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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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New HVAC Rebates! Save even more on home energy upgrades!

New HVAC Rebates! Save even more on home energy upgrades!

If you’ve been waiting to upgrade your home’s energy performance, you’re in luck! Effective August 15th, 2016, the HVAC program will be implementing an additional 10% increase to rebate incentives on approved HVAC equipment.

Here’s the technical language:
  • Customers can receive 10% higher rebates for HVAC equipment if the equipment is installed as part of a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR job.
  • To receive HVAC rebates through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program, the equipment installation must be installed by an approved contractor in the utility-specific HVAC program
  • The rebate application must include shell measures and/or duct sealing as part of the scope of work. 
  • The HPwES application will also require the AHRI certificate matching the contracted HVAC equipment installation to be uploaded with the application.

That’s all great. But, WHAT DOES THIS REALLY MEAN?
  • If you’re going to replace your HVAC equipment, you can get an additional 10% rebate
  • To get the additional 10% rebate you must have performed insulation and air sealing upgrades first in accordance with findings from an energy audit
  • If you’ve not already had an energy audit performed on your home, this is the first step.
  • Combine the 10% HVAC rebate plus rebates from your local utilities and the savings really add up!

We know rebates can be confusing. We are here to help you take advantage of all the rebates available to you! Please call our office with questions (443-770-1111).





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Sunday, August 7, 2016
Thirty Years of Service - and Serving our Veterans

Thirty Years of Service - and Serving our Veterans

We are proud to salute our partner company, Southland Insulators, and their celebration of 30 years in business.

In celebration of this milestone, founder Gerald R. Palmer and his team chose to make a special donation to benefit the life of a wounded warrior.

To read more about Southland Insulators and this donation, click here. 


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Friday, July 22, 2016
Controlling Air Leaks Just Got Easier with SkyFlex

Controlling Air Leaks Just Got Easier with SkyFlex

Controlling air leaks is an important part of any home energy upgrade. Properly air sealing a home, combined with the right level of insulation, can dramatically reduce your energy bills.

Controlling air leaks is an important part of any home energy upgrade. Properly air sealing a home, combined with the right level of insulation, can dramatically reduce your energy bills.

Air leaks are often sealed with spray foam insulation or a similar product. There are other great air barrier options that reduce air leaks and reduce heat transfer, making insulation more effective. Our team uses SkyFlex air barrier on many projects, with great results. 

SkyFlex air barrier is designed for use in residential building applications as well as for commercial use. It’s strong and flexible, made of two layers of aluminum foil laminated to a layer of woven polyethylene. SkyFlex’s exterior layers reduce radiant heat transfer in enclosed air spaces in building cavities like crawl spaces, knee walls and other similar spaces.

In addition to being an air barrier, SkyFlex also works as an insulating layer, adding R-Value to building envelope. 

For more about SkyFlex click here to download the brochure, or visit the SkyFlex website.



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