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GreenHomes America Duct Tape Contest

May 2, 2011
Our Home Performance technicians see some scary stuff out in the field, like giant wasps’ nests, creepy crawl spaces and immense icicles. But arguably the scariest of them all is the dreaded duct tape monstrosity! Often found lurking in basements and attics clinging to heating and cooling ducts, these efficiency eaters can range in size anywhere from a single stitch to multiple rolls.

This may seem crazy, but your standard cloth duct tape can and should be used to patch or repair virtually anything – except for ducts!  These tapes just aren’t suitable for patching, repairing, or securing heating and cooling ducts. These tapes quickly deteriorate—sometimes within just a few months.  They come unglued and allow air to leak in and out of your ducts, thereby letting your heated or cooler air to escape before its final destination.  Yet, time and time again we see these silver-backed creatures in homes all across the county. Real HVAC professionals use mastic, a goopy white paste that has the consistency of peanut butter (we do NOT want to know what it tastes like!).

Do you have a duct tape monstrosity living in your house?  A cobbled-together contraption, with failing joints and seams?  Have you seen one while out on the job? We want to see it!

Example of improper use of duct tape

Have you used duct tape to fix your brother’s broken-down car? Is your private spaceship made out of 36% duct tape? Your daughter’s prom dress? We want to see those pictures too!

Mike Rogers exhibiting proper use of Duct Tape

We are awarding prizes to one winning photo from each of these two categories:

  • Best example of inappropriate duct tape use on an HVAC system.
  • Most creative use of duct tape – anywhere, on anything (keeping in mind this is a family program)!

Post your photo to our Facebook page wall by May 31 at 3 p.m. Eastern. We will announce the winners on Facebook and here on our blog. This contest has now ended!

The prizes:

  • For the bad duct-sealing example winner, a tub of mastic and a home energy-efficiency grab bag gift*.
  • For the creative-use winner, one large roll of duct tape (of course!) To be used for anything BUT your home’s ducts. And a home energy-efficiency grab bag gift*.

*Retail value of the grab bag not to exceed two twenty-dollar bills duct-taped together.  Not exchangeable, not redeemable for cash, and definitely not to be taken internally!  Open only to residents of the U.S. and Canada.  GreenHomes employees, affiliates, vendors, their families, and pets are not eligible for the prizes—but we like seeing your pictures, too, so feel free to post them!

Be creative, but please don't harm your pets!

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2nd Annual Biggest, Baddest Icicles Contest Winner Announced!

March 11, 2011

The cold and snowy winter in Central New York was a dream for fans of icicles, but a nightmare for many homeowners. However pretty, those giant icicles can form devastating ice dams on the edges of your roof, backing up water under your roofing and into the walls. Leaks and structural damage are the symptoms of a bad ice-damming problem, but are only part of a much worse, underlying problem. Ice dams are largely due to inadequate insulation and air sealing in your attic and roof. The precious heat you pump into your home escapes through the roof, melting the snow that rests on top. When the snow reaches the cold edges and eves of the roof, it refreezes into blocks of ice, sometimes weighing hundreds of pounds!

Our 2nd Annual Biggest, Baddest Icicles Contest brought in an impressive display of ice from across Central New York (Facebook album). From giant ice curtains to compact-car-sized heaps, the entries were as varied as they were scary. But we could only pick one home to receive a free comprehensive home energy assessment and $1,000 worth of attic insulation and air sealing to help prevent future instances of ice damming and keep one family warmer, safer and more comfortable, plus put some money back into their pockets!

The Winner of GreenHomes America's 2011 Biggest, Baddest Icicles Contest

And the winner is… Priscilla Thibault’s Victorian home! Like Priscilla says, “this 1858 Victorian house may have charm, but the icicles can be destructive and potentially deadly.” Not only do the icicles present a major safety hazard, but are also tell-tale signs that Pricillas’ valuable heating dollars aren’t all contributing to her family’s comfort – many of them are feeding the monster on her roof! Our crew from Syracuse will be heading out to Priscilla’s home to begin reclaiming her roof, her home’s comfort and her energy bills. Stay tuned for updates!

Thanks to everyone who entered our 2nd Annual Biggest, Baddest Icicles Contest!

GreenHomes America’s “Biggest, Baddest Icicles” Photo Contest

January 18, 2011

Win a Free Comprehensive Home Energy Assessment and $1,000 Worth of Attic Insulation and Air Sealing!

They’re BIG and they’re BAD. Icicles may make pretty ornaments for your home, but they are actually telltale signs of valuable heat and energy escaping through your home’s roof! Chances are, your heating bill is going through the roof, too.

Inadequate insulation in the attic and air leaks around fixtures, vents, attic stairs and other spots causes heat to travel up through your roof, melting the snow and ice. Those strange snow-melt patterns on your roof – squares, rectangles, etc. – those are hot spots where heat is leaking out as well! Adding insulation and air sealing will help keep heat in your home where it belongs, saving you money and making your home more comfortable. Icicles and ice buildup can also cause ice damming, which leads to leaks and can cause structural damage in your home.

GreenHomes America is offering a free comprehensive home energy assessment and $1,000 worth of attic insulation and air sealing to the person who shows us their biggest and baddest icicles photo by 2/28/11! Please visit the contest page for more details and to submit your icicle photo!

Or, learn more about ice damming at: http://bit.ly/h84GpI

GreenHomes Kicks Off CNY Icicle Contest

January 21, 2009

I’ve talked about icicles a few times over the past couple of months.  Large icicles and ice damns are usually a sign of an underlying problem with your home, and untreated can lead to expensive damage to your home.

 

GreenHomes America’s Syracuse branch is running a contest through February 2009 for the “biggest, baddest” icicle—with the winner receiving $1,000 in home performance improvements to help fight back!  If you live in Central New York, check out the contest at http://greenhomesamerica.com/biggest-baddest-icicles-contest.html

 

Thanks,

Mike


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