Join Us for Small Business Saturday!

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 25. 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 25.  See you Saturday!

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Go Green This Halloween

Halloween can be a tough time to remember to stay environmentally conscious. Between polyester costumes, sugar-filled treats, and who-knows-what in that face paint, it’s hard for those that are trying to maintain a clean, green routine. Here are some tips to staying green this Halloween:

1. Stay away from the Halloween superstore. Convenient? Yes. Environmentally friendly? No. Not only are the costumes themselves filled with dyes and made with materials that can hurt the environment – they most likely feed into unethical working conditions overseas.

2. Wear a costume you already own. What’s old can become new again! Re-using an old costume is a much better option than buying new – and it’s much better for the environment.

3. Buy the candy locally. Look for goodies with minimal packaging and/or those made packaged in recycled materials. Check labels to see that chocolate and sugar are from sustainable sources.

4. Recycle your pumpkins. When it’s all said and done, give your pumpkins back to nature! Learn more about the best way to do this from The National Wildlife Federation.

Enjoy your Halloween, stay safe, and have fun!

Read more tips here:

Green Halloween Guide – Mind Body Green

10 Green Halloween Tips – WWF

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Why Is It Important to Seal Your Crawl Space?

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. When was the last time you visited the crawl space underneath your home?

Creative Conservation offers full crawl space repair which includes: replacing contaminated crawl space insulation and vapor barriers, cleaning out debris, mold and mildew remediation, and installation of sump pump/interior drain systems. A restored crawl space has numerous benefits for your home.

A residential crawl space repair and restoration by Creative Conservation can:

  • Improve your home’s indoor air quality and temperature
  • Help you avoid costly structural damage
  • Deter pest and rodent infestations
  • Lower electric bills
  • Control humidity and bulk water

Crawl space repair can stop moisture permanently in conditioned or ventilated crawl spaces, as well as basements. Let us transform your crawl space into a clean and healthy area of your home. Call our team of professionals for a free estimate today!

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5 Ways to Save Energy This Fall

Fall is here, and it looks like the cooler weather is settling in. As we look ahead to the cooler months, we wanted to offer some tips for saving energy (and money!) this season. Here are 5 ways to save energy this Fall:

  1. Turn down your water heater. Water heating accounts for about 18% of the energy consumed in your home. By setting the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120°F), you’ll not only save energy – you’ll avoid scalding your hands.
  2. Maintain your home heating system. Schedule a service check-up for your heating system. Find out what maintenance is required to keep your heating system operating efficiently.
  3. Find and seal leaks. Seal the air leaks around utility cut-throughs for pipes (“plumbing penetrations”), gaps around chimneys and recessed lights in insulated ceilings, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets.
  4. Take advantage of the natural heat from the sun. Open curtains on your south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  5. Consider spray foam insulation underneath your home and in your attic. Creative Conservation offers a free estimate for conditioned crawl spaces and sealing your attic space.

Source: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/fall-and-winter-energy-saving-tips

 

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August is National Water Quality Month

As we are thinking about the fun of Labor Day and the last hurrah for Summer, we wanted to re-post this article about Water Quality Month. It’s a good reminder year-round!

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Summer is a time when many people are enjoying water in some form or fashion. Whether you’re swimming in the ocean, kayaking down the James, fishing in your favorite lake, or simply enjoying a few giant glasses of water in the hot, hot sun – water is all around us. Since August is National Water Quality Month, it’s a good time to consider ways to contribute to keeping our water clean and safe (a lesson we should carry with us year-round).

Here are some easy tips that you can make a part of your daily routine from the Natural Resources Defense Council:

  1. Choose gravel over asphalt when possible. Porous surfaces can stop pollution streams when it rains.
  2. Never flush nondegradable products. They can throw a huge wrench into the sewage treatment process and wind up littering beaches and water.
  3. Don’t let paint, used oil, chemical cleaners, or other questionable household products go down the drain. These items contain toxic ingredients we don’t want in our water supply.
  4. Pick up after your dog. You’re not just being a good neighbor – scooping up pet waste keeps bacteria from running into storm drains and water supplies.
  5. Be a careful car owner. Perform regular maintenance to reduce nasty liquid emission, and go to the car wash – they have drain systems that keep the bad water in check.

You can read more the full article here.

Remember – water is essential to life. Let’s do what we can to keep it clean!

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