DSIREUSA.ORG Widget!

Energy Star Widget

Recently we featured a blog post on adding widgets to your website and the benefits of doing so. You can find that blog post here if you missed it. We’d like to continue on the topic of adding widgets to your company website or blog and provide you with one that can really add value. The DSIREUSA.org widget allows your site’s users or your blog’s audience to search the DSIRE database for incentives in any U.S. state or territory. This widget can be embedded directly on your website or blog and pull in all the information needed to search the DSIRE database. You can find the DSIREUSA.org Widget Here.

This widget is extremely helpful for selling customers on energy efficient upgrades that put money back into their pocket and providing them with an easy to use resource that will keep them coming back to your website. Providing quality content to help your customers make decisions on products & services will help you stand out from the competition.


DSIREUSA.ORG

DSIREUSA.org

Fall is a great time to start taking advantage of state incentives that will soon run out at the end of the year. You can help your customers by reminding them of the numerous tax breaks that exist for making improvements to their home. Items such as insulation & energy efficient appliances are awarded tax rebates depending on which state you’re customer is located in.

 

You can find all the state incentive programs by using the database of state incentives for renewable & efficiency maintained by N.C. State University in conjunction with the Department of Energy. Here you can find the DSIREUSA.org website.

 

The DSIREUSA.org website highlights all 50 state incentive programs along with vital links to international, federal, state and local organizations that contain other valuable resources for contractors & businesses. DSIREUSA.org also has a library of presentations, documents & technical information that can be very useful to you.


Geography Plays Big Role In Insulation

When insulating a customer’s home or office it is important to know the recommended levels of insulation to use for that area. Insulation levels are specified by R-values of the product. R-value is simply the insulation product’s ability to prevent heat from transferring through it. For example, your customer will need a higher R-value insulation in Maine then they will need if they are in Southern Florida.

Putting the right R-value insulation can help your customers obtain the best levels of costs savings for their geographical area. Below is a map to help guide you and determine the right level of insulation to use for your projects based on location.

R-Value Map

 

R-value map

 


Energy Star Widget For Your Website

Energy Star Widget

Many of you are contractors & businesses owners. Today, it is vital to have a website to market your company. A vital part of marketing that website is the content that is placed on it to attract potential customers and retain those you’ve already serviced. A great way to provide your website visitors with useful information related to your industry is widgets. Widgets are snippets of code that are provided from a 3rd party in an effort to supply their useful information on other websites in a clear and concise format.

There are plenty of useful widgets out there to help fill your website with content such as for weather or time, but a good one to consider for your site is the Energy Star Tip of the Day. This widget will display an Energy Tip of the Day for 365 days of year. Once you embed it on your site it will automatically update itself.

You’ll be able to educate visitors on great energy saving ideas, entertain them while visiting your site and provide potential customers a good reason to come back to your website – the energy tip of the day. Don’t forget there are other useful widgets out there that can also help improve your websites content but a great place to start is with the Energy Star Widget. You can find it on the Energy Star Website with instructions on how to install and properly use.


Install Gutter Guards This Fall

Gutter Guard

Fall is quickly approaching and now is the time to install gutter guards on your customer’s houses before it is too late. Over the next couple of months a majority of the United States will experience fall foliage and leaves will begin to fall. This can create a real mess for customers that own homes. Leaves, pine needles and other debris can cause serious problems to a gutter system if gutter guards are not in place.

Clogging. Without gutter guards, gutters will inevitable get clogged if a home is located near tress that shed its leaves. Clogged gutters result from a lack of regular cleaning and maintenance. Gutter guards help prevent gutters from getting clogged and will help keep them free-flowing at all times. If homeowners do not have gutter guards they will likely spend a few hours up and down a ladder in order to get their gutters clean of all the debris. This can be very time consuming and a real hassle.

Also, gutter guards can prevent sagging gutters. Sagging gutters results from unwanted debris applying excess weight to the gutter causing it to alter its original installation position. This can causes water to overflow one side of the gutter or miss the gutter completely if not fully adjacent to the house. Sagging gutters can be a real nuisance for home owners and could be prevented.

While gutter guards require more upfront cost, they can prevent clogged & sagging gutters while eliminating extra gutter maintenance for the homeowner.


Respirators – A Life Saver

3m Respirator

Over this past weekend we were all reminded of the horrific events of 9/11/2001. Footage was shown again of the towers being hit with two planes and soon after crumbling to the ground. The unbelievable amount of dust & debris shown on videos that were taken blocks away from the collapse of the buildings was hard to believe. In a few of the videos that aired on various networks a majority of rescue personnel had some type of a respirator device on after the events that lead to a dusted New York skyline. However, many civilians did not have any equipment resulting in them using clothing to cover their face from clouds of dust that were engulfing the city streets.

Many of these civilians in a few short hours inhaled devastating amounts of airbourne materials which in turn could result in respiratory illness. Studies are still taking place on those civilians that were near the towers on 9/11 to determine the long term health effects of witnessing the event.

Contractors & employees can be regularly exposed to harmful airborne materials from various projects while on the job. Let the events from 9/11 remind you that airborne materials can be very harmful if you are not wearing the correct respirator equipment to protect yourself. We carry the 3M Full Facepiece Reusable Respirator that will protect you against a variety of gases, vapors and particulate hazards according to NIOSH approvals. You never know when you’ll need it on the job and you’ll be glad you had it available. Those emergency personnel were glad they did on 9/11/2001.

 

Service Partners insulation distributors has over 75 locations in North America ready to supply insulation and accessories to contractors and businesses.


Duct Repair & Insulation

Flir i7 Thermal Imaging Camera

Winter is around the corner which gives you the great opportunity to save your customers money normally spent on unwanted energy costs due to low temperatures by some simple duct repair and insulation. First, check for air loss by using a Thermal Imaging Camera to detect temperature changes around the duct. Upon finding the source of the leak or leaks in the air duct, use a mastic sealant or foil tape on leakage areas to stop air loss. You’ll want to start with the ducts that are in the unconditioned places such as attic, basement, garage, etc. Continue to find as many leaks as you can in the ducts throughout the space and repair.

 

Now that you’ve finished repairing the duct work from any leakages you can start to insulate the duct. Use flexible or rigid fiberglass insulation to wrap the duct. This will help reduce any additional heat transfer that may be occurring. If the building structure is located in a climate where condensation is a problem, use a vapor barrier to limit the risk of moisture problems.