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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Your Home Insulation Questions, Answered!

As an industry leader in spray foam insulation, we receive questions all the time about the product. What is it, how does it work, what are the benefits, the list goes on! We are happy to answer any and all questions you have about spray foam. To help you get started, we wanted to share a selection from our FAQ page at www.creativeconservation.com:

Q: How much will insulation cost?

A: The cost of insulating your home will vary depending on the size and style of house, the insulating products used, and the strategies implemented (unvented attic, conditioned crawl etc.). Visit our project calculator for more examples

Q: If foam and cellulose are so good, why do most people use fiberglass?

A: Most people use batt insulation because they aren’t given the option to use something better, and aren’t aware that upgrading your insulation system at the construction stage will usually completely pay for itself in the first 1-3 years.

Q: What are conditioned crawlspaces?

A: A conditioned crawl space uses insulation on the walls and a sealed vapor barrier instead of the typical under floor insulation to create an energy efficient space under your home.

Conditioned crawl spaces bring the HVAC equipment, air handler, and ducts into conditioned space. Any duct leakage is lost into the building envelope. Conditioned crawl spaces eliminate moisture intrusion, control relative humidity, and improve indoor air quality. By creating a mini basement, the foundation walls are insulated instead of the crawl ceiling. Conditioned crawl spaces require supply air only (no return), 1 cfm per 50 square feet of floor space.

Q: What are unvented attics?

A: A conditioned attic uses insulation on the underside of your roof deck and gable end walls instead of the typical flat ceiling insulation to create an energy efficient space on top of your home. Read more about unvented attics.

For more information, view our complete FAQ page here.

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A Comfortable Home In All Seasons with Spray Foam Insulation

It’s been a crazy couple of months in terms of weather… significant snowfalls, record low temperatures in January – now it’s February and we’re breaking records at 70-80 degrees! Is it Winter or Summer?

Either way, anytime is a great time to consider how you can create a comfortable, energy-efficient home home in any climate. When your home is properly insulated, you can enjoy the benefits of:

– Energy-efficiency

– Lower utility bills

– Better indoor air quality

– Preventing air and water infiltration

– Preventing mold and mildew

The bottom line is that you’ll have a comfortable home year-round, in any season, when your home is insulated with spray foam. Have questions or want to see how our products work? Check out our video library on our website here. Of course if you have any questions or would like a free estimate for your home, give us a call at (800) 798-1127.

 

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Insulation for Existing Homes

Whether your home was built a century ago or completed yesterday, it’s not too late for you and your family to enjoy the benefits of cellulose insulation. Your attic and walls may be insulated with fiberglass that is doing a poor job.

Covering the loose-fill fiberglass in your attic with more of the same stuff “fails to restore the lost R-Value” that naturally occurs with fiberglass. But researchers at Oak Ridge found that when you “cap” your loose-fill fiberglass with cellulose, it not only adds R-Value, it actually restores the effective R-Value that fiberglass loses during the cold weather.

Many older homes are built with little or no insulation in the sidewalls. Your local trained cellulose professional can add cellulose insulation to your existing home’s sidewalls, making your home more energy efficient — saving you money!

Call us today at 800.798.1127 if you are ready to upgrade your home with a cellulose insulation system.

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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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