Posts made in July, 2009


Aesthetic Solar Roof Panels


Posted By on Jul 8, 2009

Solar roof collectors are often considered an eyesore and therefore don’t get the consideration they deserve.  Now, Velux, which has been making skylights for many years, has made a solar collector panel that blends right in with their oversized skylights.  Velux offers the complete package for solar collecting; including a pump station, a controller, a mixing valve, an air separator, an expansion tank and propylene glycol to charge the sytem.  Now your roof will look like you have ordinary skylights, but you will be the happy consumer of renewable energy.  The best news is that this package qualifies for energy tax credits.

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Home Appraisal Guidelines


Posted By on Jul 8, 2009

Many people do not realize that there were some significant changes this year to the process of getting an appraisal on a home that will allow a bank to lend money for that home.  In an effort to discourage inflated appraisals, the Home Valuation Code of Conduct was formed.  In theory this new code of conduct is supposed to keep appraisers impartial when they are valuating a home for sale, thereby making the housing market fair and even.  Unfortunately the new Code of Conduct has instituted a whole other host of problems so that homes are continually being under valuated and the real estate market is suffering the consequences.  Recently MSNBC posted a comprehensive article that explains the intentions and the pitfalls of this new Valuation System.  Visit their website to read the details; if these issues do not get straightened out, the entire economic system is threatened – not just the real estate industry.

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Eco-Friendliness


Posted By on Jul 8, 2009

I really enjoy the Natural Home Magazine because the information they provide is always new and refreshing.  Recently I found this short article that directed me to the Good Guide, a free website that offers an eco-friendly rating on over 75,000 general products.  Technology is always a few steps ahead of most of us and it’s great to know that sometimes it’s going in a direction that will be helpful to the public.  The Good Guide is working on an application for the iPhone that will allow the consumer to scan a bar code and get an immediate rating from the good guide data base.  How great to be able to learn about a product we are bringing into our homes right when we see it in the store.  Thanks Good Guide, and thanks Natural Home Magazine for helping us become more aware of eco-friendly products.

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