Save Energy is more than just a name to us – it’s also our mission. We truly want to help homeowners make their homes more energy efficient. That desire is part of the DNA of our company.
With that in mind, here’s a tip that will help increase the comfort of your home and help you save on your heating bill during these last few weeks of winter: hunt down pesky drafts.
Have you ever noticed one room or a section of a room in your house always seem colder? The likely cause is a draft – a flow of cold, outside air that enters your home through cracks around doors, windows and/or vents. If you can find the source of the draft, you can take steps to alleviate it. So, how do you find the pesky thing without taking a magnifying glass to every door and window? Here’s a quicker, easier way:
On a windy day (and we get plenty of them), light a candle, tea light, incense stick or pluck a strand of hair (ouch!)
Slowly move the candle, incense or hair strand around door jams, window sills and vents
Look for flame flickers/smoke or any wavering of the hair strand not caused by your movement – BINGO! You’ve found the source of the draft.
With the cold damp weather now upon us, it’s not unusual for many homeowners to start noticing more condensation and even mold on the inside of their windows. Needless to say, this is not a good thing for either one’s home or health, so let’s look at the causes and some possible solutions to these problems.
Condensation forms on the inside of windows when moist interior air hits the cold surface of the glass or window frame. Moisture builds up in your home from many sources including breathing, showering, cooking, cleaning dishes, plants, to name the most common. In some cases, things like fish tanks and other water sources inside the home can make a bad situation even worse.
Once the moist air from these sources hits the cool surface on the inside of windows, condensation starts to build up and, if untreated, that moisture can drip down onto the window sash and window sill and start rotting them out. Extended periods of moisture can also allow mold to grow. Mold is both unsightly and unhealthy, particularly for those with a weakened immune system.
Save Energy Co. takes the old aluminum windows and screens and breaks them down so the aluminum can be recycled? Last year we recycled over 19,780 lbs. – that’s almost 10 TONS! Just another way we help save the planet. Happy Earth Day!
When you are finally ready to remodel your kitchen, put on a deck, replace your windows or siding, or whatever your home improvement needs might be, the hard part is always finding the right contractor to do the job.
Of course, personal referrals are still the best, but not always. The person that supplied you with the referral may have loved working with their contractor but they may have different personalities than you and you might find that while the contractor’s work is great, you just don’t get along with them personally. This may not be a big concern if you are doing a job that takes only a few days or a week, but you may not want to hire him or her if you are doing something longer like a kitchen remodel or an addition. Continue reading…
Five months ago in November I finally made it over to West Side Stories (WSS) here in Petaluma for their third anniversary show.
According to their website “WSS believes that everyone has a story” and their goal is “to give those stories a forum.” It’s basically a room full of people and as many of those people who would like to tell a story that evening put their names in a hat and the master of ceremonies, Dave Pokony, pulls ten names out of the hat and those ten people get to tell their story on whatever the theme is that evening.
Last night the theme was “Unforgiven” and whatever that means to the storyteller their story will reflect that theme somehow. Needless to say some people can stretch the boundaries of each theme on any given night but the general feeling I witnessed so far is the audience is pretty forgiving themselves as long as the story is a good one. For basically just a local open mic night I have been pleasantly surprised by the level of storytelling to date. Last night was my fifth visit, third month in a row I have presented a story and I have to say I am hooked on the whole experience. Continue reading…
We’ve all had the experience at one time or another. We are trying to get to the bank, the grocery store or the dry cleaners and as we walk up we see the closed sign in the window. You think to yourself, “darn it, missed it by just a few minutes or even seconds. I wish I had gotten here sooner.”
But wait, there is someone still inside and you knock on the door and put on your best puppy dog face and hope that they let you in but they only shrug and mouth “we’re closed.” Really? Can’t you just let me in, it’s only a minute after? But no, they shake their heads sympathetically but do not budge.
This most recently happened to me when I went to a local coffee shop just after it closed. In this case I realize that the machine was shut down and there really wasn’t anything they could do to help but the disappointment was still palatable for me as I walked away. Continue reading…
I was out in the field almost all day Friday and when I returned I noticed that our weekly shipment of windows had arrived at our showroom in my absence. When I went to make sure everything came in correctly and was ready to be installed the following week, I noticed that one of the orders had the wrong installation flange on them. This was not good news. I went inside to check the paperwork and sure enough I had ordered them incorrectly. What to do?
My first reaction of course was to figure out how to “make them work.” The crew had just returned and I explained the situation to them and then we pulled up the pictures of the job to see if we could make the incorrect flanges work and it turned out we could, but was it the right way to go? I called the window manufacturer and asked if they could resend the right frames and we could switch out the glass we had here and they said no, we’d have to order seven brand new windows costing us nearly a thousand dollars in the process. Additionally, we would possibly have a hole in the calendar for the crew next week, which meant additional lost revenue. Continue reading…
One of the core principals that guide our company is the idea of continuous improvement. It would be very unwise of us to think we have it all figured out and can simply keep doing what we have always done or are currently doing and the company will continue to keep rolling along without incident.
The past five to six years have taught us once again that we have to be nimble enough to see changes coming and adjust. We certainly never could have lasted these past thirty one years if we weren’t constantly improving and changing.
If you look at our history, you’ll see that we have been continually reinventing ourselves. We started as an insulation contractor, then adding windows, energy efficient lighting products and services, started a mail order catalog company of fun and energy efficient product, and then narrowed our focus to only doing windows and doors for our neighbors here in San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma counties. The only thing we have not changed is our goal of being the very best contractor we can be, and to do the right thing for our clients and community. Continue reading…