If you had a spare $25,000, what would you do with it? Buy a new car? Pay off your student loans? Go on an elaborate vacation? For a growing number of homeowners, the answer to that question has become “buy a solar energy system.” Over the past decade, solar has blossomed from a narrow, niche market into a realm well within the reach of the average American. And although the price tag is still higher than installers would like, the returns for your average-sized installation are growing much more lucrative. The average cost-per-watt for solar energy is currently hovering somewhere between $3.00 to $4.00—about on par with what you pay for coal-generated electricity. [...]
Renewable energy is on the rise, and 2017 is the year to get in on the action. Solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and hydropower can all be used to generate power at home and will save you money on your utility payments. They will also have a much smaller impact on the environment than nonrenewable energy sources.Solar
Photovoltaic (PV) systems, commonly known as solar panels, use sunlight to generate power. Multiple solar cells make up a panel, which can produce anywhere from 10 to 300 watts of electricity.
They’re usually installed on rooftops or on a rack on the ground. They can withstand the elements and require little upkeep. Solar systems usually cost about $10 [...]
If you’ve never purchased a window for your home before, you may think that they’re all the same. But the energy efficiency of the glass, frame, insulation, and glazing can vastly affect the interior temperatures of your home. That’s why the window ratings system was designed.
But not every region has the same requirements. Climate plays a big part in dictating the minimums required to achieve energy efficiency. It makes sense when you think about it: the ideal windows for hotter areas have different design features than those that do well in colder spots, and vice versa. To categorize those differences, the National Fenestration Ratings Council created several measurements, [...]
Every once and awhile, you look around your kitchen or living room and realize you could really use a home makeover—especially in the green department. If your home was a rom com, then this would be the moment it whipped off the nerdy glasses, shook out its hair and allowed its true environmental beauty to shine through.
Luckily, you don’t need any movie magic to makeover your home—all you need is a little inspiration. These ideas are eco-friendly—and fabulous—and won’t take much more than a day to complete. Let’s take a look at a couple of super-quick fixes that will dial up the green throughout your home.Choose zero-VOC paints
This one gets you double green [...]
Some people may love dim, dark interiors, but it’s definitely not a look that suits most homeowners. Studies have shown that exposure to natural light can bolster productivity, and even improve mental health and reduce stress. In fact, scientists are currently studying its curative properties to see if it could be used in medical facilities and hospitals as a healing agent.
With all of that on its resume, it’s safe to say that light plays an essential part in a healthy and happy home—but not every household gets its fair share. Purchasing, installing, and sealing windows in a new home is expensive and labor-intensive, and that can lead many homebuilders to skimp on these [...]