Buying a Green Home? Be Sure to Look For These 6 Things

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Often when it comes to buying a home, so much of the focus is on location or size. But if you’re an especially environmentally-conscious person, you may want to know how “green” a home is. Does the home use a lot of electricity? Are there aspects of the house’s history which make it a potential health hazard? If you’re looking for an ideal green home, here are some important tips to remember … [Read more...]

Should Your Home Go Solar?

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Solar panels are gaining quite a bit of popularity. Still, they’re a relatively new innovation. Most people know what they are, but don’t know much about the specifics such as how exactly they work or how to install them. Unless you’re an engineer, you will probably need a professional to give you specifics for your home, but we can start here as a jumping-off point. Why should I go solar? Solar … [Read more...]

How to Have a Greener Holiday Season

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There are plenty of ways to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle this winter, even if the weather isn’t particularly friendly to you. Below are eight tips to make your winter a little bit easier on the earth.   Pass on Paper Gift-wrapping paper, that is. It’s incredible just how much paper we use around the holidays. Make a promise not to buy any new wrapping paper or gift bags … [Read more...]

Green Restorations

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Homes require restoration work for many different reasons. Sometimes a house is just old and decrepit. Other times, extreme weather events force homeowners like you to take immediate action or face further damages and costs from accumulated deterioration. The Insurance Information Institute has research showing wind and water damage are the first and second most frequent losses claimed by … [Read more...]

Electric Cars and the Hybrid market – Is Going Green worth It?

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The times – they are a changing! Gone are the days when gasoline prices were so low that you didn’t have to think twice before tanking up. Increasing gas prices accompanied by rising costs of other essentials have made life for the average Joe pretty difficult – on road as well as at home. Propelled by the need to save on gas, more and more Americans are choosing hybrid and electric cars over … [Read more...]

What Homeowners Need to Know About Vapor Intrusion – An infographic

Vapor intrusion generally occurs when there is a migration of volatile chemicals from contaminated groundwater or soil into an overlying building. Volatile chemicals can emit vapors that may migrate through subsurface soils and into indoor air spaces of overlying buildings in ways similar to that of radon gas seeping into homes. Volatile chemicals may include volatile organic compounds, select … [Read more...]