4 Tips to Stay Warm This Winter

It’s January – which means it’s COLD in Virginia! This Winter, we have already experienced record cold temperatures and two snowfalls (with a third on the way this week). Here are four tips to help you and your home stay warm in the midst of the frigid air.

  1. Reverse your ceiling fan. Instead of turning your ceiling fans completely off, flip the switch to reverse them and let them run! This will circulate the warm air in your home and push it downward.
  2. Air seal your home. Reducing the amount of air that leaks in and out of your home is a cost-effective way to cut heating and cooling costs, improve durability, increase comfort, and create a healthier indoor environment. Caulking and weatherstripping are two simple and effective air-sealing techniques that offer quick returns on investment, often one year or less.
  3. Look into insulating options. Spray foam in your basement, crawl space, or attic is a great solution to keep the cold air out in the Winter. Plus, you’ll be planning ahead – spray foam keeps your home cooler in the Summer time as well.
  4. Dine in as often as you can. Not only will you save money by doing this, but you can actually warm your home by cracking the oven door after making your meals.

Sources:

Department of Energy

Money Crashers

 

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Merry Christmas from Our Family To Yours

We’ve had another great year here at Creative Conservation and the Home Energy Store. Part of the reason for our success is because of our wonderful customers. We just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year! Enjoy the time with family and friends – see you in 2018!

 

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Join Us for Small Business Saturday!

Every year, we look forward to Thanksgiving and spending time with friends and family. Many of you may venture out to shop on Black Friday, but what about supporting local businesses during Small Business Saturday?

Every year, this event takes place the day after Black Friday – this year it will occur on Saturday, November 25. The day was created by American Express to encourage consumers to shop and brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. By shopping on Small Business Saturday, you’re not only giving back to the small businesses in your neighborhood – you’re supporting the local economy as a whole. Plus, it’s another reason to shop – that’s a bonus!

If you need more reasons to get out and shop local on Small Business Saturday, Forbes posted an article about why it matters. Come and see us at the Home Energy Store on November 25.  See you Saturday!

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Go Green This Halloween

Halloween can be a tough time to remember to stay environmentally conscious. Between polyester costumes, sugar-filled treats, and who-knows-what in that face paint, it’s hard for those that are trying to maintain a clean, green routine. Here are some tips to staying green this Halloween:

1. Stay away from the Halloween superstore. Convenient? Yes. Environmentally friendly? No. Not only are the costumes themselves filled with dyes and made with materials that can hurt the environment – they most likely feed into unethical working conditions overseas.

2. Wear a costume you already own. What’s old can become new again! Re-using an old costume is a much better option than buying new – and it’s much better for the environment.

3. Buy the candy locally. Look for goodies with minimal packaging and/or those made packaged in recycled materials. Check labels to see that chocolate and sugar are from sustainable sources.

4. Recycle your pumpkins. When it’s all said and done, give your pumpkins back to nature! Learn more about the best way to do this from The National Wildlife Federation.

Enjoy your Halloween, stay safe, and have fun!

Read more tips here:

Green Halloween Guide – Mind Body Green

10 Green Halloween Tips – WWF

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Why Is It Important to Seal Your Crawl Space?

A crawl space is an important part of your home. It promotes air circulation, provides access to plumbing, electrical and other wiring, and — most importantly — serves as the actual foundation of your home.

And, yet, it is often one of the most neglected spaces in a home. Because of their location, crawl spaces can easily become damaged by moisture, extreme temperatures, and water vapor levels. Once this happens, the structural integrity of your home can be compromised. When was the last time you visited the crawl space underneath your home?

Creative Conservation offers full crawl space repair which includes: replacing contaminated crawl space insulation and vapor barriers, cleaning out debris, mold and mildew remediation, and installation of sump pump/interior drain systems. A restored crawl space has numerous benefits for your home.

A residential crawl space repair and restoration by Creative Conservation can:

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

Crawl space repair can stop moisture permanently in conditioned or ventilated crawl spaces, as well as basements. Let us transform your crawl space into a clean and healthy area of your home. Call our team of professionals for a free estimate today!

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