Posts Tagged ‘energy retrofit’

Retrofit For Health? Why Yes!

May 7, 2014
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Hard to breathe? One of our advisors after working in an attic!

Remodeling and home improvement is done for many reasons but health doesn’t usually come to mind first, but maybe it should. This is Asthma awareness month , indoor air quality and health seems a fitting subject.

It may not be clear why some suffer from Asthma, but reducing triggers can sure help make it more manageable. It just so happens that some of those triggers are the same concerns we have in everyone’s home.   Dust, mold, by products from combustion, and chemicals stored in the home can all cause problems.

We’ve talked about it in the past and improving the indoor environment may help you keep the outdoors out since that can be a trigger too.

Breathe easy in an efficient, safer and more comfortable home, your home. Click here for more information.

Thanks,

Jason

Reduce first!

October 30, 2013

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, the call for environmental responsibility, is well known.

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The demonstration home in San Diego, I’ve been discussing over in the last few months, has been a great success allowing GreenHomes America partner ASI Hastings to show, as well as tell, their community of the great work that can be done in their homes tackling these R’s in particular the first one Reduce.

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We’ve talked about some of the high efficiency equipment they installed, some of the exterior improvements which helped to reduce water usage, but a homeowner can reduce their usage simply by improving the building itself.  GreenHomes America locations combine building improvements with equipment improvements for a win-win situation.

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This is exactly what ASI Hastings did, they insulated the walls, attic and air sealed the home. By insulating and reducing the amount of uncontrolled airflow in the home they reduced what the home’s systems needed to produce for comfort.

Thanks,

Jason

LA Times: Energy-efficiency tax credits gutted

December 26, 2010

The LA Times reports what we touched on several days ago.   The extended federal tax credit is much lower in 2011 than is was in 2010.   This is certainly a big step backward in terms of a good national energy policy (a phrase you almost can’t use “national energy NONpolicy” might be better.  But in many states–including California–the outlook isn’t bleak.   In CA, for example, Energy Upgrade CA, is just about ready to kick off in earnest (we’ve already be delivering improvements under the pilot phase.   And as I mentioned last time, many generous state, local, and/or utility incentives still exist or are just coming on line.  Give us a call or visit our website to see how we can help.

And be proactive about it.  While the jobless numbers are still way too high, the U.S. economy has begun its climb–expected to be a long, slow climb, out of the dumps.  And with it, energy prices are climbing.  As reported in the WSJ, pre-Christmans trading saw oil futures climbing above $91/barrel again, up more than 13% since November.  “Several major banks expect prices to reach triple digits next year as demand rebounds with the improving global economy.”    And retail gasoline price are climbing, reflecting a broader impact to consumers.

Dollars invested in energy-efficiency start saving now, and provide even greater protection as energy prices increase.  So while the gutting of the tax credit isn’t a good thing, it’s still the right time to save.  Take the steps now.

Thanks,
Mike

Home Energy Upgrade Tax Credits Chopped in 2011.

December 21, 2010

[Editor’s update, Jan. 4, 2011:  A comprehensive summary of the 2011 energy tax credit with a table listing specifications and dollar amounts for various improvements is now available.]

Included in the tax legislation that Congress recently passed and the President signed is a one-year extension of the federal tax credit for energy improvements to homes.  Unfortunately, it’s significantly less attractive than the 2010 tax credit.  In 2011, there will be an overall cap of $500, with smaller caps for particular items.  For example, qualifying furnaces would only garner a $150 credit.   The WSJ’s Market Watch gives a nice high level view.  The 2011 credit is in sharp contrast to the $1,500 credit you could have received in 2010.  There’s really only one week left to try to take advantage of the much better credit.  If you think you’ll need a new furnace (for example) over the next couple of years, it may be worth accelerating the change–if you can still squeeze it in.

We’ll post a comprehensive view of the details for 2011 on our website in coming weeks, much like information on the current credit available in 2010.

There are still very generous state, local, and/or utility incentives for many of the customers we serve.  Give us a call or visit our website to see how we can help.

Thanks,
Mike


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