Seven Ways to Keep Your Home (and Self!) Cool This Summer

Summer is in full swing! We are big fans of this season here at Creative Conservation. Of course, along with fireworks, beach trips, and cookouts come the hot Summer days and humid nights. As the heat settles in for the long haul, keep your home cool with these seven tips:

  1. Keep your blinds closed. Up to 30 percent of unwanted heat comes from your windows, and utilizing shades, curtains and the like can save you up to 7 percent on your bills and lower indoor temperatures by up to 20 degrees.
  2. Regulate your own body temperature. Keep your body cool from the inside out – examples are drinking iced drinks (water, lemonade, tea, etc.) and using a cool rag on your head and wrists.
  3. Use your fans. Turning on your bathroom and kitchen fans will pull out the hot air that comes from showering, the oven, etc.
  4. Grill out. As previously mentioned, Summer is the perfect time of year to have an outdoor BBQ. Using your oven increases the temperature in your home – so cooking outside will minimize the amount of heat in the home.
  5. Invest in long-term energy solutions, such as spray foam insulation. Spray foam keeps the cool air in and the hot air out – and vice-versa in the winter months.
  6. Shade the outside of your windows. You can use an awning, plant a tree outside your window, or purchase a special shade that will let light in.
  7. Mind the doors. Closing off rooms will prevent the cool air from permeating these areas during the hottest part of the day. You’ll want to capitalize on the cooler night hours, too, letting air flow naturally through your home.

Want more info on keeping your home efficient year-round? Visit www.creativeconservation.com or call us at 800-798-1127.

 

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Commercial Project Portfolio: June 2018

At Creative Conservation, we not only serve residential clients (new and existing homes) – we offer our products and services on the commercial side of things as well! Here are some examples of recent commercial projects we have done in our various markets: Richmond, Charlottesville, and Salem. Please Like us on Facebook for even more photos and content!

Advanced Fueling Systems – Ashland, VA

Greer and Associates – Charlottesville, VA

Rhino Linings on wolves at Great Wolf Lodge – Williamsburg, VA

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Throwing a Green Memorial Day Party

The unofficial kickoff to Summer is almost here… that’s right, we are counting down to Memorial Day! If you’re planning the get-together this year, we have some tips for you to make the day as eco-friendly as possible.

  • Shop locally. Shopping at local stores in your neighborhood (and not a large chain) encourages farmers in your area to grow more food, and it also means less fuel spent shipping goods out to other parts of the country. As you are gathering decorations and supplies for the event, reducing your travel time and that of the goods you purchase will help contribute to a cleaner environment.
  • Use biodegradable dishes and utensils. Just say no to Styrofoam cups this year! Make sure all of your plates and forks can be recycled, and set up a giant recycling receptacle for everyone to use. The Earth will be grateful that you’re not adding to the landfill.
  • Make your own party decorations. This will not only save you money, but it can be something fun that you work on with your kids or significant other. You can use recycled materials to create your decorations and even recycle a few of your own to make them. Be sure to keep the decorations you make for use during future patriotic parties.
  • Mind the grill. Using a solar-powered grill would be the best option in terms of clean energy, but if that’s not possible, opt for a grill that burns natural gas as opposed to charcoal.
  • When the party’s over, compost. Compost leftover food scraps and other organic trash to re-use waste – the environment will love it!

Sources:

http://www.projectgreenify.com/post/51176615355/5-fun-tips-to-having-a-green-memorial-day-party#.WvndiYgvyM8

https://thegogreenblog.com/top-5-eco-friendly-memorial-day-party-tips/

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Why You Should Consider an Unvented Attic Solution For Your Home

The advantages of the unvented, conditioned attic construction are increasingly being recognized within the industry to help with the following:

  • Energy conservation
  • Moisture management
  • Enhanced home comfort

In an unvented attic assembly, air-impermeable insulation is applied directly to the underside of the structural roof deck and is tied into the insulation located in the walls so that the roof system becomes part of the insulated building enclosure.

The attic space becomes indirectly conditioned as a result of the air leakage, heat transfer and vapor diffusion through the ceiling.

A fundamental requirement of an unvented attic assembly is the use of air-impermeable insulation on the underside of the unvented roof to prevent air infiltration and exclude airborne moisture from the attic. This reduces latent air-conditioning loads and provides further reductions in energy consumption.

In hot climates, unvented attics are ideal where HVAC equipment and ductwork are located in the attic. Modifying the attic to create an indirectly conditioned attic space with a spray foam product, in many cases Icynene, can significantly reduce energy consumption.

In cold climates, attic ventilation is a common method to remove humid air. In some cases, a conditioned attic assembly may be desired where scissor trusses make it difficult to insulate the floor, or in cathedral ceilings where the intent is to turn the attic into living space. A vapor retarder is recommended in cold climates.

With any roof system, there should always be a contingency plan to address the possibility of roof leaks, especially with wood roof decks. The open cell structure easily allows any moisture or water vapor intrusion to quickly drain and dry out.

Read more about Unvented Attics on our website.

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April is National Garden Month!

April is National Gardening Month! What is your favorite thing to grow? Are you veteran gardener, or just getting started? If you’re new to the gardening scene, we have some helpful tips for you:

  1. Plan your garden. Put together a portfolio of plants that you would like to grow. Are you looking to put together a raised bed garden, or maybe you want to do something even bigger and transform part of your yard into a farm-fresh garden?
  2. Make sure you have the right tools. If you need a rain barrel, we still have some available at the low cost of $55! You’ll also need a shovel, garden rake, and a spade (check out a more comprehensive list here).
  3. Plant seeds that will grow well in your region. This will involve some research, but necessary to have a fruitful garden. Here’s a list of plants that grow well in Virginia, along with a handy guide of when to plant them.

For more gardening tips to help you get started, take a look at this article from Good Housekeeping! You can also refer to several of our other blog posts on gardening:

How To Plant A Garden

Spring Into Sustainable Gardening

Spring is Almost Here… Get Your Garden Ready!

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