Save Energy During The Winter Solstice

The winter solstice will take place this year on December 21st.  On this day, you will experience the shortest day of light all year.   Be sure that your customers are prepared with the right lighting to help them save energy and money.   Using fluorescent light bulbs has a number of benefits over incandescent bulbs.

Advantages of Fluorescent vs. Incandescent

- Fluorescent lamps produce the same light output as incandescent lamps but use 1/3 the energy

- Fluorescent bulbs last apporximately 10 times longer than the average incandescent bulb

- Fluorescent bulbs emit better color rendering

- Fluorescent bulbs utilize less hazardous materials than incandescent bulbs.

Take the time to advise your customers to switch out their incandescent light bulbs for fluorescent.  They will be glad they did.

 

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Service Partners is the largest distributor of residential fiberglass insulation and accessory products in the United States.


Get Your Federal Tax Credits Before It Is To Late

The Department of Energy released a reminder this week to cash in on the Extended Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency.   Be sure to remind your customers of these tax credits as they will expire at the end of the year.   Here is the tax credit reminder from the DOE.

Department of Energy

 

December is just around the corner, and so is the expiration for some of the Extended Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency. In fact, December 31, 2013, will be the last day you can use the following tax credit to make your home more energy efficient—and save yourself some hard-earned cash by reducing your monthly energy costs this winter.

With colder temperatures on the horizon, this deadline provides the perfect impetus for homeowners to upgrade their heating, insulation, doors, and windows. Or, why not invest in a biomass stove for safe-burning heat with lower fuel costs? The tax savings on these new products could be a great way to start the holiday season, readying you and your family for battling blistering cold and snow.

For the full list that applies to this expiring tax credit, read on. If you purchased certain energy-efficient products during 2012 or 2013, you could be eligible to receive a tax credit for 10% of the cost up to $500, or a specific amount from $50-$300 for the six following product categories.

 

- Biomass stoves

-HVAC systems

-Insulation

-Roofing (metal & asphalt)

-Water heaters (non-solar)

-Windows and doors.

 

The products above must be installed in an existing home or your principal residence on or before December 31, 2013.
Fortunately, that’s not all. Despite the expiring tax credit above, consumers can still apply for the following tax credits for the next three years. The product categories listed below are eligible for a tax credit of 30% of the cost with no upper limit until December 31, 2016.

 

-Geothermal heat pumps

-Small wind turbines (residential)

-Solar energy systems.

 

This tax credit can be used on eligible products installed in new or existing homes, and a principal residence or second home would both qualify (but not rentals).

 

Finally, you may receive a tax credit for 30% of the cost, up to $500 per .5 KW of power, for residential fuel cell and microturbine systems through December 31, 2016. These can be used on new or existing homes, but only a principal residence. Second homes and rentals do not qualify.

 

To receive these tax credits, you will need to submit the 5695 form with your 2013 taxes. To learn more information about specific requirements for each product, as well as information on applying for these tax credits, visit ENERGY STAR®. And be sure to check out our Savings page for federal and state-specific tax credits and rebates.


Caulk To The Rescue

This time of year, homeowners start jumping into high gear to prepare their home for the cool of late fall and winter. Make sure you have extra tubes of caulk on hand to help seal any cracks or crevices around windows and doors. Remind your customers that a little caulking can go a long way to help improve energy bills and air infiltration. Caulking can help prevent moisture from settling in under trim and in through gaps helping to eliminate mold and even rot. Also, don’t forget to let them know that caulking can provide a seal against small insects or bugs.

A simple tube a caulk can be a big benefit that you can bring to your customers this fall. Be sure to have stock up as you’ll be sure to use it the next few months.


Water Conservation | World Water Week

This time every year, a week is chosen at the end of August or in the beginning of September that is recognized as World Water Week.  Also known as #wwweek throughout twitter and other social media sites. Every year, organizations & individuals across the globe come together at this “annual global event for concretely addressing the planet’s water issues and related concerns of international development”.  Currently, we are in the middle of World Water Week and wanted to highlight a few tips that you can pass on to your customers to help conserve water.
1.) Use low-flow shower heads. Service Partners carries a variety of low-flow shower heads that help reduce water consumption.

2.) Use Faucet Aerators – these little devices will help introduce air into the water flow giving the appearance of a full stream of water while actually reducing water consumption.

3.) Use dishwasher and washing machine only during full loads.

4.) Take shorter showers

5.) Check for water leaks on a regular basis to make sure piping is in good condition.

 

Service Partners is the largest distributor and supplier of residential fiberglass insulation and related contractor accessories.


Green Information


New York Times

Building trustworthy relationships with your customers is a vital part of expanding your business. A sure fire way to help build trust between you and your customers is to be up to date on current events in your industry. This will give you an advantage over competition by showcasing your knowledge.

A great way to keep up with current information is to frequently read blog posts by top sources. One source we recommend is the New York Times. The New York Times has a variety of blogs that keep you up to date on many of the most relevant topics in the industry. The blog “Green” from the New York Times is an outstanding resource to obtain the latest information on energy and the environment. The next time you are with your customer, you will be able to spark up conversation and hopefully it will lead to future business.

Service Partners is the largest insulation distributor in the United States. Currently, Service Partners has over 75 branch locations that provide building materials such as fiberglass insulation, shingles, fireplaces, spray foam and accessories to all 50 states.