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Friday, 14 March 2014 14:27

Savor the Profits!

 

Grapes

Skip the bouquet and go straight to the bottom line. Energy efficiency just got sweeter for wineries and other agricultural producers. With the passage of the Farm Bill, agricultural producers and other small, rural businesses, may be eligible for grants and guaranteed loans through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 15:38

Glistening Icicles...It's a Problem!

 

Ice DamIcicles hanging off the roof may make your home look like it’s straight out of a winter wonderland backdrop but they are a sure sign of energy loss in your home. Icicles often form after the creation of ice dams on the roof. Ice dams are created when snow on the roof is melted by warm air heating up the underside of the roof and refreezing on the colder overhangs of the roof. So where does the warm air come from? Through the leaks in your ceiling allowing warm air in the home to escape. The weight of the growing ice dams can cause structural damage to the roof system, pull off gutters, and even rip off shingles. Chipping away at them is hazardous to anybody or anything below them and is not a permanent solution. You must fix it at the source to prevent ice dams from ever forming. The first step to a permanent fix is air sealing leaks in the ceiling like can lights and attic access panels. Once air sealing is complete, additional insulation can further reduce the risk of ice dams forming. 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:46

God Save the Queen!

queen elizabeth

Just heard on NPR that with all this cold weather, Buckingham Palace is looking to energy efficiency to help reduce costs. At 77,000 square feet, an energy upgrade that saved just 20% of their energy, the Queen could save this much:

$160,000 per year!

This big number is partly because the cost per kWh in Great Britain is somewhere around $.52 - a little more than four times what we pay here.

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