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5 Great Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Seattle

Earth day comes once a year, and while we can do something every day to improve the environment and live sustainable, this day is a great reminder to plan our contributions. Here are five great ways to celebrate earth day in Seattle. 1. Schools are a great place to celebrate Earth Day. All around the…

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How To Get A Utility Rebate for Saving Energy

Why Are There Utility Rebates? Our state has set efficiency and conservation requirements for our utilities to hit. “The total amount of savings regulated utilities expected to save in 2017 was roughly equivalent to the amount of electricity it would take to power over 38,000 homes, and the amount of natural gas it would take…

Posted in : Windows, Heating, Cooling, Air conditioning, Home energy audit, Tips to save money

What They Never Told New Homeowners

  What the Inspector Didn’t See The majority of home buyers are obtaining home inspections prior to purchase and making the sale contingent upon the outcome. So how could basic home issues have been missed? The most common problems reported are ones that are typically not part of a standard inspection, or are not apparent…

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Why Are Heating Bills Higher This Year?

  Utility Price Increases – Not the Main Culprit Every year our local utilities take price increases on gas and electric service. While this can have an impact, it is unlikely that the annual increase in cost from the utility is greater than the increase in efficiency from a newly replaced, energy efficient furnace, heat…

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How to Rank Projects for Your Unique Home

The Doctor Is In Just as the doctor orders lab work to assess your health, and then provides specific recommendations, a certified home energy auditor comprehensively tests your home to determine weaknesses and specific solutions. The home is measured against national standards for energy efficiency and indoor air quality (BPI), and where applicable, state building…

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Three tips for saving money as the weather changes

As the weather cools down, your thermostat slowly begins to creep up. Your home may start to feel a bit drafty and your hot showers get a bit longer. There is hope — here are three ways to combat higher energy bills. Time your heat. It’s tempting to crank that heat every time you feel…

Posted in : Windows, Heating, Ductless heat pump, Tank water heaters, Furnace, Home energy audit, Tankless water heaters, Gas fireplace, Insulation

5 ways to beat the heat wave

Revamp or install air conditioning. Sure, this one is obvious. In weather like this, air conditioning creates an oasis for you and your family. You may hear people say that air conditioning is “not necessary in the Northwest.” Wrong! With each passing summer, rising temperatures necessitate air conditioning. Luckily for homeowners, cooling systems continue to…

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Five signs it’s time for a Home Energy Audit

A home energy audit can help homeowners identify problem areas and take steps to improve efficiency and reduce their environmental impact, such as installing a heat pump or more efficient appliances. A home energy audit is a comprehensive process that involves checking for window and door drafts, inspecting HVAC systems, evaluating appliances, examining insulation, checking…

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Indoor air quality—it matters

There are several factors that contribute to poor indoor air quality. Luckily, there are a few simple steps to combat this problem for healthier air at home. What are some of the causes of poor air quality? Understanding the sources of poor air quality is the first step in preventing it. The following list features…

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Seven common home energy wasters

According to a Demand Institute study, 71 percent of U.S. homeowners say energy efficiency is very important to them but only 35 percent felt their homes were energy efficient. The study revealed that energy efficiency was the No. 1 unmet housing concern. The median age of a home in the U.S. is 35 years, according…

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