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Sat Dec 1, 2012
Robert Hinely III answered:
There's Serenbe (http://www.serenbecommunity.com/home.html). Highlight Homes http://www.highlighthomesga.com) builds 'green'. Let me know if I can help further.
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Sun Nov 18, 2012
Goodrich.darla asked:
Is it also permitted to have solar panels on the roof of your home within city limits?
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Tue Nov 6, 2012
Alison Hillman answered:
Hi there-

Take a look at our school maps, lots of schools in the area!

http://www.trulia.com/real_estate/Milford-Ohio/schools/

Happy retirement :)

Ali, Community manager
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Sun Nov 4, 2012
Chris Carroll answered:
Kaiser Permanente has many clinics here, some including specialists. However, they contract with other hospitals rather than building their own in Georgia. There is a large KP network in the Atlanta area. ... more
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Fri Sep 14, 2012
Steffan Blaser answered:
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 Sqft: $89.06
County: Butte
Property Type: Single Family Residence (D)
Bedrooms: 3
Bath(F,T,H,Q): 2,0,0,0
Sqft (Src): 1,673 (Assessor's Data)
Ac/LotSqft (Src): 10.000/435,600 (A)

For you Leslie :)
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Sun Aug 12, 2012
Tara Skinner answered:
Great info Suzanne. For assistance in Jackson, TN Southwest Human Resource Agency has a weatherization Assistance Program. This program assists low-income households in their efforts to reduce energy costs and upgrade livability standards by installing weatherization measures to their home. This is available to homeowners and renters. The program is open for enrollment all year, with applicants being awarded points which determine their place on our waiting list in each county. Applicants must have a household income below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. This program is funded by the Department of Energy through the Tennessee Department of Human Services. ... more
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Sat Aug 11, 2012
Steve Quintana answered:
The sellers disclosure will take you part way to your answer. Your PV system is subject to inspection just like any other system. It is fine to trust the disclosure statement, but then one should verify with a professional inspection. ... more
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Fri Aug 10, 2012
Tara Skinner answered:
Tax credits were available to consumers for $500, for fiscal years 2006-2011 combined.
But you can still Receive up to $500 tax credit.
(Effective for units placed into service January 1st, 2011 — December, 31st, 2011)
Tankless water heaters must have an energy factor of at least 0.82 to qualify
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Sun Aug 5, 2012
Robert Ernst answered:
Green roofs are a neat idea but come with some challenges. How do you install them and insure that your not adding weight the structure can't handle and also keeping it leak free. They are also subjective to the type of roof you have. You need an almost flat roof and are you willing to cover the whole roof to get the best savings The benefits of lowering attic temperatures don't always translate to savings. You still need to buy all the material and plants and keep the plants healthy. The savings in energy will probably be minimal unless you live in a place like Arizona where they are using the A/C most of the year. I feel that 50% savings is exaggerated for most areas and your return on investment would be many decades and the next buyer might not think it's a great feature. ... more
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Wed Jul 18, 2012
Robert Ernst answered:
Your right in the fact that a newer home will consume less energy that most older homes. New homes also take about 15 years to payback their impact on the environment in energy savings. It's always Greener to use what is already there and that's the existing older home. I don't know about where you are but here the newer ones are built farther out in areas that require driving and don't have as good of access to public transportation or biking/walking opportunities If your spending an extra $100 on gas each month but saving $100 on utilities it's a wash. One other option is to buy an older home and utilize the FHA Energy Efficient Mortgage. This allows you to finance 5% over the purchase price for energy upgrades. This requires no additional qualifying and can go over appraised value. You get to save energy from day one and also the house is more attractive to buyers when you go to sell.. ... more
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Wed Jul 18, 2012
Robert Ernst answered:
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 easiest way to save and be greener. This doesn't have to be just energy it can be anything. The next thing is use what you have. Buy quality items and materials and keep them around and when they have to go recycle, reuse, find an alternative to sending it to the dump. Use paints, cleaners, and even furniture that are more environmentally friendly.

For the home itself reducing consumption is good also. CFL and LED lights are a good option especially for the lights you use often. Low flow toilets, shower heads and aerators are inexpensive. Programmable thermostats are another good option. Keeping the heating, cooling and water heating equipment serviced is inexpensive every few years. Sealing air leaks is always worth wild. When in doubt hire an Energy Auditor like myself.
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Wed May 23, 2012
Jane Chars answered:
start here.
http://www.crestron.com/markets/home_theater_and_whole_house_home_automation/
call them and ask questions.

then go here - http://www.milehighautomation.com/
ask more questions ... more
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Sat May 19, 2012
Saundra Allman asked:
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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Wed May 16, 2012
Claire Hill answered:
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 an installer certified by the City (such as Luminalt).
2. Transfer Tax Reduction: The Assessor-Recorder will reduce one-third of the transfer tax on a home, up to the cost of the solar system (this means an essentially free system that can only help in terms of selling the home faster).
3. No Property Tax Increase: The increase in the property's value as a result of the solar system won't increase the assessment on the house.
4. Zero Down option: Leases are also available, making solar an even more attractive option. With the lease that Luminalt offers, transferring that lease to a new homeowner is easy.

Check out the link below for a summary of different appraisal reports and scientific papers from research institutes and the government about the impact of solar on a home's value and the time it takes to sell.

Best,

Claire
Luminalt
http://www.luminalt.com
415-641-4000
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Sun May 6, 2012
Betina Foreman answered:
There is a home in 78746 with solar panels that's for sale right now. This home is on Westwood, and it was built this year and has 4 beds, 4 baths, 2 car garage and is listed for $995k. Give me a call if your interested in seeing this home or any others.
Sincerely
Betina
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Wed Apr 25, 2012
JeFreda Brown answered:
Hi Bernard. I'm a Realtor and an Accountant. I can help you with this. Please email me at listorbuywithbrown@gmail.com or call me at 205-514-5177.
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Mon Apr 9, 2012
David Chiles answered:
Thank you for your question Mr. Cepeda. I appreciate that you are asking tough questions about the real estate market. Green is a healthy philosophy that includes taking steps to mitigate the negative effects of human interaction with the environment. Saving energy saves money and mitigates the emission of Carbon Gasses (Green House) into the environment. This means it does not matter what the motivation for going green is, all that matters is that steps are being taken to mitigate harmful interaction with the environment. Based on my experience, Homes advertising energy efficiency garner more attention and sell faster. ... more
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Wed Apr 4, 2012
Mateo Malta answered:
the best way to start this would be to get 3 estimates from reputable builders in the area based on the exact same plans/specs/model you are showing them. Listening to their questions will help you see what you might have overlooked.
First and foremost make sure that you start with a great idea of what you want to do with the lot and get the estimates from there.
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Mon Apr 2, 2012
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When I was in the Solar business, the term we used was co-generation policy...but I thought back then the Federal gov't adopted a law to allow it in all 50 states. I did a quick search, and I found this:

In the U.S.A., as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, under Sec. 1251, all public electric utilities are now required to make available upon request net metering to their customers.[2]:

‘‘(11) NET METERING.—Each electric utility shall make available upon request net metering service to any electric consumer that the electric utility serves. For purposes of this paragraph, the term ‘net metering service’ means service to an electric consumer under which electric energy generated by that electric consumer from an eligible on-site generating facility and delivered to the local distribution facilities may be used to offset electric energy provided by the electric utility to the electric consumer during the applicable billing period.

That sure sounds like all 50 states and DC too....
I would love to build my "dream" house with a water mill producing electic, however, after researching water energy, solar, wind...the truth is the pricing is just not there yet.
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