Recurve Provides Energy Savings with Home Performance Audits and Remodeling
By looking at how your entire house functions as a system, Recurve claims they can save you 30-50% on your energy bills. How can they do that?"30% of your conditioned Californians' air is lost in leaky ducts!" That's where it starts.
Recurve is an example of the regional home remodeling company of the future who are keeping pace with today's green technologies, services and standards.
Recurve is 70+ people strong and remains committed to fighting global warming one house at a time.
Recurve is a San Francisco-based provider of home performance services that help homeowners and contractors create healthy, energy-efficient homes through green energy remodeling.
Recurve is also making its software suite, called Recurve Software, available for home performance contractors.
Start With a Home Energy AuditConstruction Services Recurve offers a wide range of energy remodeling and construction services which also are known as "home performance retrofitting". Some of the services that create that 40% energy savings -- plus indoor air quality, lower energy use, more comfortable living spaces.
Green Energy RemodelingRecurve and similar local and regional home performance and remodeling companies offer a wide range of energy remodeling and construction services which also go under the name "home performance retrofitting".
Recurve is a one-stop home performance remodeling contractor, taking care of all permits and construction.
Home Performance ServicesHome performance auditors examine your home not only for energy efficiencies, but water use, indoor air quality, and other livability and green building performance standards.
Air Sealing and Building Envelope SealingA blower door test can reveal where your home is losing conditioned air to the outside world and pinpoint opportunities where proper sealing can conserve energy.
InsulationInsulation helps your home's exterior envelop to retain heat; without it, your home can’t maintain a comfortable overall temperature. Auditing insulation for performance can improve comfort as well as energy efficiency.
Duct Design & InstallationProperly designed and installed ducts are essential for optimal energy performance and comfort in the home. If a furnace or air compressor is frequently turning on and off, if you have some rooms that are overheating or overcooling, these are signs that your ducts are poorly designed. Improving your ductwork can reduce your energy costs AND improve comfort and indoor air quality for healthier interior living.
Furnace Sizing & ReplacementIs your furnace the right size and zoned for your living patterns and space? A properly sized furnace heats the home with optimal energy efficiency. Age makes a difference in efficiency relative to useful life. Furnaces have a useful life of 15 years and lose efficiency the older they get, and can be replaced with newer, higher efficiency technology, for higher energy savings.
Lighting Efficiency Analysis & ReplacementExisting lights and energy consumption can provide efficiency opportunities.
Appliance ReplacementChief candidates for appliance savings and indoor air quality include replacing top-loading washers with front-loading washers, electric dryers with gas. Incentives are often available when replacing refrigerators older than 1995, and dishwashers older than 1995.
Crawlspace SealingProperly sealed crawlspace can make a big difference in your home’s indoor air quality, comfort, and energy efficiency. We seal your crawlspace to prevent moisture and air infiltration.
Whole-House FanWhole-house fans provide quick, easy flushing of hot air out of your home to cool off your home during the summer months. Hot air accumulates in your attic and needs to be removed from your home before the rooms below can cool down. Air conditioning CAN do this, but a whole-house fan is a far more energy efficient solution.
Solar ThermalSolar hot water systems use the sun to directly heat water. This is ideal for your hot water needs.
Hydronic HeatingRemember radiators? Hot water can be used to heat your home efficiently. Hydronic-forced air systems as well as hydronic-radiant-baseboard systems are closed-loop systems that can heat your home very efficiently.
AC ImprovementReduce your need for air conditioning by right sizing your AC unit and upgrading your condensing units to high efficiency SEER 14 or greater units. And don't forget that whole-house fan, and opening windows for fresh air ventilation and temperature regulation!
On-Demand Hot WaterTankless water heaters can cut energy consumption by 40% and provide endless hot water.
Mold IdentificationMold and mildew are severe health problems for children and adults with vulnerable lungs. Get to the root cause -- moisure -- by identifying what conditions in your home are causing mold to form in the first place. That improves health, reduces costs, and can also save energy with improved ductwork, stopping water leaks, etc.
Solar ElectricSolar PV systems are not appropriate for every home. Investing in making your home more energy efficient first is basic common sense to minimize the size of the PV system and save initial costs as well as ongoing energy loads.
Water FiltrationReverse-osmosis water filtration units improve water quality in areas with poor water quality, but additional options are available with sediment filters & activated carbon filters..
Heating plant improvementAir conditioning and heating are major contributors to home energy costs. Optimizing your condensing, zone controls with dampers, and variable speed fan furnaces can save around 40% of the energy of a 20 year-old unit! That's significant!
Window and Door GlazingReplacing windows isn't the first place to conserve energy -- even though many homeowners look there first. Adding a low-e coating to existing clear windows can be an inexpensive solution that reduces heat transmission as well as sun bleaching.
Electric-to-Gas Appliance ConversionNatural gas is cheaper than electricity. Check it out. And natural gas can have less environmental impact than coal burning electrical power plants. Clothes washers, electric water heaters and hot tubs are the primary targets for conversion from electrical to gas energy use.
Pipe InsulationInsulating hot water pipes and heaters can improve efficiency -- and energy waste. Why let 30% of your heat evaporate in crawl spaces and outside walls?
SummaryThis article covers a lot of options. A homeowner can undertake many of these remodeling projects themselves, but it helps to start with a good plan -- and a thorough plan such as a home performance audit gives you a working plan -- whether you choose a DIY or a qualified contractor approach to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home, your workspaces... and even your outdoor living spaces!
California Services Areas for RecurveRecurve has two offices in the Bay Area. From San Francisco, they provide home energy audits and energy remodeling / construction services to homeowners in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and San Jose counties. From Recurve's San Anselmo offices they provide home energy audits and energy remodeling / construction services to homeowners in Marin, Berkeley, Oakland, and Sonoma.
Recurve (Formerly Sustainable Spaces)
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