Energy Efficiency

Video: Benefits of Sealing Your Attic Floor

Posted on August 31, 2018 by James Florence

SACRAMENTO — Sarah Rutan: When it comes to insulating your attic, there’s a key component you don’t want to overlook. Today we’re in Sacramento with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Greg Sutliff of Alcal Specialty Contracting to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Greg Sutliff: Most homeowners know that to improve the energy efficiency of their home, they need to increase the insulation in their attic. What most don’t know is that air sitting on that attic floor is also a very key component to improving the energy efficiency of the home. A side benefit to insulating that attic floor is the improvement of indoor air quality that will happen once that attic floor air sealing is completed. Read more

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Video: Measuring Attic Insulation

Posted on August 31, 2018 by James Florence

PLEASANTON — Host, Sarah Rutan: Due to the important role attic insulation plays in home energy efficiency, it’s important to make sure you have an adequate amount. Today we’re in Pleasanton with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Kevin Comerford of Service Champions to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Kevin Comerford: Another tip that homeowners can do in order to make sure their heating and air-conditioning system is operating properly is ensure that they have the right levels of insulation in their home. Right here you could see that I have a stick. It’s called a “tubulizer” in fact. And this helps me determine how thick is this pink insulation in an attic, Read more

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Upgrades to Reduce Your Home’s Resource Consumption

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA ROSA — Here in California, there’s great concern about conserving resources like water, gas and electricity. If you share this concern, you may be wondering how you can reduce resource consumption in your home. Fortunately, there are many ways to do this, even if you’re on a limited budget. In fact, you may be able to get government assistance with financing water and energy efficiency upgrades. For example, Energy Upgrade California’s Home Upgrade program offers rebates and incentives for a wide range of home improvements, from duct sealing and adding attic insulation to installing high-efficiency HVAC and water heating systems. This is just one of the many programs aimed at motivating California residents to take part in the statewide resource conservation effort. Read more

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Crucial Aspects of Green Building

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA CLARA – When it comes to designing and executing a remodeling project, one of the most important considerations is energy conservation. Building codes require a certain level of energy efficiency, but there are many opportunities to go above and beyond these basic standards to maximize energy conservation in your living space.

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By keeping the heat in and the cold out, insulation is a crucial part of maintaining an energy-efficient home. There are a few different types of insulation, all of which entail varying costs and levels of performance. For example, having fiberglass batt insulation in your walls and attic satisfies local building codes and provides a reasonable level of insulation. Read more

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Video: Conservation Measures in Construction

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA CLARA – Host, Sarah Rutan: When building or remodeling a home, there are several ways to boost energy-efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint. Today we’re in Santa Clara with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ilan Sigura of Sigura Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Ilan Sigura: When designing and executing a project we talk to our clients about energy conservation. For example, insulation. When we talk about insulation we talk about the different types of insulation, the cost of the insulation, and the savings in operating costs. For example, batt insulation will be something that is up to code. However, if we use foam or spray-on insulation we can save money to our clients all in all in the long run for the operation costs of heating and cooling the house in the winter and in the summer. Read more

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Video: A Simple Way to Reduce Attic Temperature

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

CAMPBELL — Host, Sarah Rutan: If your home tends to retain heat during the summer, there’s a simple, low-cost measure you can take to cool things down. Today we’re in Campbell with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jim Humphrey of JH Construction to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jim Humphrey: Any tip that I might have for homeowners, nowadays, is everybody knows how important green building is now and there’s a product that I like out there; it’s called Low-E. It basically reduces your carbon footprint.

If you can imagine a piece of tin foil on both sides of a piece of foam that’s about three-sixteenths of an inch, Read more

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The Benefits of a Radiant Barrier

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

CAMPBELL — Energy efficiency and in-home comfort are both high priorities for most California homeowners. One affordable home improvement measure that addresses both of these aspects is the installation of a radiant barrier in the attic. A radiant barrier mainly consists of sheets of low-E reflective insulation, which, unlike conventional insulation, reflects heat instead of absorbing it. When stapled to the bottoms of attic rafters, this material creates a barrier that reflects heat back out through the roof rather than letting it into the home.

Considering the low cost of installation, the benefits provided by a radiant barrier are substantial. First of all, when properly installed, it can reduce an attic’s temperature by as much as 35 degrees on a hot day. Read more

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