Jan
09

Home Energy Tax Credit Extended through 2013

All home energy improvements done by Go Green EC qualify for the $500 2013 Federal Tax Credit. We will contact 2012 customers about how they can take advantage of the past projects.

To get your $500 Tax Credit call (800) 279-4777 to get a home energy audit and we can perform the home energy improvements

Note: This tax credit expired at the end of 2011. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 retroactively renewed this tax credit effective January 1, 2012, expiring again on December 31, 2013.  Any qualified equipment installed in 2012 or 2013 is eligible for this credit.

As in previous years, the cumulative maximum amount of tax credit that can be claimed by a taxpayer in all years combined is $500. If a taxpayer has already claimed a tax credit of $500 for purchases made in any previous year, they are ineligible for additional tax credits for any new equipment purchases.   

This credit applies to energy efficiency improvements in the building envelope of existing homes. Efficiency improvements or equipment must serve a dwelling in the United States that is owned and used by the taxpayer as a primary residence. The maximum tax credit for all improvements made in 2011, 2012, and 2013 is $500. The cap includes tax credits for any improvements made in any previous year. If a taxpayer claimed $500 or more of these tax credits in any previous year, any purchases made in 2011, 2012, or 2013 will be ineligible for a tax credit.

Building Envelope Improvements
Owners of existing homes may receive a tax credit worth 10% of the cost of upgrading the efficiency of the building’s envelope. Installation (labor) costs are not included and the credit is capped at $500 for all improvements. To be eligible for the credit, the improvement must meet the prescriptive requirements established for it under the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (including supplements). The following improvements are eligible for the tax credit:

  • Insulation materials and systems designed to reduce a home’s heat loss or gain
  • Exterior doors and windows — no more than $200 in credits can be claimed for windows
  • Spray foam insulation

 

Jan
09

BetterBuildings For Michigan Extra Rebates and Incentives

Step 1: Sign Up and Get Your Energy Audit

Give us a call at (800) 279-4777 or sign up here

We have performed over 500 energy audits since 2009 and are one of the Top 5 Contractors with the Michigan Utility Rebate Programs.

Step 2: Conducting The Energy Audit

We want to solve your comfort concerns once and for all so be prepared to tell us what it’s like to be at home. Our thorough home performance test will show you exactly where and how your home is wasting energy. You don’t have to live in a home where each room is a different temperature and the bills make it hard to live comfortably.

After we finish we will sit down and review a plan to make the home more comfortable and energy efficient. The BBFM program offers special rebates and incentives that we can choose from to make sure your home improvement package is as cost effective as possible giving you the quickest return on investment.

Step 3: Home Energy Improvements

We are a full service home performance company offering insulation, weatherization, air sealing, HVAC, cellulose insulation, foam insulation, rim and band joist insulation, wall insulation and more. We have done home improvement projects on over 250 homes since 2009.

The BetterBuildings for Michigan rebates and financing make it easy to make any home improvements you choose. You can get up to $3,000 in rebates, and we’ll even file the paperwork! Or, if you have a dream project, we could help with up to $20,000 in financing, with rates as low as 0% APR!

Step 4: Enjoy Comfortable Savings

When we are all done, we will conduct another audit to make sure that your home is performing as optimal as possible. We can help make your home more comfortable and efficient so so you can enjoy the savings!

 

Projects qualify for the new 2013 Home Energy Tax Credit of up to $500

Qualifying cities and neighborhoods include: Ann Arbor, Detroit, Eastpointe, Farmington, Ferndale, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Hazel

Park, Highland Park, Huntington Woods, Lathrup Village, Lincoln Park, Madison Heights, Mount Clemens, River Rouge, Roseville, Royal Oak, Saint Clair Shores, South Lyon, Southgate, Sterling Heights, Washtenaw County, Wayne, Ypsilanti

Jan
08

Home Energy Audit to Insulation Upgrades – Picture Update

Hey Everyone, I haven’t posted in a while because we have been so busy! Our past customers are spreading the word about how comfortable their home are now. I have gotten about a dozen calls in the past couple weeks with updates of December gas bills as much as 40%  lower than last year. Enjoy the Pics! To Schedule a Home Energy Audit for your home to take care of some of these issues call (800) 279-4777 or fill out the form to the right!

 

Spider Webs in Drafty Rim Joists- All goes away with Spray Foam!

 

Spider Webs in Drafty Rim Joists- All goes away with Spray Foam!

 

Spray Foam in the basement stops all drafts, moisture, dust and bugs. No spider webs here!

 

Baseboards are a common source of drafts!

 

Holes where lighting and electrical are run often go unsealed and cause the drafts that you feel on your toes!

 

 

Gaps where the bricks meet the ceiling are really leaky and suck the heat right out of your home.

 

Here is another large gap that draws heat out of the home! Stop the air from leaving and you'll have a lot less drafts coming in!

 

Filthy dirty rim joists in the basement where spiders and drafts come in. A comfortable clean basement is only a little spray foam away... (This home was built in 1880! and chances are, yours could look the same)

 

 

This room is going to be so much warmer! When we took down the fiberglass, we could see through the wall!

Before.....

After!

We found this duct disconnected from the floor and letting 40 degree air into the room!

 

Sealing Recessed Lights is one of the most important things that we do, here is Joe at the top of the ladder loving it.

 

Here is an injection wall foam job that we did! Siding goes back on and you can't even tell

Nov
13

Warmer Home, Free of Charge-100th Home Energy Upgrade of the Year

Press Release

Elderly woman in Southfield gets a warm home, free-of-charge

Pro-bono job is celebrated as Go Green Energy’s 100th house this year

Southfield, Mich., November 12, 2012 – Emma Carter, a retired resident of Southfield who owns the home she shares with her sister, can expect to be a lot warmer this winter thanks to Go Green Energy Consulting.  Co-Founder Adam Duke is donating energy efficient upgrades to Mrs. Carter’s home, an effort that will bring her yearly energy costs down by more than 30 percent.  The upgrades will be installed on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Mrs. Carter’s home located  in Southfield.

Earlier this year Mrs. Carter contacted Go Green Energy with increasing frustration at her high energy bills.  She has been paying $2,800 a year to heat her home, and noticed the furnace was always be running – a sure sign that heat is leaking out of the house.  Duke performed a blower door test and discovered the amount of energy leaving her home was equal to a 3-foot gaping hole in the side of her house.

Living on a fixed income means that Mrs. Carter couldn’t afford the improvements that would seal up her house and make it warmer and

more energy efficient.  Duke had been looking for a house to improve pro-bono, as a way to celebrate 100 houses served this year and to show the community appreciation for his growing business success.  He offered Mrs. Carter the improvements for free and she gratefully accepted.

“When people ask what I do for a living I tell them I keep families warm and happy,” said Duke. “I’ve been fortunate to launch and grow a fulfilling business doing just that.  But sometimes that’s not enough – sometimes giving back by donating to those who greatly deserve it is just the right thing to do.”

Improvements that will be made to Mrs. Carter’s home include insulating the attic, rim joists and existing recessed lights throughout the home (a common but little-known source of energy loss), and air sealing done throughout.  Go Green will also help Mrs. Carter apply for rebates through Consumers Energy’s Home Performance Program.

Go Green Energy Consulting was founded in 2009 by Duke, a Michigan State grad and resident Detroiter.  To get a test of your house done and start the process of being toasty warm this winter, contact Go Green Energy at (800) 279-4777 or info@gogreenec.com. 

Go Green Energy Consulting™ is a home energy performance company in Southfield Michigan.

From assessing energy efficiency to installing the improvements that save energy and money, Go Green Energy seeks to give every client the most comfortable home on the block.

 

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Media contact:   Lindsey Walenga           Siren PR               lindsey@siren-pr.com   313.354.5428

Oct
02

Pink & Green: Save Energy, Save Lives this October

pink and green October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Go Green is proud to announce that we will be donating a percentage of October profits to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in memory of

Georgia Siklich.

Oct
01

Featured Project of the Month – October

Special thanks to this Berkley homeowner for being our Featured Home Upgrade of the Month for October! This drafty, 2,000 s.f. colonial (built in 1951) has been lived in by the current homeowners for more than 30 years. They are planning on being there a while longer and decided it was time to bring down the A/C bills and get a handle on all of the drafty spots before the winter. They were pleasantly surprised at how comfortable their house was the same day the work was done! This Berkley homeowner is looking forward to getting their first winter gas bill, can you believe it?

How Did We Do It?

1. Target Energy Loss: Last month we pinpointed the source of energy loss with a Home Performance Evaluation. Here are some of notable results:

  • Attic Insulation:  15 in. cellulose (~R-55) – Plenty of attic insulation but it still wasn’t comfortable and the energy bills were higher than they wanted.
  • Blower Door Result: 4400 CFM 50 – We walked around and found air leaking in around electrical outlets, window frames, baseboards and a kitchen exhaust vent that is no longer functional. Adding up all of the tiny gaps and cracks in the home is equivalent to a 3 sq. ft. hole open in the wall year round!
  • A leakiest area in the home was the basement, where lots of air was penetrating the home through the “rim joist cavities.” This refers to the perimeter of the basement where the tops of the walls meet the floor above, an area that is often very leaky.

 

2. Review the Plan: We put together a plan to properly seal and insulate the leaky rim joist cavities around the perimeter of the basement, air seal the kitchen vent, seal all the leaks around where the baseboards meet with floor, and run the blower door to measure the reduction in air leakage and find additional leaky spots.

3. Make the Improvements: On the day of the upgrades, our field team ran the blower door test again to identify every single gap and crack around the home before starting an 8-hour day of sealing them up. Our crew also applied 2-inches of closed-cell expanding spray foam insulation around the basement perimeter.

4. Verify the Results: When the job was complete, we ran the blower door one last time to verify our results, which showed that we sealed up the home by 35%! The home is now properly (not overly) sealed and ventilated, which will lead to maximum comfort and energy savings. They are very happy with the results and can’t wait to get their first gas bill. We’ll keep you updated.

The moral of the story: Being uncomfortable at home is not “just the way it has to be!” Try out our Four Step Solution for yourself and find out what our customers are raving about.

Oct
01

Rebuttal: 25×25 proposal will create jobs – Via The Detroit News

September 21, 2012

Daniel Howes (Sept. 14) was dead wrong to include the 25 by 2025 renewable energy ballot measure when he wrote “a bedsheet of proposed amendments to the state constitution threatens to unravel the first two years of Gov. Rick Snyder’s pro-business agenda.” Proposal 3 is a pro-business, job-creating initiative, because it will build off Michigan’s manufacturing talents to make our state a leader in clean energy.

Michigan is falling behind more than 30 other states that have stronger renewable energy standards. Proposal 3 presents an opportunity for Michigan to gain ground again and compete.

There are 8,000 parts to a wind turbine — and all of them can be made in Michigan. A study by Michigan State University determined Proposal 3 can create 94,000 jobs in construction, operations and maintenance, and manufacturing — and those jobs can’t be outsourced.

Proposal 3 includes the language, “Require the legislature to enact additional laws to encourage the use of Michigan made equipment and employment of Michigan residents.” The 2008 Michigan energy law included these same incentives Snyder’s own Michigan Public Service Commission says are working for Michigan companies and workers.

Michigan has some of the highest electricity prices in the Midwest and the lowest use of renewable energy — and we need to change that. Neighboring states such as Illinois, Iowa and Ohio have already adopted higher renewable energy standards. In fact, Iowa is already at 23 percent renewable energy. The Illinois Power Agency found moving to more renewable energy actually cut electricity prices by $176 million.

Last year, DTE Energy — the chief opponent to Proposal 3 — raised rates on Michigan families by 13.5 percent. Business as usual is unacceptable.

To protect consumers, Proposal 3 explicitly states any rate increase from renewable energy is limited to no more than 1 percent a year. That’s no more than $1.25 per month for the average Michigan household, again based off the MPSC’s data on utility rates.

Proposal 3 represents a golden opportunity for Michigan voters to decide their own energy policy. We can’t count on lawmakers beholden to big utility and oil companies to get the job done.

Adam Duke, Co-founder, Go Green Energy, Southfield

Sep
26

Download a copy of our Warm Up Winter Tips

 

 

  It get cold in Michigan, very cold. We can’t control the weather, but we can definitely help keep you warm inside. 

Your home should be a protective haven from the cold, but all too often we hear from homeowners that are forced to put on an extra sweater but sweat the energy bills.

Stay warm at home with our new Warm Up Winter Tips on how you can use less energy to be more comfortable at home this

winter!

Simply fill out the form below and you’ll be directed to a download:

 

FREE Warm Up Winter Tips

Download winter energy saving tips for free
Sep
17

Beware of the Free Energy Audit Scam

A new report from WXYZ warns homeowners of a unfortunately emerging trend in the home performance industry: free audit scams. Here’s how it works: Shoddy companies approach homeowners with cold calls or door-to-door solicitations, claiming to be official — in some cases leading homeowners to believe they work for DTE or Consumers Energy. Their offer is often for a “free energy audit,” during which they will inspect the home and make recommendations on how to save energy. The only problem is that in many cases, these companies are simply trying to (literally) get their foot in the door so that they can hard-sell their own products and services.

Here are Go Green Energy Consulting we are disgusted by these abusive tactics. Instead of “playing dirty” in this manner, we choose to be honest, thorough, and respectful whenever providing service for our customers.

Our version of the energy audit, which we call a “Home Performance Evaluation,” is an extremely comprehensive inspection of the home. During this process, a BPI-certified home

energy specialists uses special diagnostic tools — such as infrared cameras and blower door fans — to pinpoint the sources of energy loss in the home. We strongly encourage our customers to be actively engaged in this process, asking questions and learning about their home. At the end of the evaluation, we sit down with our customer, share exactly what we found, then provide a custom “plan of attack” for how we would recommend improving energy efficiency  in the smartest ways possible. To date, we are not aware of any company able to match this high level of service free of charge.

As part of this custom plan, we do include a quote for services. To be absolutely clear, this is never a hard sell. Rather, we are simply trying to make the process as seamless as possible for homeowners who are looking to make major energy efficiency improvements to their home. Our goal is to help homeowners make an educated decision moving forward, and we’d love to assist you if you are looking for additional help.

Don’t just take our word for it! Click here to read what our customers have to say about their experience with us.

Click here for more information about our Home Performance Evaluation.

Click here to read the full WXYZ story.

Aug
17

The Future of Environmentally Friendly Refrigeration

Benton Harber-based Whirlpool has announced a joint effort with Honeywell to incorporate the ground-breaking “Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent” into all future Whirlpool refrigerators. Beginning production in late 2013, the agent works to insulate and cool refrigerators in a safer and more environmentally friendly way.

Compared with current insulation, the Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent is the most environmentally responsible blowing agent on the market.  Not only is Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent non-flammable, but also it has the lowest

global warming potential among comparable products.

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