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Energy-efficiency: The remodeling trend that's here to stay
Remodeling trends come and go, which is a good thing if you're talking about shag carpet or avocado-colored Formica. But some trends have both staying power and universal appeal, such as the strengthening movement toward homes that are more energy efficient and eco-friendly.
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10 tax write-offs you aren't using to your advantage
You already know that you’re legally obligated to pay your taxes, but that doesn’t mean you should pay more than you owe.
Each year, American taxpayers leave money on the table by missing some key deductions. Run through these commonly overlooked write-offs to see if there are any you should be taking. It might just mean more money in your pocket this year.
Energy efficient windows: A must for today's energy conscious homeowner
Sit by a bare window on a sunny day, and you'll feel the sun’s warmth. Sit by that same window on a cold, windy night, and you'll feel chilled to the bone. This winter is certainly testing your windows. With today's economic concerns, smart homeowners are continually searching for ways to cut expenses and save on their monthly energy bills.
Buy vs. lease: Solar panels on your home
Falling prices and advancements of home solar power is leading many consumers to consider adding them to their homes. And while prices have fallen dramatically over the last decade, residential systems can still be costly, which is why some owners turn to leasing their systems.
Do it yourself or contract the job?
The Topeka Capital-Journal
When putting your home on the real estate market, getting it ready structurally and cosmetically can be a challenge. There are some projects that can be do-it-yourself, or DIY, and others are better left to an experienced contractor.
Becky Burghart, president of the Topeka Area Association of Realtors, said when it comes to a DIY project, being honest with yourself is the best policy.
Construction concerns: Infiltration
An air leak from outside that enters a building through cracks, doors, and other designed or undesigned openings is called "infiltration." It is one of the parameters used in designing heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. The more resistant a building envelope is to the passage of unwanted, unconditioned outdoor air, the more energy efficient it will be.
Cash rebates for solar in San Diego are going, going...almost gone!
La Jolla Light
Martin Learn writes, "Earlier this year, I introduced this column with compelling ways solar electric (PV) systems can help property owners slash energy costs, improve property values and qualify for solar tax credits and cash rebates that can put thousands of dollars back into their pockets with $0 down – and within months of interconnection."
Add value to your home with smart spring improvements
The Daily Record
Snow, blizzards, Arctic winds and damaging ice storms have wreaked havoc across the country this winter. While it may feel as though spring will never come, building experts suggest that now is the time for homeowners to consider spring home improvements that add value and comfort to the home.
3 ways your warehouse is leaking energy and throwing away money
We're just weeks into the new year, but being green has not slipped off the agenda; the U.K.'s Green Building Council recently urged construction firms and building managers to make energy efficiency a "national infrastructure priority," putting it at the top of the list with homeowners and commercial properties alike.
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