We Want to Sell and Want to Know the Value of a Home Energy Rating

Statistics show that lowering home energy usage directly improves value. This notion is supported by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, ENERGY STAR, FHA and VA financing instruments. When you increase the value through energy savings the increase is recognized in the new loan. A potential buyer will consider cost to operate the home, but only if […]

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22 Homes and Counting

The latest count of homes built to the National Association of Home Builders Green Building Program for Mississippi shows green building is being promoted and supported statewide. All the homes have been tested and certified by the National Association of Home Builders to use less energy, have cleaner air, are more comfortable and are easier […]

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Annual Maintenance Extends the Life of Your Deck

Nothing (we can think of) beats great barbecue sandwiches and outdoor family fun. Sometimes the fun happens on an outdoor deck. Follow our tips and advice to keep you deck safe and maintained throughout the season! To ensure years of carefree, easy living on your deck, take time each year for an inspection and (if […]

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EPA Sets Fine of $37,500 for Unqualified Contractors

Common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children. To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under […]

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Will My Exposed Slab Be An Issue When I Want to Sell?

Gary, I have a question about my personal home that you might be able to answer. The south side of my yard is considerably lower than the north. Therefore my flower beds on the south side are more “raised”. We want to lower the beds by removing dirt but it will make the actual foundation […]

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Indoor airPLUS Reporting Process Now Integrated with ENERGY STAR

As a green building verifier for the NAHB Green Building Program I know the importance of indoor air quality. I am also an ENERGY STAR partner and promote the ENERGY STAR method of building energy efficient homes. Starting April 1, 2010, Indoor airPLUS will be included in the ENERGY STAR reporting process. During each reporting […]

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Why do the light bulbs in my house die so often?

Three things to look into if your bulbs keep blowing. Your bulb supplier (cheap bulbs use thin filament), check the wire connections inside your bulb holder (loose wire in the fixture), and check to see

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Deep Energy Retrofit

Lisa Cohn of Energy Efficiency Markets interviews Jeff Smith, a host for HDTV and the DIY Network, about deep energy retrofits. How are they different from energy audits and what are their benefits? Check out his website at www.thegreenedhouseeffect.com. [podcast]http://lisacohn.audioacrobat.com/deluge/6a55441a-0f3b-fbfe-add9-72dfd5a25ff7.mp3[/podcast]

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