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!
We have the tools and know-how to professionally install new windows in your home. When it comes to getting the best window installation services, you can bet that our experienced installers will get the job done in a timely and satisfactory manner.
“Apart from the great experience with this company, the windows themselves are amazing. They are Simonton windows and apparently have a lifetime guarantee (!!). They stay cool all day, and now we can leave them open to let in fresh air in the mornings and the evenings.”
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. That 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. The best thing to do is to interview them as you are getting an estimate from them. Honestly, you can probably tell fairly quickly if you are going to mesh or not but, just in case, do some further research as well using third party sources. In the San Francisco Bay Area we are lucky to have Diamond Certified in addition to Yelp and Angie’s List to help cross reference and vet your contractor. Also check with the State Contractor’s License Board, your local BBB and any community chat rooms you have in your area. Picking the right materials is important but even the best material will be wasted (along with your hard earned money) if they are not installed correctly. Look beyond the sales pitch, it can save you a lot of heartache in the long run.
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 there 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.
I will freely admit I was pretty darn scared before presenting my first two times but miraculously each time I was the very first name picked so I had less time to sit there fretting and could enjoy the other nine stories knowing that mine was behind me. Last night I was the eighth name picked (there were 11 people vying for the 10 spots so I lucked out) and I admit it was much easier to really listen to the last two speakers than it was to the seven before me. So far the audience has been very generous to my stories and I have received nice feedback at the end of each one. I’m not exactly sure where this is all heading but I just knew that it was time for me to do something more creative in my life and this presented itself as a good start.
So if you haven’t checked it out I would encourage you to do so. The shows are held the first Wednesday of each month and the next one is April 2nd with the theme “Nobody’s Fool.” Here is a link to their website, see you there! http://www.westsidestoriespetaluma.com/
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. I bring this up because a week ago we had three nights in a row at work here when clients and/or potential clients would keep showing up at our front door after we were closed. Of course we let them in and I must hand it to our office staff for going the extra mile and showing them around the showroom and answering their questions. Last Friday night stands out in particular because it was Valentine’s Day and Bridget had plans for the evening when a couple came and knocked on the door while she was packing to go home. She opened up and spent and additional 25 – 30 minutes with them until they understood the differences between the two different window series we had quoted and they went on their way thankful for the opportunity Bridget offered by staying late. I want to thank Bridget for her dedication to our work. She knows and understands that we are a service industry and we are here to help people in whatever way we can, and if it’s after hours and we’re still in the office when you walk up you will never hear us say “sorry, we’re closed.”