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While housing markets may be uneven in many parts of the country, more buyers are placing an emphasis on green -- with some studies showing that green homes can sell for higher dollar than non-green homes.  In Portland, OR., an analysis from the Earth Advantage Institute found that green-certified new homes sold, on average, for 8 percent more than non-certified green homes--and in one of ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/22/2014 By John Askins]
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Read Post [Posted on 08/21/2014 By Susan Greer]
Brazos River Canoe Launch Opens in Sugar Land Brazos River Canoe Launch Opens in Sugar Land Sugar Land, TX - The City of Sugar Land opened its first public canoe launch at U.S. Highway 59 and the Brazos River turnaround. The canoe launch is part of a larger initiative led by Fort Bend Green to designate the Brazos River within Fort Bend County as a Texas Parks and Wildlife official paddli...
Read Post [Posted on 08/21/2014 By Stanley Poscovsky]
Lighting can make or break a home. Good lighting adds warmth and ambience. Bad lighting can draw attention to flaws and be downright gloomy. Not only that, we've made great advances in lighting technology that there are many energy efficienct options out there that will save you money in the long run and they're designer chic! This article pulls together some lighting 101 tips for the whole home. ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/20/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
Manhattan may get all the ink when it comes to high-rise habitation, but with the economy steadily improving and modern architectural and construction techniques encouraging more daring developments, cities from Los Angeles to Houston are finding that when you can't spread out, you may as well move up.Even the famously squat Washington, D.C., is edging into the trend, with talk of repeal...
Read Post [Posted on 08/19/2014 By John Askins]
Insurer Liberty Mutual offers a “green” general liability product for apartments and condominiums as well as offices, retail, and light-industrial buildings. The company offers an indoor environment endorsement that covers bodily injury claims resulting from specialized air- and water-quality equipment and products; and an adverse publicity exposure endorsement that covers crisis plannin...
Read Post [Posted on 08/18/2014 By John Askins]
If you've been thinking of remodeling all or part of your home, you might want to consider a green remodel. Green building means that you use certain materials and practices that are better for the environment and for your health. By following a few guidelines, you can easily complete an eco-friendly remodeling project. Recycle. Whenever possible, choose materials for your real estate made from ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/15/2014 By Susan Roddy]
When you decorate interior spaces with houseplants, you’re not just adding greenery, but they also interact with your body, mind and home in ways that enhance the quality of life. According to Houzz.com: “The humble houseplant is well and truly back on trend, and for good reason. A splash of healthy greenery instantly makes a room feel fresh and welcoming. Indoor plants also help purify ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/15/2014 By Alex Handley]
CFL light bulb save energy and money Switching out your five most frequently-used bulbs with Energy Star-rated models will save you $75 per year, according to the EPA. Save money nav bar You know that 10 or 20 pounds that you just can’t seem to lose? You do the right thing — eat kale or log time on the StairMaster — but the weight clings. You feel powerless. It’s like that with our energy bills, t...
Read Post [Posted on 08/12/2014 By Garrett McWhorter]
The Federal Trade Commission is putting an end to “greenwashing” through its updated Green Guides for marketers, a guide that aims to prevent companies from claiming false or deceptive claims over the environmental benefits of their products.The FTC will now fine or even a file lawsuit against companies who make unfounded claims that their products or service offer an environmental benefit. “Our p...
Read Post [Posted on 08/08/2014 By John Askins]
Walk Score reported on the 50 largest U.S. cities and New York tops the list as most walkable with a score of 85.3. Jacksonville, Fla., on the other hand, scored least walkable city in the nation at 32.6 out of 100, with data indicating that 80 percent of local residents live in vehicle-dependent neighborhoods.  Walk Score's top five walkable cities: New York (85.3)San Francisco (...
Read Post [Posted on 08/07/2014 By John Askins]
Eco-friendly homes are hot these days, and one way to make a property more saleable is to add a little green.Real estate web site HomeGain asked about 1,000 real estate practitioners to recommend low-cost green improvements. Here are some of their suggestions: Plant native trees and plants Replace air filters Weather-strip and caulk doors and windows Install programmable thermostats In...
Read Post [Posted on 08/05/2014 By John Askins]
Know a fixed rate from a floating rate? Homeowners in 13 states now have the freedom to pick their energy supplier. But before you sign that new contract, do some research to make sure you're really getting the best deal. Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/04/2014 By Marla Lewis]
To Tap or not to Tap is the ongoing question of the decade. Should you place a filter on your water from your refrigerator or faucet? Here are two articles that are worth the read. What's your decision? http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/03/100310/why-tap-water-is-better/ http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/tap-water/faq-20058017 ...
Read Post [Posted on 07/23/2014 By Chantell Newsome]
With the growth of green building the last decade, green lending has emerged to help finance those often costly “green” upgrades.  Dave Porter, with PorterWorks in Stanton, Wash., who provides continuing education courses on green lending to those in the real estate industry, says there are several basic types of green mortgages, which most of the public still isn’t very aware about. For e...
Read Post [Posted on 07/23/2014 By John Askins]
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