Property Improvements

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Biodiesel: A Hot Idea to Heat Your Home

February 2th, 2018
Often associated with the auto industry, biodiesel is a sustainable fuel that's becoming popular in other industries – such as home heating.
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5 Alternative Heating Sources for Your Home

A majority of North American homes utilize forced-air heating, with boilers and radiators being the most common alternatives. Naturally, newer furnaces and boilers are more efficient than their older...

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High-Efficiency Furnaces: Are High Efficiency Furnaces Worth It?

On paper, high-efficiency furnaces seem like a good investment both in terms of energy bills and the environment. Still, there are a few things to consider before committing...

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7 Ways to Make Your Attic More Energy Efficient

Energy prices fluctuate, especially during the wintertime. Homeowners can increase their home’s efficiency throughout these fluctuations by lowering their reliance on heating oil or natural gas. Of course, the...

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3 Benefits of Sealing Your Windows & Doors

Sealing around doors and windows is a moderate-to-difficult do-it-yourself project, according to the EPA’s Energy Star program. But don’t let that deter you – the materials are inexpensive,...

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Whole-House Window Replacement - Is It Worth It?

A whole-house window replacement is one of the biggest improvement investments a homeowner can make. Now for the real question: is it a good investment? The answer, unfortunately, is...

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Do Outdoor LED Lights Save Money?

Entertaining in the backyard is the perfect way to enjoy evenings with close family and friends, and we want to help you save money while you do it. Did you...

PACE Makes Seismic Retrofits Feasible for Property Owners

A violent tremor, moments of panic, floors that rumble and walls that groan. For those who experience an earthquake at home, the structure designed to be a safe haven poses...

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Automatic Savings: The Impact of Motion-Activated Lights and Other Lighting Controls

Dimmers, motion-activated switches, and light timers can all help lower your energy usage. In many cases, homeowners who pair their lighting control upgrades with high-efficiency bulbs or...

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Do Programmable Thermostats Save Energy & Money?

Programmable thermostats have the potential to save homeowners a significant amount of money on their energy bills. As with any efficiency improvement, savings will depend on choosing the...

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Earthquake Liability Leaves Building Owners in Search of Seismic Retrofit Financing

Over the next 30 years in California, scientists predict the frequency of small earthquakes will decrease.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the chance of a major earthquake, magnitude...

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6 Reasons to Warm Up to Floor Insulation

Insulation projects are often focused on exterior walls and attics. While insulating these areas is important, homeowners can also save money on their heating (and cooling) costs if they...

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The High Efficiency of Low-Flow Plumbing

Low-flow plumbing may not seem like a vital efficiency improvement. However, considering that homeowners use showers, faucets, and toilets multiple times every day, such an upgrade makes perfect sense. Why...