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Light Switches and Electrical Outlets: The vegetable strainers of your home

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Sometimes air leaks come from the most unexpected places in your home. Take your light switches and outlets, for example. They're in the middle of a "solid" wall, there's no perceivable opening to the outdoors, but you can still get significant air leaks through them. Most homes have openings through the top interior of their walls (called the top plate) leading to the attic which vents outside. These holes are for electrical conduits, communications lines and the seams between framing lumber. If those holes aren't sealed properly they can become a big problem. Even minor leaks in your home can add up to a huge hole.

How to find the right Home Performance Contractor

9 Questions Homeowners Need to ASK Before Hiring a Home Performance Contractor.

If you are not satisfied with the Contractor's answers it might be wise to keep looking!

1.     Do they have Insurance?

Air Sealing Where it Counts

The graph below shows which structural air-leaks drive up energy costs the most, allowing you to maximize efforts toward reinforcing your home's building envelope. 

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How to Protect Yourself from Volatile Energy Prices.

According to recent information from the Consumer Price Index, energy prices are the most volatile of any category across the country. This chart displays just how incredibly volatile they are, compared to other commodities:

As you may know, home energy efficiency improvements are one of the best ways to protect yourself from the volatility of energy prices. Simple upgrades such as insulating your attic, sealing your ducts, and air sealing areas such as the crawlspace and attic can have a tremendous impact on your home's energy consumption (and your utility bills).

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Denver Energy Challenge 2014

If you live in Denver you need to know about the Denver Energy Challenge!  Not only can you get the home performance and comfort services for your home with rebates, but now with the Denver Energy Challenge you can get very low cost financing!  No more cold rooms, hot rooms, drafts and wasted money every month - go to  and find out how to become a winner in the DEC for 2014!  We're proud to be listed in the TOP 5 contractors on the website!

We did it AGAIN! 2013 Angie's List Super Service Award - Energy Geeks

Energy Geeks Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Energy Geekshas earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013.

Energy Geeks has helped over 800 Colorado homeowners live more comfortably and reduce their home’s energy consumption through home energy audits and home performance improvements such as air sealing and insulation upgrades – we’re proud to accept this Angie’s List 2013 Super Service Award”   Paul Jensen, Owner, Energy Geeks

Getting Rid of Hidden Heat Sources in the Home.

Hidden heat sources in the home contribute to uncomfortably hot living spaces, as well as unnecessarily high energy bills, throughout the summer. Simple fixes like switching to energy efficient lighting and insulating water pipes can make a world of difference.

For example, the uninsulated water pipes in the photo below may look innocent enough, but if you look at the infrared image of the water pipes you can see that they're dumping heat into the home, contributing to high energy bills and an uncomfortable house!

Is Your Insulation Working? Find Out with an Energy Audit.

Winter's coming. It's already heating season. So how do you save money on heating costs? You've got to own your heat. Simple as that. You've paid for all that warm air already, so it doesn't make much sense to waste it now.

A simple enough premise - it's the application that gets complicated. We (and most building science experts) strongly recommend air sealing and insulation as high priority measures to make your home use less energy, make you more comfortable, and make the planet happy.

Upgrade Your Refrigerator, Save Money Twice.

One of the biggest energy guzzlers in your home (besides, most likely, your thermal envelope, which lets expensive conditioned air escape through air leaks and poorly insulated walls) is the refrigerator. Upgrading it, believe it or not, can save you a bundle of money in the long run, as long as you don't simply put your old fridge down in the basement and plug it back in. Now, before you balk at the high upfront cost of replacing your fridge, let us explain why we (admittedly, energy-efficiency/penny-pinching geeks) think it's a good idea:

Energy Efficient Landscaping for Cooling Down.

On cold winter days, a ray of sun streaming into your house can be most welcome - a free source of heat. But what about in the summer, when those rays of sun and other, less-evident solar heat, seep into our already too-hot houses and become a costly nuisance? Well, what happens is that you lose money. But using landscaping (namely by planting trees) to shade your home can be a great way to lower energy costs.