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If you are looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home, air sealing is an affordable investment that will reduce energy costs, while improving the comfort and durability of your home. To begin, locate the areas where air leakage is occurring; often it is where two different materials meet, such as brick […]
The spray foam is made on-site by mixing two chemicals—isocyanate and a polylol blend. When these two chemicals react, a blowing agent expands the mix as it’s sprayed, forming a foam. Most SPF is closed cell, which acts as an air and vapor barrier—a major advantage in southern climates. However, humidity control and proper ventilation are critical to a successful and safe application.
New smart thermostats make saving energy very convenient. These brainy, next-generation models contain built-in Wi-Fi technology that allows you to control them remotely through your computer or mobile device. You can also get weather updates, service reminders, and more.
Space conditioning is the largest source of energy use in most homes, and air leaks can waste a significant amount of your energy dollars. You can save up to 10 percent on heating and cooling costs and make your home more comfortable year-round by sealing air leaks. Six low-cost energy-saving measures follow: Windows. Windows are […]
Adding insulation to the attic is one of the most cost-effective, energy-saving measures a homeowner can make. In addition to reducing heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer, attic floor insulation improves comfort by providing even temperature distribution throughout the house. To optimize energy savings and maximize comfort, insulation must be installed properly. […]
Key Points Investing in energy efficiency increases asset value and makes available space more attractive. A phased approach to efficiency upgrades can help with financing and reduce tenant inconvenience. Optimizing energy savings requires a collaborative effort between property managers and tenants. Maximizing profits is often a primary goal of building owners and managers, so investing […]
Key Points Hybrid-ductless heat pumps are a cost-effective option for heating and cooling. Average savings for seven houses in Tacoma, WA was 2,636 kWh per year. Proper installation and operation is critical for optimum performance. Homeowners want a comfortable house no matter the outside temperature and they also want such comfort at an affordable cost. […]
Insulation is arguably the most important element in achieving energy efficiency in your heating and cooling system and in maximizing home comfort. Primarily, it works to slow the flow of heat or cold through your home’s walls, but it can also have a small impact in sealing outside drafts and air from unheated spaces. […]
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is a comprehensive, whole house approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort at home, while reducing your energy costs and helping the environment. Learn more here, or start your energy audit here. Based on the assessment, you may be eligible for a 50% incentive, up to $4,000, to help you […]