Energy Tips from Emerald Coast Energy Solutions

Energy Tips from Emerald Coast Energy SolutionsWith summer approaching and hopefully your Spring Cleaning behind you, it’s time to look at ways how we can make our largest investment, our homes, more energy efficient.  Back when I was growing up, to conserve energy, my Dad would walk around the house at night turning off all the lights, even if we were in the room and would have to sprint in and out of the front door to keep as much as the “bought” conditioned air inside.   If there was a way to use the same comforts and conveniences; lighting, air condition, better air quality, and pay less to the power company, would you be interested?  There has been significant changes in the way we look at being more energy efficient.  The most impact you can have on your energy bill is your attic. Nearly 30 to 40% of energy is wasted through poorly sealed attics and an estimated 90% of the homes today are under insulated causing you to pay for energy you aren’t using.  It’s like throwing money away.  There are 4 steps towards a highly energy efficient home and attic.

1st, Get an energy analysis by an expert to better understand your specific needs.

2nd, Bring insulation up to code.  15 years ago, Florida insulation code (which is minimum requirements) was R-19 of attic insulation.  R-19 is approximately 7-8” of blown in or batt insulation.  Today, code is R-30 (approximately 11-12” of blown in or batt insulation).  The minimum requirement for efficiency has nearly doubled.  Why, because R-19 just wasn’t enough.

3rd, Stop radiant heat gain and loss.  Most of us either have our ductwork or HVAC system or both in our attic which reach temperatures of 140+ degrees in the summer and most often located above our insulation.   If you have ever stored holiday decorations in the attic to find a melted blob, you experienced first hand the harsh conditions in your attic.  Our multi-layer reflective insulation reflects 97% of radiant heat reducing the overall attic temperature, significantly increasing the life of your HVAC equipment and the efficiency of your ductwork reducing heat gain and lowering your monthly power bill.

4th, Energy usage notification.  Today, my children bring home progress reports from school notifying us of how proficient they are in specific subjects.  We use this tool to pinpoint what areas to focus on so they can make better grades.  Having a progress report for your energy usage is just as important so you can focus on areas to be more energy proficient.  Having the NEST thermostat does exactly that and programs itself within a week after learning your heating and cooling habits.

With the 4 step perfect attic insulation system, you will enjoy not just big savings on your energy bills but also improve comfort and healthier indoor conditions in your home.

Chris Balzer is the founder and President of Emerald Coast Energy Solutions and resides in Santa Rosa Beach area with his wife Belinda and 3 Children (Brant, Reid & Emm).For more information please call  Call (850) 588-2870 or visit or email