Chimney Flue | Cold Air

Weatherization

 

One place that many homeowners forget to check off their list during their weatherization overall is the flue for their fireplaces. When the fireplace is in use it serves its purpose but when it is dormant it can be a big source of cold air infiltration into their home in the winter.

 

One way to prevent air infiltration from the flue is installing glass doors around the fireplace. This will allow your customers the capability to close the doors when the fireplace is not in use and help prevent cold air from entering the house. Let your customers know that the flue can be a large source of air infiltration and actions need to be taken to stop it.


State of the Union | Energy Points

Pipe Insulation

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 Wake Up Call | Pipe Insulation

Pipe Insulation

Many of us are still feeling the effects of the extreme cold weather that has continuously ripped through the United States the last couple of weeks.  Many homeowners forget that these extreme cold temperatures can have a lasting impact on pipes.  As water freezes in pipes, it can lead to built up pressure eventually causing the pipe to burst.   A good way to help prevent water pipes from bursting during cold temperatures is to insulate them.Pipe insulation is easy to install and can go along way to helping prevent unwanted leaks under your house or in your basement.

 

 


Weatherstripping To The Rescue

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.

Weather stripping

*photo courtesy of the Department of Energy.

 


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.

 

Energy-Efficient-Lighting

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


Grab A Fireplace This Winter

Service Partners is the largest distributor of residential fiberglass insulation products and accessories in the United States.   However, don’t forget that we also carry other products at various branches that you may need this time of year. A fireplace is a good example of a product you didn’t know we carried.    That’s right, Service Partners has a variety of quality fireplaces for purchase.  We carry high quality brands such as Dimplex, FMI, Monessen and Napoleon.  Contact your local Service Partners branch location for additional information.

Napoleon                                 Monessen

 

FMI                             Dimplex


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.