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A Special Place in the Piedmont Where Wildlife Thrive
Everything Needful Wildlife Sanctuary
We are a small private refuge among the rolling hills of the Piedmont region in central Maryland. You can find more on its location and surroundings in our Sanctuary Setting section. It may be surprising to know how much wildlife habitat and niche diversity can exist on less than three acres. Of course, our little sanctuary cannot compare in abundance of plants and animals to refuges encompassing thousands of acres, but it nevertheless plays a crucial role for local and regional wildlife here.
Hub for Wildlife Corridors
The Sanctuary is an oasis amid a rural suburbia, where its brushy borders offer rare vegetated links between networks of much larger habitats throughout Carroll County where it resides, and far beyond. It just so happens that all sorts of animals use the surrounding hedgerows and shrub borders to connect with the Sanctuary’s.
From the west wildlife move out of large forest tracts through this “Hedgerow Highway” and reach the Sanctuary where they feed or nest, or move onward out of our property’s east side. Here, land dwellers cross a 150-foot Greenway strip of vegetation on the adjacent landowner’s property, where they find a historic natural spring at the head of a large pond.
The edges of this pond have a dense cover of trees and shrubs, and wildlife use these to move around the pond into a wooded and marshy area with a small stream. The stream in this Wildlife Corridor is the outlet of the pond, and the headwaters of Georges Run, whose waters eventually arrive at the Chesapeake Bay.
Rare Connection With Habitat Networks
But before wildlife can travel east for more than a quarter mile from the natural spring, they must cross a busy highway. They are able to do so using a large culvert under the road that conveys the stream from the pond. Once on the other side, wildlife have an Eastern Dispersal Pathway throughout forested watersheds of the Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions. For miles north and south along the highway, this culvert is the only useful and safe connection available to wildlife for accessing the habitat networks on the eastern and western sides of this road.
Land Development Threat
But a problem has recently arisen that threatens wildlife passage around the Sanctuary, and which will likely have dire consequences for local wildlife populations. A developer has purchased the land adjacent to the Sanctuary and is seeking approval for a housing subdivision. His Subdivision Plan call for construction of a sixty foot wide road through the middle of the greenway wildlife corridor between the Sanctuary and the pond. This road would be a barrier to wildlife movements, and cut them off from their eastern and western habitat networks.
Help Keep the Connection Alive
The developer’s proposed residential subdivision plan would construct a new road through the greenway wildlife corridor between the Sanctuary and Pond. Any road here would severely restrict, and most likely eliminate, the current safe passage available to terrestrial wildlife. We encourage you to send your comments with concerns to us to be forwarded to government permitting agencies who are or soon will be reviewing the developer's design plans.
You could also sign our petition to require consideration of alternative design plans that would not construct any road between the Sanctuary and the wildlife greenway corridor to the pond and other habitats.
How Do You Know if You Need an
Selling Your Home? Attract More Buyers with an Energy Audit and a Certified Green-Home Inspection (Learn More...)
What is a Home Energy Audit?
Therma-Check home energy audits include an affordable whole-house evaluation of the existing home designed to lower energy bills, increase energy efficiency, improve comfort and increase property resale values in the Baltimore Metro Region, Central Maryland and the Hanover, Pennsylvania area. These desirable objectives are directly inter-related, so by increasing energy efficiency and conserving energy, the other benefits typically follow, including lower heating costs and a more enjoyable home environment.
During a home energy audit a Certified Energy Auditor collects data on your home's energy features, heating and cooling systems, distribution, temperature regulation, air leakage, water heating, window features, insulation, appliances and other factors affecting the energetics of your residence. The information is collected using non-invasive advanced techniques, including Infrared Thermal Imaging (see video) for identifying energy problems that otherwise may be hidden and not observable with the techniques used by most other energy inspectors.
The collected information is analyzed to determine how the components of your house utilize energy and how energy is wasted through air leakage, degraded and insufficient insulation, poor weather-sealing and many other pathways. The home energy audit pinpoints those areas, and the report we provide you suggests effective improvements for more efficient energy consumption and for lowering energy bills in your home. Our report emphasizes low-cost energy improvements and provides a return-on-investment analysis if any major improvements are recommended.
Energy Audit Benefits
Once energy deficiencies are documented through the energy audit, there are many things the average home owner can usually do to increase energy efficiency in their home that can lead to reducing the costs they expend for heating, cooling, ventilation and other energy expenditures. These increased efficiencies also improve comfort in the home and increase property resale values. When it comes to attracting buyers energy-efficient homes have a competitive edge in today’s real estate market. The emphasis on more efficient and “green” homes in Maryland benefits both sellers and buyers, and also helps the environment. Our inspectors are qualified to conduct green home inspections to evaluate your existing home for meeting national "Green-Certified" status upon your request. In addition, for environmentally-conscious homeowners we provide Energy Sustainability Investigations to document and offset your property's excess carbon emissions. (more benefits...)
Why Homes Need an Energy Inspection
Most “green home” inspections in recent years have focused on using improved materials and construction techniques for new houses, with little attention to improving energy efficiencies in existing homes. Homes over 10 years old usually have reduced efficiencies due a variety of factors, including shifting and deteriorated insulation, degraded caulking and weather-sealing, drafts from gaps due to settling of structural components, poorly tuned, energy-wasting HVAC systems and appliances, hidden moisture penetrations that cause decay, and many other reasons.
Moreover, it is common to find comfort problems and exceptionally high energy bills in newer homes due to poor construction, including missing or inadequate insulation installed in walls, attics, crawlspaces, duct chases, band joists, among other problems. It is nearly impossible for most home owners or Home Inspectors to identify such problems because they are not observable with the naked eye. Energy deficiency analysis is not included in standard home inspections performed for real estate transfers. Hence, home buyers often find higher than expected heating and cooling bills, comfort issues and other energy problems after moving in that were never diagnosed before the sale.
However, advanced thermal imaging techniques, such as available through the Therma-Check energy inspection program, can detect these and a host of other energy-related issues in both new and older homes. A Certified Energy Auditor knowledgeable about the special energy problems related to the existing home environment can best identify energy problems and recommend appropriate solutions for the homeowner. In the Central Maryland, Baltimore Metro Region, and the Hanover, Pennsylvania area a diagnostic energy audit using thermal imaging is a home owner’s crucial first step to lower energy bills, increase energy efficiency, improve comfort and increase property values.
Why You Should Choose an Independent Auditor
Because we are energy consultants we provide advisory services only, and do not perform home improvements or sell products. Thus, we are able to provide objective guidance without a conflict of interest, unlike many other energy inspection companies. Our clients are free to use contractors of their choice for implementing our recommended energy improvements. For those who request assistance in finding reputable contractors, we can advise them accordingly.
So, when evaluating energy auditors check to see if they also offer home improvement services or sell products. If they do, beware that the energy recommendations they make may be biased toward expensive improvement projects for which they stand to gain substantial additional business. In many cases, perhaps more modest improvements might be sufficient. Your independent auditor can be a more objective source of advice.
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