Posts Tagged ‘Energy Action’

Ghosts and other Horrors!

October 28, 2013

Its Energy Action month this month and soon will be Halloween.   In the past we’ve talked about zombies, and vampires , witchcraft, and Trick or Treat but never about ghosts!

Armed with ghost buster-esque diagnostic equipment our advisors go from home to home looking for abnormal signs as part every energy assessment.

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Sometimes we don’t need fancy equipment, but usually need a strong understanding of building science.  Seeing patterns on walls revealing the framing are great signs. So are spider webs. Spider webs can reveal air flow.  Spiders, looking for a meal, often set up shop where dinner might fly by.  Leaks to the outside can be doorways and death traps for insects.

The ghosting pattern in the picture is often caused by a lack of insulation and moisture in the home.  With the right conditions, dirt collects on these under insulated surfaces.  Not only is there an insulation issue, the moisture can lead to more than dirt, there could be mold growth eventually.

Don’t be too scared, we’ve got some good solutions.  Give us a call we can help bust those ghosts, as well as other creatures lurking in your home!

Thanks,

Jason

photo courtesy of Energy Efficent Solutions http://www.greenhomesamerica.com/locations/172-energy-audit-and-energy-assessments.aspx

Oh No, Here Comes Another Learning Experience!

October 24, 2013

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Nothing like learning from our experiences or mistakes is there?  Becoming aware of our energy use, naturally leads to finding ways to reduce that usage.  In celebration of Energy Action month you could really geek out on some resources out there like this from the National Academy of Sciences, But to make it relevant and to “bring it home” consider a  home energy assessment.

A good energy advisor will be able to help you in your energy awareness right where it matters most.  Look for an assessment of your home that also provides solutions you can act on, not just a list of problems.  Awareness is a great start,  and embracing the learning experience with action is putting the right foot forward and that is what October is all about.

 

Thanks,

Jason

Doing Your Part for the War on Uncomfortable?

October 16, 2013

These government posters from WWII urged homeowners to do their part, but I think they still apply today, maybe a little differently though.  The War is against inefficiency and a fight for comfort.

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Vacation at home if you like, and make sure you and your dog are comfortable.   Maybe what you save from the travel can go towards comfort improvements at home.  Plan for winter now, I like that any time is a good time to winterize or summarize your home.

Carpooling is great, especially if you get to use that special lane on the highway!  Sharing resources is a good idea and so is reducing your fuel use.  It doesn’t mean we need to sacrifice though.  Home Performance is fighting the good fight right here on the Home front.

Take action, stay cool, stay warm, stay comfortable!

 

Jason


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