Home Improvements and Tax Credits

Homeowners in South Carolina enjoy the potential benefits of both sides of the energy improvement balance: the mild climate allows for cost effective upgrades to improve their homes’ energy efficiency, and that same climate also makes renewable energy systems especially productive. Even better news: many of these upgrades and improvements may be eligible for tax credits! If you invested in … Read more

Preparing for Heavy Rain

As we stare down an epic rainfall event in Charleston, preparation for potential damage to homes is in order. To help ensure personal safety and the protection of our homes and personal property, consider these guidelines from Rain Ready, an initiative of the urban sustainability laboratory Center for Neighborhood Technology. Before The Event Inspect your home. Remove leaves and debris … Read more

Lower Heating Costs with a Retrofit

During the few short months that we experience winter weather in the coastal South, many homeowners find themselves in the predicament of balancing indoor comfort with potentially enormous power bills. The causes are many, but with an underlying theme: the house is not sufficiently sealed, and the heating unit is working overtime to replace the warmth that is continuously leaking into the outdoors. While … Read more

Nest Thermostat Sale

The Nest Thermostat (2nd Generation) is on sale for $199 – that’s $50 off its list price and the lowest we’ve ever seen – through Monday December 1st. The Nest Learning Thermostat learns what temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away and can be controlled from anywhere over Wi-Fi. [amazon template=iframe image&asin=B009GDHYPQ] Check Compatibility with your system. The Nest … Read more

Historic Property Lectures

Do you own a historic property? Historic Charleston Foundation is hosting a stewardship lecture series this fall aimed at helping owners of historic homes address the unique challenges of historic ownership. The Foundation’s newest fall lecture series will examine the anatomy and craftsmanship of various features of the historic house. This series will explore the best preservation treatments for shutters, … Read more

Indoor Air Quality of Homes

The air in our homes is often not considered as something that needs to be maintained or corrected in any way, aside from clearing out of the occasional pungent odor or blackened entrée. When taken for granted, the indoor air quality can be worse than even the most polluted urban environments, leading to health conditions known as ‘sick building syndrome.’ Have … Read more

Solar Power Bill Would Encourage Greater Use

A compromise bill was introduced to the South Carolina Legislature last week to encourage a proliferation of solar power generation for residential use. It would open the way for residential leasing of solar panels, encourage utility companies to establish distributed generation programs, and get the ball rolling for a much-needed update to the rates that customers receive for generating solar … Read more