energy efficiency Archive

Did Your Sellers Do Energy Upgrades in 2013?

Did any of your sellers make upgrades in 2013 to add curb appeal or attract the attention of energy-conscious buyers? Touch base with them soon to be sure they get the tax benefit of the efforts. Post to Facebook...
April 4, 2014

Insulation Tips to Curb Crawl Space Heat-Loss

Clients getting cold feet? Maybe their crawl space is the culprit. Help clients stay toasty warm—and save money on their heating bills this winter—by branding, printing, and hand-delivering a free article, How to Insulate Your Crawl Space, from the...
January 3, 2014

7 Tips for an Eco-Friendly X-Mas

LED lights use at least 75 percent less energy than conventional holiday decorations, according to Energy Star. That saves the average family about $50 on energy bills during the holiday, says Avital Binshtock of the Sierra Club in San...
December 20, 2013

Home Trend Watch: Welcome Back the ‘Specialty Room’

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine As economic conditions improve, “special function” rooms within homes are seeing a resurgence, according to findings from the American Institute of Architects’ Home Design Trends Survey for the second quarter. “As home sizes...
December 2, 2013

New Years Resolutions for Home Renovations That Can Save Money

By Ken Torrino Every year, when January rolls around, we make a resolution regarding our diet or spending to live out a better year.  So often we let the needs of our home slip through our mind, but a...
January 14, 2013

Trim Your Remodeling Costs: 4 Ways to Save

Case Remodeling recently featured several ideas at its blog on how to make those remodeling projects more budget friendly. Here are a few ways to trim remodeling costs: 1. Don’t change plumbing or electrical configurations. Keep your plumbing fixtures...

Start the Holiday Rush: Home Energy Tax Credits Expire Dec. 31

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Spread the word this holiday season to your clients: They only have a few more days left in the month to take advantage of tax credits for energy efficiency home improvements–so ’tis the...
December 12, 2011

Can You Retrofit Older Homes to Increase Resale Value?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine About 130 million homes were built prior to energy codes and are in need of an energy retrofit, panelists said Saturday at the session New Tricks for Old Homes during the REALTOR Conference...
November 13, 2011

The Appliance May Be Energy Efficient, But Is it ‘Most Efficient?’

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Home buyers are increasingly reporting they want more energy savings, and plenty of homes are promoting “Energy Star” home appliances to help satisfy that desire. But some say that too many appliances are...
September 6, 2011

The Latest Innovations in ‘Green’ Homes

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Green building and products continue to gain traction in real estate, and some of the latest “green” products not only are helping home owners trim energy bills but also making their homes work...
June 29, 2011