Southern Tier Home and Garden Show 2016

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at this year's Home Show! 

Our booth was beautiful! 

Lots of folks signed up for estimates or home energy assessments. 

As usual, the Home Show was well-attended. 

Our infrared camera display caught the interest of many people, especially kids! 

How Blower Door Assisted Air Sealing Helps Find Leaks

Using a blower door--a device that sucks the air out of your house to simulate an especially windy day--is the best way to identify where your house leaks. For many of us, a thousand little pin pricks may add up to a hole in your house the size of a window left open 24 hours a day, 365 says per year. 

By using a blower door in coordination with air sealing, we can identify the biggest leaks and get them sealed. 

This video from Green Building Advisor shows how it's done. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving, we at The Insulation Man are thankful that Binghamton doesn't yet look like this photo (taken by our project manager, Joey Lasicki, during one of last winter's many snowstorms). This was taken near the corner of Washington and Hawley in downtown Binghamton. 

The Building Science Reference Guide: 2nd Edition, Now With International Recognition

By Solvei Blue, Analyst & Program Specialist

The Building Performance Institute (BPI) is the national standard-setting organization for energy efficiency in the USA, and, in a move that highlights the growing importance of energy efficiency and whole house building analysis in the global housing market, BPI has partnered with the International Code Council (ICC), which is responsible for publishing, among other things, the International Building Code, to create a new reference book for building science principles. 

Our Contribution to "Throwback Thursday"

Throwback Thursday (#TBT) is a thing on social media now, and The Insulation Man wanted to get in on the action. Remember when The Insulation Man was chosen as the The Greater Binghamton Chamber Of Commerce's Business of the Week? 

"It's about time we stopped heating the outdoors," said Vice President Dave Currie in this short clip from WITV. 

The exciting thing is that The Insulation Man is poised to grow even more, to bring energy- and money-saving opportunities and quality jobs to even more people throughout the Southern Tier! 

Posted by Program Specialist Solvei Blue

Old Man Winter is Coming: Prepare Your Home for Cold Weather!

by Solvei Blue, NYSERDA Program Specialist

Today is the Autumn Equinox! Although that doesn't actually mean you can more easily balance an egg on its end, it does mean that after today, the daylight hours will be shorter than the nighttime hours, and cold weather is on its way.

With cold weather comes rain, snow, and heating bills! Here are a few tips to get your house ready for winter:

Tips for Handy Types: Stop Drafts from Under a Wooden Door

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Would you like a cheap, simple way to stop the drafts from under your door, even if the floor is uneven? If you are handy and have a router and a few common materials on hand, you can do this at home! This video from Fine Homebuilding explains how.

Obviously, it's great to stop drafts from your door. But it's more difficult to detect and seal drafts that come from the un-insulated or un-sealed portions of your walls, ceilings, floors, and joists. The Insulation Man can help with that part--just contact us for a thorough, no-cost (or low-cost) home energy assessment! 

Will Greening Your Home Increase Its Resale Value? Probably.

When investing in energy-saving home improvements, most homeowners' primary concerns are about their utility bills and the comfort of their home. If spending money on insulation or a new, highly efficient furnace results in lower heating costs and a family that is warm and comfortable, then the investment is worth it, right? But what if you decide to move and want to sell the house? Will you recoup the money you spent? 

Chicago Couple Used Insulation Retrofitting to Create a "Passive House"

A "passive house" is more active than it sounds. The name refers to a design and construction technique of using a combination of siting, air-sealing, insulation, and design to create a house that requires little to no energy to keep at a comfortable indoor temperature year-round. 

We found this article about the transformation of a 100-year-old leaky house into a comfortable and beautiful low-energy home quite fascinating: check it out! 

Light Switches Can Be Big Sources of Leaks

Check out this video from Energy Vanguard--it's only a few seconds long, but it shows how electrical sockets can cause drafts and cold rooms when the wall they are in is not well insulated. In fact, your electrical sockets may be bigger sources of cold air leakage in the winter than your windows could ever hope to be! Call The Insulation Man at 607-775-3035 to find out for sure with a free estimate or home energy audit.