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Video: Exterior Wall Insulation Retrofit

This video from our friends at Go Green Star explains how to insulate a home's walls from the exterior, for improved energy performance and reduced energy bills, with minimum intrusion. We had this done to our home by Home Insulation Company and it has drastically reduced our draft, increased our comfort, as equally as important, the amount of noise from the exterior.  

We now have a drone!

Inspect It Right Home Inspections recently purchased a drone!  Now customers have the option of having a drone take an arial view of the home and see roofing and things that we may not be able to see otherwise due to height, steep pitch, etc. 

Click here to see an example of what we will be able to do for you. 

Whether you are buying or selling a home, making energy efficient upgrades, or just want to know the condition of your home give us a call.

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. 

This image comes from http://www.builderonline.com/energy-efficientconstruction/5-penetrations-that-provide-the-most-bang-for-your-air-sealing-buck.aspx 

Killing Vampire Power & Saving Money

Learn how smart power strips work to kill vampire power in your home.  Warning:  contains humor.  Here at Inspect It Right Home Inspections we want you to keep more of your hard earned money.  Here is a link where you can find a Bits Smart Power Strip and start saving money today.  Or you can Contact Us for more information on ways you can make your home more energy efficient and may even earn incentives for making your home all toasty warm and efficient.  

Energy: Where's it Come From and Where Does it Go?

Ever wonder where our country's energy comes from and goes to? This fascinating map from the Lawrence Livermore Labratory shows in simple graphic terms where we generate energy and how much of it goes to various sectors. One of the fascinating aspects of this is everything you see in gray--"Rejected Energy." What this really means is waste. Particularly in electricity, as much as 2/3 of all the energy created is lost during transmission and via other means before it actually does any work. All the more reason to generate your electricity right at home on your roof. 

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. 

We can help you find these air leaks and ways to stop them.  Contact us now to learn more.  You may even qualify for State of Wisconsin, Focus on Energy incentives!  

This image comes from http://www.builderonline.com/energy-efficientconstruction/5-penetrations-that-provide-the-most-bang-for-your-air-sealing-buck.aspx 

We can find hidden dangers!

A comprehensive home inspection or Home Energy Audit can uncover hidden defects and safety hazards that you may not be aware of.  We make every attempt to look into those little cracks and gaps that you may never think of while crawling through your attic space and other nooks and crannies.  These gaps could be a great source for heat loss in the home and a fantastic energy waster.  Insulation does not stop air leakage, but slows it down a bit. We focus on stopping those energy wasters so that your insulation will work like it is supposed to, saving you money. 

Wisconsin Public Service and Focus on Energy Incentive Update!

Focus on Energy has incentives for customers who want to  weatherize their home.  Focus on Energy offers, for qualifying customers, 33% off the insulation bill up to $1500.00.  There is an opportunity to qualify for an additional $700.00 in performance bonuses.  

EPA Warns Against Use of Refrigerant Substitutes That Pose Fire and Explosion Risk

Here is a warning released by the EPA on July 1, 2013 warning against using propane as a substitute for refridgerant in AC units.  With the summer heat upon us, read the article and be familiar in case you run into this.  Below is an exerpt then click here to view the full article.    

Infographic: Everything You Need to Know About Water Heaters.

This handy infographic from the Department of Energy explains everything you need to know about home water heaters -- including solar water heaters, tankless water heaters, heat pump water heaters and more.

Read more from the Department of Energy.