Tag Archive | energy efficient

5 Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

An estimated 75 percent of taxpayers are expected to receive a tax refund this year, with the average check coming in at about $3,000, according to the IRS. What will you do with your refund? Some ideas: Add to Your Investment Portfolio With the stock market hovering at 5-year highs, why not apply your refund […]

The Dazzling Evolution of Energy-Efficient Lighting

Here’s a bright idea: light bulbs that use 75% to 80% less energy. Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) and light-emitting diode bulbs (LED) are quickly becoming the new norm. These newer bulbs have a bright future since the U.S. Government passed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which requires a systematic reduction of inefficient […]

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Survey Shows New ‘Kids’ on the Block Willing to Work Hard to Make Home as Unique as They Are

Findings Indicate Next Generation of Homeowners Reinterpret Traditions, Prefer Customized ‘Smart’ Homes Distinct From Previous Generations There’s a new type of homebuyer on the market. They know what they want and are ready to get their hands dirty to transform a house to meet their unique needs. Stereotypical luxury and prototypical homes do not entice […]

Do Energy-Efficient Appliances Really Save You Money?

You’ve purchased a new energy-efficient washing machine and refrigerator. So, will your utility bill reflect a huge savings? The easy answer is: It depends. It depends on the size and age of the appliance you’re replacing, as well as your definition of “huge” savings. The average U.S. household spends $2,200 per year on energy – […]

Home Improvement to Sell

Potential buyers nowadays want to get as much as possible for their money and are on the look out for extra essentials such as a pool, balcony, large patio and gardens. They’re looking for something that will give them a lifestyle at appreciative price. This is such a buyer’s market that if your home has […]