Fiscal Cliff Deal Helps Homeowners Pay For Green Remodeling

If you are thinking about doing a home remodel this year, there is a new tax incentive to go energy-efficient! As part of the fiscal cliff deal, there is a $500 tax credit for doing certain energy-efficient home improvements. The credit is 10% of the cost of materials for insulation, roofs, and exterior windows and doors that […]

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The Subcontractor Relationship

Kathy Shertzer writes that after being in the remodeling business for a while, you begin to realize there are many negligent or even incapable subcontractors out there. Finding a good subcontractor can be a timely and expensive process. The best way is through word of mouth, but networking groups can also be a good way […]

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Interiors: Kitchen-Remodeling Suggestions

Kitchen remodeling is a great new year’s project to undertake, but before you go diving in, take your time to do your homework first. Understand that this is oftentimes the most expensive room to remodel, so plan accordingly. It can increase the value of your home, though, so doing it right is worth the time. […]

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An Innovative Net-Zero Solar Decathlon House

Since 2002, the US Department of Energy has run a competition called the solar decathlon. There are many rules for entries; however, the goal of the competition is student training and public education about clean-energy products and design, and its affordability. This past year, Appalachian State University’s entry, the “Solar Homestead” won the people’s choice […]

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Remodeling Tips to Save Energy At Home

When remodeling a home, there are many choices a homeowner can make that will help reduce the energy bill. Adding insulation is the easiest way to save money. Make sure that you don’t have any leaks in door or window frames. Replace windows that are leaking and add coverings that help insulate further. Also, make […]

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Comparing Fuel Costs

Since the 1970’s, one of the few predictable things about fuel costs is that they will fluctuate wildly. This can be driven by political unrest, big swings in demand and consumption, both real and perceived demand, and various other things as the world grows ever more interconnected. Regulated energy, such as electricity, tends to be […]

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Solar Power Prices Should Continue Falling Through 2025

According to a survey performed by Near Zero, a nonprofit energy research organization,  the prices of solar modules, which are the parts of solar panels that produce the electricity, will continue to follow a downward trend that has been set since 1980. In order for the price to continue to drop, however, solar panel research […]

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All About Pellet Stoves

For homes in a cold climate, heating bills can account for up to one-third of the annual utility expenses. As more and more people look for cheaper ways to keep warm, both freestanding and inserted pellet stoves are becoming more popular. Pellet stoves look like woodstoves but the way they operate is closer to a […]

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