What is Colorado's Efficiency Works Program?

We all want a safe, comfortable home. But that comfort comes at a price — financial and environmental — if your home's basic systems run inefficiently. An old furnace or clunky air conditioning unit can be a huge drain on your budget and waste the energy that local utility companies work so hard to produce. The solution, of course, is to rework your home's essential systems so they run more efficiently, reducing what you spend on utilities and making the most of the earth's resources. But that process can be overwhelming. Where to start? Efficiency Works helps residents of Northern Colorado take the guesswork out of making energy efficient upgrades in their homes. Since 2014, the company has

What's the ROI of Attic Insulation?

Unless your home was specifically constructed with energy efficiency in mind, there's probably a lot of room to reduce your energy bills by adding more insulation — particularly in the attic. Even better: attic insulation usually pays for itself in a matter of months! Why attic insulation? It would be great to get whole-house insulation — top to bottom, crawl space and all. There's a reason we're in this business! But the truth is, you can address a lot of your climate control concerns by insulating just your attic. Start there and the rest can follow. Why the attic? Heat rises. By putting an impermeable lid on top of your living space you can slow the transfer of heat through your ceiling.

5 Easy Ways to Save Money on Utilities This Summer

It can be so easy to spend "an arm and a leg" on household utilities if you aren't paying close attention to how much electricity you use. It takes a lot of energy to run a house! Fortunately, there's quite a lot you can do to reduce how much you spend on those monthly bills. All it takes is a tiny bit of effort. When working to save money on utilities, remember: You can accomplish a lot if you open your eyes and slow things down. Attention to detail is your greatest asset. The earth is your friend! Take advantage of the natural heat, light and fresh air it provides during the day. There are lots of great resources out there. Free up some space on your phone for an app or two that will help

How to Spot a Sinking Foundation

There's a reason "lay a strong foundation" has become a metaphor...the foundation is easily one of the most structurally important elements of your home. When built on a solid foundation, the rest of the house has the support it needs to maintain structural integrity and stand strong for ages to come. When built on a weak, shaky foundation? Well...you get the idea. Signs Your Foundation Might Be Sinking A house tipping to one side like the Tower of Pisa is an obvious red flag (can't miss that one), but there are a few less obvious symptoms of foundation problems you should be aware of. For example: Windows and doors becoming jammed or misaligned Cracks in basement concrete slabs Separating c

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