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Ice dams are as predictable as the seasons during our cold, snowy Midwestern Winters. Homeowners are often oblivious to the damage that these large waves of ice can do until water starts intruding into the home. Although some ice damming is not unusual, excessive ice damming needs to be addressed before significant damage can occur. The solution to this problem requires an understanding of the underlying causes.
Energy360 Solutions Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service
Energy360 Solutions has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of thelocal services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.
“We are extremely pleased to have achieved this honor for the third year” exclaims Energy360 Solutions President Jim Scherpelz. “It demonstrates not only the quality of service that we deliver but our commitment to achieving the highest levels of overall customer satisfaction.”
Effective June 1st, Peoples and Northshore Gas customers can receive instant rebates of up to $700 off of insulation services delivered by approved contractors. Instant rebates are available through the Natural Gas Savings Program and are available until May 30th, 2017 or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. Insulation must be installed by an Illinois Home Performance certified contractor. For more information call Energy360 Solutions at 630-422-1941.
Effective June 1st, 2016, Nicor Gas customers can receive up to $1,200 in instant rebates off of air sealing and insulation services on their homes. The rebates are available as long as funds last or until May 30th, 2017 and are funded by the new energySMART Program from Nicor Gas. Rebates are only available through select contractors who have been approved to participate by the Nicor Gas. For more information call Energy360 Solutions at 630-422-1941.
Energy360 Solutions has been recognized by Nicor Gas for having achieved the highest average therm savings of any Insulation Services contractor in the Nicor Energy Efficiency program over the past 3 years. The award, which was delivered during the Nicor Gas Energy Smart Trade Ally Kickoff event on June 2nd recognizes the success that Energy360 achieved in lowering energy usage for Nicor Gas customers between 2011 and 2014. "We are a proud partner of Nicor Gas and are excited to be honored with this award which recognizes the expertise and effectiveness of our crews in lowering the energy bills of Nicor customers in the Chicagoland area" states Jim Jones, President of Energy360 Solutions. "We look forward to working with Nicor Gas over the coming years to continue to reduce the energy requirements and utility bills of their customer's homes.
Energy360 Solutions has been named one of 4 contractors in the State of Illinois to receive the Century Club Award by the U.S. Department of Energy. This award is presented annualy to those contractors that have demonstrated a commitment to improving the energy efficiency of the nation's existing housing stock by successfully delivering 100 or energy efficiency retrofit projects over the course of the previous year. In addition to improving the comfort and energy efficiency of their homes, these owners received certificates from the Department of Energy identifying their homes as being more energy efficient than others. Studies have shown that those homes identified in this manner by the Department of Energy sell faster and at a relatively higher value than other homes in those markets.
Every homeowner has been told at some point or another about how important ventilation is to your attic, especially by roofing companies and those in the business of selling attic fans. A well ventilated attic helps to avoid problems with moisture and heat buildup. Be it winter or summer, the goal is to keep the ventilated attic as close as possible to the outside temperature.
In the summer time a well ventilated attic helps to keep the attic cooler. On the other hand, a poorly ventilated attic can get extremely hot and impact the comfort of adjacent spaces and result in higher energy bills. Temperatures can soar to over 130 degrees and lessen the life of the roofing above it.
If you have spent any amount of gathering information on windows you have no doubt heard many different terms related to the performance characteristics of new windows. Things like double and triple pane, argon and krypton gas, and low E coatings are product options that are most often associated with a window's thermal performance. You might have also wondered which one of these are most important and how should a consumer evaluate the performance differences between 2 different windows ? Will 2 different double pane windows with argon gas always provide the same level of energy efficiency and comfort? The simple answer is not necessarily and that is one of the problems that homeowners face. How are they supposed to "test out" something before it gets purchased and installed in their home? Luckily there is a 3rd party organization that does a lot of that work for us and they are called the National Fenestration Rating Council or the NFRC for short.
On cold winter days, a ray of sun streaming into your house can be most welcome - a free source of heat. But what about in the summer, when those rays of sun and other, less-evident solar heat, seep into our already too-hot houses and become a costly nuisance? Well, what happens is that you lose money. But using landscaping (namely by planting trees) to shade your home can be a great way to lower energy costs.
It speaks to the marketing savvy of window manufacturers and installers that, when faced with drafty rooms or high energy bills, most homeowners typically think that the best solution would be new replacement windows. While energy efficient replacement windows will likely lead to improved comfort and lower utility bills, the truth is that there are many far more cost effective solutions to improve your home’s comfort and energy efficiency.