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!

As a homeowner, it’s important to know a thing or two about insulation and what type of insulation is right for your home. Insulation helps slow down heat movement or heat transfer in a home. In cold environments, like Michigan, it helps keep the heat inside your home by slowing how quickly your home loses heat. When it gets warmer outside, it slows the hot outside temperatures and keeps it from entering your home. Even if you know how insulation works, there are several different types of insulation.

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If you’ve recently purchased a home, having your home audited is an extremely important step to take to ensure it is energy efficient, comfortable, and safe. Depending on the results, it can provide peace of mind or help you catch and correct problems early on.

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A home that is not well-insulated is uncomfortable and can cause families to experience several unpleasant things — temperature fluctuations throughout the house, high energy bills, chilly floors, icy drafts, and pests making a frequent appearance. If this sounds familiar, consider upgrading the insulation in your home for improved comfort and energy savings.  

Air Conditioner

Air conditioning systems are an investment in energy efficiency. By and large, most systems last from 10 to 15 years. There are some steps you can do to ensure that your air conditioner system lasts longer so you get the most out of the money and enjoy a comfortable home for years to come.

Air Conditioning Duct

Duct sealing is often overlooked when people decide to upgrade their home energy systems, but it is a critical component of the process. Air ducts create passages for conditioned air from your heating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to distribute from room to room. However, these pathways can have leaks and small gaps at their connections, which allows heated or cooled air to escape before it reaches the right place in your home.

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.

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