Category Archives: Sustainable Living

Understanding the National Green Building Standard

Here at Swiftsure Energy Services, we are proud to announce that in addition to ENERGY STAR and RESNet certifications, we are now able to qualify projects using the NGBS Standard published by NAHB. Don’t worry, I’ll explain those terms next. … Continue reading

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Heat Pumps for Water Heating?

Over the last several years we have found that heat pump systems are extremely efficient.  They take the ambient heat or cold around them and eventually transfer it to what ever we are trying to change the temperature.  Geothermal heat … Continue reading

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Energy Code Changes– Are You Ready?

Energy  Code Changes– The Inspectors are ready!  Are You? The new energy code changes are fairly extensive and are sure to catch the unknowing off guard.  We attended several different types of seminars & trainings about the code changes that … Continue reading

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Why build Green?

There are many reasons to build green and entire books are dedicated to it. This blog will focus on just one example – reducing construction waste.  One example jumps out from a nationwide builder, Belcher Homes.  They have implemented the … Continue reading

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Green Building & Energy Conservation in the New Year

2011 looks upbeat for both energy conservation upgrades and green building.  Just prior to Christmas break – Congress passed a pretty substantial bill which reinstated tax credits for various energy improvements for homeowners and  builders!

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How much is an energy audit?

Most of the calls we get start out with:  How much is an audit?  Swiftsure Energy offers several levels of energy auditing.  At issue, is what depth of an audit is needed?  Some homes will only need a simple inspection … Continue reading

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Tips for winter!

There are several low-cost methods to make your home warmer in the winter. • Use rugs on hard surface floors, wear slippers or shoes – no explanation needed here… • Use blinds and window covers – this reduces the radiant … Continue reading

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