Gaines Group Architects

The Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project: Completing an Energy Audit

The Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project (SVBH) is a non-profit organization in Harrisonburg that exists to recover and share resources on African American history in the Shenandoah Valley. The impactful work put forth by these community members is coordinated and housed in...
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Making your home more comfortable, energy-efficient, and durable

My goal in providing free energy audits has been to help people make their homes more comfortable, energy-efficient, and durable.
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Is your home comfortable? Energy Audit Follow up

An energy-audit is a great “tune-up” for your existing home. I have been offering energy-audits for free for people in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County now for about four years. My goal is to help people reduce their monthly bills by identifying easy to correct...
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Increase comfort and cut energy bills for your home

This time of year my phone starts ringing on a regular basis for our free energy audit service. People do not like being cold and uncomfortable in their homes and we can help them solve this problem. If you live in the Harrisonburg / Rockingham County area, give our office a call...
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Renew Rocktown

Community means helping each other without expectation of anything in return

I have heard that true service is when you help someone who can never help you in return. It is a call to action to reach out a helping hand to others. It is the Rotary calling card – service above self. It drives us to support one another without worry of labels, politics,...
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Get an Energy Audit to Verify Your House Doesn’t Have Unwanted Guests

I went out to do an energy audit at Massanutten yesterday. The home was clearly well maintained. It was 30+ years old, was not showing signs of neglect, and the heat was ON. It was very warm inside just like the homeowners like it. We took a moment to talk about their concerns...
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Is Your House Cold Every Morning? Learn How To Fix It

The cold weather is coming! But you might already feel it if your house is cold every morning. Do you have to add a blanket on your bed this time of year because your house is always uncomfortable? Are you dreading the winter heating bills? Making your home energy-efficient also...
harrisonburg energy audit

8 Steps to an Energy-Efficient Home

Insulate and air seal the attic / roof – There should be a minimum of 12″ of insulation in your attic and all penetrations should be sealed to the conditioned space in your home Air Seal walls – stop losing energy through your walls and ducts, seal all cracks and...
harrisonburg energy audit

Green Term Defined: Energy Audit

An energy audit is an inspection that looks at energy flow in a building. The objective of an audit is to identify things that can be modified to reduce energy usage and increase comfort and safety for the occupants of the building. These audits usually involve a blower door that...
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Snow may help identify places you are wasting money

Snow may help identify places you are wasting money There was a time I enjoyed snow – that time has passed. To me now, snow is an interruption in my schedule, plowing a driveway, shoveling many hours, and dangerous roads. However, it is also an easy time to identify energy...