Tips to Save Energy This Winter

Here at Creative Conservation, it is our mission to be an industry leader in energy-saving solutions for your home. From an energy-saving perspective, there’s a lot you can do to prepare your home for Winter – will the added benefit of home comfort and cost-savings. This post from Popular Science offers some very helpful tips when it comes to saving energy during the cold months: https://www.popsci.com/stay-warm-winterize-your-house#page-3

As always, if you are looking for a permanent way to upgrade your home, live comfortably, save energy and the environment – call us! We would love to provide you with a free estimate to install a sprayed system for your home.

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Five Tips for a Very Green Halloween

Halloween is such a fun time of the year – however, it can make your head spin thinking of the many ways that this holiday impacts the environment in a negative way. In an effort to stay true to our roots of caring for Mother Nature, we wanted to share a few ideas for going green this Halloween.

1. Make your own costumes, or do a costume swap. If you’re crafty, you can sew your own costume – hey, it will be unique! Another tip, if you’re tired of wearing the same costume as last year, and the year before that… exchange with a friend! This could be a fun activity for kids as well.

2. Homemade decorations. Using recyclable materials to make homemade decorations is a great way to show off your conservation skills this Halloween. Tip for next year: We can make decorations out of spray foam – giant pumpkin, anyone? That’s sure to make you stand out from the crowd!

3. Skip the store-bought candy bucket. It’s probably made of cheap plastic that is reeking of BPA. The kids can go old-school with a wicker basket or even a pillowcase. They’d probably love the larger case!

4. Party smart. If you’re hosting a Halloween party, be sure to use recyclable materials – or even glass dishes. You can ask a few friends to help clean up and wash dishes with you. It’s more time-consuming, but the Earth will thank you.

5. Don’t just throw away your pumpkins. They can be composted, and/or fed to your nearby furry animal friends. You can also eat the seeds and skin of the pumpkin – they are very nutritious, after all.

Have a fun, safe Halloween from our Creative Conservation family to yours!

Sources:

https://www.networx.com/article/green-halloween-12-tips-to-keep-things

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Is It Time to Restore Your Crawl?

When was the last time you visited the crawl space underneath your home? If it’s been a while since you’ve ventured down to take a look, it is probably a good idea to check it out. The truth is, your crawl space should be treated like the rest of the home and monitored for maintenance issues, excessive moisture, evidence of mold/mildew, etc.

The primary purpose of a crawl space is to promote air circulation through the home and also allow easy access to plumbing, electrical and other such maintenance, repair and installation needs. Crawls offer an expedient and efficient way to access pipes and other areas that may be difficult or expensive to reach otherwise. Older homes in areas where basements are rare have high foundations with crawl spaces that allow cooling air to circulate throughout the home.

Though a crawl space cannot be utilized as a living space, it can be used for storage of infrequently used items. This requires caution on the part of the homeowner, because moisture from the damp soil, along with humidity from crawl space vents and water seeping through permeable concrete, can and will create a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Overall, a crawlspace can serve a variety of purposes, not the least of which is the actual foundation of a home. This is why it’s important to keep an eye on potential issues that can occur in the crawl space.

Our crawl space restoration program includes: replacing contaminated crawl space insulation and vapor barriers, cleaning out debris, and decontaminating the area. There are many benefits to crawl space restoration:

  • Improve your home’s indoor air quality and temperature
  • Help you avoid costly structural damage
  • Deter pest and rodent infestations
  • Lower electric bills

Before vs. After - Crawl Space Repair

Before vs. After – Crawl Space Repair

Crawl space restoration can stop moisture permanently in conditioned or ventilated crawl spaces, as well as basements. Now is a great time to let us take a look at your crawl space, before the weather gets too cold. Let us transform your crawl space into a clean and healthy area of your home. Call our team of professionals for a free consultation today!

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Save Energy (And Your Wallet) This Fall

What a roller coaster this Summer has been! Between intense heat, never-ending rain, and severe weather, we here at Creative Conservation are looking forward to the crisp air of the Fall season.

As we look ahead to the cooler months, we wanted to offer some tips for saving energy (and money!) this season. Here are 5 ways to save energy this Fall:

  1. Turn down your water heater. Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home. By setting the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F), you’ll not only save energy – you’ll avoid scalding your hands.
  2. Maintain your home heating system. Schedule a service check-up for your heating system. Find out what maintenance is required to keep your heating system operating efficiently.
  3. Find and seal leaks. Seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes (“plumbing penetrations”), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.
  4. Take advantage of the natural heat from the sun. Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  5. Consider spray foam insulation underneath your home and in your attic. Creative Conservation offers a free estimate for conditioned crawl spaces and sealing your attic space.

Source: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips

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CC Goes Rockn’ to LOCKN’!

Creative Conservation had the opportunity to contribute to this awesome festival in Arrington, VA (as featured in this Rolling Stone article). Using closed cell spray foam, we created larger than life size mushrooms that provided shade, photo ops and a great gathering spot for friends.  This marks the third opportunity we have had to work with the promoter of Lockn’.  We look forward to future artistic foam projects like this one.

 

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