Small Business Saturday at the Home Energy Store

Every year, we look forward to Thanksgiving and spending time with friends and family. Many of you may venture out to shop on Black Friday, but what about supporting local businesses during Small Business Saturday?

Every year, this event takes place the day after Black Friday – this year it will occur on Saturday, November 26. The day was created by American Express to encourage consumers to shop and brick and mortar businesses that are small and local. By shopping on Small Business Saturday, you’re not only giving back to the small businesses in your neighborhood – you’re supporting the local economy as a whole. Plus, it’s another reason to shop – that’s a bonus!

If you need more reasons to get out and shop local on Small Business Saturday, Forbes posted an article about why it matters. Come and see us at the Home Energy Store on November 26.  See you Saturday!

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Spray Foam Application – Video Resources

If you’re new to the idea of spray foam, you may be wondering: What does it look like? How do the professionals apply it to my walls, crawl space, or attic?

12553105_1091164940928332_3338387060413009014_n The Video Resources page on the Creative Conservation website contains answers to these questions and more. Our video library includes applications for:

  • Roof decks
  • Basement walls
  • Truss attics
  • Rhino Linings

You can also view past commercials we have done, as well as our participation in the first Net Zero home in all of Virginia!

Check out our Video Resources page here.

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Is Your Crawl Space In Good Shape?

A crawl space is an important part of your home. It promotes air circulation, provides access to plumbing, electrical and other wiring, and — most importantly — serves as the actual foundation of your home.

And, yet, it is often one of the most neglected spaces in a home. Because of their location, crawl spaces can easily become damaged by moisture, extreme temperatures, and water vapor levels. Once this happens, the structural integrity of your home can be compromised. This is why it is so important to check in on your crawl space – and if you’re in need of crawl space repair, Creative Conservation has the tools and the experience to restore this area of your home into tip-top shape.

We offer a variety of crawl space repair services, including: replacing contaminated crawl space insulation and vapor barriers, cleaning out debris, mold and mildew remediation, and installation of sump pump/interior drain systems.

Here’s a look at a crawl space before and after repair, so you can see the difference:

before v after

Read more about our crawl space repair services at www.creativeconservation.com.

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Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden

It’s hard to believe that Fall is almost here! We are looking forward to cooler weather, pumpkins and all of the great holidays that are just around the corner. Here in Virginia, now is a great time to begin planting your Fall garden. Here are some plants that are perfect to sow at this time of the year:

  • Beet
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Lettuce
  • Radish
  • Spinach

These plants can often survive the harsh Winter and will produce a bountiful harvest. Keep in mind that the first frost in Central Virginia typically falls around November 1-10, so planting soon is important!

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Better Homes and Gardens has a great how-to guide when it comes to getting your garden ready for Fall. Check it out here. Remember, the Home Energy Store is always available to help you with your gardening needs.

 

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Five Eco-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Labor Day

It’s hard to believe that Summer is almost over! Most of us will be celebrating Labor Day somehow – who doesn’t love a three-day weekend to say goodbye to hot weather and hello to Fall? No matter what you plan to do this weekend, remember to stay green. Here are five eco-friendly ways to celebrate Labor Day:

  1. Having a party? Use e-vites to digitally invite guests to your shindig. This will save on paper, ink and postage – it’s a win-win-win! If you do want to use paper, save a tree and be sure it’s made out of recycled material.
  2. Ditch the charcoal. If you’re going to be operating a grill, natural gas and propane are the most environmentally-friendly ways to do so. Charcoal burns dirty, releasing soot particles into the air that can worsen chronic heart and lung problems.
  3. Don’t use plastic utensils. With plastic being harmful to the environment, here are two better choices: Use your regular dishes and wash up, or purchase plates and cutlery made of bamboo and corn – they are biodegradable.
  4. Compost your veggies. Instead of throwing out the scraps from your grilled corn or other veggie dishes, try composting them! The EPA has tips on how to do it at home, and many communities offer places to drop off your scraps for composting.
  5. Make “going green” a family affair ALL weekend long! Get your family involved in starting a compost bin or water garden together, set up rain barrels, or plant a tree in honor of all the hard work American workers do for the country since it’s Labor Day weekend.

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