Category: Green Living

3 common questions about insulation, answered

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22 Oct

No matter whether you live in New York or Newport Beach, the right insulation is key for ensuring that your home is both comfortable and energy-efficient. By reducing heat flow, high-quality insulation can minimize the amount of energy you use to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. That translates to lower heating bills and significant savings…

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Selecting the Right Kind of Replacement Windows for Your Climate

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29 Aug

One thing that Long Island and the tristate area homeowners are often surprised to learn is that not all replacement windows are created equal. These days, most people understand that they should look for home remodeling products that are energy efficient, and the Department of Energy's ENERGY STAR program has become widely recognized as the industry standard. However, the problem…

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How to Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen for Your Home

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22 Aug

One of the most popular trends in kitchen remodeling is designing kitchens that are intended to be eco-friendly. This has far reaching implications because a so-called "green" kitchen can limit household waste, help conserve natural resources, reduce the burden on landfills, and is a responsible investment into the home. So, what exactly goes into designing an environmentally friendly kitchen? In…

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17 Home Improvement Trends in 2011 and Beyond

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01 Jul

My passion for social media exposes me to world of visual information on a daily basis. Thus, I was pleasantly surprised when I came across a Home Improvement Trends for 2011 infographic from www.elocalplumbers.com, loaded with insight from 50 contributors on trends they see within the home improvement industry for this year and beyond. Let's take a look at what…

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Project of the Month: McDonnell’s new Modular home

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06 Aug

This month's featured project is a modular build that Alure Home Improvements constructed in East Northport, NY. What is modular construction? Modular construction is a more resource-efficient way of building. The actual home is split up into several sections, or boxes that contain bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. that are built off-site. This means the boxes are built in a quality controlled…

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Top 10 Ways To Save Energy In Your Home

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03 Aug

1. Change all light bulbs in the home to Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs aka CFL's 2. Replace appliances that are not Energy Star rated 3. Car pool as much as possible. Saves money on gas, wear and tear on your vehicle, oil resources, and reduces all the negative environmental impact associated with driving 4. When exiting any room (house, office, etc.) turn off all lights 5. Change your existing thermostat…

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What is a Comprehensive Home Assessment?

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01 Mar

Drafty windows, rooms that are too hot or cold and high energy bills are all but a few issues for most homeowners. A Comprehensive Home Assessment with Energy Star takes a whole house approach at improving the efficiency of the home. Making it more comfortable for the home owner while protecting the environment. The first step for any homeowner is…

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