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Video: Energy Efficiency in 90 Seconds.

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This clever video from the Natural Resources Defense Council explains how energy efficiency in the home can help save the planet, while saving homeowners money in the process.

The Creepy Crawly Spaces Where We Work

There are areas of your house where you probably do not care to spend a lot of time - namely your basement or crawl space!  This house had a little of both, and we had a crew that wasn't afraid to get down and dirty to make improvements.  

The Job:

Spray Foam Rim Joist in Basement and Add Insulation to Ceiling

Spray Foam Rim Joist in Crawl space, Add Insulation to Ceiling, Staple Typar to Air Seal, Install Vapor Barrier for Moisture Protection

The basement was the simple part.  It was an area of limited square footage but lots of space to stand and work.  Here are the before and after shots:

The Invisible Difference

I once again had the pleasure of going out with our crew this week.  The job is a 1940 built lake house.  The customer had recently bought this home and called us because he suspected that it was under insulated.  Oh man, was he right!  As it turned out, we discovered that there was no insulation in the exterior walls!  The attic only had an R-value of 19, which is much less than the recommended R-38.  I suppose when the house was built it was a summer home and insulation was not a concern at the time.  The good news is, we can remedy it and make the house liveable year round.  

Is Your Unconditioned Basement Properly Separated From Your Living Space?

Consider this an extension of my post from earlier this week.  Same job, same home.  We addressed the ventilation so we could air seal and insulate.  The same day, we also addressed the basement.  I don't have a picture of the finished product here, but we did replace some insulation that was in pretty bad shape.

We also covered the basement window with rigid foam and sealed the edges with spray foam.  This seals the window so that colder air does not infiltrate into the basement.  Action shot!

Is Your Insulation Contractor Health and Safety Conscious?

This might not be a question that you naturally think to ask when thinking about adding insulation to your attic.  The assumption might be - "Wouldn't any contractor naturally be thinking of my health and safety?"  And while we sincerely hope that to be true of any contractor, we can only speak for ourselves!  What are some of the things we do to ensure not only your safety, but the safety of our crew? 

Video: What is a Home Energy Assessment?

Good synopsis of what to expect during a home energy assessment.

What Do We Do, Anyway?

Well, in short we are auditors and installers that are BPI Certified.  This means that we are committed to treating your WHOLE HOUSE.  Building Science is a field that encourages us to look at your house as a living, breathing entity whose parts all interact with one another - because they do!  You might call us because you feel your electric bill is too high, or you think you need more insulation, or because there are drafty places in your home - and then our job is to see what factors are working together to contribute to your problem and what steps can be taken to correct them.

I encourage you to take a look at the case studies on BPI's website here:  http://www.bpihomeowner.org/case-study/temperature-swings-los-angeles

Project Sunroof

Did you know that Google has a site that can analyze your roof and act as a personal solar savings estimator?  It's true!  Of course, it's not available for all homes in our rural area just yet, and the only solar provider that is listed happens to be a sponsored link (so far) - but it is a cool idea!  

https://www.google.com/get/sunroof

Until they list your roof on their site, remember that you can always call us to help you determine your solar needs!  Our number is 570-673-4004.

Another Day in the Life of the Solaire Energy Crew

Since my “wildly popular” debut as a crew member last New Year’s Eve, I’ve been itching to get on the road again and grace you with another blog post!  So here goes…

This is the moment a few hours into the job when I realized, “I’m not here just to work, I need to start taking pictures!” So here is a candid shot of me and my husband Ryan, looking all happy to be doing drywall.  Again.  We’re not drywall contractors, I swear!  And drywall doesn’t make us as happy as this picture makes it seem.  You can’t believe everything you see on the internet, folks!  I digress…

Is Your Insulation Working? Find Out with an Energy Audit.

Winter's coming. It's already heating season. So how do you save money on heating costs? You've got to own your heat. Simple as that. You've paid for all that warm air already, so it doesn't make much sense to waste it now.

A simple enough premise - it's the application that gets complicated. We (and most building science experts) strongly recommend air sealing and insulation as high priority measures to make your home use less energy, make you more comfortable, and make the planet happy.