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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 …

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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 …

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Fall Maintenance Prevents Costly Repairs

With the dog days of summer behind us, fall is the perfect time for home maintenance. A few weekends of work before the weather really turns will help you get ready for winter and avoid any nasty surprises – and big repair bills – the cold might bring. Here’s your must-do checklist for fall. Gutter Maintenance Clogged gutters can allow …

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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 …

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Protect Tankless Water Heaters From Freezing

It’s not something we deal with often, but freezing temperatures in Charleston can wreak havoc on our plumbing. Our common solution for protecting our water pipes is to leave a sink or two dripping overnight, but one device is especially susceptible to this unusually cold weather: the tankless water heater, particularly when mounted on the exterior of the home. While …

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2013 Charleston Eco-Home of the Year

Sustainable and eco-friendly homes are increasing in popularity across the world, and Charleston is certainly no exception. We have seen many properties come onto the market in 2013 with green features, ranging from the great prevalence of tankless water heaters to installations of solar arrays and geothermal systems. While it may normally be difficult to decide which of these impressive …

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Promoting Green Building as a Matter of Health

The Northern California Chapter of the USGBC is joining forces with several major companies and institutions to launch the Building Health Challenge, a two-year program with a mission to elevate green building as a public health benefit and accelerate the development of transparency standards in building materials. Among the 27 partners are Adobe, Genentech, Google, Kaiser Permanente, and salesforce.com, marking …

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Home Automation Tech is Transforming the Modern Home

While home automation technology has been around for several decades in luxury dwellings, the industry has lagged due to complex installations and high prices. But with the increasing prevalence of smartphones and tablets, smart home tech is becoming easier to use and dramatically more affordable. Morgan Brennan of Forbes Magazine points to a projected $14.1 billion growth in worldwide revenues in …

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The Future Of Clean Energy Is Arriving

By most observations, it would be difficult to conclude that America is experiencing a historic shift in the ways we produce and use energy. We are, after all, still mostly using gasoline-only cars, very few homes have solar panels, and in fact most homes – 70% by best estimates – still rely on 100-year-old incandescent bulb technology for lighting. A new …

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