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Thu Apr 3, 2014
Kim Mulligan answered:
Much of this depends on your home and where it is located. I am currently ditching my old oil burning furnace and going through the Community Powerworks Program. I get rebates and low cost loans to not only put in an electric mini split heat pump, but they will give me a break on insulating my old home as well. I look at the whole picture not just the heat source, but keeping the heat in once it's there.

A short answer to your question would be smart design including placement on the lot, passive solar, attention to the building envelope and much more. As a retrofit I believe an electric heat pump in the way to go. That way you will be ahead of the game when renewable energy is more common. They have been in Asia and Europe for a long time. If you want to get more ideas I suggest you check out the NW Green Home Tour on April 27th in the Seattle Area. It's a free tour where you will get to see these concepts in person. Just look it up online.
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Sat Mar 5, 2016
Anna M Brocco answered:
Check with management, and or the local town....
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Wed Mar 13, 2013
Mark LeMenager answered:
Sure, there are 143 lots of 1/4 to 1/2 acre listed on the MLS in Orange and Osceola Counties.
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Sat Feb 16, 2013
Mitchell Hall answered:
Many Manhattan Condo buyers are going green and are willing to pay more for green luxury living. LEED certified homes combine systems that together create a holistically green building that is much more than energy savings. Energy, indoor air quality, water consumption, sustainable sites, landscaped roofs all create an environmentally friendly building.

To receive LEED certificate a building has to earn 26 of 69 points on a scale created by the (LEED) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the country's most popular green benchmark. Certification of silver, gold or platinum can happen up to a year after the building is completed. Green buildings are required to be 14 per cent more efficient than regular building codes dictate.

From Harlem to Battery Park City there are green buildings. Several new developments in Manhattan that have been LEED certified have sold at at higher price per square foot than non green new developments. The Harrison on the Upper West Side, The Brompton and Lucida on the Upper East Side, One Jackson Square in the Meatpacking district in the West Village and The Visionaire in Battery Park area just a few new green condos that have sold at premiums and so are their resales.

For more about Green condos in Manhattan:

If you are considering green luxury living in Manhattan please contact me.

Mitchell Hall, Associate Broker
The Corcoran Group
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Sun Mar 24, 2013
Mitchell Hall answered:
many buyers today will pay a premium for a "green home"

In 2008 the NY state legislature approved City tax credits for installing solar panels on homes and businesses - encouraging private property owners to join the growing movement toward the use of renewable power.

Another bill, that passed, allows those who generate renewable power to sell what is unused back to the system, an incentive for individuals and businesses to install technology like solar panels.

More about green real Estate:
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Mon Feb 4, 2013
Claudia McShane answered:
Dear Steve,

E-mail me all your criteria and I will send you search that will match what you are looking for.

Claudia McShane
Joyce Klein Realtors
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Mon Feb 23, 2015
Ann Ryan answered:
Buy any condo in an inner city. Most high-rise developments are actually pretty environmentally friendly without any adjustment - there are simply efficiencies that happen when large numbers of people live together. Then, continue the trend by trying to eat more fruits and vegetables, using less AC, and taking public transportation or walking when possible. ... more
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Tue Mar 12, 2013
Jennifer Elliott answered:
As in you would like to make your home more "green", or energy efficient?? I see you are in Baltimore MD. Visit to find assistance. If I can assist further, my number is 434-247-1363... ... more
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Thu Jan 31, 2013
FHA 203k Mortgage Lender answered:
Yes, there are EEM (Energy Efficient Mortgages) and FHA 203k loans that can used for green improvements with some lenders offering both options.

You can contact one of the lenders at the web reference below for more information. ... more
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Sat Dec 1, 2012
Robert Hinely III answered:
There's Serenbe ( Highlight Homes 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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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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Tue Nov 6, 2012
Alison Hillman answered:
Hi there-

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

Happy retirement :)

Ali, Community manager
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Sat Aug 11, 2012
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Fri Sep 14, 2012
Steffan Blaser answered:
They are pretty rare indeed. There was 1 that sold on Potters Ravine that was off the grid many months ago. There is an REO off the grid for sale now up towards Forbestown but has not sold yet. If you would send me yer email I will forward those to you if you like :) ... more
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Wed Oct 14, 2015
Kelly Pessis answered:
Great question. I have only sold homes that have "owned" systems. I have to be honest with you:(and I am in the land of nature loving tree hugger) a solar system is nice, but in a high dollar market, it is not going to make that much difference when attracting a buyer. I own a system on ,y personal home and I sing its praises, but a 20K-30K system does not get you the same return as that same money put in a remodeled kitchen - just say'n.

We did not "lease" for the issues of maintenance, ambiguous repair and insurance loss issues and my guess is that it would be a complication to have a lease that must be assumed on a system. If you are doing it for yourself and are not planning on selling - go for it. If you want to sell down the line, buy the system and finance it if you must. My opinion for what it is worth!
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Wed Feb 20, 2013
Andrea Brooks answered:
It will depend on many factors such as the number of stories, age of the hvac system, does it have a swimming pool, type of insulation, etc. There simply isn't an average that can take all these factors into account. Energy efficient windows will make a difference but again, quantifying that is difficult considering all the other factors that might impact the over all efficiency of the home. ... more
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Tue Apr 9, 2013
Gita answered:
looking for lot, in Mansfield oh 44903
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Tue Apr 14, 2015
Eric H. Wong answered:
Tankless is not always the best and most efficient choice. If you want to be more green, but you also want to save some money, you might look into the newest generation of super-insulated water heaters. They retain 90+% of the heat, and they give tankless water heaters a real run for the money. When you add in the fact that they can be a few thousand dollars cheaper to install, the newst tank water heaters are worth a look.

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Sun Aug 5, 2012
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