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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.

Video: Interior Air Sealing for Maximum Energy Efficiency

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This video, part of a series from the Oregon contractor Hammer & Hand, describes how to air seal the interior of a home to maximize the effectiveness of super energy efficient, European "Passive House" style windows.

EverGreen Combines Air Sealing for Comfort & Indoor Air Quality

EverGreen Energy Savers uses a blower door--a device that blows air out of your house, similar to a windy day--for the best way to identify how much and where your house leaks. If all of those cracks, gaps and holes add up to a pretty big hole, you are spending too much and / or you are too uncomfortable from drafts, uneven room temperatures. If you turn down your heat but are still paying too much, and now your uncomfortable as well? - then you are a good fit for our services.

By using a blower door in coordination with air sealing, we can identify the biggest leaks and get them sealed, while measuring for and assuring proper ventilation. As the saying for high performance homes goes..."Seal it Tight and Ventilate Right".

This video from Green Building Advisor shows how it's done. 

Evergreen Energy Savers, LLC, Authorized by Honeywell to Perform Air Sealing and Weatherization for Homes and Buildings.

EVERGREEN ENERGY SAVERS LLC has been authorized by Honeywell to provide air sealing and weatherization services for homes and commercial buildings to make them more energy efficient, comfortable and healthy.

As an Authorized Honeywell Weatherization Contractor, EVERGREEN has successfully completed in-depth training through the Honeywell EnovateTMPRO Contractor Program. The training, done in conjunction with BPI, instructs select contractors how to analyze the building envelope, utilize methods and products for air sealing and weatherization and maintain all health and safety best practices. Nate Munson, founder/owner of EVERGREEN has received his Building Analyst and Envelope Professional certification by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) which teaches a comprehensive "Building as a System" approach to audit and upgrade buildings.

Double Your Rebate from DTE Energy

It’s been said the only thing certain about life is death and taxes. Well to that you could probably add utility bills. While we can’t do anything about the first two, EverGreenEnergySavers.com can definitely help with the latter. And DTE Energy will help pay you to do it!

DTE Energy is leading the pack (of utility companies) by helping homeowners pay for both energy audits and energy efficient home improvements! The key is to make sure that both the audit and improvements QUALIFY for rebates. The first step is a qualifying audit performed by a nationally certified BPI building analyst or HERS energy rater.

How to Stop Drafts and Save Money!

They say it’s an ill wind that blows no good. But I don’t know what’s good about the cold draft that runs down my neck while I’m sitting in my friend’s rec room lazy boy watching TV. Now I’m not about to blame my friends for his house having sure you, and he, know how easy it is to fix them. We are going to cover a few things on how to stop drafts and save money in the process.

Three things make cold air blow around in a house.

First, warm air rises; that means the space that it leaves below itself can only be filled by air from somewhere else. Think of a chimney and you’ll get the idea. If you have air at different temperatures in the house, this effect will cause a continuous circulation of air…otherwise known as draft.

Closing the Gap Behind Baseboards Saves Money.

In our last column, we discussed how to take the guesswork out of greening your home by making it more energy efficient. Today we’ll look at sealing the gaps behind baseboards for even better energy savings and comfort.

Baseboards hide the crack between the wallboard and the floor, but they don’t stop air from finding its way into the wall space and traveling throughout the house. There is, in fact, a lot of air moving within the interior and exterior walls, floors and ceilings – especially in older homes.

Since warm air rises, air from your furnace will take any path it can find toward the top of the house. When it travels through your walls on its way to the attic, the space between it leaves behind is replaced with other air, which creates a draft.

Take the Guesswork out of Greening your Home

Home owners these days are confronted with a dizzying array of products and services claiming to make their home more green. From high efficiency appliances and mechanical systems, solar, geo thermal, insulation and air sealing, how do people sift through the claims that companies make to determine the best use of their money?

The biggest part of making a home green is to minimize the energy use of the building. According to the Energy Information Agency 70% of all electricity consumed in the US is from buildings (21% from residential buildings). 50% of the energy used in America today is from operating buildings and these same buildings create 39% of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. So reducing energy consumption is job one for the green thinking home owner.

Ask your builder for an ENERGY STAR home

For years now consumers have seen the ENERGY STAR logo on home appliances and electronics and they have come to recognize that these devices will use less energy and therefore cost less to operate. Now many buyers are finding that many of the homes they have to choose from are also displaying the ENERGY STAR insignia. Just what does that mean and is it really a better house?

For many reasons the answer is clearly YES!

Homes that earn the ENERGY STAR are significantly more energy efficient than standard homes, incorporating a variety of features including:

1. Effective Insulation

Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls, and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the house, reduced energy use, and increased comfort.