Energy Efficiency

Ernie Ongaro is a 37-year veteran of the plumbing and HVAC industries and president of Ongaro & Sons, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (707) 652-9891 or by email.

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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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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Troubleshooting Dryer Vent Issues

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA ROSA — A common issue when it comes to home appliances is a reduction in dryer efficiency. In addition to longer drying times, this issue is often accompanied by overheating of the dryer unit. In many cases, these symptoms can be linked to a problem with the dryer vent.

There are a couple of possible causes of a dryer vent issue. One is when the line that goes from the dryer to the home’s exterior becomes constricted. If your dryer gets pushed back against the wall, it can cause the line to become crimped and/or crushed, which will restrict air flow and cause the unit to overheat and underperform—particularly if the line is made of pliable material like Mylar or plastic. Read more

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Video: Troubleshooting Dryer Vent Issues

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA ROSA — Host, Sarah Rutan: If your dryer is dirty or doesn’t seem to be functioning properly, it may be due to a problem with the dryer vent. Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Andy Gatley of Best Chimney Sweep to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Andy Gatley: Hi, I’m Andrew Gatley with Best Chimney Sweep. A couple questions – different questions that customers have asked me over the years. One is how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? I don’t know. The other one is with their dryer vent or their dryer. Read more

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