Energy (and Money) Saving Tips for Fall

Fall Into Fall with Energy Savings!

The summer heat seems to be finally on its way out as the cool autumn air makes its way in.  Did you know that now is the perfect time to increase your home’s performance and prepare your home for the winter?  Contact us today to find out how E3 Innovate can help make your home healthy, comfortable and energy efficient for the coming winter months. 

Here are some tips that will help you save energy and money in the cooler weather: 


Video: Indoor Air Quality is a Threat to Public Health.

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Did you know that the EPA ranks indoor air quality among the top 5 threats to public health in North America? It's true: poor indoor air quality may lead to asthma, allergies, or even death.

One way to reduce the risk of unsafe indoor air quality is to have home performance upgrades performed on your house. 

How do home performance and indoor air quality relate? Leaky air ducts can pull in dust, mold spores, and more from your dirty crawlspace and circulate them throughout your home.  If not properly mitigated, radon, a naturally occurring gas in the earth, can build up in your home an potentially cause lung cancer. If not properly ventilated and insulated, a home can have moisture issues, leading to entire new batch of issues.

You get the picture.

Let us perform a comprehensive audit on your home today.

(Poignant and relevant video even though it is not from our Mid-TN area.)


Infographic: How Energy Codes Make Homes More Energy Efficient.

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Since the 1980's, little by little, American homes have become more energy efficient, even as our use of cell phones, video game consoles and other electronic devices has soared. This is largely due to improved energy codes, which result in lower heating and cooling bills as well as reducing the personal carbon & energy footprints.

However, there is still a great deal of room for improvement.  As members of the National Association of Home Builders and the U.S. Green Buildng Council, we hear the debate among builders and others in the buiding sector for and against adopting stricter energy codes. 

Why Ducts Should be Located in Conditioned Space: Part I ~ By Nathan Terry

We, at E3, believe that the best way to achieve energy efficiency in homes is to reduce the load on the HVAC equipment. One of the best ways of doing this is to make sure your ductwork is located inside the conditioned envelope.  Unfortunately, the answers to why this is true and how to bring ductwork in conditioned space are too much for one blog post, which is why I have decided to break this topic up and discuss each part in more detail. 

Why Ducts Should be in Conditioned Space

Part I: Heat Transfer

Greenwashing: The Story of the Energy Efficient Stapler

GreenWashing: The Story of the Energy Efficient Stapler

I was browsing online for some energy efficient products and this stapler appeared.  Now, I have got to admit that someone in marketing, or whatever department, was being clever.  Afterall, how do you really set a stapler apart from other staplers?  I know the picture is too small, so let me help you out:

Atomo Energy Efficient Flat Stapler

  • Main use: (Shockingly) For binding documents and paper
  • Material: Plastic, Cold-rolled sheet
  • Size: 116mmx39mmx80mm
  • Color: White, Black, Yellow

(Now here is where it really gets good.)

Product Description:

Gut Remodel of a Shoebox: Part 3

Gut Remodel of a Shoebox: Part 3

Creating something from scratch, or at least from the bare studs, has given us time to evaluate some of the areas that we find lacking in the homes that we have rented and lived in over the years.  We know what is important to us, and while we won’t have a fancy schmancy home, we will have a safe, comfortable and healthy home.

Improved Home Safety

In Our Own Backyards?

I have always wondered why there is a tendency to always overlook the things in our own backyard. Recently I ran across a perfect example of this very thing.  One of my colleagues, Ryan Ray, has a degree in Architecture from UT Knoxville.  He and I were discussing green construction practices and he mentioned that while in school he worked as part of a team on the New Norris House.  Well, of course this started a slew of questions from me.  What the heck is the New Norris House? 

Gut Remodel of a Shoebox: Part 2

Gut Remodel of a Shoebox: Part 2

We have this image of a house in our heads.  This image is what drives our company.  It is what we have dubbed an “E3 House”.   This house comes in many shapes, sizes, and styles but has very similar qualities. 

It is highly functional.  It is highly efficient.  It is highly comfortable.  It is highly livable.   It is highly sustainable.  And this is what we are turning ‘Grandpa’s House’ into; an E3 House.

Dirty Hands and Healthy Mind: My Internship at E3

I had just hung up the phone and was smiling from ear to ear.   Erik Daugherty, owner of E3, had just hired me to be his intern for the summer.  During the conversation, Erik had done something rather unconventional.  He had asked me what I wanted the internship to look like.