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Get Your Solar Energy Tax Credit

The solar energy tax credit allows a homeowner to reduce the amount of income tax that they would otherwise have to pay the federal government. This credit is good for 30 percent of homeowner’s investment in their solar system, including solar panels, a charge converter, battery, and inverter, but only for the next three years. The credit will drop to 26 percent in 2020, and 22 percent in 2021. After 2021, the solar energy tax credit for residential customers will be eliminated entirely. While there is a chance the credit could be extended, many homeowners considering solar are planning to install their systems within the next few years to take advantage of the credit.

For commercial businesses looking to go more green, they can qualify for up to 70% off with solar tax incentives. Not only will you qualify for a 30% Federal Tax Credit but you can accelerate the depreciation of your solar system over 5 short years. These tax incentives are equivalent to 60%-70% of the system cost, leaving you needing only 3-4 years of energy savings to recover your entire investment.

In addition to the financial benefits of the solar energy tax credit, many people choose to …

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Energy Efficient Products for a Greener Home

  • Energy star labeled products are considerably increasing in popularity. The good part is that they are not very expensive. While replacing an old air conditioner, refrigerator or even a microwave, all you need to do is look for the energy star label and you would find amazing choices in different price ranges.
  • Installing Low-Emittance doors and windows is an effective building trend used by builders. They not only offer natural light to the home, but also block Ultra Violet rays of the sun, which heat up the interiors during summers. These doors and windows have some rating, depending on the percentage of sun rays they can block.
  • Having a solar water heater is yet another way that can save you a lot of energy, as well as money. Conventional water heaters consume more energy, than the ones powered by solar energy. These solar-powered heaters work by installing solar panels on the attic of the house.
  • Copper roofs, which are getting quite popular these days, also make an excellent option for making a house green. For those, who think that this type of roof is no more than a tool to provide unique looks to a house, it is important to
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Make Your House More Green

  • Replace old and leaky windows. Replace old and leaky windows with energy-efficient models. You can also boost efficiency of the windows via weather-stripping. Replacing old windows with energy-efficient ones is a common practice followed by green homeowners.
  • Install plenty of ceiling fans. Installing ceiling fans in every room is a great way to reduce carbon footprints. Ceiling fans are cheaper than air conditioners and consume less power. They reduce your monthly electricity bill and protect the environment.
  • Use energy-saving light bulbs. Compact fluorescent lamps are a part of eco-friendly houses. These bulbs, though expensive, consume less energy, produce less heat and last longer than traditional bulbs. You can save a lot by using these energy-efficient bulbs.
  • Plant trees around your house. A good landscaping is essential to make your house green. Hence, plant plenty of trees and shrubs around your home. They not only improve the home’s overall look, but also generate pure oxygen – an absolute must for a healthy living.
  • Use energy star appliances. Energy Star is a renowned symbol on energy-efficient appliances. Energy Star is a program started to cut greenhouse gas emission. Energy Star appliances are cheaper as compared to others. When appliances meet certain criteria
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Characteristics of Green Real Estate

Insulations are made from recycled materials

Home insulation is necessary because it affects the hotness and coldness of home’s interior on given times of the day. Insulations have gone far from bearing the color of pink because they have learned to be greener or eco-friendlier. Common house insulations made from recycled materials include old shredded denims, hemp, and cotton. These materials are known to have reduced noise. They also have sealing capabilities. A top-notch choice among green home buyers is insulation made from icynene – derived from used castor oil. It forms spongy-cake substance which can reduce a home’s energy bill to as much as 50%.

Furniture close to nature

When buying a green home, you should also consider the furniture that composes the home’s interior. From tables, chairs, cabinets, shelves, and other fixtures – you should ensure that they are made from sustainable materials. For instance, there are tables made from FSC-certified bamboos and reclaimed teak. Consider the space-saving values of chairs. There are types that can be folded and stored flat when not in use. There are also cabinets and shelves made from corks or the renewable barks of common hardwood trees.

Availability of solar water heater

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Maximizing Small Space Through Rooftop Farming

If you have a space to spare in your rooftop, you too can start rooftop farming in your home or office. Rooftop farming is a practice that lets people make use of any rooftop space that they have for farming as well as gardening. Different crops can be grown depending on the space that you have. You can plant herbs and small vegetables if you have a small to moderate sized space. If you have bigger space, you can also employ vertical farming on your rooftop.

The benefit that can be acquired with rooftop farming is similar to the benefits that can be gained from other farming practices such as vertical farming and urban farming. Rooftop farming can possibly be considered as urban farming since urban farming seems to cover a much larger scale of farming practice in urban areas.

What makes rooftop farming unique is that even ordinary citizens can take advantage of it so long as they have a rooftop space to use. In addition, the materials and tools needed for rooftop farming can range from simple wooden crates to farming rails as well as ceramic and herb pots to complex ones with hydroponic systems. Here are some …

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Sustainable Architecture

The plan sounds simple enough. Architectural changes incorporating new-age energy technologies into the design of renovated and new commercial buildings and especially in the implementation of new-age high-efficiency technology building systems would result in new buildings using 50% less energy over the next 10 years. By 2030, these systems would begin to generate as much energy as they consume.

The report goes further. Acceptance of these architectural changes would reduce U.S. carbon emissions by at least 34% by the year 2050.

Continuing with traditional design strategies is a dangerous alternative. Currently, commercial design has created an energy nightmare whereby 70% of all U.S. energy is used in the country’s workplaces. The Obama Administration’s stimulus package includes $65 billion in funding and tax credits as incentives to include energy efficiency in new designs.

The emergence of a new design term, building-integrated renewable energy (BIRE), has stimulus-reward repercussions. Architects report that BIRE technology is now available to create “smart buildings” that will reduce energy consumption by as much as 50%.

Typically, the construction costs related to these technologies are higher than installation costs for traditional, less energy efficient systems. Recent analysis by real estate developers shows that the increased start up costs …

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Green With Rental Properties

Ownership or Renting, which is viable option for you? I know we want to own our homes but everyone is not capable of ownership, so what’s the answer to the Real Green with Rental Properties.

As a home owner, I have always tried to figure out how to add solar panels or create generators for energy in my home. Why can’t we have rental properties with green technology, so we can educate the tenants on why housing recycling is important to us all.

Well, we can with the understanding of not destroying rental homes because we do not own it. At some point we are all accountable for something green in this world we live in. The housing industry in no different based on fixing, remodeling, and selling homes in everyday business.

The Real Green with Rentals helps you explore the possibilities of recycling properties not just for profit but for the realization recycling. Everyday I realize how energy has evolved and it continues to grow.

Would you rent a home with solar panels for energy? I ask this question because we need to know answers about energy sources that can save us money. Of course, I could rent one …

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Steel Buildings Go Green

Building Green

Green building design, also known as “sustainable building” is coming of age as we recognize that global resources are limited and that climate change is inevitable – unless we take positive action now.

Green building recognizes the environmental impact of buildings, their construction, life-cycle and ultimate demolition, and works to lessen this impact through

  • Energy efficiency
  • Environmentally sound building materials
  • Innovative building design
  • Healthy indoor environment
Environmentally Friendly Pre-engineered Steel Buildings

Pre-engineered steel buildings also known as prefabricated buildings or prefab metal buildings are an innovative building solution featuring solid steel I-beam building construction.

  • Pre-engineered buildings are designed and engineered by trained and certified structural metal building engineers to meet all local building codes for snow and wind load and seismic conditions.
  • Building components are engineered and fabricated to precise specifications using the highest grade commercial steel available.
  • Modern steel manufacturers employ energy efficient methods in steel production that help to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • When a steel building is demolished to make way for new construction the metal building materials don’t end up in a landfill like asphalt shingles, concrete, brick and wood. The steel is recycled instead.
  • Steel can be recycled over and over again
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Alternative Building Materials

Straw bale homes have been gaining popularity due to the benefits the homes provide to homeowners. The use of this particular resource provides homeowners with better living conditions. Straw has many advantages when used as an alternative building material, including its renewable nature, its low cost, high insulation value, it is easily available, and is naturally fire retardant. The fact that straw has a relatively low cost makes it an ideal option when comparing prices to more conventional building materials. Being able to save money will help, especially in the cost of building a house.

Straw is also a very readily available resource that is easy to acquire. Natural resources are very important to the environment and using them for projects such as home building make its acquirability even more important. The fact that straw is readily available and is by no means scarce makes it a top choice when making an effort to be environment friendly.
One big upside to using straw as insulation or as actual walls is that straw is naturally flame retardant. Any homeowner would love the idea of a flame retardant home. Many people could rest easy knowing their home has added protection against unexpected …

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Evolution of Green Real Estate Properties

  • Use of renewable energy sources
    The current trend in the market is demand for eco-friendly properties. Use of solar energy in water heating appliances, air conditioners and inverters can attract many buyers. This kind of energy sources can reduce their E-bills.
  • Rainwater collectors
    Rainwater harvesting is effective way of storing rainwater for domestic usage. By using this method in our home, a large scale of water scarcity can be reduced.
  • Use of wooden furniture’s
    Consumers are considering organic materials like wood and bamboo to be used in interior furniture. Plywood made from wood chips and window treatment, which include bamboo shades are some of the organic designs evolving in the green properties. Wooden furniture can add warmth, richness, comfort and finesse to the household area.
  • Natural landscaping
    It is one of the important factors for the green real estate property. Properties, which have native plants and trees growing in and around the surroundings, have much demand among the consumers. A property, which has artificial grass lawns, requires lot of water to be supplied whereas native plants and trees require only seasonal rainfall to grow. Plenty of water can be saved by having natural growing trees and plants.
  • Eco-friendly interior insulations
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