Better Quality, Comfort and Durability

Check out this recent article about Energy Star and HERS rating.

“Better is Better. That’s the philosophy behind the blue ENERGY STAR label on a new home – “the little label with a big message.”

With a growing number of homebuilders across the nation having their homes energy rated and marketing the HERS Index Score of their homes, an increasing number of Multiple Listing Services (MLS) are adding these numbers to their listings.

HERS, the Home Energy Rating System by RESNET® – Residential Energy Service Network, is the industry standard for measuring a home’s energy efficiency. It’s officially recognized by the federal government for verification of building energy performance for programs including the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program and the US Department of Energy’s Building America Program, by the IRS for federal tax credits and by mortgage lending programs that include the cost of energy efficiency investments (EEMs).”

Insulation Basics

Check out these tips from the US Department of Energy. This page gives some basic information about home weatherization.  It explains the different types of insulation and where it should be applied. If you want to know more contact us today. We have home performance auditors on staff ready to assist you with all your insulation needs!

Made in America

Are there really any green jobs in America?  We’re proof that green jobs exist.  Saving energy is good for the community, good for the economy and good for America! Contact us today to find out how you can start saving money on your utility bills.

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Free CFL Light Bulbs

Hey! Duke Energy customers in Ohio!

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Duke Energy is offering free CFL light bulbs to its customers in Ohio

The company is offering free energy-efficient light bulbs.

To find out more, call Duke’s toll-free hotline at (800) 943-7585 and follow the prompts.

You’ll need your Duke Energy account number, Social Security number or the phone number associated with your account.

Duke will tell you how many CFL light bulbs you’re entitled to and then mail them to the address on your account.

Don’t miss out on the chance to start seeing energy savings!

Builders Work Towards Energy-Efficient Houses

As house prices continue to remain low, home builders and remodelers are seeing rising demand for new energy-efficient homes and retrofitting older homes to improve energy efficiency.

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Many houses could benefit from retrofitting for better energy efficiiency, as demand for efficiency rises

“In the past, given a choice, frankly, many customers would have rather paid for upgraded amenities than energy efficiency,” says Steve Nardella, senior vice president of operations at Maryland-based builder Winchester Homes. But that’s all changing now, with frequent energy-price spikes and increased awareness about the environmental impacts of energy use.

As a result, 9 out of 10 builders are expecting to build smaller, energy-efficient designs in the coming years, going beyond including Energy Star-rated appliances and using better sealing technologies, smarter floor plans, and small but important structural modifications.

While these houses may be smaller in size, this has allowed builders to be more creative in how designing living spaces that don’t feel small, such as making larger open rooms with better air flow instead of separate ones.

Many of the energy-efficient model homes are being constructed with built-in sensors for monitoring temperature, humidity, water and electricity usage, and other data which is necessary towards making even more efficient homes in the future.

Thanks to rising demand, higher energy prices and incentives from the federal government and others, the incentives are there for homeowners to improve the energy efficiency in their homes.

Read the full article from US News and World Report.

Intel Enters the Energy Efficiency Market

Computer chip creator Intel has decided that energy efficiency is a smart move for them. With their processors consuming a lot of energy, they have built devices that use computing power to increase efficiency and use more renewable energy resources.

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Intel is harnessing its computing expertise to increase energy efficiency in houses and buildings.

Read more about Intel’s advances in energy efficiency for houses and buildings.