You’ve no doubt seen the dreary news about climate change; after all, it’s hard to turn on a television anywhere and not see a story about a piece of ice breaking off the ice caps or a rare species going extinct. It can start to make us feel helpless. But luckily for all of us, it’s easier than ever before to do our part and “go green” at home. Home automation has opened multiple potential avenues for monitoring your energy usage, reducing your carbon footprint, and helping to save money to boot! Here are the best ways to start.1. Use a smart thermostat
According to the Energy Resource Center, homes in the United States waste the same amount of [...]
The mild winters and dry summers in neighborhoods like the Richmond District around San Francisco can be a real dream, offering some of our nation’s most comfortable year-round climate for everyone from young families to retirees. While the climate can be wonderful for people, it can take a bit of planning when thinking about your garden and landscaping. Different areas of the United States get different levels of annual rainfall and daily sun, so it’s always important to keep in mind which plants are native your region and which may need to be avoided. But regardless of your local climate, plants that conserve water or are drought-resistant can make really good sense, [...]
Ready to transform your ordinary home into a stellar one? Invest in smart home technology – you’ll be glad you did. Today, many home insurance discounts and premium reductions are available to homebuyers who implement smart home devices. Here’s what you need to know to get started.The Benefits of Home Automation
With smart home technology at your disposal, you can enjoy a variety of benefits, including…Unparalleled Control
Smart home technology makes it easy to control your home’s temperature, turn off home lights and much more—all from your smartphone or tablet, anywhere you have a Wi-Fi connection. Improved Safety
With a smart [...]
Smart homes are a hot topic in the world of real estate and home improvement—and with good reason. A house full of internet-connected appliances—ranging from thermostats to ceiling fans—controlled remotely via smartphone or computer can bring excitement, ease, and peace of mind to your day-to-day routine. Identify any home appliance, and there’s probably a smart version of it. These gadgets are part of the fast-growing, worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) — a network that already includes more than 8 billion connected devices and may exceed 20 billion by 2020. The benefits of such connectivity range from customization and convenience to energy efficiency and improved security. [...]
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.Types of Roofs 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 [...]
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 [...]