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Puppy blocking its ears and looking up 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 home during construction, so Continue Reading
Solar-assisted Prius Could Your Next Car Have a Solar Roof?
It doesn’t take much to make the leap between electric and solar power—if you purchased an EV for environmental reasons, then you know that your car is only as green as its fuel source. If that electricity source comes from coal or other nonrenewable resources, it’s not exactly all that green. Most cars spend a lot of their time in Continue Reading
Energy auditor evaluating system What Is the HERS Index and Why Does It Matter for My Home?
Want to reduce your home’s energy use? Well, then you’re probably going to want to make some improvements around your home. But which ones? And what should you focus on first? That’s where an energy evaluation can help. The first step in many residential energy overhauls is to have an energy audit performed. Professionally trained auditors assess your home’s structure Continue Reading
Ask an Expert: Diagnosing Technical Failures on Your HVAC Unit
Anyone who’s ever looked into making a minor repair on their air conditioner or furnace will tell you: HVAC units are complicated! Compressors, motors, fans, drain lines—there’s a lot going on in your home’s system. Today we talked to HVAC repairman Chris Tinney, to address the more technical side of repairs and find out more about some exciting new products Continue Reading
Loose slates on a house roof Interview with an Expert: Handling Roof Damage and Maintenance
Even if you aren’t considering a roof replacement right now, sometimes the weather has other ideas in store. When storms strike, they often take their toll on your roof—and repairs can range anywhere from replacing a few shingles to an entirely new roof. Today, we talked with Magie Nunn, of New Braunfels Roof Repair and Leak Experts in New Braunfels, Continue Reading
marvin picture windows Ask an Expert: What to Expect When You Buy Windows from a High-end Dealer
In the windows replacement field, there are prefabricated windows built for direct replacements, and then there are custom dealers who can design almost any kind of window you’d like. To learn more about the latter, we sat down with a Marvin windows dealer in Austin, Texas, to talk energy efficiency, window trends, and of course, custom remodels. How can homeowners tell that Continue Reading
direct-energy-solar-installation 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 systems continues to drop—solar Continue Reading
Hand painting garage floor, soft selective focus, toning Does No-VOC Exterior Paint Matter?
Did you know that most home improvement paint includes VOCs—volatile organic compounds? Think about the strong fumes you smell in a newly painted room, which are often so harsh you have to air out the room for a few days while avoiding it entirely. Those are VOCs—chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene—and they leach into your home every day, with the Continue Reading
Workers installing new windows Ask an Expert: The Benefits of Using an Independent Contractor for Window Replacements
When you decide to install new windows, you have tons of companies to choose from. But most of the time those offerings break down into two kinds: large window dealers and independent installers. Today we talk to Billy Vaughan, the co-owner of B&B Custom Renovations in Fairfax, Virginia, about the benefits of relying on a local contractor for your windows replacement Continue Reading
solar BIPV house Building-Integrated PV Looks and Feels Like the Future of Solar
Not to knock against solar panels, but they’re not always the most beautiful pieces of equipment. When you’ve spent time perfectly pairing your roof tiles to match your home’s siding, shutters, and trim, you risk altering the whole aesthetic when you slap panels on top. In fact, some homeowners groups and organizations even forbid residents to install solar on their Continue Reading



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