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Energy Efficiency Buzzwords De-Buzzed: Ice Dams

Every industry does it. We use words that mean so much to us that we don’t realize that they’re meaningless to the rest of the world. This series - Energy Efficiency Buzzwords De-Buzzed– attempts to change that. Have a “green” word or phrase you want de-buzzed? Let us know and we’ll add it to the series!

Today’s buzzword: Ice Dams

Unfortunately, ice dams are a familiar-enough concept that they hardly qualify as a buzzword. Everyone knows that heavy icicles can pull off gutters, crash to the ground, trap water on the roof deck, and cause serious leaks, and everyone’s abuzz with quick, temporary fixes. Real solutions demand and understanding of the building science behind this common winter sight, though, and that’s how ice dams found their way into this series.

Hitting the Sweet Spot

Why to Invest in Comprehensive Home Improvements that Make a Real Difference

The home improvement world is full of quick tips to save energy: switch to LED bulbs, add a draft guard to the front door, program your thermostat, install a low-flow shower head…. You can make all of these changes – and you probably should – but don’t be surprised if this so-called “low hanging fruit” doesn’t yield huge results. The reality is that real results require real investment – and anything less may leave you disappointed.

Nate Adams, over at Energy Smart Home Performance in Ohio, explains it with this graph:

Energy Efficiency Buzzwords De-Buzzed: Building Envelope

Every industry does it. We use words that mean so much to us that we don’t realize that they’re meaningless to the rest of the world. This series - Energy Efficiency Buzzwords De-Buzzed– attempts to change that. Have a “green” word or phrase you want de-buzzed? Let us know and we’ll add it to the series!

Today’s buzzword: Building Envelope

Once upon a time, all we asked of our buildings was that they keep the wild animals out. These days, we expect a bit more. Rain in the kitchen isn’t okay, and neither is paying an arm and a leg to stay warm when it’s cold outside. Well-designed homes accomplish those lofty goals with a good building envelope.

Energy Efficiency Buzzwords De-Buzzed: Home Performance

Every industry does it. We use words that mean so much to us that we don’t realize that they’re meaningless to the rest of the world. This series - Energy Efficiency Buzzwords De-Buzzed– attempts to change that. Have a “green” word or phrase you want de-buzzed? Let us know and we’ll add it to the series!

Today’s buzzword: Home Performance

This one means so much to us that it’s in our name, but why?

When we talk about home performance, we talk about how a house works. Not how the windows work, or how the heating system works, but about how the whole thing functions as a system.

Record-low Fuel Prices are an Energy Efficiency Opportunity

This winter’s record-low fuel prices are adding up to big savings – and big opportunities – for Maine families. Experts predict that households heating primarily with oil can expect to save an average of $1200 this year, and recommend that homeowners take advantage of the chance to lock in those energy savings for every year.

“Most of us don’t get this kind of windfall very often,” says Energy Advisor Brian Robinson. “Savvy homeowners are reinvesting that fuel savings ‘bonus’ in their homes and making improvements that will reduce their fuel use – and expenses – permanently.”

Go Green for the Holidays

Bring your energy costs down without compromising your holiday with these simple energy saving tips:

Air Sealing Where it Counts

The graph below shows which structural air-leaks drive up energy costs the most, allowing you to maximize efforts toward reinforcing your home's building envelope. 


There's a lot to be learned from this image, but the biggest message is this: low-cost, DIY improvements are also low-impact. Go crazy with the window caulk, but don't be surprised if your energy bills don't drop dramatically.

Maine Ranks 16th in ACEEE 2014 Energy Scorecard

Maine held steady as the nation’s 16th most energy-efficient state, according to ACEEE’s 2014 State Energy Scorecard.

Once a top-ten performer in the annual assessment of the state policies and programs that improve energy efficiency in homes, businesses, industry, and transportation, Maine dropped to 25th in 2012 when it slashed funding for efficiency programs. The state bounced back last year, when the June 2013 passage of the Omnibus Energy Bill returned full funding to Efficiency Maine.

Join Evergreen in celebrating Energy Action Month!

Each October, the Federal Energy Management Program promotes smart energy choices and highlights supporting our economy, protecting our environment, and increasing energy independence. Residential energy efficiency plays a critical role in those endeavors, and Evergreen Home Performance is proud to help homeowners create energy-efficient, healthy, and sustainable homes.

Does it matter who installs your basement insulation?

When it comes to insulation, there are plenty of choices. Where to start? What to use? Who to hire? The answers vary from house to house – and from homeowner to homeowner – but if you work with someone you trust, you’ll be in good shape.

Take basement insulation. At Evergreen, we recommend installing closed-cell spray foam on foundation walls to seal air leaks and insulate against heat loss. Plenty of contractors can spray foam, but we engineer and manage the whole project to deliver superior, safe results. We distinguish ourselves by: