alternative energy: What you don't know can cost you! - 09/29/09 04:06 AM
Given that I'm a Massachusetts resident and a green EcoBroker Realtor, it's my goal to find out all the information available to MA residents for installing and using renewable energy methods for heating and cooling their home. Additionally, there are also a number of Federal incentives available to you. You can find all the state and federal tax incentives and rebates in the Database of State Incentives available on the U.S. Department of Energy's website. For MA residents, a short list is outlined below. If you don't live in MA, skip down to the Federal listing and then check out the … (0 comments)

alternative energy: Save Money with Energy Star - 09/28/09 07:29 AM
With the heating season quickly approaching, I thought it would be a good time to pass along some energy-saving tips to help you both indoors and out. Not only can you reduce your energy bill, but you can reduce your carbon footprint by following some simple, easy steps: Energy Star Lighting - Energy Star labeled light bulbs and fixtures are very energy efficient without sacrificing performance or design. Special promotions and rebates are also available at many home improvement and other select stores. You can also visit the Energy Star web site for more information or call 877-378-2748 for more details. … (1 comments)

alternative energy: Cook with Gas, Save Some Dough! - 09/09/09 04:07 AM
Of all your household appliances, which one do you think uses the most energy?  If you said refrigerator, you're right!  Among the other high-usage appliances, dishwashers, washers, and dryers rank right up there (see the Energy Star web site for more info). In fact, up to one-third of a households total energy consumption occurs in the kitchen and laundry areas.  But what about your gas stove?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cooking accounts for only 4.4% of a household's total energy consumption (Buildings Energy Data Book).  It's so low, in fact, that Energy Star doesn't even calculate an optimal … (0 comments)

alternative energy: Pick the right solar vendor, save more money! - 07/29/09 12:31 PM
Maybe all my talk so far has convinced you it doesn't cost more to build energy-efficiently or install alternative methods of power generation, and now you're ready to make the big move to solar. If so, let me be the first to thank you for making that decision! Not only are you a true leader, but you're sure to be the next big topic of discussion in your neighborhood. But before you make the final choice on a solar installer, here are some key points to keep in mind as you meet with your local solar vendors: Get the contractor’s license … (2 comments)

alternative energy: Save Money by Buying an Eco-Friendly, Green Home - 07/21/09 08:10 AM
I already knew this from my EcoBroker course and the research I've been doing, but now my (new) favorite channel, Planet Green, has show after show confirming it - you don't have to spend a lot more money in order to buy eco-friendly housing.  If you're building anew or remodeling, follow the three R's - reuse, renovate, and recycle - and you'll spend maybe even less than your original budget to be eco- and energy-friendly.  In both cases, you'll more than make up for it on the back-end with reduced utility bills, greater home comfort, and improved personal health.
Wanna do … (0 comments)

alternative energy: Solar too tech or expensive for you? Did you know you could still use green power? - 07/10/09 03:17 PM
I'm slightly off-focus in this entry, wanting to talk about purchasing green power as opposed to the more activity-oriented approaches upon which I've been writing.  And since I just signed up for this myself today, I can attest to the ease with which you can make the switch yourself to clean energy. 
Let's look at some of the reasons people don't go with clean energy already:
Sometimes homeowners are unwilling to make the technological leap and be one of the first to try out a "new" technology (even though solar has been available for decades).  For others, it's still too cost-prohibitive … (0 comments)

alternative energy: Saving Money By Sealing Your Home - 07/02/09 03:13 PM
Don’t think of this as just a “winter” topic either – you can save money on your cooling costs starting now by taking some simple steps to seal (or “tighten”) your home.
Air leakage amounts to 30-40% of a home’s heating and cooling costs. Stopping air leakage is important not only for energy savings, but also for protecting your home from the damaging effects of moisture and resulting mold. When air leaks in through walls, it carries humidity. When it hits a cold spot, it condenses and causes insulation and the surrounding wood to get wet, resulting in wood rot and … (0 comments)

alternative energy: How To Save on Cooling (and Heating) Costs with Landscaping - 06/29/09 11:04 AM
Overview
Perhaps the most pleasant economic savings can be derived from judicious and mindful planting of trees and shrubs. The value of traditional plantings serving as windbreaks is well known. Additionally, well-placed deciduous trees can shade a building during hot summer months yet allow warming sunshine to enter a building when warmth is needed in the winter. The summer shading feature of trees is particularly important for the following reason. Most homes are cooled with traditional window- or central- air conditioners using fractional horsepower single-phase electric motors and modern refrigerants (chlorofluorocarbons that are less potent greenhouse gases than their predecessors). The … (2 comments)

alternative energy: Comparing a Standard Home Mortgage to an Energy Efficient Mortgage - 06/26/09 01:08 PM
Banks are increasingly recognizing the fact that a homeowner who spends money to improve the energy efficiency of their home ends up have extra money in their pocket at the end of the month - and this can help tip the balance in your favor of getting a higher mortgage amount with an Energy Efficient Mortgage.
Fannie Mae has published the following comparison of a standard home mortgage to an energy efficient home mortgage. Keep in mind this was published a while ago and mortgage rates are even LOWER right now, so your savings could be higher.


Note this … (1 comments)

alternative energy: MA Residents - Could You Use a 0% $15k Loan for Energy Improvements? - 06/24/09 02:45 PM
From my blog post on 6/24/09:
"If you live in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you may be eligible for a MassSAVE HEAT Loan, providing you with the opportunity to get a 0% loan for the installation of qualified energy efficient improvements in your home. The loan amount can not exceed $15,000 and the term of the loan can not exceed 7 years. To apply for the loan, you must OWN and OCCUPY a one-to-four family residence and obtain a Home Energy Assessment through the MassSAVE program."
For more information, read my blog at CyberGreenRealty's Blog on Wordpress.
-TMC
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alternative energy: How Much $ Could You Save by Going Solar? - 06/17/09 12:35 PM
Let’s calculate some savings for you with a case study:
Assumptions for Mr. & Mrs. Homeowner with 2 teenage children; Average monthly utility bill: $230; Annual utility rate increase: 5.5% per annum (avg. of last 30 years in CA) Mr. & Mrs. Homeowner get a qualified energy audit done of their home (appx. $500-800, depending on your part of the country) and it’s recommended they install a solar system to help heat their home, hot water, and even supply excess energy BACK to the energy grid (think of this as your roof making money!).
Mr. & Mrs. Homeowner decide to go … (1 comments)

 
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