What is a Photovoltaic Solar System, and How Does it Work?

A photovoltaic solar system (also known as a PV system and PV power system) is a series of devices designed to capture energy from the sun and convert it into power that you can use. It’s a clean, quiet, and extremely reliable way to power a home or business. In recent years, solar power has […]

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3 Must-Know Sustainable Design Trends of 2015

In recent years, sustainable design has been gaining popularity with architects, builders, and homeowners; individuals (especially in Boulder County) are concerned with energy conservation and sustainability now more than ever. 2015 has been a great year for innovative green houses, as designers continue to focus on energy efficiency and natural or reusable materials to create […]

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Michigan House Envy: 7 Tips for Successful Home Remodeling

In the most recent Ann Arbor Remodelers Home Tour, Michigan House Envy asked builders for advice on remodeling. They got a wide range of answers, but this article provides some highlights. The first tip is not to rush the design stage of a remodel. A lot of people get antsy after making the decision to […]

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Homes Can Survive Tornadoes

Residents know that most tornadoes are not the monsters that ravaged Oklahoma recently, often families face weaker EF-0, 1, or 2 varieties.  APA engineer Bryan Readling says there are ways to help people survive those tornadoes with their walls and roofs intact. Using data collected after the largest-ever recorded tornado system hit southern states in […]

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Family Friendly Flooring Options — 3 Things to Consider

The three most important considerations for a new floor are 1) Durability and Longevity, 2) Ease of Cleaning and Maintenance, and 3) Health, Safety, and Comfort: not necessarily in that order. This article will compare and contrast some of the most common flooring currently used; hardwood, tile/stone, and carpet; with a focus on these considerations. […]

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A Ventless Gas Fireplace Doesn’t Belong in Your Home

The gas fireplace industry likes to use the term “vent-free” to describe fireplaces that keep exhaust gases in the house, but more descriptive terms might include “ventless” or “unvented” fireplaces. The chosen terminology is not criminal, but it carries the connotation that not having a vent is a positive convenience, when the reality is that […]

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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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Read This Before You Insulate Your Attic

If you live in a cold climate, keeping your house warm during the winter is going to be unavoidably expensive. The Department of Energy’s prediction that gas and heating oil prices will rise again this winter certainly doesn’t help matters any. While there is always the option to turn the heat down and get used […]

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