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December 2010
 
 

Energy Efficient Repairs give a Great Return

 

  If you had $2000 to invest today, would you buy an annuity that paid you $80 / month over a 10 year period?  That would pay you back $9600 over 10 years. 

   Well, if your average combined utility costs are $400 / month or more today, that is the return on investment you could get if you performed a home energy tune-up on your house and did the simple, cost effective repairs that give you the biggest bang for your buck.  I am not talking about replacing windows or doors.  I am talking about basic weatherization improvements that almost every house can take advantage of today. 

 

The Low Hanging Fruit of Weatherization

 

1.  Sealing the gaps in the shell of your house

Typically, this is the least expensive work and gives the greatest return on your dollar.  Sealing means plugging holes in your attic and crawl space. 

  -  Attic access stairs.

  -  Can lights going into the attic.

  -  Chases running between walls.

  -  Bonus room knee walls.

  -  Holes in the ground floor into your crawl space where plumbing pipes or electrical wires are run.

  -  Door and windows calking.

Removing these gaps in the shell of your home would be like closing 2 wide open windows that were permanantly open. 

 

  2.  Insulation Issues.  Your attic and crawl space are the biggest culprits and the easiest to improve on.  Bonus room knee walls can also be a major issue.  Typically, blown insulation in the attic is the easiest improvement, but properly sealing the attic first will more than double the efficiency of the insulation improvements.

 

  3.  Duct sealing.  We have seen completely disconnected ducts blowing conditioned air into attics or crawl spaces or pulling air from these areas into the house.  This can be a huge health issue as well as a energy wasting issue.  A simple pressurization test of your heating and air conditioning system can show were we can drastically improve the effectiveness of the system. 

 


 

Hands4Hire is now a Home Energy Team Affiliate.

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Hands4Hire is proud to announce that we are a BPI (Building Performance Institute) certified home energy auditor and have partnered with Home Energy Team, the leading National organization focused on improving homes using the latest weatherization technology and improvements.  We are now qualified to perform comprehensive home energy consultations using diagnostic equipment that will quantify and verify your home's energy health.  We can then perform the weatherization improvements and verify the improvements that we make. 

 

Our Goals:

-  Improve your homes value.

-  Save money on your energy bills.

-  Create a cleaner and healthier living space.

 

Give us a call or visit www.homeenergyteam.com to learn more and schedule an assessment. 

 

 
 
 
 
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Are your energy bills out of control?  Call Hands4Hire for a comprehensive Home Energy Consultation.  We will diagnose your home and recommend the most effective weatherization improvements. 
- Save 20 - 30% on energy bills.
-  Improve your home's comfort.
-  Improve air quality.
-  Add value to your home. 

 You will be amazed how you can simply and easily make a huge difference. 

Call today for our introductory price of $149. 
 
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GREEN TIP OF THE MONTH

Use LED lighting instead of CFLs.  LED lights use half the energy of CFLs and will last for 30 years.  The cost annual cost saving of changing out all of your incandescent bulbs can be over $150 / year! 

 

 

Home Energy Consultation introductory offer!

Mention this email and receive a comprehensive audit for only $149.00. (regularly $350).  

The audit cost will be refunded if you do any weatherization work over $500.  
 *May not be combined with other offers, this offer is not redeemable for cash, cash equivlents, Gift Cards or online Gift Certificates and is not valid on past purchases.  

 

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