbs can reduce your energy bills. During winter’s shorter days, homeowners have lights on more than any other time of year. The investment in LED bulbs will pay off quickly!

Interested in air sealing, upgrading your insulation, or sealing your crawl space? Contact us to schedule your free estimate!
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