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Cold as Hell

Ithaca, NY

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Apr 1, 2009
 
I recently received an estimate from Standard Insulating Company to insulate my home I was told I can expect to save around forty percent on my heating bills. The estimate, I am told, is pretty high, but I am willing to pay for quality work backed up by some kind of assurance. I figured Topix is as good a place as any to ask for references. Has anybody out there dealt with Standard Insulating Company? Is their quality of work as good as they say they are? Do I really stand to save as much as forty percent on my home heating bills? Comments from other professionals will be especially appreciated. No trashing please. Thanks
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#2
Apr 1, 2009
 
last year i had my home insulated by weather tite insulation, they did a good job, very pleased. they were the cheapest, standard was the highest, then it was the guy from little falls.
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#3
Apr 1, 2009
 
i also had weather tite insulate the walls on my house, very pleased
cozy

Watertown, NY

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Apr 1, 2009
 

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I had standard insulate my house about 5 years ago. I did save on my heat bills. I was paying about $300 -$350 in the cold of winter and we were freezing. I have an old house. Anyway, I am now paying approximately $265 in January and February and the house is very comfortable with the thermostate around 66. HOwever, the crew they sent was very sloppy and they messed up the siding on my house. I was very upset and they only knocked off about $200.00. They were suppose to come over and fix some of the damage but it took them so long I ended up having it repaired myself. The owner was nice about everything but you just have to be right there watching while they work. Unfortunately, we were at work and trusted the crew. I learned a lesson. When you have any work done you need to be home and keep an eye on things!!
Cold As Hell

Ithaca, NY

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#5
Apr 2, 2009
 
Insulation, Warm and Cozy, thank you all. You're comments are greatly appreciated.
huh_

Syracuse, NY

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#6
Apr 2, 2009
 
just don't go with advanced foam insulation! owner Tom J. is the lowest of all low lifes. thinks he's all that but will screw everyone over. fighting his wife over a divorce for 4 years now. won't let give her divorce and hides his income so he pays his kids squat. even sues his lawyer!
Standard

New York, NY

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#7
Apr 3, 2009
 
does anybody know the cute girl that works at the front desk at standard?
Utica

New York, NY

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#8
Apr 3, 2009
 
I know that Standard Insulating is running a promotion that you can save 10% through NYSERDA. Plus, the tax credit for energy efficient improvements (HVAC/windows/doors/insulation ) was raised from 10% to 30%.

All told, you could save 40% of the initial cost through rebates and credits.
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Oswego, NY

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#9
Apr 3, 2009
 
A few tips before you hire anyone ... From "Going Green and Reducing you Carbon Foot Print"

The biggest energy consumers in the home are space and water heating. Conservation measures that affect those two factors can make a marked difference in the energy consumption and comfort level of buildings.

The owner of an older home or building can save as much as 50% on heating bills by adding insulation and storm windows.

Although there is an initial cost, most energy conservation improvements pay for themselves in five years or less.

Add to that the energy conservation tax credits that begin to be available when energy supplies are scarce, and you begin to realize that heating a poorly insulated house is like burning money.

Unless your home was specially constructed for energy efficiency, you can usually reduce your energy bills by adding more insulation. Many older homes have less insulation than homes built today, but adding insulation to a newer home may also pay for itself within a few years.

To determine whether you should add insulation, you first need to find out how much insulation you already have in your home and where.

No matter what kind of insulation you buy, check the information on the product label to make sure that the product is suitable for the intended application.

To protect consumers, the Federal Trade Commission has very clear rules about the R-value label that must be placed on all residential insulation products, whether they are installed by professionals, or whether they are purchased at a local supply store.

These labels include a clearly stated R-value and information about health, safety, and fire-hazard issues.

Take time to read the label BEFORE installing the insulation. Insist that any contractor installing insulation provide the product labels from EACH package (which will also tell you how many packages were used). Many special products have been developed to give higher R-values with less thickness.

For a easy reference check out:
Energy Efficiency and Renewable energy http://www1.eere.energy.gov/consumer/tips/pdf...

Taking a whole house approach

 To take a whole-house approach, view your home as an energy system with interdependent parts.

 Taking a whole-house approach to saving energy ensures that dollars you invest to save energy are spent wisely.

 The first step to taking a whole house energy efficiency approach is to find out which parts of your house use the most energy.

 Start at the attic and work your way down to the basement – room by room.

 Check the insulation levels in your attic, exterior and basement walls, ceilings, floors, and crawl spaces.

 Check for holes or cracks around your walls, ceilings, windows, doors, light and plumbing fixtures,

 Make sure your appliances and heating and cooling systems are properly maintained.

 Study your family’s lighting needs and use patterns, paying special attention to high-use areas such as the living room, kitchen, and outside lighting.

 A home energy audit will pinpoint those areas and suggest the most effective measures for cutting your energy costs.

 Air infiltrates into and out of your home through every hole, nook, and cranny.

 About one-third of this air infiltrates through openings in your ceilings, walls, and floors.

 1 Dropped ceiling
 2 Recessed light
 3 Attic entrance
 4 Sill plates
 5 Water and furnace flues
 6 All ducts
 7 Door frames
 8 Chimney flashing
 9 Window frames
 10 Electrical outlets and switches
 11 Plumbing and utility access
Marcy

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#10
May 7, 2009
 
I am located right down the street from Standard Insulating. IN my opinion, they have gotten to big for their britches. We went with Upstate Insulation out of West Winfield and we couldn't be happier. The young man who sold the job (we went through NYSERDA) was very knowledgeable and even came and worked with the crew on our home. It couldn't have gone any better.

Just when you thought you couldn't find an honest contractor, we ran into Upstate Foam Insulation.

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#11
May 9, 2009
 
H&K Insulation is very good and knowledgeable. I'm a general contractor and use them the most. Fair prices and don't try to do things you don't need
Celine

Altamonte Springs, FL

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Jan 29, 2014
 
I was considering an advanced insulation, but I'm reading up on people saying to get a cheaper kind. What should I consider when I re-insulate my home? Thanks for any feedback.
Celine | http://www.mjslawnscape.com/turf.htm
joe

Johnstown, NY

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Jan 29, 2014
 

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jennifer is hot i would hit that in a minute.
Wireless Guy

Honeoye Falls, NY

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I dealt with them years ago when they were a customer of mine and they were extremely nice and great to deal with!
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Whitesboro, NY

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Jan 30, 2014
 

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joe wrote:
jennifer is hot i would hit that in a minute.
who wouldn't!
eutica

Rome, NY

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Jan 30, 2014
 

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and i am sure she would love you 2 clowns hitting on her.
Impartial

Rome, NY

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#20
Jan 30, 2014
 
Have used standard for many years very honest people do a great job stand behind product have a old difficult commercial building they did a great job a year later we had some roof ice they came back no questions asked did more to correct did a great job no charge we're very neat
Past

Utica, NY

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#21
Feb 1, 2014
 
We called them for an estimate years ago. They came but never gave an estimate. We called and the lady was very rude and said you'll get one. Never did! See the owner driving around talking on her cell all the time. Company was not very professional.

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