Thursday, April 11, 2019

New and Improved Focus on Energy 2019 Incentives Are Here!

For years the Focus on Energy program has provided a variety of incentives to offset the cost of home energy improvements. Historically to qualify for these incentives, pre- and post-energy audits have been required.

The program is now easier than ever. Beginning May 1, 2019, insulation and air sealing incentives will no longer be based on energy audit results.  You will know your expected incentive amount upfront. All improvements must be performed by a Focus on Energy Trade Ally. (Rockweiler Insulation is a Focus Trade Ally.)

Here is a simple overview* of program incentives:

  • Attic insulation incentive
    • Insulate and air seal 600 or more square feet of attic space to qualify for a $500 incentive.
    • The attic must currently have an insulation level of R19 or less to qualify.
  • Basement insulation incentive
    • Insulate basement box sills with spray foam insulation and qualify for a $100 incentive. 
    • Prior to adding spray foam insulation, the box sill must have no insulation.
  • Payment
    • Our office will supply the proper paperwork to confirm that qualifying work was performed. 
    • This paperwork can be submitted to Focus on Energy so you can receive direct payment of your incentive. 

That’s it! Now it’s even easier to qualify for home energy upgrade incentives and have a more comfortable home! Contact our office with any questions about insulation, air sealing or Focus on Energy incentives.

*For further program details visit focusonenergy.com/myhome 


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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Tips for Finding a Reputable Contractor

Today many homeowners go to the internet to choose a contractor. There are many websites that a homeowner can visit to help with their contractor search. This seems like a great way to find a contractor, but it may not be the best way. Many websites promote contractors who pay to be listed at the top of their site. Although customer reviews on these sites are helpful, top page position on a website does not necessarily mean that the contractor is the most qualified.

Here are some ways to find information to help you choose the right contractor for your project:

  • Google – Reviews on Google can be posted by any customer. The more positive reviews a contractor has, the higher they are ranked. Google searches also provide overall company information like organizations they belong to or ways they give back to the community.
  • Facebook – Facebook reviews can also be posted by anyone. In addition to checking reviews, a company’s Facebook page can provide insight into the company’s culture, community involvement and more.
  • Friend and Family References – The best recommendations come from friends and family members. Ask them if they have worked with a company they love. They will have first-hand experience with a company – from the first call to final payment as well as insight about any service issues.

It’s important to feel good about a contractor and to feel you can trust information you find online. Don’t assume the contractor who appears at the top of a search is the best. Consider these other sources as part of your search.



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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Fiberglass Insulation – Recycling at its Best

Each day insulation saves energy in homes and businesses throughout the country. Fiberglass insulation makes an even bigger positive environmental impact.

According the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) and its member companies, U.S. and Canadian fiberglass insulation manufacturers used 3.2 billion pounds of recycled materials in the production of its insulation products in 2017. In fact, since the industry’s recycling program began in 1992, NAIMA members have kept an estimated 58.2 billion pounds of recycled materials from local waste facilities.

To learn more about recycling efforts of NAIMA members, visit this link.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Attics and Basements – Where to Insulate and Why

Most homeowners think of upgrading their home’s insulation during fall and winter. This is when homeowners hear their furnaces run, begin to feel the pinch of high energy bills and notice cold areas around their homes. If you’re ready to upgrade your home’s insulation, here are two areas to address:

Attic

When air escapes a home it goes up, not out. This makes your home’s attic the first place to start when making home energy upgrades. Upgrading your attic insulation adds a thermal layer that will help maintain your home’s inside temperature. You can go one step further by sealing air leaks in your attic. According to ENERGY STAR, 60% of a home’s air leaks exist in the attic. Insulating and air sealing your attic will help make your home more comfortable and save money on energy bills year after year.

Basement Box Sills

Box sills are the area of the basement where the outside wall of the home meets the joist of the first floor. Box sills are constructed with a thin layer of siding, plywood and foam board. These materials are not enough to prevent energy loss, cold basements and high energy bills. In fact, some estimates indicate that 25% of a home’s heat loss is a result of uninsulated box sills. We recommend adding spray foam insulation to box sills to both insulate and air seal this critical area.

A friendly reminder: Schedules fill up quickly during fall and winter. Be patient when scheduling with a qualified insulation contractor. It’s worth waiting for an insulation expert to review your home and recommend proper energy upgrades.

Have questions about adding insulation to your home? Contact our office. Our team is happy to help!








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Friday, September 14, 2018

Why to Hire a Professional Insulation Contractor

It’s common for homeowners to tackle home upgrades and DIY projects. If you’re thinking of installing your own insulation, think again! Properly insulating a structure is more than throwing insulation into a wall. Our estimators regularly receive calls asking us to fix improperly installed insulation.

Quality insulation involves sealing air leaks and properly installing fiberglass insulation. Air sealing is as important in wall cavities as it is in attics and throughout a home. Improper or incomplete air sealing (behind electrical boxes, sealing wire penetrations, etc.) leads to drafty walls and comfort issues.

After air sealing, it’s important to install fiberglass insulation. Fiberglass insulation must be properly installed to achieve maximum R-value. This includes installing fiberglass batt insulation to completely fill a cavity – from top to bottom, and from side to side. Well trained installers know the best methods for installing fiberglass batt insulation to achieve maximum R-value.

As easy as it may sound, attempting to tackle your home’s insulation on your own can create a list of headaches. Once a wall or other cavity is closed with drywall, outside air can infiltrate the cavity and become trapped inside. This can result in discoloration, frost on your wall, mildew and possibly even mold. Proper installation and air sealing help maintain the integrity of your entire home.

Don’t let the perceived cost savings of DIY insulation end up costing you more in the long run. Hire a professional insulation contractor and have the job done right the first time! Call our office to schedule your free estimate.


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