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XL Dirty Pipeline Voters

At a time of record-breaking temperatures and increasingly devastating extreme weather events, our leaders need to stand up against dirty and dangerous energy projects. With your voice today, we can hold the senators accountable who sided with Big Oil over their constituents interests.

On Twitter?

Find your senators in the list below and remind them that Americans don’t want the Keystone XL pipeline by tweeting them:

STATE U.S. SENATOR VOTE (Yes=supports pipeline) Sample Tweet
AK Mark Begich Yes .@SenatorBegich I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
AK Lisa Murkowski Yes .@lisamurkowski I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
AL Jeff Sessions Yes .@SenatorSessions I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
AL Richard Shelby Yes .@SenShelbyPress I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
AR John Boozman Yes .@JohnBoozman I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
AR Mark Pryor Yes .@SenMarkPryor I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
AZ Jeff Flake Yes .@JeffFlake I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
AZ John McCain Yes .@SenJohnMcCain I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
CA Barbara Boxer No .@SenatorBoxer Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
CA Diane Feinstein No .@SenFeinstein Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
CO Michael Bennet Yes .@SenBennetCO I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
CO Tom Udall No .@MarkUdall Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
CT Richard Blumenthal No .@SenBlumenthal Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
CT Chris Murphy No .@ChrisMurphyCT Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
DE Thomas Carper Yes .@SenatorCarper I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
DE Chris Coons Yes .@ChrisCoons I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
FL Bill Nelson Yes .@SenBillNelson I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
FL Marco Rubio Yes .@marcorubio I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
GA Saxby Chambliss Yes .@SaxbyChambliss I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
GA Johnny Isakson Yes .@SenatorIsakson I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
HI Mazie Hirono No .@maziehirono Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
HI Brian Schatz No .@brianschatz Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
IA Charles Grassley Yes .@ChuckGrassley I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
IA Tom Harkin No .@SenatorHarkin Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
ID Michael Crapo Yes .@MikeCrapo I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
ID Jim Risch Yes .@SenatorRisch I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
IL Richard Durbin No .@SenatorDurbin Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
IL Mark Kirk Yes .@SenatorKirk I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
IN Daniel Coats Yes .@SenDanCoats I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
IN Joe Donnelly Yes .@SenDonnelly I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
KS Jerry Moran Yes .@JerryMoran I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
KS Pat Roberts Yes .@SenPatRoberts I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
KY Mitch McConnell Yes .@McConnellPress I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
KY Rand Paul Yes .@SenRandPaul I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
LA Mary Landrieu Yes .@SenLandrieu I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
LA David Vitter Yes .@DavidVitter I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MA Mo Cowan No .@mocowan Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MA Elizabeth Warren No .@SenWarren Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MD Benjamin Cardin No .@SenatorCardin Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
MD Barbara Mikulski No .@SenatorBarb Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
ME Susan Collins Yes .@SenatorCollins I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
ME Angus King No @SenAngusKing Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
MI Carl Levin No .@SenCarlLevin Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
MI Debbie Stabenow No .@StabenowPress Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
MN Al Franken No .@alfranken Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MN Amy Klobuchar No .@amyklobuchar Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
MO Roy Blunt Yes .@RoyBlunt I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MO Claire McCaskill Yes @clairecmc I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MS Thad Cochran Yes .@SenThadCochran I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MS Roger Wicker Yes .@SenatorWicker I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MT Max Baucus Yes .@maxbaucus I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
MT Jon Tester Yes .@jontester I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
NC Richard Burr Yes .@SenatorBurr I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
NC Kay Hagan Yes .@SenatorHagan I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
ND Heidi Heitkamp Yes .@SenatorHeitkamp I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
ND John Hoeven Yes .@SenJohnHoeven I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
NE Deb Fischer Yes .@SenatorFischer I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
NE Mike Johanns Yes .@Mike_Johanns I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
NH Kelly Ayotte Yes .@KellyAyotte I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
NH Jeanne Shaheen No .@senatorshaheen Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
NJ Frank Lautenberg Did Not Vote
NJ Robert Menendez No .@SenatorMenendez Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
NM Martin Heinrich No .@MartinHeinrich Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
NM Tom Udall No .@SenatorTomUdall Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
NV Dean Heller Yes .@SenDeanHeller I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
NV Harry Reid No .@SenatorReid Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
NY Kirsten Gillibrand No .@SenGillibrand Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
NY Charles Schumer No .@ChuckSchumer Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
OH Sherrod Brown No .@SenSherrodBrown Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
OH Rob Portman Yes .@robportman I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
OK Tom Coburn Yes .@TomCoburn I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
OK James Inhofe Yes .@jiminhofe I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
OR Jeff Merkley No .@SenJeffMerkley Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
OR Ron Wyden No .@RonWyden Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLL Tweet it!
PA Bob Casey Yes .@SenBobCasey I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
PA Patrick Toomey Yes .@SenToomey I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
RI Jack Reed No .@SenJackReed Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
RI Sheldon Whitehouse No .@SenWhitehouse Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
SC Lindsey Graham Yes .@GrahamBlog I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
SC Tim Scott Yes .@SenatorTimScott I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
SD Tim Johnson Yes .@SenJohnsonSD I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
SD John Thune Yes .@SenJohnThune I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
TN Lamar Alexander Yes .@SenAlexander I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
TN Bob Corker Yes .@SenBobCorker I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
TX John Cornyn Yes .@JohnCornyn I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
TX Ted Cruz Yes .@SenTedCruz I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
UT Orrin Hatch Yes .@SenOrrinHatch I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
UT Mike Lee Yes .@SenMikeLee I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
VA Tim Kaine No .@timkaine Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
VA Mark Warner Yes .@MarkWarner I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
VT Patrick Leahy No .@SenatorLeahy Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
VT Bernard Sanders No .@SenatorSanders Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
WA Maria Cantwell No .@MariaCantwell Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
WA Patty Murray No .@PattyMurray Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
WI Tammy Baldwin No @senatorbaldwin Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
WI Ron Johnson Yes .@SenRonJohnson I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
WV Joe Manchin Yes .@Sen_JoeManchin I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
WV John Rockefeller No .@SenRockefeller Thank you for siding with your constituents over Big Oil by voting against #KeystoneXLTweet it!
WY John Barrasso Yes .@SenJohnBarrasso I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!
WY Mike Enzi Yes .@SenatorEnzi I’m extremely disappointed you sided with Big Oil over your constituents by voting to support #KeystoneXL Tweet it!

Congressional Democrats Launch Climate Change Task Force

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Building on President Obama’s  inaugural commitment to address climate change, key congressional leaders announced a new Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change that will be co-chaired by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). The goal is to provide a Congressional forum for discussions on solutions and actions to try to solve the climate crisis. The task force is expected to convene meetings of members from both chambers of Congress, and release reports and help circulate information on global warming and solutions to the problem.

“Congressman Waxman and Senator Whitehouse’s formation today of a Bicameral Climate Task Force adds more momentum behind the national call to turn the tide of dangerous climate change,” said Franz Matzner, associate director of government affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council. “President Obama rightly identified this threat to our children’s future as the moral challenge of our time. The long-standing leadership of Congressman Waxman and Senator Whitehouse will bring even more force to bear in taking decisive action.”

“We’re thrilled to see a new platform for global warming solutions being established, and that it’s being led by two legislators with such strong track records of leadership on this issue. From Superstorm Sandy to last year’s record drought, far too many Americans have been harmed by the early effects of global warming, and they’re hungry for leadership on this issue and solutions to the problem,” said Nathan Willcox, federal global warming program director for Environment America.

Congressional Democrats Launch Climate Change Task Force.

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New Policy Brief- Middle Income Financing for Energy Efficiency

Increasing Middle America’s Access to Capital for Energy Improvements

While middle income Americans have historically invested in improvements that maintain and increase the value of their homes, they have seen an important source of financing – the equity in their properties – evaporate at the same time that their access to other loan products has been restricted.  A number of energy efficiency programs are deploying credit enhancements, novel underwriting criteria, and innovative financing tools to reduce risks for both financiers and borrowers in an effort to increase the availability of energy efficiency financing for middle income households.  While many of these programs are income-targeted, the challenges, opportunities, and emerging models for providing access to capital may apply more broadly across income groups in the residential sector.

Read the Brief  mi-policybrief-3-6-2012

Air Sealing a Ceiling Electrical Junction Box

CAD Design-Weatherize-Insulate-Fire Block-Electrical Junction Box

Air Sealing Ceiling Electrical Junction Box
CAD Diagram explains how to Build and Air Tight Electrical Junction Box located in most Attics

Sealing Air Leaks

Warm air leaking into your home during the summer and out of your home during the winter and can waste a lot of your energy dollars. One of the quickest dollar-saving tasks you can do is caulk, seal, and weatherstrip all seams, cracks, and openings to the outside. You can save on your heating and cooling bill by reducing the air leaks in your home.

Hint: Use Fire Rated: 5/8″Fire Rated Drywall or Sheetrock with Fire Proof Caulking to Create the Air Tight Seal

Fire Proof /Air Tight Electrical Junction Box Cover used in Attics

Tips for Sealing Air Leaks

re-posted from:http://www.energysavers.gov/tips/insulation_sealing.cfm

Pie chart shows how air escapes from a typical home: 31% floors, ceiling, walls; 15% ducts; 14% fireplace; 13% plumbing penetrations, 11% doors; 10% windows; 4% fans and vents; 2% electric outlets.How Does the Air Escape?
Air infiltrates into and out of your home through every hole and crack. About one-third of this air infiltrates through openings in your ceilings, walls, and floors.
  • First, test your home for air tightness. On a windy day, carefully hold a lit incense stick or a smoke pen next to your windows, doors, electrical boxes, plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, ceiling fixtures, attic hatches, and other locations where there is a possible air path to the outside. If the smoke stream travels horizontally, you have located an air leak that may need caulking, sealing, or weatherstripping.
  • Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air.
  • Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring penetrates through walls, floors, ceilings, and soffits over cabinets.
  • Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on walls.
  • Look for dirty spots in your insulation, which often indicate holes where air leaks into and out of your house. You can seal the holes with low-expansion spray foam made for this purpose.
  • Look for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet, which may indicate air leaks at interior wall/ceiling joints and wall/floor joists. These joints can be caulked.
  • Install storm windows over single-pane windows or replace them with more efficient windows, such as double-pane. See Windows on page 18 for more information.
  • When the fireplace is not in use, keep the flue damper tightly closed. A chimney is designed specifically for smoke to escape, so until you close it, warm air escapes—24 hours a day!
  • For new construction, reduce exterior wall leaks by installing house wrap, taping the joints of exterior sheathing, and comprehensively caulking and sealing the exterior walls.
  • Use foam sealant around larger gaps around windows, baseboards, and other places where warm air may be leaking out.
  • Kitchen exhaust fan covers can keep air from leaking in when the exhaust fan is not in use. The covers typically attach via magnets for ease of replacement.
  • Replacing existing door bottoms and thresholds with ones that have pliable sealing gaskets is a great way to eliminate conditioned air leaking out from underneath the doors.
  • Fireplace flues are made from metal, and over time repeated heating and cooling can cause the metal to warp or break, creating a channel for hot or cold air loss. Inflatable chimney balloons are designed to fit beneath your fireplace flue during periods of non-use. They are made from several layers of durable plastic and can be removed easily and reused hundreds of times. Should you forget to remove the balloon before making a fire, the balloon will automatically deflate within seconds of coming into contact with heat.
Cutaway house illustration showing areas of home where air leaks. Refer to caption for list.Sources of Air Leaks in Your Home
Areas that leak air into and out of your home cost you lots of money. Check the areas listed below.

  1. Dropped ceiling
  2. Recessed light
  3. Attic entrance
  4. Sill plates
  1. Water and furnace flues
  2. All ducts
  3. Door frames
  4. Chimney flashing
  1. Window frames
  2. Electrical outlets and switches
  3. Plumbing and utility access
Scotts Contracting is available to assist you in improving your Home or Business Energy Demands.  Please use this form to Contact Scotty, Scotts Contracting to schedule a FREE Energy Analysis for your Property.

Last chance: Tell the State Department to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

Dear Friends,

The State Department is collecting it’s final round of public comments on whether the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL Pipeline is in our national interest.

It is not. And they must reject the permit to build this pipeline.

These comments are especially important right now, because of new evidence of a shockingly cozy relationship between State Department Officials and lobbyists for the Canadian pipeline company TransCanada, and of major conflicts of interest in the pipeline review process.

The State Department may not be taking seriously it’s obligation to to conduct an impartial evaluation of the impacts of this pipeline, but this decision is ultimately still up to the President.

I just submitted a public comment to send a strong message to President Obama and the State Department, and I hope you will too. Learn more and submit a comment at the link below:

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Weatherization for the Attic

Attic Insulation-Energy Solutions

  • Part 1 on Home Weatherization Series

Attic Insulation-I’ve put a little information to explain Attic Insulation for a Home. It takes a whole house approach to Reduce a Home’s Energy Needs.

  • The Attic Area and Attic insulation being just one area.  When Combined with a Green Roofing System- The pair combined are your First Defense Against Rising Energy Costs.

Air Infiltration areas be resolved before adding insulation- Stop the Air (Hot or Cold) From Entering or Leaving a Home.

  • This includes: proper attic ventilation, ceiling protrusions(Light Boxes / Ceiling Fan), access points, mechanical and electric points, Attic Knee Walls, Obtrusion’s-
  • Anything that will allow the unconditioned air from the Exterior of the Home

Adding Radiant Barriers for Existing Buildings-in a nutshell this bounces the Exterior Temperature back outside. Radiant Barriers are being used in more Construction Projects in today’s construction techniques to assist homeowners with additional savings on utility bills.

  • Attached to the Underneath Side of Existing Rafters- Best Option for Retrofits
  • Reflective Radiant Barriers have R-Values that range from R-3.7 to R-17

Prior Experience: R30 2×4 Vaulted Roof System Example #105:

  • Light Color Shingles on Exterior
  • 1 in roof decking
  • 2×4 Rafters 16″ Space
  • R13 Batt Insulation
  • Double Sided Radiant Barier
    • Also Acts as Vapor Barrier
  • Adequate Ventilation Provided by
    • Automatic Power Attic Fan Peak of Roof
    • Proper Vents in Soffits and Gable Ends

Energy Savings:

  • Reduced the Need for 1 window AC unit in Typical Two Story Stick Built Home-
  • This translates to a Savings of $30 / Month during Cooling Months or $120-$160 / Year.
    • This Application Payed for itself in the 1st Summer 06. At the time of writing this article the estimated savings for 5 yrs is $600.  This Pays for 100% of the Materials used in the Green Roof System for the Upstairs Bedroom Remodel.
  • The Only drawback reported by owner (which wasn’t really a drawback since it was his teen-age sons room) was the decrease in cell phone reception,
    • This is caused by the Reflective Nature of the Reflective Foil Radiant Barrier.

Attic Add Insulation to meet Suggested Guidelines for the St Louis Area

Energy Star, Department of Energy, US Government Suggestions for Optimum Home Energy Savings (Reference Links Below)

  • w/ no insulation Add Insulation to achieve=R38 to R60
  • If existing 3-4 inches Add Insulation to achieve=R38
  • Suggested needed R value of Insulation on Attic Floor=R25 to R30

Insulation when used in conjunction with a Radiant Barrier can lower the Cost of Insulation by reducing the Amount of Insulation Needed

Scotts Contracting is Available to assist you in improving your “Homes Energy Efficiency”

When Scotty comes over to perform an estimate.

  1. He will inspect for the above mentioned problem areas.
  2. Discuss the various solutions.
  3. Next-Determine the Materials and Labor Needed to Complete and Fix the Areas Quoted in the Project.
  4. I’ll then submit a Project Proposal that will discuss project in detail.
  5. Answer any Questions, Explain Procedures, and determine the least obtrusive time to Weatherize your Home.
  6. Computerized Energy Audits for your Home for Estimated Energy Savings are also available- [Equest, Sam, HEED are just a few of the programs I am currently using. The Latest Simulated Advisory Model Beta is in the testing stages and being offered by the US Department of Energy].

Looking forward to meeting you and discussing the ways I can help with Lowering your Energy Bills for your Home or Business.Green Me UP-Scotty
Scotty 

Feel free to utilize the above information to Weatherize Your Home or Schedule a Free Green site evaluation-

Scotts Contracting will Weatherize Your Building Against the High Energy Costs of the Summer Time Cooling Costs

I will Save You $Money$!!!!


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Referrence Materials:

http://www.ornl.gov/sci/roofs+walls/radiant/rb_fig2.html

http://www.ornl.gov/sci/roofs+walls/radiant/rb_02.html

http://www.ornl.gov/sci/roofs+walls/radiant/rb_tables.html#table1

http://www.ornl.gov/sci/roofs+walls/insulation/ins_07.html

http://www.greenfiber.com/step_one_-_calculate_your_need_how_to_install.html

http://www.homedepot.com/Building-Materials-Insulation-Radiant-Barrier/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xjlZbedf/R-100052556/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Republicans Ax the Budget $61 Million

The Proposed cuts sound good in theory while actually doing more harm than good. (Using Simple Math anyone can see)

Did the proposed cuts enacted by the House in the wee hours make any one else sick?  If your are not sick yet your Health may soon suffer.

The newly elected Tea Party Republican Representatives lead the charge in Hand-Cuffing the EPA and their Pollution Control Measures.  The actions sound good in theory, but actually will create more harm than actual help.

Coal and Oil Industry backing the House Republicans cut the only Regulating Agency the Fossil Fuel Industries are forced to conform to The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).

  • The Republicans Claim: “The People have Spoken” “we are acting in their best interest.”

Who are they kidding?  Here are Dirty Coal Figures that contradict the proposed cuts and show the proposed cuts only benefit the Fossil Fuel Industry and Contribute the Harmful GHG Emissions that are causing Climate Change and Global Warming.

  • coal’s costs in environmental and public health damage would triple the cost of coal-generated electricity …best estimates of costs from coal’s annual air pollution at $188 billion and costs from its contributions to global warming at $62 billion ($250 Billion Dollars Combined) (quote)

Using Simple Math anyone can see:

  • $61 Billion Cut from Budget – $250 billion Coal Pollution Costs = nets a negative$189 Billion in Pollution Costs from Coal.

The Proposed cuts sound good in theory while actually doing more harm than good. With Leadership like this it is no wonder why the US Budget is out of control.  When enacted programs net a negative numbers.  Who in their correct mind frame would continue to enact programs that do more harm than good?  It’s not hard to figure out that steps should be made to correct the Actions to create a

positive cash flow.

There are better ways to Balance an “Out of Control” Federal Spending Budget.

I suggest that future budget cuts should be made starting with the Politicians Salaries.

It seem that they want the Constituents to live on less.

I think turn-a-round is fair play – Ax and Cut the Elected Leaders Salaries.  The majority of them are responsible for the mess we are in now anyway. Scotty 2/20/11

-Find Your Representatives-Republican or Democrat, and Let Your Voice BE HEARD! Active Participation is Suggested TellMyPolitician

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Energy-Efficient Mortgages and Financing

Energy-Efficient Mortgages and Financing

The following Web sites offer information on energy-efficient financing programs, including mortgages, home improvement loans, refinancing, and home energy ratings. 

  • Financing an Energy-Efficient Home

    This fact sheet from the Department of Energy features an overview of energy-efficient financing programs from mortgages to home improvement loans.

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Energy-Efficient Mortgage Program

    The Energy-Efficient Mortgage Program is one of many Federal Housing Authority programs that insure mortgage loans to encourage lenders to make mortgage credit available to borrowers, such as first-time homebuyers, who would not otherwise qualify for conventional loans on affordable terms.

  • Energy Ratings and Mortgages

    Energy efficient homes may qualify for mortgages that take into account a home’s efficiency. Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) provides information on home energy rating systems, energy efficient mortgages, and finding certified energy raters and lenders who know how to process energy efficiency mortgages.

  • Refinancing for Energy-Efficiency Improvements

    An overview of refinancing to make energy efficiency improvements, from the Alliance to Save Energy.

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Green Tax Breaks Available Thu 2016

If you purchase an energy-efficient product or renewable energy system for your home, you may be eligible for a federal tax credit.

Below you will find an overview of the federal tax credits for energy efficiency that are still available.

Some energy efficiency tax credits were also available in 2009 and 2010. These can still be claimed on your 2010 taxes. Learn more about the tax credits that expired at the end of 2010.

NOTE: The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 included changes to home energy efficiency tax credits, beginning after December 31, 2010. This page will be updated with more information; please check back.

How to Claim Your Tax Credit

  • Note: Tax forms for the 2010 tax year may not yet be available. Visit the IRS Web site to obtain the latest forms.
  • Claim improvements made in 2010 on your 2010 taxes, filed by April 15, 2011.
  • Use the 2010 version of the following forms:
    • For renewable and efficiency credits: IRS Form 5695.
    • For alternative motor vehicle credits: IRS Form 8910. Also download instructions for form 8910.
    • For qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicle credits: IRS Form 8936
  • Save your receipts and the Manufacturer Certification Statement for your records.
  • For 2009 taxes, visit the IRS Web site to obtain the 2009 version of these forms.

Products Eligible for Tax Credits Through 2016

Tax credits for these products are available at 30% of the cost, with no upper limit, through 2016 (Select “See Details” for more information on each product, or see the printable version).

Geothermal Heat Pump

Photo of two geothermal heat pump—two tall rectangular boxes with pipes and tubes coming out the top of each.

Credit: Bruce Green

Credit: 30% of cost, with no upper limit

When and Where:

  • Must be “placed in service” by Dec. 31, 2016
  • Available on principal home or second home.
  • New and existing homes

Solar Energy Systems

Photo of solar panels on the roof of a home.

Credit: Cheryl Unger

Credit: 30% of cost, with no upper limit

When and Where:

  • Must be “placed in service” by Dec. 31, 2016
  • Available on principal home or second home.
  • New and existing homes
  • See details

    Product Requirements More Information
    Solar Water Heating Property At least half of the energy generated by the “qualifying property” must come from the sun.

    The system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC).

    Credit includes installation costs.

    Learn more about solar water heaters.

    All ENERGY STAR solar water heaters qualify.

    The water must be used in the dwelling. The credit is not available for expenses for swimming pools or hot tubs.

    Tax credits are only available for the solar water heating system property, not the entire water heating system of the household.

    Photovoltaic Systems (Solar Electric Property) Photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence and must meet applicable fire and electrical code requirement. Learn more about:

Wind Energy Systems

Photo of a home with a small wind turbine behind the garage.

Credit: Bergey WindPower

Credit: 30% of cost, with no upper limit

When and Where:

  • Must be “placed in service” by Dec. 31, 2016
  • Available on principal home or second home.
  • New and existing homes
  • See details

    Product Requirements More Information
    Residential Small Wind Turbines Nameplate capacity of not more than 100 kilowatts.

    Credit includes installation costs.

    Learn more about:

Fuel Cells

Photo of a man examining one of three fuel cells. The fuel cells are tall boxes, roughly six feet tall and three feet wide, with a round panel on the front.

Credit: Capstone Turbine Corporation

Credit: 30% of cost, up to $500 per .5 kW of power capacity

When and Where:

  • Must be “placed in service” by Dec. 31, 2016
  • Primary residence
  • New and existing homes
  • See details

    Product Requirements More Information
    Residential Fuel Cell Systems Efficiency of at least 30% and must have a capacity of at least 0.5 kW.

    Credit includes installation costs.

Vehicle Tax Credits

Tax credits are also available for some vehicles (Select “See Details” for more information on each product, or see the printable version).

Vehicles

Photo of a hybrid electric vehicle.

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Credit: Varies, see below.

When:

  • See below; credits phased-out after certain number of vehicles are sold.
  • See details

    Product Requirements More Information
    Hybrids, battery-powered, plug-in electric, advanced lean burn, fuel cell, or alternative fuel vehicles Credit is based on a formula determined by vehicle weight, technology, and fuel economy compared to base year models. There is a 60,000 vehicle limit per manufacturer before a phase-out period begins. See Fueleconomy.gov to find out which vehicles are still eligible.

    Use IRS Form 8910 (PDF 86 KBPDF) for vehicles purchased for personal use. Use IRS Form 3800 (PDF 144 KBPDF) for vehicles purchased for business. The 2009 forms will be available late 2009 or early 2010.

    Also see credits for alternative fuel vehicle refueling property.

    Plug-in Electric Vehicles Credit: $2,500-$7,500, based on capacity of the battery system. The first 200,000 vehicles sold get the full tax credit before the credit begins phasing out. Use IRS Form 8936 (PDF 78 KBPDF).

    See the IRS information on the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Credit.

You May Be Eligible for Additional Incentives

The tax credits listed here are federal tax credits.

These can be combined with other state, local, and utility incentives.

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Note: This summary is for informational purposes only and should not be considered official tax information. Please see the IRS web site for official tax guidance.