It is that time of year again where the weather starts to turn warmer and homeowners start making plans to make improvements to their homes & landscapes. Many homeowners are DIYers but a large number are not and will call on you to help them with their projects. These weekend warrior wannabes don’t know a hammer from a nail and need all the help they can get from a prepared contractor like you.
Service Partners carries a variety of tools to help you on roofing jobs to building decks. Your tools will likely take a beating over time but don’t worry; Service Partners’ branches keep extras on hand for when you need a replacement. We carry extension cords, hammer staplers, safety & fall protection, flexed knifes and many other accessories you’ll need on the job.
Be prepared for your customers and give your nearest Service Partners location a call to help you gather all the accessories you need for a busy summer.
Service Partners is the largest insulation distributor in the United States with 75+ branches nationwide. However, we carry a wide range of other building materials & accessories across the country. Here is a list of a few of the other product categories we carry.
- Paint Supplies & Accessories
- Flooring & Tile
- Shelving Products
- Roofing / Shingles
- Insulation Equipment
Our nationwide network of distribution facilities provides quality products from the country’s top manufacturers including 3m, Convenience Products, BASF, Knauf, CertainTeed, Owens Corning, Bayer and Ample Supply to name a few.
Tonight President Obama will give his State of the Union address. If you are particularly interested in the energy points being made during the speech follow the Department of Energy on twitter as they will be live tweeting all the major energy segments.
Department of Energy Twitter handle: Twitter.com/Energy
If you have a specific question for the DOE feel free to tweet @energy using #SOTU.
Cold weather rips through much of the United States this week as the nation feels the impact of what is being called a polar vortex. With record setting low temperatures throughout the country it is an opportune time to remind your customers of the importance of weatherizing their home. Offering them a home energy audit during these cold days is a great time to first hand evaluate a customer’s home. If they happen to pass on a home energy audit be sure to offer them the quick solution of adding weather-stripping around windows and doors which are typically a large source of air infiltration.
*photo courtesy of the Department of Energy.
The Department of Energy released a couple of PSAs a few months ago to help educate homeowners on some basic tips to save energy and money. There are many things that you can help homeowners with that will save them money.
To name a few:
- Air Sealing
This home energy audit infographic is curtsy of the United States Department of Energy.
Weather-stripping can be a great asset for stopping air infiltration this winter. Keeping a good supply on hand will be beneficial to you and your customers. Before installing weather-stripping it is important to detect air leaks throughout a home.
Here are a few places the Department of Energy recommends:
• Electrical outlets
• Switch plates
• Door and window frames
• Electrical and gas service entrances
• Weather stripping around doors
• Fireplace dampers
• Attic hatches
• Wall- or window-mounted air conditioners.
• Cable TV and phone lines
• Where dryer vents pass through walls
• Vents and fans.
Service Partners supplies weather-stripping to contractors nationwide. We have all the weatherization products you need to help you air seal your customer’s home.
Our last post touched on ‘how to beat the summer drought” and here is a good visual example of why water conservation is so important. The US Drought Monitor maps are released every Thursday to give a visual representation of the current drought conditions in the United States. You can access loads of information that include pdfs, animated maps and tools focused on drought. This information can help you sell water conservation upgrades to your customers while on the job.
The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced in partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
During the hot summer months many of us will experience droughts throughout the country. You can help reduce the use of water for your customers by installing low-flow shower-heads in their shower or bathtub. Be sure to select a shower-head that has a flow rate of no more than 2.5 gallons per minute at 80 psi for optimal water savings. Your customers will see a water savings between 25% -50% by using an energy efficient shower-head.
You can also advise your customers to use faucet aerators throughout their home. Aerators are the screw on tip of the faucet that can be replaced to restrict the amount of water flow. Ideally, you’ll want to install an aerator that has a flow rate of 1.0 gpm for maximum water efficiency. However, anything lower than 1.75 gpm would be more efficient then what is typically used in new faucets directly off the shelf.
If your customers are using a well for water supply, these adjustments will have a significant impact on their water usage allowing them to save for future droughts. Customers that are accessing their local water utilities will see a decrease in their water usage bill and effectively be putting money back into their pocket. Don’t forget, the little things like a low flow shower-head and aerators can go a long way for your customers.