Like most homeowners you’ve probably noticed the unpredictable rise in your electric bill that comes with the change of seasons. Higher energy cost for cooling during hot summer months and the inevitable spike that comes with a cold winter, especially if your homes primary heat source is electric
Many people don’t realize these unpredictable spikes in energy costs are unnecessary, one of the simplest ways to levelize your electric bill is to make sure your home is properly sealed and insulated.
Think solar is the only option you have to level out your electric bill? Think again! With Shine Home, we include recommendations for increasing energy savings and a variety of energy efficiency improvements.
We take the long-term approach. Shine Home wants you and your family to be comfortable by adding peace of mind to your home energy needs, so you can focus on what's really important.
Our comprehensive energy reduction consultation is the first step to see how well your home conserves energy. Do you want to know how efficient your home is? See how well you measure up by giving us a call today!
So, how do we resolve these issues and get you on a path to consistent ENERGY SAVINGS? Simple, we start with an in-house Energy Audit to assess your homes insulation and determine your current energy deficiencies. Your audit results are then reviewed by one of our energy experts to determine the specific services needed to protect, seal and properly insulate your home.
Upon approval of your detailed written estimate, we will take the necessary steps to make your home more energy efficient.
The best part: YOU WILL START SAVING RIGHT AWAY!
We’re dedicated to saving customers money through a reduction in energy consumption. We achieve this using state of the art materials and technology to seal and insulate your home, resulting in decreased consumption and lower energy costs.
My Energy Consumption yesterday was about 30% less than the day before. Not a coincidence considering Shine Home Energy Services insulated my entire attic yesterday morning! ☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
You all took a bad situation that was left by the previous contractor and without being rude to them you very politely explained that we didn’t get what we needed but you assured us when you all were done that we would be satisfied with the finished product.
For any future customers reading this I would gladly recommend you welcome these fine folks into your home to get yourself moving into a future of cheaper utilities by all the steps that they provide!!!!!
Chris and his team did an awesome job. I had some specific requirements that I covered with them and they helped to come up with a solution beyond what I could come up with. When they came in I was amazed at how fast they where able to complete the work including the custom work required. Since the work was completed I identified one more bit of work I wanted done and they are going to make it back out to again. I even asked about an IR camera and they offered to bring one out to help me identify any other places that need further work. Now I'm just waiting to see the effect on my energy bill. Thank you Shine Solar!
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Insulation is used to create thermal resistance around your home, saving you money and creating a comfortable environment. Insulation, when properly installed, will reduce heating and cooling costs by keeping cool temperatures inside the building and reducing heat losses. The type and placement of insulation will depend on your climate and the R-value needed to satisfy local code requirements. There are many different types of insulation, each has its pros and cons depending on the location and application of the product.
R-value is an important term in the insulation world. But what exactly does it mean and why is it significant? Basically, the R-value measures how effective an insulation material is at stopping heat transfer (the R stands for “resistance”). Insulation helps resist the flow of heat, helping keep it inside during the cold months and outside during the hottest months. Reducing the flow of heat in your home can keep your energy costs low, so good insulation is important, regardless of a home’s age or size. But, the r-value shouldn’t be the only determining factor when choosing insulation. The age, location and building materials of your home can all play a part in choosing the right insulation.
R-values are generally calculated in inches depending on the product and performance of the insulating material used. For example: 1 inch of open cell foam equals R3.5. New technology allows most fiber products to maintain an R3 per inch. This is generally the case when installed in lifts or increments of at least 4” most insulating products only begin to gain the projected R value when installed in appropriate lifts or increments of 4 inches. Blown L-77 Pro-Pink Fiberglass installed in the attic has an R-value of 3 per inch, so 13 inches of it would give you an R-value of 39.
A higher number isn’t necessarily better for your home. Expense and availability is a problem with some insulating products that have a higher R-value and some homes in certain climates don’t need as much insulation as others. For example, homeowners in Northern Minnesota require insulation that can perform effectively in below zero temperatures, which is usually not the case in South Florida! For this reason, the Department of Energy developed a system that maps different areas of the United States according to statistical weather data, recommending the ideal R-value for each region. Here in the Northwest Arkansas/Missouri area, we are in zone 4:
Where to install insulation is important to know, different areas of your home require different R-values. Because heat rises, 80% of heat loss can occur through the attic and will require a higher R-value than the walls. Providing a thermal envelope and air sealing are also important factors in preventing air infiltration and heat loss.
Knowing the right product to use, the best performance/application, local code requirements and how this equates to you and your budget can be confusing. This is where a trusted energy company can be beneficial. Our energy consultants can perform a free energy audit of your home to determine which products will give you the best performance for the price.
As experts in the building and construction industry, we know the materials “behind the scenes” of a newly constructed house are just as significant as the beautiful design elements that are visible, such as the roof, siding, brick and front entrance door.
Of all the materials behind walls, in attics and under floors, insulation is one of the most important. As a behind the scene product, it plays a crucial role in the market value of your home. Your family’s future comfort and happiness in your new home is determined not just by the new space, but most importantly by the comfort levels of your home. We can compare it to the moving parts that comprise your car. What words come to mind when you think of your car? Durable. Reliable. Powerful (Maybe you have a pick-up truck?) Fun. Fast. Sleek (a sporty convertible perhaps?) You probably don’t think of the working parts as much — pistons, radiator, spark plugs, etc. — but they keep your car performing well every day.
In much the same way, insulation is what helps keep your home investment protected, performing, and marketable. Homes built to Energy Star standards continue to maintain a higher value in the market place as well.
Energy efficiency: Because it improves energy efficiency, insulation can make any house more valuable. Homeowners are likely willing to pay more for energy efficiency in new homes. In a 2015 National Association of Home Builders NAHB survey, “energy-efficient” was second on the list of features that would most influence a buying decision.
Market value: According to Home Innovation Research Labs (a subsidiary of the NAHB), homebuyers consistently indicate the following categories as most important: healthy place to live, lower operating costs (energy-efficient home), and contribution to a sustainable lifestyle (younger buyers, in particular, tend to care about features that reduce the home’s environmental footprint). Insulation can help you build a home that hits all these marks.
Longevity: Without the proper amount of insulation, a home is more susceptible to air leaks, foundation and siding damage, and more. Insulation helps a home maintain its structural integrity, which can help you protect your company’s reputation and enhance your credibility as a builder of high-quality, durable homes.