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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Knauf Insulation Presents Eco-Friendly Advancements at Builders Show

The manufacturer of some of our eco-friendly insulation products, Knauf Insulation, was an exhibitor at the International Builders Show last week in Orlando, Fla. Based in Shelbyville, Ind., “supplies sustainable high performance insulation products for enhanced energy efficiency in buildings.” 
Knauf Insulation
At the residential building industry’s largest trade show, Knauf Insulation highlighted several achievements in the past year that demonstrates the company’s commitment to the environment, including:

  • Use of recycled glass bottles (up 50%) in our fiber glass insulation;
  • Reclamation and reuse vented heat at our factories;
  • Development of the most advanced compression packaging technology in the world to reduce the transport emissions of our distribution operations, and for our customers;
  • Development of revolutionary ECOSE® Technology to replace petroleum-based chemicals (e.g. phenol and formaldehyde) used in traditional insulation, leading to a 70% reduction in binder embodied energy. –buildersshow.com

Learn how you can save up to $500 in tax credits on eco-friendly insulation, including Knauf Insulation EcoBatt and EcoSeal.

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Henges Insulation: Supports Kansas City Home Builders Association

Henges Insulation is recognized for its support in the January newsletter of the Kansas City Home Builders Association.

Kansas City Home Builders Association

Henges has supports the local builders association in many different ways including:

  • 2010 Bronze Sponsor
  • Sponsoring membership luncheons
  • 2010 Green Build Sponsor

The Kansas City Builders Association kicked off the year by inducting Travis Graham as president for the 11th year and recognizing the association’s award winners. Among the award winners is Bruce Rieke of B.L. Rieke Custom Homes, who was inducted into the Builders Hall of Fame.

Key dates for the association in the upcoming year are:

  • Home Show, March 25-27
  • HBA Missouri Legislative Day, April 6
  • Spring Homes Tour, April 16-May 1
  • American Dreams Award Ceremony, April 20

 

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Plan Your Outdoor Living Space Now

Don’t let warm weather sneak up on you this year. Start thinking of how you want to build or remodel your outdoor living space to make sure all is set for enjoying your ideal retreat this spring and summer. Don’t worry, we will be covering outdoor living ideas frequently throughout the next few months to help you get started.

Need some inspiration? Check out a recent feature in Kansas City Homes & Gardens about a fabulous outdoor living space that includes an enviable outdoor kitchen and wood-burning stone fireplace underneath a covered lanai as well as a swimming pool, pool house, and other amenities. There’s even room for a flat-screen!

Outdoor Living Design

You can customize your outdoor living space to your design style and budget with all the choices that are available today. Contact Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Olathe, Kan., to discuss your thoughts, and we will come up with a solution that works for you.

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2011 Tax Credits and Local Incentives for Energy Savings

Although the federal tax credit for certain energy-efficient upgrades has been reduced for 2011, you can still save a bundle and be eco-friendly too by taking advantage of local incentives for energy savings as well as the new federal tax credits. Remember, making energy-efficient upgrades is almost always a cost-effective decision, even without incentives!

Federal tax credits beginning this year and going through 2016 will be limited to a maximum of $500 in lifetime savings for upgrading your home with things like biomass stoves and insulation. All the products qualifying for tax credits in 2010 still qualify.

However Missouri Gas Energy and Kansas City Power & Light are offering up to $1200 dollars in bill credits for an energy audit and qualified energy-efficient home improvements. Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Olathe, Kan., is a certified contractor capable of performing a comprehensive home performance assessment or energy audit to qualify you for these savings.

Contact us for more information about federal and local energy savings incentives.

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Heating Fuel: A New Use for Corn

Corn is catching on! The National Corn Growers Association promotes the use of corn as heating fuel in a recent post on its blog, “Corn Commentary.” The post discusses the widespread use of corn as fuel in Michigan and how that state’s corn growers have connected with a developing consumer base interested in heating with corn.

Henges Insulation has joined the alternative energy movement by offering corn-burning, biomass, and flex-fuel stoves. These eco-friendly stoves not only decrease our dependence on foreign oil and are better for the environment, but they can also save you money on your heating bills.

Check out this story about how one family made the switch to a versatile flex-fuel stove, and contact Henges in Olathe, Kan., for more information.

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Stay in Touch with Henges Insulation

Happy New Year from everyone at Henges Insulation in Kansas City! We hope you will continue to stay in touch with us in 2011:

 

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