Low Impact Development

Low impact development (LID) is the practice of using techniques in building and construction that minimize the effect that development will have on the quality of the surrounding environment. LID emphasizes conservation and use of on-site natural features to protect water quality.

LID techniques can be seen all over the Richmond area from residents installing rain barrels for lawn watering and car washing to the upcoming projects to harvest rain water at Capital Square. Minimum effort can yield maximum environmental benefits as well as savings. Although the Richmond City Charter does not allow for residential credits, the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) plans to introduce language to the General Assembly that will allow residential credits in the very near future.

For more information about low impact development, visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency web site.

Read more about Low Impact Development on our website.

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April is National Garden Month

It’s April – which means its officially National Garden Month! This month, created to raise awareness about the many benefits of gardening, has been celebrated in some capacity since 1986. The celebration features educational activities, public events, government proclamations, and garden center seminars, all building excitement and increased participation in gardening.

Every week throughout this month, the official website for National Garden Month will be sharing helpful articles and fun activities to get your whole family involved in gardening and caring for the Earth.

Check out the website for National Garden Month here.

While we’re on the subject, take a look at our past blog post on gardening tips.

Our friends over at Zacs Garden have provided a useful guide to gardening as well.

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Your Questions About Spray Foam Insulation… Answered!

As an industry leader in spray foam insulation, we receive questions all the time about the product. What is it, how does it work, what are the benefits, the list goes on! We are happy to answer any and all questions you have about spray foam. To help you get started, we wanted to share a selection from our FAQ page at www.creativeconservation.com:

Q: How much will insulation cost?

A: The cost of insulating your home will vary depending on the size and style of house, the insulating products used, and the strategies implemented (unvented attic, conditioned crawl etc.). Visit our project calculator for more examples

Q: If foam and cellulose are so good, why do most people use fiberglass?

A: Most people use batt insulation because they aren’t given the option to use something better, and aren’t aware that upgrading your insulation system at the construction stage will usually completely pay for itself in the first 1-3 years.

Q: What are conditioned crawlspaces?

A: A conditioned crawl space uses insulation on the walls and a sealed vapor barrier instead of the typical under floor insulation to create an energy efficient space under your home.

Conditioned crawl spaces bring the HVAC equipment, air handler, and ducts into conditioned space. Any duct leakage is lost into the building envelope. Conditioned crawl spaces eliminate moisture intrusion, control relative humidity, and improve indoor air quality. By creating a mini basement, the foundation walls are insulated instead of the crawl ceiling. Conditioned crawl spaces require supply air only (no return), 1 cfm per 50 square feet of floor space.

Q: What are unvented attics?

A: A conditioned attic uses insulation on the underside of your roof deck and gable end walls instead of the typical flat ceiling insulation to create an energy efficient space on top of your home. Read more about unvented attics.

For more information, view our complete FAQ page here.

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Spring Is (Almost) Here… Get Your Garden Ready!

It’s hard to believe that Spring is just around the corner. Here in the Richmond area, it has felt like Spring for quite a while… but that March 20th date will make it official!

It’s not to early to start go ahead and start planning out your garden. In fact, March is the perfect time to plant seeds for vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, and broccoli. Last year around this time, we published a post with detailed gardening tips for planting your Spring garden. You can find that post in full here.

If you’re new to gardening, we recommend this blog post from Zacs Garden called, “How to Start a Garden: The Concise Online Guide to Going From Nothing to Something in Your Yard.” Check out his complete guide here.

As always, you can find all of your garden essentials at the Home Energy Store. Stop by and check us out today in Historic Ashland, VA!

Home Energy Store
109 England Street
Ashland, VA 23005

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Happy Valentine’s Day from the Home Energy Store!

It’s February – the month of love, and the perfect time to show that special someone you care! The Home Energy Store has a great offer for those looking to give a unique gift this season. Say Happy Valentine’s Day with the Kitras Love hand blown glass ball. This is a free gift with any purchase from the Home Energy Store, through Valentine’s Day only!

Kitras Art Glass is one of the unique products that we carry at the Home Energy Store. Established in 1994, this company creates a variety of beautiful glass-blown products. Their vision is to be recognized as an excellent studio that produces innovative, beautiful and decorative glass objects. They strive to create designs that enhance the modern home, garden and lifestyle. Kitras believes that beautiful things enhance the enjoyment of everyday life because when surrounded by beauty, the spirit is uplifted.

You can read more about Kitras Art Glass here: http://www.kitras.com/aboutus.htm

Visit us at the Home Energy Store and pick up your Kitras Love glass ball with purchase today! 109 England Street, Ashland, VA 23005.

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