June 8, 2012

How do I know that?  Because the Department of Energy recommends attic insulation for the Greenville Climate zone of R-49 or more.  They base this on our particular climate, weather patterns, building construction, and energy costs.  Even if your home is brand new the code requirement for our area is an R-30.  This is because the lobby for the South Carolina Home Builders Association lobbies to keep new home construction costs down.  As a result, even a brand new home has approximately 40% less than what is needed to make your home energy efficient!  Imagine if your house is fifty...

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April 4, 2012

If you live in the Southeast, chances are your air conditioner runs full blast in the summer, but it doesn't have to. My family enjoys more comfortable (and less expensive) summers as a result of my weatherization efforts to our home. The first and most important of which is the installation of a radiant barrier in our attic. 

April 4, 2012

Before cold weather hits, you may want to get weatherization out of the way. It's inevitable. Some of the air you pay to heat is going to end up outside. That's like throwing money out your front door. How much depends on how many leaks, holes and tiny crevasses are throughout your home. Think of the times when you've had plumbers under your house. Often, they have to cut through some boards to get to your plumbing and, unfortunately, some plumbers don't plug the holes when they're done. That's exactly what we found under our house. No wonder the tub in my daughters' bathroom used...

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April 4, 2012

If you need a new HVAC system, reading this article could help you save thousands of dollars. I recently started to realize that the reduction of energy usage in a home is about two things: managing the amount of heat added in during the winter and heat taken out during the summer, but what does that mean for you? Well, as long as you're comfortable and can maintain your comfort for a reasonable cost, you're fine. If not, most of you automatically turn to your local heating and cooling service companies for help, which is good, but your approach will either add to your costs or add...

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April 4, 2012

Click on the image to watch Dean Benton's interview with WYFF's Myra Ruiz about the benefits of air sealing.

March 15, 2012

Pending in the Senate is a bill called the Home Star Retrofit Act of 2010, or simply Home Star for short. Sometimes referred to as Cash for Caulkers in street slang, the bill would provide a series of financial incentives for homeowners to increase the energy efficiency of their homes through substantive, effective improvements to their homes that save homeowners money, reduce our country’s carbon emissions, help to mitigate climate change, and put tens of thousands of Americans back to work.

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Scott Kelly, President of Carolina Heating Service

I first ran into Dean at a customer house several years ago. He was doing an energy audit where I was upgrading the HVAC system. Dean had recommended some upgrades to the home which greatly reduced the customer’s utility bill.