Category: Energy Efficient Homes

What to Look for in Summer Home Inspections

Your home is a sacred place because it gives you shelter and comfortable living. Keeping up with maintenance and home inspection for your home is essential to making sure that you home is not costing you an incredible amount of money to keep it running. Here are is a checklist of summer home inspections: Smoke… Read more »

Why is a Mechanical Inspection Important for Your Home?

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The energy we use in our homes can cost us quite a bit of cash if we don’t have them inspected. If they’re working harder than they should, your energy bills can increase. With a mechanical inspection from First Choice Inspectors, we can conduct inspections for electrical, heating and cooling, and plumbing, so that we… Read more »

What’s a Home Energy Audit, and Why Should I Get one?

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A home energy audit is something many homeowners desire to have done on their home. A home energy audit is to quantify the building’s overall thermal performance. It also identifies the efficiency of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning equipment, and thermostat. The Benefits of a Home Energy Audit A home energy audit can help point… Read more »

Easy Ways to Keep Your Energy Bills Low This Summer

Do your energy bills tend to rise with the temperature? Summer is approaching fast, and before long your A/C might be working overtime to keep your house cool. The good news is, there are a few simple steps you can take to reduce your energy bills even during the hottest months of the year. Unplug… Read more »

Smart HVAC System Could Offer Significant Energy Savings

After a long, hot summer, you may be tired of seeing your energy bills spike from the increased load on your HVAC system. Thanks to the efforts of Iranian-American entrepreneur Hamid Farzaneh, homeowners will soon have access to a new “intelligent” ventilation technology that’s designed to make HVAC systems far more efficient. The Alea Air… Read more »

Benefits of Replacing Your Home’s Old Windows

If you live in an older home, chances are you’ve experienced the hassles that accompany hard to shut, drafty and dingy old windows. There are a number of great reasons to consider replacing your old windows, and they cover both aesthetic and practical concerns. Here’s our list of the top three benefits of replacing old… Read more »

What Does an Energy Audit Entail?

First Choice Inspectors regularly perform energy audits in and around Chicago. An energy audit involves professionals doing a comprehensive examination of a home or building’s thermal performance. In other words, where are the leaks? Heating and cooling a building costs money, and when there are leaks, the heat or cool air you’re paying for might… Read more »

Save Money on Your Energy Bills This Fall and Winter

We’re about a month into fall and already the temperatures are dropping and homeowners are preparing to hunker down for another cold winter. This time of year energy bills can suddenly become far more expensive, particularly if your home isn’t adequately protected against the elements. By taking some preventative measures, however, you can keep your… Read more »

Home-building Industry poised for Green Future

Mike Holmes from Leader-Post speaks about the current trend is definitely moving towards green products and options. The green movement is still so new that it is hard to know which regulations and certifications are the legitimate ones.  This is still so new that the one green move that is full proof is the switch… Read more »