Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Energy Solutions

Once again as winter settles in to lovely Lebo I am anticipating those pesky energy bills to start their usual winter ascent through the roof. HOWEVER, this year I decided I would try to do something about it! I decided to have an energy audit done on my cozy Roycroft abode. Constantine Paliouras and his wife Vasso (Lebo folks as well) have a franchise business called Pro Energy Consultants. I heard about their company through some mutual friends at Foster Elementary. Constantine spent the last three hours with me and my husband looking at every crevice of our home to sniff out the energy zappers. It was fascinating and incredibly helpful. The neatest part was probably the infrared camera he used to show all of the coldest spots in the house - and there were a lot of them in our case. The great part is that they are not affiliated with other companies so they are NOT trying to sell anything. He did not come in and say, "well, you need a new furnace, all new windows and better insulation and I can do it all for you for $40,000". On the contrary, he gave us very specific advice about products to buy to help seal duct work, insulate crawl spaces, have better, faster hot water flow, etc. -all stuff we can do ourselves without ever needing to call a handyman. They are all about helping consumers and empowering them to make inexpensive improvements that will vastly improve the overall efficiency of their homes. What's even cooler (pardon the pun) is that Constantine and Vasso try every product in their own 1930's home before recommending it to others. If the product works they recommend it, if it doesn't they don't. Within 24 hours we will get a full written report including detailed advice on how we can make several improvements ourselves after taking a trip to Rollier's, Home Depot, or Lowe's. We are really pumped about finally getting pro-active about energy use in our house. I LOVE that Pro Energy Consultants is based right here in Mt. Lebanon. Vasso and Constantine are just two more examples of the great people who live here and care about their community. I'm so glad to have met them. Thanks guys.


  1. It's funny, Kristen, I think this company had an ad in last month's mtL magazine and when I saw it, I thought "better call them." Well, I forgot about it till I saw your post. With a wake-up temp of 18 degrees this morning, I need to get on the phone!

  2. MESH members Mary Beth Thakar and Stan Sattinger also provide this service. I just read they are both working on an audit of the Sunnyhill building for the UU Church.


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