Friday, August 21, 2009

Preventing Fire in Your Home

An important post on preventing fire in your home:

This article provides a great public service.

13 Top Bathroom Remodel Trends

This is a great article for contractors and homeowners alike.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Home-Energy Plan Spreads Out Costs

Why can't Massachusetts do this?

I know a contractor who has started a business doing energy audits and I am going to ask him to guest blog. Now we just need local loan programs to defray the costs of doing energy-saving retrofits. At the end of the day, the homeowner is saving money by improving the environment, the contractors are getting much-needed work, and everybody benefits.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Five Misconceptions About Home Energy Performance

I really like this post about the latest options in green products, because it points out that one should educate oneself before "jumping on the bandwagon" when choosing green materials.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Remodeling Magazine's article on Energy Retrofitting.

Part of dealing with the difficult economy is considering whether it is time to focus on new areas of practice or developments in construction. This article by Leah Thayer suggests that retrofitting houses with energy efficient improvements can benefit both contractors and homeowners alike.

In fact, I recently met a contractor who had started a new business doing energy audits and making recommendations. I have said frequently that one way to deal with the recession is to take the time to learn a new skill or work on a new area for your business.

Energy saving measures seem full of opportunity. There are many rebates available for homeowners to implement them, so this can be a win-win for homeowner and contractor alike.