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Open Floor Plan Energy Boosters

When fortunate enough to build your dream home from the ground up, it’s very hard to not want to build some sort of open floor plan. You might not go full Frank Lloyd Wright with an open plan from stem to stern, but the common areas of your house are perfect for an open plan. There is, however, the challenge of maximizing energy efficiency in an open plan. While this style of home is wonderful for entertaining guests and creating a communal atmosphere, there’s no denying that they’re more difficult and expensive to heat and cool. Part of the...

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Live Long and Prosper: Sustainable Building Materials

Our global environment has taken a huge hit this week with the fires raging through the Amazon. Gut wrenching photos of the blazing forest have filled news cycles all week long. Instead of wringing your hands and thinking of all the things you can’t control, allow us to shed some light on ways you can help the environment by starting at home. While over half of deforestation is attributed to farming/livestock and mining and drilling, building and development take their fair share of the blame. Luckily, there’s more than one way to skin a cat and even more sustainable...

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Best Energy Upgrades For Your Buck

As we continue on this journey of our planet hurtling through the solar system, day after day, and we examine the effects of man on the earth and its resources and what we need from it to survive, it becomes increasingly relevant – and important, nay, vital – to convert our homes to cleaner, greener, more sustainable machines.  A lot goes on to run a home. Water for food prep, cooking, cleaning, and sustaining life outside – not to mention handling waste. Gas for heating and cooking. Electricity to power our tech and light the way. Advances in science...

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A New Backyard For Summer

Summer has officially arrived! That means time for gathering friends and family around the backyard for some games, good times, and grilling as the sun goes down on these ever longer days. Now is the perfect time to give your backyard space a little quick reno to get you ready for hosting a whole summer’s worth of parties and dinners. But where do you start? Well, here are a few ideas to jumpstart your creativity so you can design the backyard of your dreams. Purpose and Function The best place to start when considering a makeover for your backyard...

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Boost Your Energy Efficiency With Geothermal HVAC

For today’s homeowner there are all sorts of ways you can reduce your carbon footprint. Depending on your state, there’s a multitude of incentives for you to convert your home’s energy usage and become more sustainable. You may have long-since been on that train what with your Energy Star rated appliances, windows, and low-flow toilets. Solar panels? You got those soon as they became consumer-ready. But what about your HVAC system? The summers are getting hotter and winters are getting colder. Your heating and cooling system is working overtime to compete with harsh climate changes. Like anything else, there’s...

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