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H.E.L.P. Group Inc. keeps things moving all the time. Here’s what we’re up to lately.

Meet Cheerful Pies!

How many Home Performance companies have their own Resident Piemaker?

Well, H.E.L.P. does! In a manner of speaking… meet Callie Krevanko of Cheerful Pies. She is Parker’s little sister, she’ll be a senior this year at Cleveland High School, she’s the cheer squad captain,and she’s a master piemaker.

Callie and her mom Tracy dreamed up Cheerful Pies as a fundraiser for the Cleveland High cheer squad. Now into its fourth year, Cheerful Pies has proved such a success that Callie’s devoted fans may not let her quit to go to college next year (kidding)!

Callie makes pies to order. They’re 20 bucks apiece, they’re extra large pies and they’re super delicious. We love them all but the H.E.L.P. favorites are Marionberry, and Coconut Cream. The best part is that Callie and Tracy deliver the pies right to our office. Yes, a Cheerful Pie includes delivery! See Callie below in her “cheerful” t-shirt. Check out the back: H.E.L.P. even got a shout-out as a Pie Supporter!

TO ORDER YOUR OWN CHEERFUL PIE, CALL TRACY: 503.914.7110

Cheer 1     Cheers 2     Pi Pie

Callie Cheer Pix

Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Parker with Gus. Our intern Luke brought Gus along with him today. Gus is an 8 week old Border Collie and Lab mix who likes cardboard boxes, golf balls and long walks on the beach. Gus and Parker hit it off, probably because Parker likes the same things.

Gus & Parker

Summer Solstice 6.21.13

June 21, 2013 – A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. The summer solstice occurs between June 20 and 22 when the tilt of Earth’s semi-axis, in either the northern or the southern hemisphere, is most inclined toward the sun. The word solstice comes from the Latin words “sol” meaning sun, and “sistere,” meaning to stand still.

Stonehenge, at Salisbury

Stonehenge, at Salisbury

Who hasn’t heard of the ancient, Neolithic structure situated in the county of Wiltshire, high on Salisbury Plain in England? Its massive stones, broken and fallen from age, have stirred the imagination for centuries. There is nothing quite like this famous prehistoric monument anywhere else in the world. Or is there?

The replica of Stonehenge at Maryhill, WA

The replica of Stonehenge at Maryhill, WA

Near the town site of Maryhill, Washington, three miles east of Maryhill Museum of Art, stands a full-scale replica built by museum founder Sam Hill.

No-cost Improvements: #1

 

Looking for quick ways to reduce your energy consumption? Read how to make new choices to better manage your costs and help the environment:


http://www.portlandgeneral.com/residential/energy_savings/efficiency_improvements/no_cost_improvements.aspx

Here’s an easy one:  Use the right pan size.
Match the burner size to your pan when cooking, and use lids, whenever appropriate, to speed up cooking. This can save on cooking costs every day!

Saucepan

Low-E Windows

June is great month for window replacement. Our unbeatable installation team plus Milgard’s quality and lifetime guarantee (including breakage!) means you’ll love your new windows. Rebates for double-pane and triple-pane windows are available through Energy Trust of Oregon. Come by our showroom at 10006 SW Canyon Road or call us at 503-407-3295 for a brochure for vinyl or wood windows – you’ll see it’s hard to beat our prices! We’ll be more than happy to measure your windows and provide your quote for replacements at no obligation to you.

Expert Installation.

Expert Installation.

 

Exacting Standards.

Exacting Standards.

 

Lifetime Warranty. Including Glass Breakage.

Lifetime Warranty. Including Glass Breakage.

Earth Day 2013

Grass House
You reuse. You re-purpose. You recycle. Is your home as efficient as you are? Now is a great time for a home energy audit. H.E.L.P Home Energy Life Performance uses a whole-house approach to analyze your home and generate a report showing all the steps you can take to improve efficiency. We’ll show you how to eliminate drafts, keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer, and improve the safety and health of your home.
Earth Day

3.14 – it's Pi Day

3.14 – such a great number. Where would circles be without it? Which brings Home Energy to mind… yes it does… a home is full of circles. Your home’s energy efficiency will benefit from the sealing of many “circles” around the house: can light fixtures, ducts, vents and bath fans. Our Home Performance Assessment will pinpoint your areas of greatest savings.

Now go have a piece of pi!
Pi Pie

What's Under There?

Most people don’t inspect underneath their homes on a regular basis. If they did, they’d be surprised – maybe even shocked – by what they found there. Common problems include huge air leaks (read: heat leaks), disconnected, pinched or blocked ductwork, and missing or torn insulation.

The H.E.L.P. team is in a crawlspace somewhere nearly every day of the week. We’ve spotted and corrected thousands of trouble spots like these:

What's Under There?

What’s Under There?

Disconnected Duct

Disconnected Duct

Bad Connection

Bad Connection

Heat Leakage Area

Heat Leakage Area

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

It’s our favorite time of year! We assembled gift baskets for our hardworking team – everyone’s been working extra hard to make sure as many families as possible enjoy a healthier, safer and more comfortable holiday.

 

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s a fun day in the office when the Thanksgiving turkeys arrive. The H.E.L.P. team is looking forward to giving thanks, getting some R & R, and returning to work energized for winter weatherizations!