You can think of a home energy audit as your home’s energy efficiency check-up. We use diagnostic tools like a blower door test, manometer (a pressure-measuring gauge), smoke sticks, and thermal imaging cameras to see where your home’s energy…read more
Several months into the COVID-19 pandemic, we purchased a retired shuttle bus from a government auction. We wanted a way to travel while still following the CDC guidelines on safe social distancing. Before deciding on the eleven-passenger…read more
Here, we explore cost-effective ways to treat wet crawl spaces and the problems they can create in the rest of the house. These are just some examples of the personalized approach Sustainable Home Energy Solutions takes to address your home’s unique needs.
With the temperature dropping, you may start to notice higher energy bills, colder rooms, and frozen pipes. We can help you come up with a holistic approach to improving your home’s energy efficiency and comfort.
I’ve loved the look of log homes since I was a kid, and I always wanted to build one. And when I learned about cordwood construction a few years back, I knew a time would come when I would be stacking those logs up and admiring the beauty that this construction technique provides.
Should we make the attic a conditioned space? Should we hose it down with several inches of spray foam and close off all the vents, maybe even remove the existing insulation sitting above the ceiling? This is a building science topic of debate…read more
So many Virginians live in older drafty homes where comfort, indoor air quality, and energy bills are an issue. Many folks in the New River Valley could definitely use some weatherizing. Just about all older homes are very drafty and…read more
If you have high energy bills, you may want to start off by having your HVAC ductwork inspected. The U.S. Department of Energy cites that the average American home leaks 20%-30% of the air your HVAC unit is delivering to the conditioned space of…read more
With the arctic blast that has fallen upon the Christiansburg area this winter, there are many homeowners with “the frozen water pipe nightmare” on their hands. Here’s how it goes: You wake in the morning after a blistery cold night with…read more
Our company is currently building an anaerobic digester at Shalom Farms to provide fertilizer and methane gas for greenhouse heating. Volunteering our time to help non-profit organizations is a must- being that the spread of renewable…read more
We performed a weatherization job on a 5,000 sq. foot house near Winchester, VA this past week. The initial energy audit produced the homeowner with several low-cost options for lowering their energy bills. This was a large…read more
We were called by a client who had a solar air heating system that had been in operation since the 80’s. They had enjoyed the “free heat” for so many years, but after 30 years, the system needed some maintenance. The homeowner said…read more