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HVAC Upgrade Advice

HVAC Upgrade Advice

January 8, 2019 at 10:49 pm

Air conditioners, furnaces, water heaters, and HVAC systems have improved significantly in the past few decades. When it’s time to replace yours, research high-efficiency models that save energy and money over the long run. Before you over-Google “Best HVAC” and “Reduce High Energy Bills”, or make any large purchases, hire a BPI-certified Home Energy Upgrade specialist to […]

 
Reap Epic Air Sealing & Insulation Benefits

Reap Epic Air Sealing & Insulation Benefits

January 8, 2019 at 10:22 pm

ENERGY STAR-recommended air sealing, insulation, and vapor barriers provide significant, unbeatable results, including: Reducing home energy use. Controlling moisture. Improving ventilation. Lowering utility bills. Enhancing comfort (especially during summer and winter). Decreasing household carbon emissions for a reduced environmental impact. Saving electricity, natural gas, and cash. For optimal energy efficiency, your home should be properly […]

 
Common home utilities

“The Why” Behind Home Energy Assessments

January 8, 2019 at 9:42 am

Home energy assessments provide analysis of your home’s energy use, including how much energy your home systems require, how your energy use compares with similar structures in your community, and how you can sustainably improve energy efficiency. When you upgrade your home to use less energy, you also enjoy the benefit of […]

 
Air Sealing is The Secret.

Air Sealing is The Secret.

January 8, 2019 at 9:34 am

Feel good inside. Air leakage occurs when outside air enters or conditioned air (heated or cooled) leaves your home uncontrollably through minuscule cracks and openings. Unfortunately, when most homes were built in the Bay Area, meticulously sealing all these cracks and openings (around window frames , trim, chimneys, doors, ducts, vents, trim, […]

 
Windows: Evaluate/Fix/Install

Windows: Evaluate/Fix/Install

October 27, 2018 at 8:22 am

Energy efficient windows are an important consideration for both new and existing homes. Window heat gain and window heat loss are responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use, according to Energy.Gov. If you are selecting windows for new construction or replacing existing windows, it’s critical to choose the most […]

 
Insulation: Evaluate/Fix/Install

Insulation: Evaluate/Fix/Install

October 27, 2018 at 8:04 am

Energy Upgrade California explains that insulation provides resistance to heat flow, and the more heat flow resistance your insulation provides, the lower your heating and cooling costs. An insulating material’s resistance to conductive heat flow is measured or rated in terms of its thermal resistance or R-value: the higher the […]

 
Financing an Energy-Efficient Home.

Financing an Energy-Efficient Home.

October 23, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Energy.Gov explains: Homeowners can benefit from energy-efficient financing whether you’re buying, selling, refinancing, or remodeling a home. A home energy rating will help you qualify for an energy-efficient mortgage (EEM) by showing your lender exactly how energy-efficient the home is, or will be. A rating typically involves an energy audit by a professional, […]

 
Beyond Home Energy Weatherization.

Beyond Home Energy Weatherization.

October 23, 2018 at 11:11 am

Homeowners need answers. It’s drafty, but how much insulation is needed and what kind? Your energy power meter is spinning out of control. Utility bills are packing a monthly belt tightening wallop. Help! Therefore, where should you put your precious home improvement dollars for the biggest bang? To meet optimal energy performance levels, save during […]

 
Why Energy Upgrades Make Sense.

Why Energy Upgrades Make Sense.

October 14, 2018 at 11:41 am

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is making clean energy technologies and services more available, reliable, and less expensive for both energy users and society as a whole. They report that homes and commercial buildings consume 40% of the energy used in the United States. Of the $2,000 (often […]

 
Green Building & Sustainability.

Green Building & Sustainability.

September 5, 2018 at 11:51 am

Beckner Energy Upgraders is a LEED (AP), adhering to the guidelines of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Contact Beckner Energy Upgraders for more information on Green Building, Sustainability […]