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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…

Posted in : Heating, Home energy audit, Insulation, How to, Home improvement

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…

Posted in : Heating, Home energy audit, Insulation, How to, Home improvement

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…

Posted in : Home energy audit, Insulation, How to, Home improvement

5 Home Winterization Tips to Save Money and Avoid Headaches

Seal Your Windows and Doors Tiny leaks can make a big dent in your home’s energy efficiency—as much as 30 percent per year! (U.S. Department of Energy) Some simple and cost-effective caulking of windows and weather stripping on doors can drastically reduce this leakage. First, find out if you have air leakage. For both doors…

Posted in : Doors, Windows, Heating, Siding, Insulation, Tips to save money

Gas Fireplaces and Winter: A Match Made in Heating Heaven

What says fall and winter better than a cozy fire? How about a cozy fire that is also energy efficient, safe, stylish, convenient, and provides warmth? Gas fireplaces from Washington Energy Services fit the bill. Take a look and sign-up for a Free Estimate. Energy Efficiency Today’s gas fireplace inserts from Archgard allow you to…

Posted in : Gas fireplace, Insulation, Tips to save money, Fireplace

Insulation Matters In The Pacific Northwest

Properly Insulating Your Home Can Save You As Much As 17% On Your Annual Energy Bill We frequently discuss heating systems, such as furnaces and heat pumps on our website and in our Idea Center. These necessary systems heat our homes in a way that we can physically feel.  However, there is an unsung hero…

Posted in : Heating, Gas fireplace, Insulation, News, Tips to save money

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…

Posted in : Windows, Cooling, Air conditioning, Ductless heat pump, Home energy audit, Heat pump, Insulation

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…

Posted in : Home energy audit, Insulation

Soundproofing your home for rest, relaxation, and recreation

How can soundproofing benefit me? Let’s highlight a few situations where soundproofing can make a big impact. Homes located near airports or major freeways are obvious candidates for soundproofing, as it can help eliminate the constant rumble of transportation. Boisterous neighbors can (unfortunately) be another catalyst for pursuing a soundproofing solution. Home theater rooms can…

Posted in : Windows, Siding, Insulation

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