Greetstreet (Home Energy Efficiency) is a small company with trustworthy employees who will do their best to do a good job for you if you hire their services.
Greenstreet Home Energy Efficiency just completed a large project at my home, which involved installing a radiant barrier, 2 solar fans, duct sealing, some insulation (target was R30), and some sub-flooring. I had a couple of small projects done by them before this one (duct sealing in the attic and a smaller solar fan). I learned about them through Angie’s List.
The person who managed and/or performed all the work on my home was Carl. Carl is good at what he does and will do his best to do right by you. Carl did his best to address any concerns I had on the project and was happy to go over any topics associated with the project with me until I was satisfied. For instance, while performing the installation, Carl realized that the initial estimate for the amount of sub-flooring needed was insufficient, once I had gone through the pre-installation walk-through of the project with him. He scheduled another day with me to finish the sub-flooring at my convenience with no extra cost for time or materials. Also, when the insulation was being installed, a wire was compromised that was connected to our smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. Carl offered to get batteries for me so the alarms wouldn’t beep until the connection could be restored. This wasn’t necessary as I had batteries available, fortunately. Carl setup an appointment for an electrician to address the issue at my earliest possible convenience, with no charge. The electrician was courteous and professional and took care of the problem with no issues.
If you order any of their services through Angie’s list, most of the packages include a home energy audit. This is similar to a sales pitch, in that part of the purpose of an energy audit is to determine what can be done to your home to make it more energy efficient. If your home is very energy efficient, they won’t have many recommendations. If it’s not, they may have a lot of them. James was my Home Energy Efficiency Auditor and he’s also good at what he does. He’s familiar with the latest technologies in Home Energy Efficiency and will have a good idea of what’s best for your home depending on what you want to spend, and what rebates/tax credits are available for you if you want to move forward. James didn’t do any pressure selling with me. He told me what he thought would help me save money with my electric bill, and how much the recommended project would cost, and left it at that (along with his contact information). If you don’t feel like you’re ready to spend a bunch of money, or you’re not sure if you want to move forward without doing some research first, just tell them that, and that’s fine. The last deal I bought from them prior to having the radiant barrier installed was for $500 dollars’ worth of insulation with an energy audit. At this point I was familiar with the company and their work and decided to go ahead with the radiant barrier, and they rolled my insulation package into that deal. But if I’d only wanted to go with the $500 of insulation instead, they would have been fine with that.
What was most important to me was that they were professional and courteous, and that they truly seem to care about me as a customer and a person in general. They were open and honest with me about anything I wanted to talk to them about and any concerns I had with the project, and did their best to address any concerns I had. They did their best to make sure I was happy with the work that was done before requesting payment. I would work with them again.
As far as the benefits of the installation that was performed – previously, even when the temperatures outside the house had been in the 70s (like they have been recently), the attic was still at least 20 to 30 degrees hotter than that. With the radiant barrier the attic hasn’t been that much hotter than the ambient temperatures outside. The house has already been noticeably cooler and the A/C unit hasn’t been on nearly as much as it used to be. Greenstreet said that I should expect to be able to save about 30 percent on my electricity bills due to my savings from cooling and heating the house. From what I’ve seen so far I believe them. In summary, if you’re looking to make your home more energy efficient (and get a tax credit while doing so), I highly recommend Greenstreet!