In the Press
Go Green While Getting Extra Green
When the Beckers of Riva decided to go green, they did not add green to their landscape. They opted to add some extra green to their wallets by doing a home energy audit-- to test for efficiency and identify problem areas, such as air leaks or installation voids. Sure, there is an initial cost, but according to Nicholas Neboshynsky of Improvement Zone, energy audits seek to identify issues that can be repaired at a cost that can be recouped in 3-5 years.
Reducing energy bills is the main driver for most people to hire companies like Improvement Zone to do energy audits. With all the available rebates, the initial cost is actually fairly low. An energy audit costs $400, but the first $300 is subsidized by energy providers such as BGE. This brings your total down to $100. But wait, there’s more! You also get 12 CFL light bulbs, 2 low flow shower heads, and up to 4 low flow aerators. Make sure you are sitting down because it gets even better! Some energy companies such as BGE, will cover up to 50% of the repair costs to fix the problems identified in the audit.
While each house, new or old, is unique, Improvement Zone said that the following are most common:
Air leaking into the basement from unfinished areas and crawl spaces
Air leaks from the living space to the attic
Air leaks from exterior doors
Low insulation in the attic
These problems are identified through a series of tests. The Blower Door Test determines how much air is leaking out of the house by using a large, powerful fan to depressurize the home. The infrared thermal image scan camera, which does make you feel like you have superhero powers, seeks out temperature variations in walls which may indicate an area in need of insulation or sealing. Improvement Zone also tests to be sure gasses are able to leave the house properly along with a watt meter and air quality test. All of the data collected is compiled, put into a complete report, and given to the homeowner.
Why do an energy audit? Emily Becker said “It’s a win-win situation because you save energy, save money, and receive incentives from the power companies.” In Emily’s case, Improvement Zone recommended sealing identified leaks, installing additional insulation in specific areas, along with other small things that can all add up to substantial energy loss. Luckily, all of these modifications are eligible for the 50% tax credit. She would have jumped at this opportunity sooner, but did not learn about it until a friend told her. Clay, an Improvement Zone employee, agreed that not many people know about all the benefits of an energy audit – there needs to be more public education on the benefits.
Do you want to get an energy audit for your home? Call Improvement Zone or any other provider in your area. Improvement Zone recommends scheduling an audit in the summer or winter where the temperature differences between inside and outside are the greatest.
A special thank you to the Beckers for inviting us to their home during their energy audit! Go green at your home? Tell us about it and you could be the next South River Federation’s “Go Green Project of the Month!”
Arnold Remodeler Recognized for Business Success
Nicholas Neboshynsky of Improvement Zone one of “40 under 40” recognized by Professional Remodeler magazine. Click here to read the article
ARNOLD, MD – Nicholas Neboshynsky, 31, president of Improvement Zone, was named one of Professional Remodeler magazine’s “40 under 40.” A national trade publication, Professional Remodeler is read by over 60,000 remodelers every month.
“I’m incredibly honored to be named one of Professional Remodeler’s 40 Under 40. I view it as an affirmation of Improvement Zone’s unique approach to home maintenance,” said Neboshynsky, who served in the Marine Corps as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. “As a father of two small boys, I know how important time is in today’s fast-moving world. Our goal is to keep your home running as smoothly as possible freeing up time for the important things in life like family and friends.”
According to the magazine, the remodelers chosen for this first-ever “40 Under 40” feature represent “the future of the residential construction industry” and are “40 of the brightest stars in remodeling. The first Professional Remodeler “40 Under 40” were chosen by the magazine’s editors and HousingZone.com.
Improvement Zone, LLC is a family-owned company catering to the discerning homeowner seeking quality home repair and maintenance work. They’ve created the Home Pulse Preventive Maintenance Program which schedules 3-12 appointments a year to minimize or avoid costly repairs. For more information about Improvement Zone or Home Pulse, visit www.improvement-zone.com .
Special Thanks to Improvement Zone
In 2010 Rebuilding Together Baltimore was awarded funding from the U.S. Administration on Aging to do a large-scale home safety demonstration project. With the grant, Rebuilding Together was able to provide home repairs for Ms. Randall, a 51-year-old homeowner who takes care of her 72 year-old mother, Ms. Cole, and 2-year-old twin grandchildren. Ms. Cole has a disability and uses a wheelchair.
Improvement Zone was hired to do the renovations of Ms. Randall's home. Improvement Zone, LLC is Maryland's premier home improvement and maintenance company. They provided Rebuilding Together with a generous discount, and employees worked along side of volunteers on the big volunteer day. They did a fabulous job making Ms. Randall's home safer and more accessible for Ms. Cole. A back porch and wheelchair lift were installed, the first floor bathroom was transformed into a wheelchair accessible bathroom, the kitchen was renovated to be more user-friendly and accessible for Ms. Cole, and the doorways were expanded so Ms. Cole could get around easier and safer in the home. Thank you Improvement Zone!
BBB | Greater Maryland Announces 2009 Torch Award Nominees for Marketplace Excellence
The Torch Award is a symbol of a company's commitment to honesty and integrity toward customers, employees, shareholders and their community, and is one of the most recognized trademarks in the world. Every year we conduct BBB Greater Maryland Torch Awards for Marketplace Excellence to recognize local businesses and organizations that exemplify a commitment to conduct ethical business practices.
Improvement Zone was selected as a nominee out of thousands of applicants. We are honored to be selected and wish the best of luck to all nominees.