Four Ways to Improve Home Energy Performance
The latest Federal Energy Efficiency Actions provide clean energy alternatives and encourage homeowners to install energy saving technologies in their homes. As October and National Energy Awareness Month comes to an end, it’s not too late to start projects to keep your home protected, insulated, and energy efficient in the upcoming cold winter months.
CertainTeed, North America’s leading brand of building products, offers four ways to help homeowners be aware of steps they can take to help to improve the efficiency and comfort of their home:
A Financially Smarter Roof: Including affordable solar roofing as an integral part of an electrical system is a great way to save money and invest in a home. With some of the highest efficiency panels on the market today, Solstice® rack-mounted solar roofing accelerates overall return on investment, is aesthetically-pleasing and is backed by a robust warranty — covering both the system and its installation. It also qualifies for a 30 percent federal tax credit, state and utility rebates and incentives. To find out what’s available in your local area, visit www.dsireusa.org.
Consider a Home Audit: An energy audit of your home, also known as a home energy assessment, helps determine how much energy a home consumes and to evaluate what measures to take to make it more energy efficient. Under the new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Home Energy Score, which offers a “miles per gallon” type rating to estimate a home’s energy use on a 1-10 point scale, single family homes with a score of 6 or higher could increase their access to financing tools to make energy efficiency improvements.
Use Sustainable, High Performance Products: InsulSafe® SP Attic Insulation is a great choice to help lower a Home Energy Score. It is thermally efficient, reduces home energy demand and costs, and is a sustainable product that contains recycled materials for complete indoor comfort.For the areas below the attic such as media rooms, SilentFX® noise-reducing drywall with M2Tech® technology reduces sound transmission through walls where noise can be an issue — creating a more comfortable home for all to enjoy. It is also a sustainable choice, enclosed in a 100 percent recycled face and back paper, it contributes to indoor air quality by providing enhanced moisture and mold resistance.
Don’t Let Winter Weather Dampen the Mood: Planning a major exterior remodel? Before the siding goes on, weather protection needs to be built in. CertaWrap™ Weather Resistant Barrier offers superior breathability, water resistance and vapor permeance. This combination of properties provides a highly effective defense against mold, mildew and water damage during and after construction. It will also help to reduce heating and cooling costs by preventing air infiltration and leakage through gaps, cracks or holes. For added protection, CedarBoards™ insulated vinyl siding combines the low-maintenance benefits of vinyl with the strength and thermal benefits of a custom-contoured rigid foam insulation backer. Dressing a home in CedarBoards is like wrapping it in a cozy blanket. Inside will be a quieter, more comfortable home and outside will provide the authentic look of natural wood.
For more information, visit www.certainteed.com.
Images, product samples and industry comments are available upon request. To speak to an expert, contact Vicky Gallagher of CertainTeed Corporation at Victoria.M.Gallagher@Saint-Gobain.com or 610-341-7944.
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings.
A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, and celebrating its 350th anniversary, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For seven consecutive years, the company has received top honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its contributions in protecting the environment and was most recently the recipient of the 2015 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2014.www.certainteed.com