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June 22, 2017

Types of Roofs That Can Lower Cooling Costs

Whether you’re planning a roof upgrade or total replacement, one thing is certain — you’re about to make a significant investment. Luckily, current roofing options allow you to understand the benefit of your investment immediately, and perhaps even increase it over time.

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Consider a Cool Roof

Cool roofs reflect sunlight by design, allowing for decreased heat absorption. Depending on the type of roof you choose, cool roofs can >decrease surface heat by as much as 50-60 degrees. This effect trickles down into the home, creating more comfort inside with less energy usage and subsequent cost.

What are the most cost-effective cool roof [...]

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June 21, 2017

Energy Saving Tips for Keeping Utility Bills Low in Summer Weather

Learn how to beat the heat without it costing you in your wallet. Here are five energy saving tips to help keep your utility bills low this summer.
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May 19, 2017

Getting Serious About Backyard Composting

As a homeowner, are you serious about reducing household waste and also reusing some of it in creative ways? Learn how backyard composting can help.
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May 16, 2017

Unexpected Ways Solar Improves Your Property

The perks of solar are no joke. A rooftop system can do more than just cut down or even eliminate your utility bills. A solar panel installation generates energy from a renewable source and reduces CO2 emissions for your household. Solar panels work hardest when the sun is shining and when AC use increases your home’s energy demand. Plus, the homeowners that install them qualify for lots of incentives and tax rebate programs—talk about a win-win!

But there’s a lot more to solar than free, clean energy and lower electricity bills — although, admittedly, that part of the deal is pretty sweet. Installing panels on your property comes with a bunch of unexpected [...]

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May 15, 2017

Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Pest Control for the Garden

How do you keep pests out of the garden without harsh chemicals? Learn sustainable and environmentally pest control solutions for the garden from Homes.com.
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May 9, 2017

What You Should Know Before Removing Grass to Save Green

Removing grass from any area can be a big job. This goes double if the area is large or if you’re unfamiliar with the process. There are some situations where you may want to remove a small patch of lawn to put in a garden, and others where you might just want to rip it all out.

Even for a small area, there are plenty of things to take into consideration. Time invested, the environmental damage, noise for the neighbors, local laws and potential underground utilities all factor into any project. You want to make sure you have a solid plan in mind as well, knowing the area size and preferably mapping it out with a laser to get straight lines — and always, always mow [...]

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May 8, 2017

Is Putting on a Solar Roof Really Worth the Money?

Are you ready to invest in carbon-conscious energy that reaps long-term savings? Weigh the pros and cons of installing a solar roof with our energy guide.
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March 14, 2017

Modernize’s Tips on Green Projects That Will Increase Your ROI

Welcome to the new world of home buying! At Modernize, we’re constantly looking for new technologies and adaptations that are both good for the Earth — and worth the value they provide. All too often, these green improvements end up costing homeowners a lot of their own green in the process, without offering much in the way of returns. With that in mind, we put together a list of some of the best projects we’ve seen—initiatives that look as good on your bank statement as they do on paper. Read on for the full scoop below.

These Panels Make Solar Energy Look Good

Solar providers are no strangers to incredulous looks—when they quote homeowners the number for a new [...]

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