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The Best Renewable Energy Companies

by Rachel Summers Facebook  Twitter

Renewable energy is expected, by 2018, to become 25% of global gross power. This is a 20% increase over 2011 statistics, and a 19% increase over 2006. More energy companies are realizing that individuals and homeowners are more concerned than ever about using renewable energy, meaning the competition is heating up.

If you’re looking to change your energy supplier, there are plenty of resources online that can help. Experts over at Australian Reviewer have written plenty about this new generation of energy companies, and even large tech companies are picking up on the trend. Intel has its solar project in Folsom, California – and Microsoft now gets at least 80% of its electricity from renewable sources. Google is even aiming to be 100% renewable by this year.

If you’re looking to learn more about renewable energy, or find a new energy company for your home or business, these are some of the best around.

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Save Money by Repairing Your Old Windows

by Alex Omelchenko of Apex Window Werks
If you have called a professional for an assessment of your windows and they have recommended you replace them, you need to be able to make an informed, smart decision about whether this is truly necessary or whether you could save money by repairing your old windows. Either way, we advise getting more than one quote and finding trusted and well-reviewed companies via word of mouth, contacting local preservation commissions/societies or online reviewing sites.
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Reduce Energy Use With Better Windows

by Alex Omelchenko of Apex Window Werks

Environmental awareness and clean living are currently a hot topic, especially when it comes to energy and how to reduce energy use in the home.

This article will discuss how the wrong kind of windows can be a major source of heat loss and therefore energy loss in your home, which can over time lose you money.

Windows are a major source of heat loss in your home, so it is important to try to reduce energy use by using the right kind of installations.

So, what are the advantages and disadvantages of different kinds of windows? A basic window consists of windows, a frame and some sort of covering, like blinds or curtains. How can we make these components better insulators and budget savers in the long term? Read more…

8 Ways to Save on Your Heating Bill

By Tim Smith, for

With talks of an inevitable polar vortex this coming winter, homeowners are trying every trick in the book to reduce electrical costs.

Electricity is downright expensive when temperatures dip low, both day and night. Make a promise to yourself that’s easy to keep by saving money with these surefire conservation tips.

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6 Shabby Chic Bedrooms Designed to Inspire

By Jane Blanchard for Modernise

Shabby Chic is a decorating trend so popular that it’s become a new classic. Its mix of whimsical pieces and patterns and comfortable fabrics make it a go-to when it comes to bedroom décor. When putting together the ultimate Shabby Chic bedroom, you don’t have to look far for inspiration. Here are six bedrooms that are sure to inspire and guide your inner decorating diva.

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5 Home Remodelling Projects Under $1,000

by Tim Smith of Modernize

Whether you need to refresh some outdated features so you can sell your house soon or you are just ready to rejuvenate your living space, you can completely transform the look of your home for less than $1,000 per room. All cost estimates are from the 2014 cost vs value survey.

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5 Renovation Ideas To Add Value to Your Home

By Tim Smith of Modernize

If you think it’s necessary to spend $65,000 on a complete kitchen remodel to really add value to a property, step back and take a breath. Today’s real estate market isn’t solely concentrated on replacing kitchen appliances and adding brand-new hardwood flooring throughout the space. Small renovations are making bigger waves than huge investments, allowing your next project to be a possible DIY situation with money to spare.

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Passive Solar House with Thermal Mass

John Valentine explains the solar passive house, using solar thermal mass technology.

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Passive solar greenhouse: more food, less energy

By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney of Green Energy Futures

This ain’t your typical greenhouse design. With an insulated back wall and an insulated roof, the Groundswell Community Network’s passive solar community greenhouse stores heat far better than your typical glass box. They also have a bunch of other systems, which make this building a model for what can be done with a greenhouse in a cold, sunny climate.

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Making of: Our Board and Batten Shutters

I built some board and batten shutters for our home as buying shutters is VERY expensive…
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