Energy Tips

Why is it important to consider the house as a system?
Each change in construction methods and every new building product effects the whole house. Careful evaluation is critical to avoid negative results, such as...
Fri, 15 Mar, 2019 at 10:30 PM
What does energy efficiency or sustainable building mean?
For us, sustainable building means requiring fewer nonrenewable resources to operate and is healthier to live in. Despite the trendiness of alternative buil...
Fri, 15 Mar, 2019 at 10:31 PM
Doesn't it cost a lot of money to go energy efficient? Is there a return on investment?
Not only is going energy efficient affordable, but the financial and health benefits far outweigh the initial costs. We estimate that it costs from one to tw...
Mon, 18 Mar, 2019 at 1:22 PM
Are there builder and homeowner tax credits available?
Yes. Both builders and homeowners can take advantage of tax credits and discounted utility bills when they build a home that uses less energy. Check out www...
Mon, 18 Mar, 2019 at 1:23 PM
What is the *Stack Effect* and how do I prevent it?
Stack effect is the movement of air into and out of buildings and is driven by the difference in buoyancy of warm and cool air. The greater the temperature ...
Mon, 18 Mar, 2019 at 1:23 PM
Why is it important to build a tight house?
A tight home means your home will be free from unwanted moisture, pollutants and other contaminants that may affect the health of the structure, its occupan...
Mon, 18 Mar, 2019 at 1:23 PM
Can a house be *too tight*?
The simple is answer is no. As long as you provide proper ventilation.
Mon, 18 Mar, 2019 at 1:24 PM
Should I set my thermostat back or forward depending on the season when I am not home?
Yes and for example in the winter, for every degree you decrease your thermostats temperature setting this decrease will translate into approximately three ...
Mon, 18 Mar, 2019 at 1:24 PM
Is it okay to run my ceiling fans 24/7?
Ceiling fans are to be used for spot cooling in the summer. If you are not in the room the fan does absolutely no good to cool you down. They will actually ...
Mon, 18 Mar, 2019 at 1:25 PM
What temperature should I set my hot water heater at?
The recommended setting for your hot water heater is 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mon, 18 Mar, 2019 at 1:25 PM