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Enjoy a 20% discount on RetroFoam wall insulation through December 18th.  Financing options available!


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Tips on Saving Money and Energy at Home

'Tis the season to crank your thermostat. Unfortunately it could cost even more than normal. Americans will pay 15% more for heating expenses than last year. Unfortunately, a lot of energy is wasted through leaky windows or ducts, old appliances, or inefficient heating and cooling systems. The typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 a year on home utility bills. You can lower this amount by up to 25%.

The key to these savings is to take a whole-house approach -- by viewing your home as an energy system with interdependent parts. For example, your heating system is not just a furnace -- it's a heat-delivery system that starts at the furnace and delivers heat throughout your home using a network of ducts. Even a top-of-the-line, energy-efficient furnace will waste a lot of fuel if the ducts, walls, attic, windows, and doors are leaky or poorly insulated. Taking a whole-house approach to saving energy ensures that dollars you invest to save energy are spent wisely.

Tips to Save Energy Today

Easy low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy

  • Install a programmable thermostat to lower utility bills and manage your heating and cooling systems efficiently.
  • Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher's drying cycle.
  • Turn things off when you are not in the room such as lights, TVs, entertainment systems, and your computer and monitor.
  • Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use -- TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power. Better yet if the item is seldom used - Unplug It!
  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F.
  • Take short showers instead of baths and use low-flow showerheads for additional energy savings.
  • Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.
  • When possible - Air dry clothes.
  • Check to see that windows are securely closed and locked when heating or cooling your home.
  • Drive sensibly; aggressive driving such as speeding, and rapid acceleration and braking, wastes fuel.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label on light bulbs, home appliances, electronics, and other products. ENERGY STAR products meet strict efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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See you at Realty Round-up!

RetroFoam helps realtors, both with getting homes ready to sell and helping their buyers renovate! RetroFoam substantially increases energy efficiency quickly and non-invasively - let us tell you more!

See you at Palmer Events Center Wednesday, 10/14, 8am - 4pm!

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The Perfect Opportunity to RetroFoam your Home!


Now! Before winter chills, take advantage of our 20% off Fall Special to re-insulate your home with RetroFoam! Fast non-invasive installation, cost efficient and effective - contact us today!

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Tips for Sealing Air Leaks

Tips for Sealing Air Leaks

  • Test your home for air tightness. On a windy day, carefully hold a lit incense stick or a smoke pen next to your windows, doors, electrical boxes, plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, ceiling fixtures, attic hatches, and other places where air may leak. If the smoke stream travels horizontally, you have located an air leak that may need caulking, sealing, or weatherstripping.
  • Caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows that leak air.
  • Caulk and seal air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring comes through walls, floors, ceilings, and soffits over cabinets.
  • Install foam gaskets behind outlet and switch plates on walls.
  • Inspect dirty spots in your insulation for air leaks and mold. Seal leaks with low-expansion spray foam made for this purpose and install house flashing if needed.
  • Look for dirty spots on your ceiling paint and carpet, which may indicate air leaks at interior wall/ceiling joints and wall/floor joists, and caulk them.
  • Cover single-pane windows with storm windows or replace them with more efficient double-pane low-emissivity windows.
  • Use foam sealant on larger gaps around windows, baseboards, and other places where air may leak out.
  • Cover your kitchen exhaust fan to stop air leaks when not in use.
  • Check your dryer vent to be sure it is not blocked. This will save energy and may prevent a fire.
  • Replace door bottoms and thresholds with ones that have pliable sealing gaskets.
  • Keep the fireplace flue damper tightly closed when not in use.
  • Seal air leaks around fireplace chimneys, furnaces, and gas-fired water heater vents with fire-resistant materials such as sheet metal or sheetrock and furnace cement caulk.

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20% off of Wall Insulation this Fall!

20% off of Wall Insulation this Fall!

Drafty house?

RetroFoam is an innovative wall insulation that reduces sounds, prohibits pests, and significantly reduces energy costs. Significantly reduce your heating bill this winter by insulating your home!

RetroFoam Austin & Houston provides the most experienced insulation, remediation and roofing repair services in Central Texas. Our rates are based on total square footage (wall) in additional to any rental equipment that may be required to access walls on hills or unreachable spaces. We also provide radiant barrier and loose fill insulation if needed in other areas of the home.

To receive an estimate, we will need to visit your home to measure square footage of wall space.  Older homes (1960’s – 1980) typically have less window space due to architectural preferences of the day, so there is typically more wall space which will require more fill.  Newer homes tend to have more window space and less wall space, so a visit to your property is required to provide an accurate estimate. 

Pleas call (512) 629-4955 (Austin) or (832) 779-4504 (Houston), or email to schedule an appointment.

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Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Extreme Makeover Home Edition

RetroFoam™ was proud to be the Foam Insulation selected by Grace Construction and the Restoration House for:

January 2012          Knoxville, TN

At The Restoration House (TRH), we are working to help restore single mothers and their children back to God’s good intent for their lives. Through transformational housing, team mentoring and family advocacy, TRH is helping families end cycles of poverty and distress. In turn, TRH’s Participating Families are empowered to build brighter futures for themselves and their families.

At TRH we believe that God did not create us to be alone. TRH surrounds the whole family, providing them with networks of support and accountability so instead of feeling isolated and powerless, each family experiences an empowering sense of community while also reaping the benefits of a network of support.

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