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5 Solar-Powered Gadgets to Green Your Backyard

5 Solar-Powered Gadgets to Green Your Backyard

When it comes to making your home more eco-friendly, installing solar panels is the ultimate upgrade. But even if you haven't yet made the switch to completely renewable energy, there are other ways to harness the sun's energy in your home. The backyard is a great place to start, especially with the cooler temperatures practically... Continue Reading

Can you Install Solar Panels on a Tile Roof?

Whether you’re purchasing a home with a tile roof, or you're about to have one installed, you’ve already made a sound investment in your home. Tile roofing is a beautiful way to enhance the appearance of your home while providing long-lasting protection against harsh weather and fire. While the cost of installation can be expensive,... Continue Reading

Which HVAC System is the Most Quiet?

With sweltering summer temperatures just around the corner, it's the perfect time for a new HVAC system. If you're in the market for a new unit, your priorities are probably efficiency and cost first and foremost, but there's also another factor that you might not have considered yet. Based on the location of your system, as... Continue Reading

10 Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills This Summer

Homeowners, beware. As summer approaches and the temperature rises, your utility bills are about to do the same. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple changes you can make that will reduce your monthly bills without sacrificing comfort. So before you crank up the AC, check out our top energy-efficient tips—and use those utility bills savings on... Continue Reading

Brand Spotlight: Sierra Pacific Windows and Doors

 What are some of the biggest changes you are seeing in the window industry? We see the continued growth of homeowners who want greater access to the outdoors with large spans of glass, as well as larger windows and doors. There's also a new trend toward mid-range products, as opposed the high-priced windows and doors, with... Continue Reading

Pet Proof Your Home Renovation

You’ve finally scheduled the contractors, the workers are coming at 8 a.m., the blueprints are spread out, and you're ready for a complete overhaul! As you survey the room, you may notice a scared furry face staring back at you. What will you do about your pet during your home renovation? Pets frequently run away from... Continue Reading

Brand Spotlight: Direct Energy Solar

What are some of the biggest changes you are seeing in the solar industry? In the past couple of years, we saw some record-breaking growth—but 2016 was by far the biggest year yet for solar. The amount of solar power installed in the U.S. is expected to nearly triple in size by 2022, and pricing on... Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency for Old Homes versus New

Making your home more energy efficient isn’t limited to new constructions. This mentality is showing up more and more in property listings on the Point2 Homes real estate portal, as “Energy Star” and “LEED” are becoming common keywords. It may take a little more effort and ingenuity to blend new technology seamlessly into an old... Continue Reading

Top Mistakes to Avoid When Moving to an Energy Efficient Home

Whether you're moving to your eco-friendly dream home or simply adding a few green bells and whistles to a newly purchased property, you're making a difference. “Purchasing an energy efficient home is one of the most practical decisions a person can make,” says Lauren Thead, sustainability coordinator for the City of West Palm Beach, Florida. “Green... Continue Reading