Property Improvements

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Do Programmable Thermostats Save Energy & Money?

August 31th, 2017
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 proper equipment and operating it correctly to maximize efficiency. Therefore, while programmable thermostats can often prove useful in reducing home energy costs, they are not a simple, one-size-fits-all fix. Homeowners should be aware of the advantages and limitations of programmable thermostats prior to purchasing. They should also weigh the possibility of making other energy usage changes – either in conjunction with a new programmable thermostat or in lieu of one. Why are Thermostats Important? According to the EPA , heating and cooling
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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...

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7 Advantages & Disadvantages of Cool Roofs

Cool roofs provide protection from solar heat gain in warm climates or on sizzling summer days. This innovative roofing is designed to reflect the sunlight from a building rather than...

exterior building insulation

Home Insulation: Are You Overlooking This Important Efficiency Upgrade?

Insulation is a universally important tool for improving energy efficiency in a home. With proper insulation, homeowners can decrease the amount of energy needed to heat...

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10 Small U.S. Cities Leading in Energy Efficiency

Small cities can make a big impact. In fact, many are leading the way in terms of energy efficiency. Energy Star, which certifies high-efficiency appliances and home improvement products, is actually run...

efficient HVAC systems

Ducts: The Unseen Backbone of Heating and Cooling Efficiency

Ductwork is a fundamental aspect of heating and cooling systems. These conduits are necessary in homes with any type of forced-air heating or central air conditioning.

Often unseen, ducts are easily...

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10 Home Improvement DIY Projects Made from Recycled Materials

Even basic home improvement projects can turn into pricey undertakings. The cost of quality wood and hardware needed to fabricate a simple cabinet or bookshelf, for example, is surprisingly high....

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Eco-Friendly Pool: High-Efficiency Pool Pumps & Equipment

Home swimming pools provide entertainment, relief from the sweltering summer heat, and a great way to exercise. They can also consume a significant amount of energy. In fact, homes with...

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10 Home Improvement Mistakes to Avoid

Homeowners are generally aware that problems could arise during an improvement project, but most do not realize they can lower the chance of setbacks by taking certain steps before...

What Fuels America's Growing Demand For Electricity?

The year 1949 marked the invention of color television, the first Emmy Awards and the debut of the Volkswagen Beetle in the United States. It also marked the beginning of...

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25 Ways to Improve the Value of Your Home

Homeowners often opt for sizable upgrades to increase the value of their property. Major projects can certainly improve the odds of a better sale price, but simpler (and cheaper) changes can prove...