Home Energy Efficiency Blog

Just as Ecotelligent Homes has evolved over the years to meet our customers’ needs, so has our home energy efficiency blog.  We strive to share relevant building science and energy efficiency information along with fun tips and community news. We have included all our archives here, just in case you want to walk down memory lane for some energy conservation tips or previous company news.

Our home energy efficiency blog features advice from our energy auditors and skilled install team on the best ways to upgrade your home’s energy use. You’ll find a bit of everything related to our business through our blog.

We enjoy staying connected with our customers and are happy to have one of the longest running newsletters from an energy efficiency contractor in Metro Detroit. Please drop us a line if you have any suggestions to further improve our newsletter, we would love to hear from you!

Crawl Space Insulation

Crawlspaces are often forgotten parts of our homes. They can easily go unnoticed until a problem arises, such as mold or musty smells. With all the melting snow and rain during the spring season, it is important to have preventative measures in place to ensure your crawlspace is protected.

Ice Dam

Why do icicles form on my house’s roof?

Icicles may seem like an inevitable result of snowy weather, but they are often a warning sign of a bigger problem. Icicles form when snow begins to melt and drip off your roof, creating liquid droplets that refreeze into icicles. This commonly happens on bitterly cold yet sunny winter days. The temperature change that creates icicles on your roof also causes ice dams, which can severely damage your roof and gutter, leading to water leaks and other issues.

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Ecotelligent Owner, Amanda Godward sits down with Tina Peterson with Real Estate One. Tina's team is based in Livingston County and offer homes for sale in Brighton, Howell, South Lyon and the surrounding areas. In this video, Amanda and Tina discuss the value of having an energy audit and when an audit can be done. Learn about the three-step process Ecotelligent Homes takes to ensure your home is comfortable year round and potential rebates that come with home improvements. 

Wall Inaulation

There are many different types of insulation, but they are not created equal. While fiberglass insulation is popular, it is a poor option for homeowners who want an eco-friendly insulation that doesn’t sacrifice on safety or energy efficiency. Cellulose insulation is a great alternative that benefits both people and the Earth. If you’re unsure of how cellulose insulation compares to other types of insulation, here are some facts that can guide your decision-making.

If you aren’t familiar with the different types of insulation, you might think all insulation is that fluffy pink fiberglass insulation that you typically see. Fiberglass insulation isn’t the only type of insulation and certainly isn’t the best option if you’re looking to be more energy efficient. Spray foam insulation is one of the best insulation methods for energy efficiency and increasing your home’s comfort. If you aren’t sure where to start when it comes to investing in insulation, here are some facts about spray foam insulation that can help you determine what your home needs.

It looks like winter is finally hitting Michigan and soon enough we’ll have snow on the ground for a few months. Whether you enjoy winter or would rather go south for the season, getting your home ready for winter is an important thing to do before the weather gets extreme. This can help keep your home safe from freezing temperatures and ensures you’ll be warm and cozy all winter long. Here are our home preparation tips for winter and how to conserve energy while doing it.

Eco-friendly homes should also be healthy homes. The average American spends 90% of their time indoors, which makes inside environments all the more potent. The air we breathe is a part of our everyday lives, but often something we can take for granted. However, air quality, and the presence of various pollutants can have a direct impact on our health.

While Michigan hasn’t experienced typical fall weather yet, the colder months are quickly approaching. Soon enough you’ll be turning off that air conditioner and turning up the heat. It would be a rude awakening to realize your heat isn’t working properly on a very cold night. It’s important to check your furnace before the winter season starts. Here are some common warning signs that it might be time for a furnace upgrade.

Is Your Home Ready for the Coming Cold Months?

Fall has arrived and we are helping people across Metro Detroit get their homes’ ready for the coming cold months. Rob and Trish C. of Northville knew their home had issues last winter with icicles, cold rooms and high bills and they called Ecotelligent Homes to tackle those issue and get their home ready for the fall.

Innovations in technology are happening so quickly that it was only a matter of time before our homes became integrated with our smart phones. Wi-Fi thermostats are one of the newest innovations in home technology and a great investment for your home and our planet. Who wouldn’t want a thermostat that lets you control your home’s heating and cooling from your smart phone? We know that new technology can also be confusing.

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