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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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January 27, 2017

Financing Your Solar Energy System? Here Are Your Options

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. [...]

 
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January 11, 2017

Our Guide to Sustainable Meal Planning in the New Year

Amp up your pledge to sustainable living by committing to environmentally conscious meal plans. In 2017, make an impact through sustainable meal planning.
 
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January 6, 2017

What New Homeowners Should Know About Renewable Energy

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 [...]

 
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November 25, 2016

How to Save Up to 25% on Your Heating Bills – Follow These Easy Methods

Heating bills in your home do not have to be a big stress if you know how to accurately reduce your energy expenses. Here are 10 useful methods that you can follow to save on heating bills, especially if you live in a very cold region or get chilly Winters.
 
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November 23, 2016

Green Living: Which Cities Are Lowering their Carbon Footprint

Some cities have lower carbon footprints than others. Find out which cities in the United States are leading the pack when it comes to green living.
 
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September 26, 2016

The Basics of Window Energy Ratings

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, [...]

 
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August 3, 2016

Green Mini Makeovers That Will Transform Your Space

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 [...]

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