Energy News & Tips

Smart Phone Apps To Save Energy

Need more ideas on how to conserve energy? Service Champions suggests using your smartphone to manage your home energy consumption. Read on for a quick glance at our favorites. 


1. Kill-Ur-Watts

This free app pulls stats from utility providers to show your electricity consumption over time. This app will give you pointers for reducing your carbon footprint, as well as comparisons with other homeowners.

2. Wiser EMS

The Wiser Energy Management System is a free app that puts your energy usage data into a user-friendly format.

3. Ecobee Smart Thermostat

This easy app displays the same interface as the thermostat screen for user-friendly navigation. Use this remotely to view your home’s energy use in the form of charted reports, change temperature settings, and save schedules according to your daily routines.

4.Light Bulb Finder

This free app will give you information about the light bulbs you use in your home and suggests energy-efficient alternatives. This very user-friendly app will also suggests where to buy them.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is dedicated to providing professional service to homeowners, builders and commercial contractors in the KC Metro and surrounding areas. We assist with choosing the proper insulation or finding the fireplace that fits your lifestyle. Our certified professionals then install your product at a fair price. We can help you save on energy costs, conserve energy, and make a valuable investment in your home.

 

Air Sealing Tips

You can reduce your home’s costs through proper insulation and air sealing techniques. Air leakage occurs when outside air enters and conditioned air leaves your house uncontrollably through cracks and openings. Checkout these air sealing tips and learn more at Energy.gov.

Air Sealing Tips

Image Credit: Energy.gov

Air Sealing Tips:

  • Test your home for air tightness.
  • Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air.
  • Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, ceilings, and soffits over cabinets.
  • Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on walls.
  • Inspect dirty spots in your insulation for air leaks and mold. Seal leaks with low-expansion spray foam made for this purpose and install house flashing if needed.
  • Look for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet, which may indicate air leaks at interior wall/ceiling joints and wall/floor joists, and caulk them.
  • Cover single-pane windows with storm windows or replace them with more efficient double-pane low- emissivity windows. See theWindows section for more information.
  • Use foam sealant on larger gaps around windows, baseboards, and other places where air may leak out.
  • Cover your kitchen exhaust fan to stop air leaks when not in use.
  • Check your dryer vent to be sure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire.
  • Replace door bottoms and thresholds with ones that have pliable sealing gaskets.
  • Keep the fireplace flue damper tightly closed when not in use.
  • Seal air leaks around fireplace chimneys, furnaces, and gas-fired water heater vents with fire-resistant materials such as sheet metal or sheetrock and furnace cement caulk.

Insulation for your home is a major decision, whether you are building a new home or doing structural remodeling. Your decision should be based on your needs, desires and budget. At Henges Insulation & Fireplaces, our certified professionals undergo extensive training followed by continuing education and re-certifications throughout their careers.  When choosing insulation for your home, our experts will provide you with options and help you select the best insulation products available.

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Control Humidity and Save Energy

High humidity can make a hot day feel 10 degrees warmer, and rainy weather increases that sticky feeling, a common problem during Kansas City summers. Air-conditioning helps regulate humidity, but you may be working it harder and more often than you need to if it’s too humid inside your home, causing power bills to spike.

Control Humidity

The Weather Channel says homes with humidity problems may have:

  • window condensation
  • mold
  • allergens
  • bugs
  • poor ventilation

Is your home too humid? If humidity is a problem, try a dehumidifier and better ventilation in rooms that generate a lot of moisture, such as the bathroom and kitchen. Another easy solution is to hang a bundle of writing chalk in problem areas to absorb excess moisture.

Keeping humidity under control can make your home feel more comfortable during hot weather, eliminating the urge to crank down the air and giving your wallet some relief. In fact, for every degree you raise the thermostat, you can expect to cut energy consumption by 3-5%, according to Kansas City Power & Light, resulting in a lower power bill. The most energy-efficient (and cost-saving) setting for cooling in the summer is 78-80 degrees, and ceiling fans and box fans can be use to help circulate the air.

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Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

Here are some ways to beat the heat this summer, with a few key improvements that will not only improve the efficiency of your home but also save money and energy from Tom Kraeutler.

Attic insulation

* Adding attic insulation isn’t something you might think to do in summer, but doing so can help keep hot attic air out of your house as well as save energy year-round.

* Seal all duct seams to keep that hard-earned cool air from escaping into dead ends. As much as 20% of circulating air is lost to leaks and faulty connections.

* Now’s the time to get your central air conditioning system serviced for optimum summertime efficiency. Even if it seems to cool well, low-refrigerant levels may mean it needs to run longer to do the same job cooling your house, which raises cooling costs significantly. After servicing, help your AC system keep up the cool by changing filters at least once a month.

* Use a programmable thermostat to sync home comfort with your household’s summer routines. Set it for a higher temperature when you’re away from the house, and program the cooling to begin about an hour before you’re due to arrive home.

Read more tips here

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces is dedicated to providing professional service to homeowners, builders and commercial contractors in the KC Metro and surrounding areas. We assist with choosing the proper insulation or finding the fireplace that fits your lifestyle. Our certified professionals then install your product at a fair price. We can help you save on energy costs, conserve energy, and make a valuable investment in your home.

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A Small Investment in Attic Insulation Can Make a Big Difference

Considering that about half of a household’s entire energy bill goes to heating and cooling, and attic insulation is relatively inexpensive, there’s little money to be lost and lots to be gained from insulating your attic. You’ll reduce heating and cooling bills, give your furnace and air conditioner a break, and improve the comfort in your home. 

 Attic Insulation Can Make a Big Difference

If your home is older, it may not have any insulation in the attic. Or if you haven’t added to your insulation in years, it may be compressed and therefore less effective. Either way, you could be losing heating and cooling dollars every single day. Insulation works by trapping little pockets of air that then form an air barrier between the inside and outside temperatures. Because these pockets of air can’t move, they can’t travel through the insulation to transfer their heat. Over time, insulation settles, is introduced to moisture which weighs it down, and may even get walked on occasionally all of which presses these pockets of air out of the insulation making it less effective.

Henges Insulation & Fireplaces in Olathe, Kansas, is a leading contractor in the insulation and fireplace industries in the Kansas City area. We have provided high-quality products and services to builders, remodelers, designers, architects and homeowners since 1932. For a free home insulation evaluation, call Henges Insulation today.

 

 

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Outdoor Living Trends in 2019

Hanleywood and Zillow have complied a list of outdoor living trends for 2019.

What Is In:

Mixed Materials. This summer, design elements that were once considered for indoor use only – brass, rope, textured upholstery and webbing – are being combined in new, unexpected ways for outdoor spaces. Chandeliers, soft rugs and cozy floor cushions are now popular for outside.

Minimalism to the Max. Scandinavian minimalist design, beloved by social media, is now showing up in outdoor furnishings. Lounge chairs, love seats and bistro tables are trending this summer in lightweight, powder-coated aluminum.

Some Like it Hot. This summer it’s all about elevated outdoor spaces that feel as stylish, comfortable and functional as interiors – with all the amenities. Fire features and outdoor kitchens continue to be extremely popular, providing a sense of “indoor cozy.” Beyond adding ambiance, the latest Zillow research found home listings mentioning outdoor kitchens and outdoor fireplaces sold for significantly more than expected.

Pops of Color. Splashes of bold color are brightening up neutral upholstered furnishings. This summer’s top color trend of citrus bright oranges, reds, yellows and pinks are lively and vibrant outside.

Go Green Outside. Eco-conscious landscaping, outdoor furnishings and fixtures have gained traction this year. Living walls make a design statement and reduce your carbon footprint, and solar-powered LED accent lights provide upgraded illumination without complex wiring or tricky installation.

What Is Out:

Matching Patio Sets. With more options than ever, there’s no need to rely on matching patio sets for a pulled-together look. Instead, curated, eclectic outdoor spaces continue to rise in popularity. Own a patio set? Add mix and match multi-patterned outdoor pillows, a textured ottoman and a vintage rattan side table for a unique look. 

Rustic Farmhouse. Weathered barnwood dining tables and industrial metal chairs are getting a 2019 makeover with a sleeker combination of teak and aluminum. Take your existing farm table and give it an upgrade with a set of bright, cheery mesh aluminum dining chairs. 

Read more here.

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, KS, to discuss your thoughts, and we will come up with a solution that works for you!

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Gas Fire Pit Table: Monte Carlo Linear

The Monte Carlo Linear Gas Fire Pit Table looks as beautiful as it is durable!

Monte Carlo Linear Gas Fire Pit Table

Gas Fire Pit Table

  • Black powder coated metal base
  • Black Glass Top
  • Grey Glass Burner Cover included
  • Product is set up for liquid propane but can be converted for natural gas
  • Access door conceals 20 lb. LP tank in base
  • Optional Glass Wind Guard and Protective Cover sold separately
  • UL Listed
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Did you know that Henges Insulation & Fireplaces sells outdoor gas fire pits and fire pit tables? If your outdoor living space needs a little love, we can help!  Call us today at 913-764-4600.

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Westport Gas Fire Pit Table

The Westport Pub Gas Fire Pit Table comes with the choice of an Intrigue or 16×16″ Pewter Crystal Fire Burner set inside a beautiful faux-wood tile and on a distressed wood paneled base that will continue to age and wear as time goes on. 

Learn more about the The Westport Pub Gas Fire Pit Table

Did you know that Henges Insulation & Fireplaces sells outdoor gas fire pits and fire pit tables? Looking to add a functional fire feature to your outdoor entertaining space? Call us today at 913-764-4600!

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Gas Fire Pit: Hudson Stone

The Hudson Stone Gas Fire Pit Kit is easy to assemble and set up in your own backyard. Assembly required, comes unassembled on pallet.

Learn more about the Hudson Stone Gas Fire Pit Kit.

Did you know that Henges Insulation & Fireplaces sells outdoor gas fire pits and fire pit tables? Call us today at 913-764-4600 and we can go over our wide selection and help you pick out the perfect fire pit!

 

The Cove Collection: Outdoor Fire Pits

The Cove Collection is the perfect addition to any outdoor space. The organic, natural appearance of the concrete is unique to each unit and color variations, pitting, and wear are common attributes to the beauty of the fire bowl. The Cove Collection includes a 30″, 20″ and 12″ Gas Fire Pit Bowl.

Cove Gas Fire Pit Bowls

Did you know that Henges Insulation & Fireplaces sells outdoor gas fire pits and fire pit tables? Looking to add a functional fire feature to your outdoor entertaining space? Call us today at 913-764-4600 and we can go over our wide selection and help you pick out the perfect fire pit!