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Jame.griffin, Home Buyer in New York, NY
Jame.griffin answered:
Solar Panels/Systems
There are two main types of residential solar installations.
The first and most common system connects your solar panel installation with the main electricity grid. This Grid Connect ... more
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John Reeves, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
John Reeves answered:
Looking for Green Homes in San Diego
You can also check this link:

http://www.greenhomessandiego.com/
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Kelsey Compa…, Home Buyer in Provo, UT
Kelsey Compars answered:
Is there a reason to replace a working water heater with a new tankless water heater?
There could be a number of different reasons for a replacement like that. Even if it is working it may be time for an update. I know my parents just had their really old water heater re ... more
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Caleb Hart, Renter in Orem, UT
Caleb Hart answered:
I need a good, inexpensive landscaping service with expertise in trimming since I've got a lot of trees and shrubs. Suggestions?
There's a couple of ways to find a good landscaping service. My favorite way to do it is by word of mouth. It's great to ask your friends and family what kind of services they have gott ... more
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Cory Trevor, Home Buyer in Aberdeen, OH
Cory Trevor answered:
Is there restriction on the height of privacy trees/hedge in California?
I think that privacy hedging is a fantastic guys. I was actually searching for information on fences, but you idea is much better. My yard could also use some landscaping features. Hedg ... more
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marciae, Other/Just Looking in Petaluma, CA
marciae asked:
I'm a reporter writing an article about residential solar. I'm looking to do a brief interview w/ homeowners who are considering solar for their homes In California's Bay Area (East Bay, North Bay, Pennisula preferred). You don't have to have your mind made up or know a lot about solar -- just want to talk to people…
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Carmen Brode…, Real Estate Pro in Scottsdale, AZ
Carmen Brodeur, JD answered:
Have any of your past and/or current clients adopted solar PV system ? what has been their savings? Was a lease or outright purchase ?
I do not have any clients that have gone this route yet but I am personally looking into it for my home.
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Desmond Patao, Real Estate Pro in Irvine, CA
Desmond Patao answered:
Solar panels - benefit or blight?
FYI, solar panels can not save 70% off your electric bill if you calculate the cost of the panels. Typical paybacks are in the 5-10 year range assuming an efficient installation. Ple ... more
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Phyllis McAr…, Real Estate Pro in San mateo, CA
Phyllis McArthur answered:
Is a fireplace energy-efficient?
We had a lovely cast iron fireplace insert for years and it was very efficient. The problem now is that the SF Bay Area has so many "No Burn" days, it's not worth the bother
0 votes Share Flag Sun Mar 17, 2013 Going Green in San Francisco State University
Robert Ernst, Real Estate Pro in Reno, NV
Robert Ernst answered:
Are there any "Green Loans" available at any banks or credit unions in Stanislaus County?
I will also suggest an EEM Mortgage. Any FHA lender can do an EEM but some choose not to based on their business model. So check around and ask. The Rater will need to come out and rate ... more
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Steffan Blas…, Real Estate Pro in Oroville, CA
Steffan Blaser answered:
Looking for comps. Solar powered homes with land in Butte County.
191 Lower Forbestown Road--Solar home just Sold for $149,000
Click
Status: Closed Sale
ML#: OR12042798
APN: 073130003000
Orig. List Price: $191,900
Price Per Sq ... more
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Robert Ernst, Real Estate Pro in Reno, NV
Robert Ernst answered:
Budget friendly improvements to be a more environmentally-friendly home
Jake, Being green means different things to most people. Some of the best advice I can give you as an Energy Auditor is start saving by reducing. Reducing your consumption is the easies ... more
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Saundra Allm…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Saundra Allman asked:
Who has taken Green Efficiency classes with PGE in San Francisco? I have attended several! They are always very good. I was in San Francisco yesterday attending a Selling Efficiency, a Primer for Vendors and Service Providers with Hands on Workshop at…
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Claire Hill, Other/Just Looking in San Francisco, CA
Claire Hill answered:
What are the pros and cons of installing solar panels on a property?
Kim,

There are a few great reasons to install solar in San Francisco.
1. Go Solar SF: The City will pitch in between $2,750 and $9,750 for the cost of your solar system if you use a ... more
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Steven Ornel…, Real Estate Pro in Fremont, CA
Steven Ornellas answered:
37042 Chestnut St. Newark, Ca sold this year. How do I find out the price?
Tamara:

Just confirming Brian's post.

Property was an REO @ $335K, purchased @ $309 by an investor and assumably flipped @315K to a traditional Buyer.

-Steve
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jan 20, 2012 Going Green in Newark
David Chiles, Real Estate Pro in Los Angeles, CA
David Chiles answered:
How much does a solar system saving $2500/year affect the value/selling price of a home?
A solar system saving $2,500.00 a year affects the value of your home in many ways.

Technically, you could do a present value analysis to determine how much the savings would be wor ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Dec 14, 2011 Going Green in 93611
Ron Thomas, Real Estate Pro in Fresno, CA
Ron Thomas answered:
Termite treatment - orange oil
Tenting your house to get rid of termites, is by definition NOT GREEN!
We should let the little buggers live a long life.

The guys who do the tenting have been perfecting the skill ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 12, 2011 Going Green in Pasadena
Shawn Ryan R…, Real Estate Pro in Belleville, NJ
Shawn Ryan Rosa answered:
Does anybody know the status of Obamas "cash for caulking" incentive?
excellent answer by Monique
0 votes Share Flag Mon Dec 12, 2011 Going Green in Los Angeles County
John & Janis…, Real Estate Pro in Encinitas, CA
John & Janis Arendsen answered:
Based on recent sales, how much does adding solar to my house add to resale value?
I was in the solar biz in the 70's when the FED stepped up for 50%, the state for 25% and your local utility co's for the rest. Even with 100% it's still hard to justify ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 29, 2011 Going Green in 95630
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