Author: Shannon

Do I Need A Vapor Barrier?

Vapor barriers are designed to prevent moisture transfer via diffusion. Because 99% of moisture transfer, in homes is from air-leakage and only 1% is from diffusion, it is more important to have an “air-barrier” instead of  a “vapor barrier”, which was designed for moisture transfer from diffusion.  Closed cell foam and soft foam provide a…

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Reduce Pollutants in Your Home

In recent years several serious respiratory illnesses have been linked to pollutants found in the air inside the structures in which we live and work. Poor indoor air quality can have adverse effects on quality of life. Because spray foam provides an airtight seal in walls, floors, and ceilings, it virtually eliminates the infiltration of…

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Pet Hair Build Up!

“Pets shed during the spring – when dust and pet hair build up on your refrigerator condenser coils, the motor works harder and uses more electricity. As part of your spring-cleaning routine, make sure the coils are cleaned so that air can circulate freely.” (

Lighting in the Workplace

“Adjust lighting to your actual needs; use free “daylighting.” This means turn off or dim your lights when daylight is adequate, or use automatic “daylight dimming” ballasts/controls to do this for you. To prevent computer screen glare, eyestrain, and headaches, use limited “task lighting” and do not “over-light” the area. Too much light can be…

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Insulating Your Basement

“Even though hot air rises, homes lose heat in all directions. So besides insulating the top and sides of your house, you also need to insulate the bottom, where as much as 30% of energy loss can occur. Stopping this loss can save up to $170 per year off heating and cooling costs.” (

New Home Insulation

“In most climates, you will save money and energy when you build a new home or addition if you install a combination of cavity insulation and insulative sheathing. Reduce exterior wall leaks by taping the joints of exterior sheathing and caulking and sealing exterior walls. Cavity insulation can be installed at levels up to R-15…

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Vehicle-Energy Tip of the Day 02/01/13

“Winterize your vehicle by checking your air filter and fluid levels, checking tires for tread wear and proper inflation, and checking the condition of your windshield wipers. Ensuring your vehicle is ready for weather changes will reduce damage, which prevents waste from broken parts, and will keep you safe on the road.” (

Happy and Impressed!

“Hi Jennifer, I just wanted to pass along to you how very happy and impressed I am with the work performed at my house. You should be very proud of your employees, James and Dan, as they represent Standard very well. Both men were professional, extremely knowledgeable, and very personable, all of which contributed to…

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