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Craig Iden
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Simple Energy Saving Tips brought to you by MoneyTalks. * * * * * For energy consulting services in the Sacramento and Bay Area please contact Golden State Energy Consulting at 800.441.0804 or visit http://www.home-energy-audits.com/ Visit us on Facebook for more great information. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2011 at Golden State Energy Consultants
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(ARA) - How do you feel about your home décor? If you're tired of it, and know it needs some updating, but are afraid to act, you're not alone. Fear of change is the number one reason people live in spaces they don't really like. With the summer holiday season just beginning, now is the perfect time to try something different. A good place to start is by deciding which look you like best. Among the most popular: Traditional, Contemporary, Mission, French Country, Asian and Retro. Here's a crash course for you on what each of the looks entail: Traditional... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2011 at Real Estate Inspections
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(ARA) - In bath design, function has always come before form. But today's homeowners expect their hardworking bathrooms to go beyond hygienic and practical functions. For some, a bathroom should be wired to 21st-century technology for ready access to information and entertainment. For others, the dream bath is a home spa for a welcome spiritual and physical retreat. Other homeowners want their bathroom to do double duty as a personal gym or dressing area. The good news about designing a bathroom: anything is possible. Whether you're building from the ground up or renovating your existing space, you have lots of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2011 at Real Estate Inspections
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Did you know that the typical U.S. family spends about $1,900 a year on home utility bills? A very large number and much higher than it needs to be. What most people don’t know it that the electricity generated by fossil fuels for a single home puts more carbon dioxide into the air than two average cars. To compound matters, motor vehicle transportation accounts for 67% of all U.S. oil consumption. By knowing these facts, and the associated costs, you can begin to save energy and money at home and in your car. The good news is that it isn’t... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2011 at Golden State Energy Consultants
Video Source: ecworks * * * * * For energy consulting services in the Sacramento and Bay Area please contact Golden State Energy Consulting at 800.441.0804 or visit http://www.home-energy-audits.com/ Visit us on Facebook for more great information. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at Golden State Energy Consultants
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Of all of the defects we look for in a home inspection. This is why moisture detection is so important. Moisture is always the one that causes the most concern. Moisture is one of the worst enemies your home can have. It can cause your clothes and furnishings to mildew, ruin interior surfaces, reduce the insulating value of your insulation, cause squeaky floors and nail popping, cause paint peeling and stains on the walls and ceilings, and can ruin the structural frame of your house through fungus growth and rot. Moisture detection levels in a home depend on a variety... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at Real Estate Inspections
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Each year during the annual winterization of your home, it is good practice to include a self inspection of your home’s foundation. After all, without a healthy foundation you can’t have a healthy home. Of course, inspecting the your home’s many areas is good practice at any time of year; however, it has been found that January is the most ideal for the foundation as the summer soil shrinkage has completed and the spring showers have yet to begin. Self inspecting your foundation is a simple process that requires only an individual’s vision and the ability to manoeuvre around the... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2011 at Real Estate Inspections
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Windows are one of your home’s most attractive features, yet while they are providing views, daylight and ventilation, they can also account for between 10% and 25% or your total heating bill. Windows facing the sun will cause your air conditioner to work harder in the warmer months; therefore you should use curtains and shades to reduce this condition. You can also consider installing ENERGY STAR rated windows. If you live in the Sun Belt, look into low-e windows, which can cut the cooling load by 10% to 15%. Many U.S. homes have single pane windows, however, double pane windows... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2011 at Golden State Energy Consultants
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(ARA) - You might not give your floors much thought -- until it comes time to replace them. Then you realize that there are many options out there. For busy families whose floors need to stand up to kids and pets, laminate flooring is an excellent choice. Laminate flooring has been a fashionable option in Europe for more than 20 years, and it's rapidly gaining popularity in the United States. The most common designs have a wood grain appearance; some are made to look like stone or marble. Laminates are designed to look good for many years with a minimum... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2011 at Real Estate Inspections
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Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and drains more energy dollars than any other system in your home. The data shows that 46% of your utility bill goes for your climate control systems. What’s more, heating and cooling systems in the United States together emit 150 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, potentially adding to global climate change. These systems also generate about 12% of the nation’s sulfur dioxide and 4% of the nitrogen oxides, the chief ingredients in acid rain. Regardless of what kind of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system you have in... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2011 at Golden State Energy Consultants
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(ARA) - Though an eclectic design looks easy to accomplish - a little bit of this and little bit of that, it's actually one of the most difficult looks to successfully achieve. What is eclectic? It is a vibrant, individual style that doesn't adhere to any one major style or rule. It is a comfortable mix-and-match attitude; it's the yin and yang of design style that must be met with balance. It is not a jumble of whatever catches your eye. Typically, eclectic is a combination of two major design styles such as contemporary, traditional, casual or Asian. It takes... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at Real Estate Inspections
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Global survey shows rollout of smart grids is finding favor with utility companies. London, UK -- It wasn't so long ago that we were wondering whether the term 'smart grid' should have a hyphen or not. But now the form of electricity network that utilises digital technology to deliver electricity from suppliers to consumers, therefore saving energy, reducing costs and increasing reliability and transparency, is currently on more lips than Chapstick. Indeed, a recent survey showed that there was a surge in the number of utility companies across the globe either adopting smart grid technologies or planning to do so.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at Golden State Energy Consultants
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(ARA) - A little preparation and pre-project know-how can help save the average do-it-yourselfer time and money, both of which can be used to enjoy more time with family and friends and less time working around the house. Dean Johnson, co-host of the nationally syndicated home improvement TV series "Hometime," offers up the following home improvement tips that will help you work smarter, not harder: Make Maintenance Routine By far, the easiest way to save yourself time and keep expenses down is by keeping your house in good working order to begin with. This requires some planning and skill, but... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at Real Estate Inspections
Special thanks to LPA Inc. for providing great informative videos. * * * * * For energy consulting services in the Sacramento and Bay Area please contact Golden State Energy Consulting at 800.441.0804 or visit http://www.home-energy-audits.com/ Visit us on Facebook for more great information. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at Golden State Energy Consultants
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(ARA) - The holiday season will be here before you know it and guess what that means... time to get the house ready for all the guests who will soon descend upon you, and there's a lot to do. In addition to sweeping the floors, vacuuming, dusting and changing the linens, this is the time of year a lot of people give their guest bathroom a facelift. It is, after all, a room that will soon be getting a lot of use. One of the easiest ways to transform a bathroom from drab to fab is by removing the old,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2011 at Real Estate Inspections
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Water heating is the third largest energy expense in your home, accounting for up to 17% or your total bill. Typically, there are four ways that you can reduce your water heating bills: Use less hot water, reduce the temperature on your water tank, insulate your water heater, or purchase a new, energy efficient model. Water Heating Tips Replace your faucets and showerhead with “low flow”, aerating units. Never ignore leaking faucets. Repair them promptly before you waste gallons of water and money. Lower the thermostat on your hot water tank to no more than 120 degrees. That is sufficient... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2011 at Golden State Energy Consultants
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The first step to taking a whole-house energy efficiency approach is to find out which parts of your house use the most energy. A home energy audit will pinpoint those areas and suggest the most effective measures for cutting your energy costs. You can conduct a simple home energy audit yourself, contact your local utility, or call an independent energy auditor for a more comprehensive examination. Always make sure your heating and cooling systems are properly maintained and that your appliances are working properly also. Check your owner’s manuals for the recommended maintenance. Take the time to understand your family’s... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at Golden State Energy Consultants
As many are becoming aware, a home inspection is a critical part of the home buying and home selling process. In today’s market of above-average foreclosed homes, this is especially true. Karl McIntyre, a Milton area real estate agent, shares with us the many reasons why having a home inspection is important. For more information regarding the home inspection process, visit here. Special thanks to Karl McIntyre. * * * * * For home inspection services in the Sacramento and Bay Area please contact Golden State Home Inspections at 800.441.0804 or visit http://www.goldenstatehomeinspections.com. For more information, we are available on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2011 at Real Estate Inspections
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Half of all homes in the U.S. are currently under-insulated resulting in heat loss and higher than necessary energy costs. To help control the amount of energy your home is losing on a regular basis, it is best to make sure that you home’s insulation is to code and is in good condition. This is a simple process allowing many homeowners to take care of this process themselves. As many homeowners may not wish to put small holes in the walls in order to see or are unable to accurately measure the amount of insulation present, a home inspector can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at Real Estate Inspections
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In the United States, nearly 4.2 million people worked from a home office in 2000. This number is almost a million more than in 1990. While working from home saves energy and time by cutting out your commute, it may also significantly increase your home energy bill, unless you use energy saving office equipment. ENERGY STAR labeled office equipment is readily available, and provides users with dramatic savings, in some cases, as much as 90% savings for some products. Overall, ENERGY STAR labeled office products use about half the electricity of standard equipment. Along with saving energy directly, this equipment... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at Golden State Energy Consultants
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(ARA) - If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then a repair a week, the homeowner should seek. Taking good care of your home is important, just as is taking care of your own health. Evaluate your home and ask yourself if it meets your expectations in terms of functionality and energy efficiency. All elements of your home should work together and function properly for best performance. Universal design is a good first step. "Universal design takes into consideration the need for a home to keep pace with changing lifestyles and needs as occupants grow older," said Gary... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2011 at Real Estate Inspections
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Today, we have a great many options for implementing renewable energy solutions into our homes. From, using solar powered lights outside your home, to purchasing renewable energy from your utility company to even installing Photo-voltaic(PV) cells to produce your own solar energy. Renewable Energy Tips • A new home provides the best opportunity for designing and orienting the home to take advantage of the sun’s rays. A well-oriented home admits low-angle winter sun to reduce heating bills and rejects overhead summer sun to reduce cooling bills. See the Heating and Cooling section for more about using passive solar energy in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2011 at Golden State Energy Consultants
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(ARA) - Today, a garage is no longer just four walls and a roof in which to park the car and store seasonal items. A garage workshop often becomes a second home for the enthusiast. It's prime space to house tools and workstations. While most people need a basic workbench for routine maintenance, the enthusiast turns the garage into a fully equipped workshop. So it's little wonder that garages are getting serious makeovers. Rockler Woodworking and Hardware (www.rockler.com) has developed a modular system that will transform a typical garage bay into a fully equipped workshop that can still easily accommodate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2011 at Real Estate Inspections
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(ARA) - Did you know that a family of four can generate up to 18 gallons of water in the form of humidity inside a home in a week? All that water stemming from cooking, showering, washing and drying clothes, and even breathing, has to go somewhere. One of the more visible indicators of high humidity in a home is the windows. If your home contains excessive moisture and its cold outside, the first place you'll see it is on your windows. This does not mean there's a problem with your windows, according to the Window & Door Manufacturers Association... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at Real Estate Inspections
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Thermography is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement device to "see" and "measure thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal or infrared energy, is light which is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye: it's the part of the electromagnetic spectrum we perceive as "heat". Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero (minus 459 degrees F) emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes emit infrared. The higher the object's temperature, the more infrared energy is emitted. Infrared imaging equipment allows us... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at Golden State Energy Consultants