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The Building Energy blog is your source for energy news in Vermont. Read through a collection of energy articles on a variety of topics such as energy efficiency, solar power, weatherization, insulation, heat pumps and construction. With over thirty-five years of experience in the energy industry, Building Energy is your source for energy news, facts and information.

$500 Bonus for Building Energy Home Audit Customers

Greetings from Building Energy!

Hello, I wanted to take the time introduce myself, as a new addition to the Building Energy Team. My name is Bob Murphy, and after working at Efficiency Vermont for 14 years, I have accepted a position as the Marketing and Sales Manager at Building Energy.
My passion has always been to help Vermonter’s make their homes and businesses more efficient. I know that Building Energy, a locally owned Vermont company, is one of the best choices that you can make, whether it is for Audits, Insulation, Solar or Heat Pumps. We have over 27 years experience!

As one of our home energy audit customers, you have already taken the first step to reduce your reliance on fossil fuels and make your homes more comfortable. Efficiency Vermont is now offering an extra $500. toward your weatherization project! This means you might be eligible for up to $2500.

Receive a $500 bonus , in addition to the possible $2000. incentive from Efficiency Vermont.

Loose Fill Cellulose.

Act now to take advantage of this special bonus. All projects must be completed by December 31, 2018.

Spray Foam Insulation
See the Benefits of Spray Foam

Please contact us as soon as possible, before our weatherization crews are fully booked for the year. Winter will be coming sooner than you think. You get to take advantage of a really great deal…

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Bob Murphy
802-859-3384 ext 118

6.33 kW DC PV Solar System in Fairfax, Vermont

pv solar system in fairfax, vermont

Residential Roof Mounted Solar System

6.33 kW DC PV solar system installed on a residential building in Fairfax, Vermont in October of 2017.

This is a very typical solar panel installation for a house in Vermont. It will cover all the amount of this family’s electric consumption. This system is under manufacturer warranty for 25 years and will probably last much longer. This is something every household in Vermont should have on their roof. The client is very happy with the system and is saving big by going green!

Impact of President Trump’s Solar Tariff on Solar Costs

Going solar is still a good investment even with the newly imposed solar tariff.

Our 10 Compelling Reasons to Go Solar are still as valid today as they were before President Trump imposed a new tariff on imported solar panels!

Even with the new U.S.tariff on imports of solar panels, now is still a great time for consumers to go solar.

The price increase on imported panels will only affect a fraction of the total cost for home installations. The bulk of the expense will not change, plus taxpayers can continue to claim a 30% federal tax credit on the cost of solar installation. (The credit will decrease to 26% in 2020 and to 21% in 2021 before being phased out completely in 2022)

Thanks to some planning on our part, we have a stockpile of panels that we purchased in advance of the tariff that allows us to keep our pricing low… but only until those panels are gone.

Act now to take advantage of today’s pre-tariff pricing on solar panels! Supplies are limited. Contact us today to learn more.

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Nik Ponzio
Building Energy

[email protected]

802-859-3384  ext 115

Heat Pump Management Tips for Cold Weather


Managing Mitsubishi Heat Pumps In Very Cold Weather

Mitsubishi Heat Pump Installation

With the arrival of below zero temperatures in our area, homeowners are asking what they can do to make sure they are getting the most from their heat pumps to keep their homes warm.

Even cold air contains some heat and with Mitsubishi’s renewable heat pump technology, this heat can be captured even when temps fall well below ZERO. For homeowners who have made aggressive energy improvements to their homes and installed heat pumps in locations intended to cover the whole home’s heating needs, your heat pump can keep working to keep you cozy warm.

As these extremely cold temperatures are forecasted to remain in our area for about another week, we wanted to take this time to remind you of a few tips to get you through this cold snap. Please keep in mind these tips are intended for people operating a zero energy home without supplemental heating options. If you have a supplemental heat source, you may want to use that.

Mitsubishi Heat Pump Tips

1. Turn the heat pump temperature up.
76 degree F is not too warm!  Remember, you are trying to heat the whole house from one location.  You do have to overheat the room(s) with the heat pump in order to make enough heat for the rest of the house.  The colder it is outside the bigger the temperature difference will be between the core of the house (with the heat pump) and the rooms (without the heat pumps).


2. Manually turn the fan speed to high.
It is likely that the heat pump will never kick into high fan speed on its own – it’s just the way the programming is set.  To get maximum heat out of the heat pump, move maximum air through the heat pump head.  It’s noisier so you may wish to only turn the fan speed up when you leave the room.


3. Do not turn the temperature down in order to save energy.You need the heat pump to give you everything it’s got, and that includes every minute of the day.  At these temperatures the heat pump capacity is noticeably lower.  Don’t restrict your heating to just part of the day, because there won’t be enough hours in the day to deliver the heat your house needs.  Keep the temperature at or above your comfort temperature all the time.


4. No need for extra ventilation.
You’re getting extra natural infiltration when it’s this cold (just due to the difference in buoyancy between the inside air and outside air), so you probably don’t need to add extra ventilation for fresh air.  If you typically leave a window cracked, close it.  If you have a ventilation system, put it on low speed or off for a day or two.


If you have a heat pump water heater, we recommend you use the electric resistance mode.  Remember, a heat pump water heater is an air conditioner in your basement.  Usually, the house can handle that extra bit of cooling, but when it is extremely cold outside, you want every Btu of heat to be available for your comfort.  The water heater can get its own heat from electric resistance without impacting the air temperature of the house.  Keep it in resistance mode until it stops impacting your comfort.  Just because the basement is cold doesn’t mean your comfort is impacted.  However, if the water heater actually makes your living spaces uncomfortable leave it in resistance mode.  At the latest turn, it back to heat pump mode April 1st.  Some years you may never need to put it in resistance mode.
For more information on how to make the most of your heat pump,  see 8 Tips from Efficiency Vermont.

Solar PanelsThinking of Going Solar?

Reduce your reliance on Fossil Fuels by adding a Solar array to your home. LEARN MORECONTACT US  today for a free site evaluation and quote.




Solar Panels on HomeIs Your Home Ready for the Upcoming Winter Heating Season? 

Start with an Energy Audit to learn how you can improve the comfort of your home with air sealing, insulation and ventilation. CONTACT US to learn more.



7 Main Benefits of Closed Cell Spray Foam

The cost of spray foam insulation can sound daunting to many homeowners especially when compared to cheaper alternatives like Fiberglass Insulation. While fiberglass can be significantly cheaper is also way less effective and not as energy efficient especially in the extremely cold conditions that are common to Vermont winters.

Here is our list of the 7 Main Benefits of Closed Cell Spray Foam:

1. Powerful Insulator

Closed cell spray foam works better than any other options because of its expansive nature that allows it to tightly seal all nooks and crannies effectively. It has an R value per inch of 7, the highest on the market.

2. Incredible Energy Saver

Because closed cell spray foam covers nooks and crannies effectively, it provides an excellent air barrier and is extremely energy efficient.  Closed cell spray foam has been shown to provide energy savings at an average of up to 50% or more.

3. Air Tight Seal

Closed cell spray foam insulation is uniquely capable of thoroughly sealing holes & cracks in your attic or crawl space. Air leaks are one of the biggest culprits of high energy bills. Spray foam insulation creates a powerful airtight seal that is 24 times less permeable to air infiltration than other types of insulation.

4. Moisture Barrier

Holes & cracks in walls and crawl spaces can allow entrance to more than just air. Water and moisture can gain access to these areas through exposed cracks and holes if not sealed. Spray foam insulation is impermeable to water. Meaning, not only does it thoroughly seal and protect from airborne moisture and leaks but it will not absorb the water like other materials if flooding was to occur.

5. Deters Mold

Spray foam is not only water-resistant but it is composed of an inert polymer that provides no source of food for mold or bacteria. Homes insulated with closed cell are better protected against mold and mildew.

6. Long Life Span

Spray foam is comprised of inert polymer which allows it to have an indefinite lifespan. The benefits of spray foam can be enjoyed for years before needing to reinsulate. It performs at optimal levels for extended periods of time.

7. Eco- Friendly

Spray foam helps reduce energy consumption thus creating a ‘greener’ household. It protects against moisture and mold growth and it is designed to last indefinitely producing fewer consumed materials.

Solar Energy Winter Sale in (VT) Vermont

Winter Solar Sale

Recently we posted 10 Compelling Reasons to Go Solar. For a limited time, we are giving you an 11th reason to make the switch to solar energy…

$1,000 Solar Contact Coupon

All solar energy contracts signed now through the end of January 2018 will receive an automatic $1,000 Discount!

ACT NOW to take advantage of this limited time offer and help us keep our solar installation crews busy through the winter.

Offer Expires 01/31/2018

Head to our solar energy services page to learn how you can go solar!

Call or email today to get started!

Nik Ponzio

802-859-3384  ext 115

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