Archive for category: Save on Energy Bills

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 […]

 
How Airtight is Your Home?

How Airtight is Your Home?

June 22, 2016 at 1:56 pm

The elements have a pesky way of sneaking in. We can safely say that just about 100% of all homes are leaking air like crazy, so it’s no wonder “air leakage” is a universal problem for homeowners – outside air entering the house or conditioned air (air conditioned or heated) […]

 
PG&E Rates Rising in 2015. What’s the alternative?

PG&E Rates Rising in 2015. What’s the alternative?

January 5, 2015 at 9:32 am

As reported by SFGate, December 31, 2014, “Prepare to pay more to PG&E. Starting Thursday, the rates that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. charges for electricity and natural gas service will rise, pushing up monthly bills by 5.9 percent for the average home. The money will pay for replacing old […]

 

Costing an Advanced Home Energy Upgrade.

August 23, 2014 at 4:17 pm

On average, Advanced Home Energy Upgrades run between $12,000-$25,000, with Energy Upgrade California rebate potential of $1000 and $6500 for qualifying homes. The cost of an Advanced Home Energy Upgrade varies significantly, depending on the size of your house, scope of work, installation of new appliances, construction issues and many […]

 
Why Get Energy Star-Qualified Products?

Why Get Energy Star-Qualified Products?

April 15, 2014 at 9:25 pm

We went to the Energy Star website for the answers. ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed label representing pre-qualified, energy efficient products and practices that save money and protect the environment…Installing ENERGY STAR qualified windows, doors, and skylights shrinks energy bills — and carbon footprints — by about 7-15 percent […]

 
Is your duct system performing efficiently?

Is your duct system performing efficiently?

April 15, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Who cares about ducts? We do! It is our mission to provide you with a safe, healthy and energy efficient home environment. We are Building Performance Institute Building Analysts and a Certified Energy Upgrade California participating contractor. We have the training, experience and track record necessary to inspect, test, replace […]

 

Why invest in a new water heater?

April 15, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Your water heating system should provide enough hot water for your daily use and keep your monthly gas base load and energy expenditure in check. A wide variety of tankless, on demand, heat pump, solar and indirect water heater makes and models are on the market, but how to choose? […]

 

Insulating and air sealing go hand in hand!

April 15, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Insulation is most effective when air isn’t moving through it or around it. Therefore, it’s extremely important to seal air leaks before insulating. According to the Department of Energy, proper air sealing and insulation can reduce heating and cooling costs by as much as 30%! Installing insulation without air sealing […]

 
Happy Customer Short Story

Happy Customer Short Story

August 27, 2013 at 5:14 pm

A frantic East Bay homeowner, distraught about PG&E bills over $600 per month, asked us to perform a home energy upgrade – hoping the upgrade work would reduce his utility bills for good. First step, we performed a home energy assessment, running diagnostic tests to determine where the home was […]