The Union Recorder

June 13, 2013

Hewitt Insulators offer energy cost cutting solutions

Kyle Collins
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Homeowners looking for lower summer power bills have a green option. Insulation additions not only drop heating and cooling costs, but open access to numerous utility provider rebates.

Spray foam, cellulose or fiberglass products are becoming a common home upgrade.

Alex Hewitt, 27, is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified envelope and building analysis professional who recently branched out as the insulation man in Milledgeville. After managing the Bug House Insulators outfit for the past four years, Hewitt purchased the business in February.

Though the Bug House name stays for another year or so, the young professional will officially do business under Hewitt Insulators, LLC. The trucks already use the logo.

Hewitt said he was ready to take on a new challenge.

“I don’t really like having a boss,” Hewitt joked. “I can handle it pretty well.”

The transition has been easier than expected. Hewitt was already giving quotes, working with customers and managing crews under Bug House.

The young business owner utilizes construction experience and knowledge of building science to help customers save money.

Hewitt Insulators’ all-in-one owner, crew manager and salesman enjoys making the final decision. Hewitt used the insulation product in his home, so he knows the benefits homeowners can expect.

Hewitt’s outfit employs two full-time and a few part-time workers.

Most of the business is within a 60-mile radius of Milledgeville. 

The insulators do venture as far away as Atlanta or south Georgia.

Hewitt works on residential and commercial projects. Hewitt and his staff insulate new constructions as well as preexisting homes or businesses. The insulator expert said existing houses remain a major workload portion.

“People are staying in the houses longer, so they are looking at what they can do to drop the power bill,” Hewitt said. “During summertime, we will do a bunch of attics. Spray foam in your roof line will cut your power bill in half.”

Depending on the house, the savings will pay for the more expensive spray foam insulation within two to five years.

Utility companies like Georgia Power put forward instant rebates and incentives for these additions. Hewitt said a homeowner could get back as much as $2,200 based on how many areas they insulate.

Once a customer contacts Hewitt, he runs a diagnostic test at the residence, which includes the use of thermal cameras and a blower door test to locating air leaks and air conditioning inefficiencies.

Homeowners that get this energy analysis done are eligible for instant rebates. If the customer chooses to make improvements based on Hewitt’s suggestions, there are even more rebates available, not to mention power bill savings.

Hewitt Insulators will likely grow as more folks realize the perks. For now, the young owner likes his lane.

“I don’t want to get too big where I can’t reach all of it,” Hewitt said.

Call Hewitt Insulators at 478-288-0298 or email at hewittinsulators@gmail.com for energy saving solutions.

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