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If you are thinking of outdoor lighting for Halloween, check this out! By: John Riha When you stroll through your neighborhood this Halloween season, get ready for some front-yard tricks and some awesome lighting treats. Halloween displays are more sophisticated — and fun — than ever, headlined by energy-saving CFL and LED extravaganzas, and powered by creative home owners who pull out...
Read Post [Posted on 10/29/2014 By Marsha Ettinger]
Selling a home quickly and for a good price means attracting the broadest range of qualified home buyers. That can depend on identifying as many appeal points as possible, then showing them off through an energetic marketing program. One increasingly prominent marketing point is one that used to be an unexploited side issue: green features. Just watch some of the latest TV commercials, a...
Read Post [Posted on 10/28/2014 By Connie Inmon]
More builders are raising the bar when it comes to greater energy efficiency in homes. The new-home industry is using it as a lure to attract buyers, but they’re also, in some cases, being forced to adopt more stringent state energy code standards for new residences.   While greater energy efficiency in new homes can serve as a selling point to potential buyers, some builders are also growin...
Read Post [Posted on 10/27/2014 By John Askins]
Lighting's a vital part of homes and consumes 20 percent of the electricity used in the United States. But a new technology — LEDs that come in sheets — promises to give both agents and home owners unprecedented flexibility when showing and using homes."Organic LEDs" — technology already used in many smartphones and televisions — use half as much energy as equivalent fluorescent lightbul...
Read Post [Posted on 10/22/2014 By John Askins]
A series of mid-September rainstorms added about 20,000 acre-feet to the combined storage of lakes Buchanan and Travis, the region's water reservoirs. Lake Travis rose more than 2 feet, while Lake Buchanan rose a little more than half an inch. The increase was welcome but relatively small, and it was not enough to make much difference in the severe drought gripping the region around the ...
Read Post [Posted on 10/18/2014 By John Askins]
Open house This Saturday 10/18/2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.Feel free to bring along a friend and enjoy some cookies while you view this lovely home.  This would be a great opportunity for you to invite someone who would make the perfect new neighbor for you! Address:11411 blackstream CT,cypress,TX 77433...
Read Post [Posted on 10/16/2014 By Mike Elgoher]
If it hurts your heart to see new communities coming up and old trees coming down (to make room for new community) then The Groves may be a community you will love!  Crescent Communities has broke ground in Northeast Houston to provide The Groves, a community which will serve as a natural refuge.  The developer is devoted to preserving trees and nature in this new community.  They a...
Read Post [Posted on 10/14/2014 By Tricia Frazier]
(BPT) - Every day the average American family uses 300 gallons of water for everything from brushing their teeth and washing clothes to running the sprinkler and flushing the toilet, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Beyond this, families also use lots of water in ways they don't see.   Water is needed to grow food and manufacture favorite products. It's often c...
Read Post [Posted on 10/14/2014 By Susan Roddy]
What if homes weren’t just energy efficient, but had virtually no carbon footprint? Well, that goal has become a reality in a cutting-edge Habitat for Humanity home outside of Washington, D.C. The first super energy-efficient “passive house” was constructed using ultra-thick insulation – it’s practically airtight. Dubbed the “Empowerhouse,” the 1,000-square-foot duplex home has 12-inch thick wal...
Read Post [Posted on 10/09/2014 By John Askins]
I ran across the article below after a friend that lives in Kiev Ukraine sent it to me as link in Facebook message. Apparently Texas leaves a lasting impression, even five years later! But of course, that should come as no surprise to those of us that have had the blessing to live and enjoy the various regions throughout the great state of Texas! Check it out! ---> -->-&g...
Read Post [Posted on 10/08/2014 By Tiffany Bonne]
Reduce Energy Costs and Still Enjoy A Very Merry ChristmasOnce the holidays are here, everything in our lives becomes busier and we are spending much more. With a little planning, you can save on energy consumption and cut some of those costs. 1. Christmas Lights and Displays. Lighting and displays are a major expense for many. Enjoy the spirit of the holiday while reducing your car...
Read Post [Posted on 10/07/2014 By Don Arsenault]
A new study finds high demand for quality public transportation nationwide, although that demand mostly goes unmet, according to the Who’s on Board: The 2014 Mobility Attitudes Survey from Transit Center, a look at attitudes about public transportation. Fifty-eight percent of survey respondents say their ideal neighborhood would be in a transit-friendly community that contains “a mix o...
Read Post [Posted on 10/07/2014 By John Askins]
More home owners and buyers are ranking energy-efficient and environmentally friendly home features high in surveys.  AOL Real Estate highlighted a few easy steps home owners can take to make their homes more “green”: Swap out the light bulbs: LED light bulbs are known as being 80 percent more energy efficient and lasting as much as 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.  Have a p...
Read Post [Posted on 10/04/2014 By John Askins]
What is better than a flashlight and safer than a candle when the lights go out? Okay, so maybe you are like me and went 'huh' before you knew the answer so here it is...It's that little solar light pack you probably have in with your landscaping.  Come on, you know, the ones you added to make the lawn sparkle at night, the ones you really don't think about unless you are adding mulch or...
Read Post [Posted on 10/02/2014 By Lisa Mantle]
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