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Video: How to Prepare Your Home for Winter.

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The folks over at Inhabitat recently  released a cool new video that goes through the home energy audit process, and discusses easy fixes for problems like drafty windows and cold rooms.

We think they did a great job. Check it out!

Are Ceiling Fans a Good for Energy Efficiency?

Ceiling fans would seem, at first glance, to be a smart tool in the overall mix of your home's energy efficency equipment. But too few know that their real value is when they're blowing on people--and many experts say they're essentially worthless and counterproductive if people aren't present in the home. 

Carl Seville, a Green Building Consultant and expert from Atlanta, wrote a provocatively named post recently: Ceiling Fans are Evil on the Green Building Advisor blog.

Here's a direct quote: "I am not suggesting that we should not use ceiling fans — just that they shouldn’t be on if no one is in the room. If people only use them when necessary and set their thermostat a bit higher, then the extra heat is a small price to pay for the comfort and energy savings."

Air Sealing Where it Counts

The graph below shows which structural air-leaks drive up energy costs the most, allowing you to maximize efforts toward reinforcing your home's building envelope. 

This image comes from http://www.builderonline.com/energy-efficientconstruction/5-penetrations-that-provide-the-most-bang-for-your-air-sealing-buck.aspx 

Air conditoners

Does your air conditioner seem to be running non-stop during the "HOT" days of summer?

Does it seem that its only cool in the house for a short period of time?

Are you running your air conditioner on its coldest setting and it barely feels "tolerable" in the room?

If your encountering any or all of these conditions, the culprit is lack of insulation and poorly wrapped  duct lines.

These issues could be causing you to lose your "valuable" cooling temperatures and forcing your air conditioner to work over time to keep up.

By properly insulating your attic and crawlspace, this will keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

Give us a call. We'd like to help you solve these cooling issues.

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Light Switches Can Be Big Sources of Leaks

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Here's an interesting video from our friends at Energy Vanguard that shows how much air can leak through simple things like light switches.

Think You Need New Windows? Not So Fast.

It speaks to the marketing savvy of window manufacturers and installers that, when faced with drafty rooms or high energy bills, most homeowners typically think that the best solution would be new replacement windows. While energy efficient replacement windows will likely lead to improved comfort and lower utility bills, the truth is that there are many far more cost effective solutions to improve your home’s comfort and energy efficiency.

Energy Efficient Landscaping for Cooling Down.

On cold winter days, a ray of sun streaming into your house can be most welcome - a free source of heat. But what about in the summer, when those rays of sun and other, less-evident solar heat, seep into our already too-hot houses and become a costly nuisance? Well, what happens is that you lose money. But using landscaping (namely by planting trees) to shade your home can be a great way to lower energy costs.