Energy Efficiency

Video: A Crucial Part of Upgrading Your Attic

Posted on November 20, 2018 by James Florence

SAN LEANDRO — Host, Sarah Rutan: While upgrading your attic insulation will improve your home’s energy efficiency, there’s another, related attic improvement you shouldn’t overlook. To learn more, we’re in San Leandro with Gil Geva of Atticare, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Sean Mader.

Gil Geva: Upgrading your attic is a once in a lifetime project. Let’s talk about a step that many home owners are unaware of, air sealing. Air sealing is closing up all the cracks and gaps around light fixtures, vents, pipes and electrical wiring. Prior to performing air sealing, all these gaps add up to a two-by-two open window. So make sure your contractor seals up all the cracks and gaps in your attic according to Title 24. Read more

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Video: Why Inspect Your Attic?

Posted on November 20, 2018 by James Florence

SAN LEANDRO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to preventative home inspections, one area you shouldn’t overlook is the attic. Today we’re in San Leandro with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Sean Mader of Atticare to learn why.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Sean Mader: Here in Atticare, we recommend that you inspect your attic and crawl space once a year. Now why do you need to do that? Nobody’s really going through the attic, right? Well, that’s not entirely truth. Seven out of ten homes we visit, we find rodent infestation.

So let’s talk about it for a second. What people are all about today? Health, wealth, Read more

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4 Reasons to Inspect and Upgrade Your Attic

Posted on November 20, 2018 by James Florence

SAN LEANDRO — Even if you don’t spend much time in your attic, you shouldn’t neglect this area of your home. At least once a year, you should inspect your attic for potential issues. Furthermore, if your attic isn’t thermally efficient, you should consider making upgrades to bring it up to code.

Why should you do these things? If you’re like most people, you’re motivated by four factors: health, wealth, love and happiness. A clean, energy-efficient attic can contribute to each of these factors. Here’s how:

Health

In seven of every 10 homes Atticare visits, we find rodent infestation in the attic. Rodents can cause a lot of problems in your attic—they can chew on your insulation, Read more

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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.

Insulation
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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