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Archive for December, 2016

Increasing Value of A Home While Adding Style with Exterior Updates

Patio House in Toronto / by Reza Aliabadi

The exterior of your home is the first thing potential home buyers will notice, so it is necessary to make a good first impression to increase the chance of a sale. There’s a lot you can do outdoors to make your home stand out while increasing the value of the home, such as expanding your living space to the great outdoors and increasing the curb appeal with creative landscaping.

Add a Deck

If your home doesn’t already have a deck, you should consider adding one for a variety of reasons. A deck expands your living space and gives you a place to host parties and get-togethers with friends and family. Decks also make your home more visually appealing, adding dimension so your property stands out. According to the experts at Archadeck of West Portland, decks help individuals experience nature’s beauty right on their own property. Decks are typically an inexpensive addition because the materials don’t cost a lot, depending on the type of lumber used.
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Energy Efficient Home Design

House with Glass louvers, Japan / by StudioGreenBlue

Your home is a system. You can save money and improve the performance by taking measures that are cost – effective that will reduce the building loads, and then by installing systems as appliances that happen to be just the right size in order to meet those reduced loads.

The strategy that is the most effective for improving the energy efficiency of your household is to target the envelope of the home – walls, windows, attic, and doors. Once you have done that, you can improve the efficiency of the various systems, like heating and cooling, appliances, and lighting. Let’s take a closer look at some of the things that can be done to make your home one that is more energy efficient:

Energy Suppliers

You might happen to live in an area where energy suppliers are still regulated. Most of us do. That means that there will typically be a single source of a type of energy in the area and that is the one that you have to use. For example, in Mobile, AL, the only supplier of electricity is Alabama Power, so that is what people have to use.

However, some states are becoming deregulated. This means that you will be have more local energy companies to choose from. This can help you to be more energy efficient. How? Well, the energy companies will want to be competitive to be able to get your business. This means that most of them will have a variety of plans and pricing options. This will allow you to get only the energy that you need as opposed to getting and using more than what is necessary.
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