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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose an energy conservation company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified energy conservation contractor. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated energy conservation company

You are the customer. If your goal is to choose an energy conservation company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified energy conservation contractor. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated energy conservation company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you'll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you'll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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energy conservation foam insulation
low-energy washers & dryers
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energy conservation kits
power strips
programmable thermostats
pipe insulation
hot water heater blankets
heating vent air deflectors
energy efficient lighting
window insulation systems
shower timers
refrigerator coil cleaners
toilet tank water savers
water flow restrictors
window caulks & sealants
door sweeps
low-energy ceiling fans
faucet aerators
low-flow toilets
low-flow shower heads
energy auditing monitors
solar energy systems

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attic insulation
HVAC duct sealing
energy efficient roof systems
home energy saving device installation
energy efficient home heaters
energy efficient home construction
energy saving appliances
energy efficient hot water systems
energy efficient furnace systems
energy conservation rebates
weatherproofing
building insulation
HVAC efficiency services
solar energy system installation
industrial energy conservation audits
energy efficient product sales
weather sealing services
solar power system installation
solar hot water installation
low-flow appliance installation
low-energy lighting installation & design
occupancy sensor installation
light dimmers & photo electric controls

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Bay Area Green Business Program (BAGBP) (http://www.greenbiz.ca.gov/)
Better Business Bureau (BBB) (http://www.bbb.com/)
Build It Green (www.builditgreen.org/)
Building Performance Institute (BPI) (www.bpi.org)
Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB) (http://www.cslb.ca.gov/)
California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) (www.dca.ca.gov)

The Green Building Alliance (GBA) (http://www.gballiance.com/)
National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) (http://www.nari.org/)
Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) (http://www.sbicouncil.org/)
Sustainable Energy Coalition (SEC) (http://www.sustainableenergycoalition.org/)
United States Green Building Council (USGBC) (http://www.usgbc.org/)

Know What You Want
Know What You Want from a Sonoma County Home Energy Conservation Company

Before you start your selection process for a Sonoma County energy conservation company, you should have an idea of the kind of work you need done. In some cases, this may come after your contractor performs a home energy audit. From there you can narrow down what areas you want to focus on improving.

Here are some questions to ask yourself before you hire an energy efficient contractor in Sonoma County including cities such as Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sonoma, Cotati, and Cloverdale:

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified energy conservation company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • Do I know what energy conservation services I am in need of, or do I need a home energy audit first?
  • Have I done my research on what home energy conservation entails, and my home could benefit?
  • Am I ready to invest the commitment of time and money necessary to remodel my home for energy efficiency?
  • How much money am I willing or able to invest in home energy conservation or remodel?
  • How important is finding an energy conservation company that focuses on being environmentally friendly, places emphasis on sustainability, and follows green business practices?
  • What will be my return on investment for energy conservation efforts in my home?
  • How long do I plan to live in my home, do I plan on selling my home in the near future?
  • Will making energy efficiency improvements increase the value of my home?
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What To Ask In Person
Know What You Want from a Sonoma County Home Energy Conservation Company

Once you've narrowed down your choices through phone interviews with some home energy contractors, you'll want to invite some to your home to bid on your particular job.

Here are some questions to ask energy efficiency contractors in Sonoma County in person:

  • Has your home energy company earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  • Which home energy conservation services do you recommend for my home?
  • Can you perform a home energy audit for me?
  • What will be my return on investment for energy conservation efforts in my home?
  • Will making energy efficiency improvements increase the value of my home?
  • What services do you offer?
  1. Finally, ask if they can submit references for people who they served with similar budgets for the type of work involved.
  2. How soon can you start the home energy audit/energy conservation services?
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  • What To Ask References
    Questions for References of Energy Conservation Contractors in Sonoma County

    It's best to choose a Diamond Certified energy conservation company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality from a home energy conservation contractor in Sonoma County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you'll never be fooled by fake reviews. That's because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can't find a Diamond Certified energy conservation contractor in Cotati or Guerneville, you'll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it's wise to call some references provided by your energy conservation company. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the company are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That's because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

    If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company's 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    1. What is your overall satisfaction with the services you received from this Sonoma County energy conservation company?
    2. What energy conservation work did this company provide for your home?
    3. What made you satisfied with the service you received from this energy conservation contractor in Sonoma County (or not satisfied)?
    4. If you had to do this all over, would you use this energy conservation contractor again?
    5. Was the senior contractor professional and friendly throughout all of your interactions?
    6. Were all workers of this energy conservation company easy to work with at your home?
    7. Did this Sonoma County energy conservation contractor try to pressure you into any remodeling you did not want or need.
    8. Was all energy conservation work on your home completed on time? Why or why not?
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  • Review Your Options
    Hire a Good Sonoma County Energy Conservation Contractor

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    Before you make your final decision on the best energy conservation company in Sonoma County, it's important to consider the following questions:

    1. Are you aware that sustainable materials in green remodeling and energy conservation will cost more up front?
    2. Do you have realistic expectations for energy conservation work being completed on your home (your utility costs may not instantly cut in half)
    3. Are you trying to negotiate for the lowest bid on your home? (Be careful, as the lowest priced bidder may be cutting corners, and omitting costs up front.)
    4. Are you choosing a Diamond Certified energy conservation contractor?
    5. If you are unable to hire a Diamond Certified company, have you completed all your research on the company (verified licensing, insurance liability, etc)?
    6. Have you additionally verified they are certified as a green business, hold LEED certifications, or hold certification with the California Home Energy Efficiency Rating Services (CHEERS)?
    7. Has an energy conservation contractor expressed the commitment to understanding my budget, goals, and lifestyle?
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  • How To Work With
    How to Work with the Energy Conservation Company You've Chosen

    You have done your research on home energy conservation and green remodeling, you have consulted with several potential contractors, checked references and verified insurance and licensing, and finally have it narrowed down to your choice of company. To make your home energy conservation efforts go smoothly, be sure to work out any contract negotiations with the company prior to beginning the work on your home.

    Now that You Have Found a Sonoma County Energy Conservation Contractor
    Make sure you understand the scope of the project you have agreed to undertake. Are you completing a few energy efficiency improvements to your home, or are you undertaking a large scale remodel? Prepare and plan for this work to be completed on your home, and make any necessary accommodations. Make sure you are realistic about the length of time this will require to complete, including understanding the contractor's availability and schedule.

    Ways to Ensure Energy Conservation Work Goes Smoothly
    Be sure you understand the end goal of completing energy conservation in your home. Try not to get frustrated with a mess that is likely to occur in the process of energy conservation. Expect that your normal routine may be disrupted due to this, especially if it is a large scale green remodeling renovation. Depending on the work being done, you may even want to secure alternative temporary housing.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    Be a Good Costumer of Energy Conservation Contractors in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, or Windsor

    It's the energy conservation company's responsibility to put in quality home efficiency products using the best possible installation techniques. But you also play a big part in the success of your Sonoma County home energy conservation. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring an energy conservation contractor.

    • Be clear and upfront with the energy conservation company. Let them know what you want from your home energy remodel. Let them know the long-term outcome you're expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
    • Before you hire a Sonoma County energy conservation company, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the energy conservation contractor your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local energy conservation companies occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask your senior contractor if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates and has a phone number where they can reach you at all times. The work will move along more smoothly if your energy conservation contractor can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the energy conservation services on schedule.
    • Pay for all energy conservation work promptly.

    Why would you want to be a good customer? Energy conservation companies in Sonoma County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check The Work
Check the Energy Conservation Services Against the Invoice

Ensure that everything in your contract has been completed as requested, and you are satisfied with their work. Do a walkthrough of your home with the senior contractor when they have finished. Look over all the work carefully, and compare it to what is listed on the agreement and the invoice

Your home is an investment, and energy conservation work will increase the value of your home (when done properly). Also ensure all clean up has been taken care of before workers leave your home.

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Written Warranties
Ask for a Written Warranty for Home Energy Conservation Work and Products

Some energy conservation contractors may provide a warranty for their work. Guarantees anywhere from one-year year warranties to lifetime warranties may apply to some energy conservation products installed in your home. Many ENERGY STAR products will be backed by a manufacturer's warranty. There may also be a warranty on the energy conservation or remodeling company's workmanship. Ensure you understand what the terms of any warranties include and how they work.

The warranties you receive should be in writing and include:

  • The home energy conservation company's name and physical address
  • The company's license number
  • Written documentation of all warranties, exclusions and limitations
  • Your responsibility if you file a warranty claim
  • Whether or not the warranties are transferrable if you sell your home
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Top 10 Requests
Popular Service Requests for Home Energy Conservation Contractors

There are many things energy conservation contractors can offer to improve your home's efficiency. Here are some of the most common home energy improvements. These also have a relatively high return on investment.

Air Sealing, Duct Sealing, & HVAC System Replacement
Are your heating and cooling systems frequently running or turning on and off? This could mean your home is leaking warm air in winter and cool air in summer. Windows, doors, walls, ductwork, soffit vents, are the likely culprits. It is best to reduce air leakage as much as possible. This can account for 30% of a home's energy loss. Spray foam is a common solution for some problem areas in homes.

Geo-Thermal Furnace Installation
Or a (GSHP) ground source heat pump is a central heating and cooling mechanism that pumps heat to and from the ground. In winter, the earth is the source of heat. In summer, a heat sink is a device which cools, also storing heat in a thermal reservoir for later.

High Performance Double Pained Windows
These can improve your home's efficiency by reducing heat loss or heat gain, which can be 25 to 50% of heating and cooling costs. Look for double glazing, and low-e coatings, and fiber glass frames. Look for ENERGY STAR windows.

Bath Remodeling (High-Efficiency Toilets, Showers, Etc.)
Installing ENERGY STAR products to control moisture, such as a bathroom vent, energy efficient lighting, low flow shower heads and faucets. Additionally, improving the often poorly insulated walls behind tubs can also help.

High Efficiency Kitchen Remodeling
Can include many things, such as more efficient ENERGY STAR dishwashers, stoves, refrigerators and more. This can also include more efficient kitchen faucets, replacing flooring, and switching to LED or CFL lighting.

Replacing Exterior Siding
Especially popular is a foam backed vinyl siding replacement. This added insulation can improve the amount of heating or cooling that escapes your home, translating to energy loss.

Replacing Entry Doors
Doors must be well insulated and able to seal tightly so that drafts are eliminated. Replacing a door, or adding a storm door, can help decrease energy loss.

Skylights Installation
These can provide both light and warmth to your home, and help reduce cooling, heating, and lighting costs. Make sure to look for all the energy efficient qualities you would seek in any other windows.

Solar Water Heaters
A water heater can comprise between 14-25% of the energy costs in your home. Solar water heaters utilize the sun's energy to heat water more efficiently than gas or electric water heaters.

Solar Panels
Conventional water heaters actually cause pollution, by emitting CO-<=. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), estimates 1.5 million solar water heaters are already in use in homes and businesses across the U.S. Although the up front cost is substantially higher than a conventional water heater, the return on investment is between 4 to 8 years.

Weatherproofing Services in Sonoma County
This can be done in many ways, including additional insulation throughout your home, caulking and foaming around drafty pipes, gaps around doors and windows, and attic doors.

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Energy Saving Terms Used By Home Energy Conservation Contractors

Here are some common terms you may find in the energy conservation and green remodeling industry.

air-sealing
Sealing of holes and cracks throughout a home, to help reduce uncontrollable air movement. These can be sealed with spray foams, caulking, or weather stripping, depending on the area of your home.

Also known as: air leakage, stopping air leakage, moisture control, reducing air leakage, home envelope sealing, sealing the shell of your home, sealing air leaks

compact fluorescent bulb (CFL)
A small fluorescent bulb that will fit inside a standard light bulb socket. These use 3-4 times less energy, and can last up to 10 times longer than a standard incandescent bulb. More costly than incandescent bulbs, but will save money in the long-term.

Also known as: CFL, Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb, energy efficient bulbs, low-energy light bulbs, energy saving lights

double glazed window
Two and sometimes three window panes are used to cut heat transfer of a building's envelope. The panes are separated by air or another type of gas.

Also known as: Insulated glazing, double glazing, triple glazing, double glazed window panes, insulated glass units, heat insulating windows, heat transfer reducing windows

dual-flush toilet
A toilet with 2 settings for flushing. It uses more water for solid waste removal, and less water for liquid waste removal.

Also known as: water conserving toilets, low flow toilets, dual-flush technology

energy efficient lighting
Lighting designed to utilize sources of light that are more energy efficient. This can include use of daylight or diffused light, solar lamps, motion detection lighting (occupation sensor). Another energy efficient type of lighting is LED, light emitting diodes.

Also known as: sustainable lighting, energy efficient light sources, day lighting,

ENERGY STAR
Designed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help consumers conserve energy while saving money on common household and commercial products.

Also known as: energy efficient products

envelope (building)
A term that commonly refers to heat transfer within a building, with a boundary separating interior and exterior spaces. This can include a building's foundation, roof, doors, windows, and walls. The three main functions of the building envelope is to support mechanical loads, control flow of energy, and finish.

Also known as: building enclosure, outer shell, thermal envelope (area between an insulated attic and the roof),

faucet aerators
Commonly found at the tip of an indoor faucet. It helps save water by spreading a stream of water into smaller droplets. It can also be used to increase the perception of water pressure.

Also known as: tap aerator

foaminsulation
This type of insulation is usually sprayed with the use of a gun. Two types of spray foams are polyurethane foam and isocyanate foam, both of which expand after application. Foam can be sprayed into attics, crawl spaces, unfinished walls, finished walls, interior siding. Foam insulation can serve as a semi-permeable vapor barrier, block airflow by sealing off leaks, and is ideal for hard to reach places.

Also known as: thermal insulation, building insulation materials, heat transfer reducing insulation, spray foam insulation, polyurethane foam, isocyanate foam.

formaldehyde
A chemical (CH20) that has an obvious smell, is flammable and colorless, taking up either a gas or a liquid form. It is a preservative but is also highly toxic and is believed to be carcinogenic.

Also known as: VOC, Volatile Organic compound, CH20,

green kitchen remodel
Use of energy efficient and sustainable products in your kitchen remodel, using sustainable kitchen cabinets, eco-friendly flooring, green countertops (recycled materials), energy efficient appliances, energy efficient lighting, water purifiers, and more.

Also known as: eco-friendly kitchen remodeling, environmentally friendly kitchen remodeling

green remodeling
Increasing a building's energy efficiency and reducing the impact of these buildings on the environment and human health. It utilizes new concepts for construction, design, resource conservation, maintenance, and removal of materials.

Also known as: sustainable building, environmental building, green building

LED light bulbs
A light-emitting diode which uses a semiconductor to create light. They can vary in brightness and now consist of infrared, ultraviolet, and visible light wavelengths. Often used to replace incandescent and neon lighting, and are even beginning to replace CFL lights.

LEED
A rating standard set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for high performance, sustainable buildings. It stresses the importance of energy efficiency, environmental quality, sustainable development, and resource conservation such as water savings.

Also known as: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

low-E widows
Reduces suppressive radiating heat flow through windows, but still allows sufficient daylight. Often designed with "sputtered" or high-solar-gain or pryolytic coatings.

Also known as: low emittance windows, low emissivity windows

low-flow shower heads
Provides more efficient water usage when you shower. You should select a low-flow shower head with a flow rate of less than 2.5 gpm water pressure.

Also known as: aerating shower heads, laminar-flow shower heads, water-saving shower heads

low-flow toilets
A low-flow or low-flush toilet uses significantly less water than a traditional full flush toilet. The low-flow toilets use about 1.6 gallons of water per flush, compared to 3.5 gallons of water for a standard flush toilet. This will save on your water bill.

Also known as: low-flush toilets, water-saving toilets

passive solar heating
Utilizes sunlight in a passive manor, without active mechanical systems, by turning sunlight into heat. They use very little energy to produce this solar heat.

Also known as: passive solar building design, solar heating, solar space heating, passive solar home heating, passive solar heating panels, passive solar furnace

programmable thermostats
Helps to regulate the temperature in your home as well as energy consumption for heating and cooling. You are establishing a system for automatically reducing the heating and cooling costs of your home at times you don't need as much.

renewable energy
Energy sources that utilize sources such as sunlight, wind, rain and other natural sources. It is a broad range of sources that are continually available. They can include geothermal heat, hydroelectricity, solar heating, wind power, solar thermal power stations, that seek to reduce pollution and climate change.

Also known as: alternative energy, sustainable energy, renewable energy sources, natural energy sources

solar energy
The use of heat generated from the radiant light of the sun. Solar energy encompasses many areas from generating heat to electricity production. They use either passive solar or active solar technologies.

Also known as: solar heating, solar thermal electricity, solar architecture, solar photovoltaic systems (PV system) through use of solar panels.

solar panels
Comprised of photovoltaic cells (PV cells) can be used to generate electricity by capturing the sun's energy. Usually a number of solar panels are necessary to produce enough energy to replace traditional sources of electricity.

Also known as: solar module, photovoltaic module, photovoltaic panel

solar water heating
Utilizes a storage tank which is installed directly above the roof's solar collectors. They may include a circulating pump to assist water or heat transfer in moving from tanks to collectors. Solar water heating be used for residential water heating and commercial water heating.

Also known as: solar hot water

subcontractors
Someone that is hired by a construction company or other contractor to complete a portion of the job requested. Potentially, the general contractor can save money on a job by subcontracting out some work.

sunroom
Typically built on the most sun facing side of a home. Newer technology has allowed to construct heat resisting energy efficient sun rooms.

Also known as: sun porch, sun lounge, solarium

sustainability
The understanding for responsibility of implementing a long-term goal to use environmentally friendly resources. Sustainability is the ability to endure.

Also known as: environmentally sustainable, environmental sustainability, sustainable design, sustainable construction, sustainable resources

volatile organic compound (VOC)
Organic chemicals commonly found in building materials that are hazardous upon exposure. Some of these chemicals that are emitted, are as much as 10 times higher when found indoors compared to outdoors. Can include paints, lacquers, paint thinners, pesticides, cleaning supplies, building materials, office equipment, and furnishings.

Also known as: toxic organic chemicals, indoor air pollutants: asbestos, biological pollutants, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, lead, radon, and more

weather stripping
Used to keep rain, water, and other elements from entering a home by sealing areas around door openings and windows. It is also useful to prevent inside air-leaks. In turn, this saves on heating and cooling costs, as well as damaging moisture build up.

Also known as: weatherization

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ for Local Energy Conservation Contractors

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified energy conservation contractor?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose an energy conservation company with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country's most in-depth rating process. Only energy conservation contractor rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can't pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you'll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified energy conservation company in your area.

Q: What is a design build?
A: A team created to implement a project delivery that works under a single contract. This is the opposite of having design and construction split into separate contracts and separate work.

Q: What does the ENERGY STAR label mean?
A: ENERGY STAR is a trusted symbol of optimal energy efficiency for a product. These products help to reduce green house gases, and help consumers choose the best energy saving products. The EPA establishes guidelines for each type of product to hold the certification of "ENERGY STAR."

Q: Are ENERGY STAR appliances worth the extra cost?
A: Yes. Remember that an appliance has two price tags: what you pay up front, and what you pay for the energy and water usage in the years to come.

Q: What energy conservation changes will most improve my energy costs?
A: The first step would be a home energy audit. This will assess how much energy your home consumes and what areas consume energy the most. A professional will conduct a very thorough home energy audit. Then, they'll help you decide which repairs or additions to your home will help improve your energy efficiency and lower your energy costs.

Q: Where are most air leaks found in homes?
A: Many air leaks are found around doors, electrical outlets, and windows. Additionally, there can be large air leaks in attics (especially attic doors), basements, and chimneys. Discuss your concerns with your energy efficiency contractor and ask them how to resolve these issues.

Q: What windows offer optimal energy efficiency?
A: There are many factors to consider, such as your region's climate, the efficiency ratings of windows, window glazing and coatings (such as low-e), window frames, and proper professional installation are all important factors to consider.

Q: Is there a reason for energy conservation companies to utilize sustainable and local materials?
A: Sustainable or green building materials reduce energy consumption, helps to improve health of homeowners, lowers cost, and helps conserve our dwindling natural resources.

Q: What is "green remodeling" of a home?
A: It is basically an effort to make a home as energy efficient as possible, through use of sustainable products, water conservation, resource conservation, indoor air quality, and creating an overall environmentally friendly home.

Q: What is LEED?
A: An internationally recognized certification in green building, remodeling, and energy conservation. LEED's main goals are identifying and applying functional and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. It allows for an independent and third-party certification that looks for high performance design strategies in energy efficiency and energy conservation.

Q:How soon will my home energy conservation work begin?
A: In most cases, the work will begin as soon as possible. Many energy conservation contractors will try to start work in a week or so, but that depends on the demands of their schedules.

Q: Will I be allowed to stay at home while the energy conservation services are completed?
A: That may depend on the type of work, and the extensiveness involved. If you are doing a complete overhaul of your home, you may want to find alternative temporary housing, perhaps with a relative or friend. If you are making a few energy conservation improvements to your home, more than likely you won't be nearly as disrupted.

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