Perform an Energy Checkup on Your Home

Did that last electric bill give you sticker shock? If so, try doing an energy check on your home. Your local electric company should provide this service for free. If not, here are the things to check: See if there are any gaps in your door frames and windows. Caulking and weather-stripping are easy fixes. […]

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Rosie on the House: What’s That Remodel Really Worth?

In Remodel magazine, they did a cost vs. value on remodels, and the news is slightly disheartening. The cost of the remodel is not likely to be recouped in the sale of the home. A mid-range bathroom remodel will bring a 79.7% return, but an upscale bathroom remodel will only return 68.3%. In the kitchen, […]

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What’s Going On With Your Electric Panel?

When you trip a breaker, it’s necessary to check your breaker box. Here is a basic guide to what’s going on in your electric panel. First and foremost, do not put any part of your body in the panel. There is a door that you can open safely, do not remove the cover or any […]

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Small Changes For Big Bucks

We all like to save money. For your home, here are five easy changes that can save you lots of green: Stop drafts around drapes by installing a cornice, or you can attach the sides and middle with velcro. Use a hair strainer to keep pipes from clogging. Dust your light bulbs. A dusty bulb […]

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Caulking: Tips and Tricks for a Professional Final Touch

Yes, you’ve done it, your room is painted, but what about the caulking? Here are some tips and tricks for getting a great look. What should you caulk? Before you paint, check to see if any of your molding is not tight against the wall or floor. Those are the spots that need caulking, as […]

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Homebuilding Trends Prove that Excess is No Longer in

This year, Las Vegas held the annual International Builders Show. The ten hottest trends are leaning more toward a smaller, more comfortable-style home and less of the grand mansions. Granite is out, quartz is in. Millennials want to buy homes, they just can’t afford the huge price that comes with a huge house. Huge bathtubs […]

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Economic Recovery Contributes to Increase in Renovations

In California, a survey showed an increase in home renovations is being fueled by an average home equity of $165,000 and interest rates staying low. The average remodel size was 3.4 rooms two years ago, and is now 5.3. Even though the kitchen and bathroom are still the biggest remodel areas, they are seeing more […]

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New Technology Could Reduce Air Conditioning Needs

Of the energy used in buildings in the United States, 15% is used for air conditioning. A new technology, invented by engineers at Stanford University, may very well help with that. They have created a thin panel that reflects heat away from the building in a way that does not heat the air but sends […]

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Making Sense of International Certification Schemes

Let’s say you’re a Swedish green furniture maker and an architect in Australia want to purchase from you for a green building. You now have to figure out how your  green building scheme compares to their standards — and that can be tricky. Getting approval can be a long and complicated process. There is some […]

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