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Tue Dec 22, 2009
James Gordon ABR SFR SRS answered:
No Electric water heater qualifies as an Energy Star rated appliance. The new heat pump electric water heaters qualify but I do not think that I would use them in northern Ohio. It gets to cold in the winter. Here is a link to the energy star site by the way why not get a tankless heater?
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Mon Apr 9, 2012
Brian Burke answered:
I think it depends on the Buyer and what the Buyer's wants or needs are. I think the "Hip" thing with green homes is the protecting the environment. I think the benifit is the savings.
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Mon Dec 14, 2009
Michelle & Tom Stone answered:
Dear A Place of my own:

I would think you would need to talk to store you purchased it from or call the manufacturer directly.

Thank you.

Hunt Real Estate ERA
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Tue Jan 19, 2010
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Hello B.
You can see all properties for sale in that general area from my website below. No obligation or cost.
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Wed Jan 13, 2010
Lesley Gregory answered:
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Sun May 6, 2012
Betina Foreman answered:
Dear Kim,
Some HOA's have restrictions about the type of roof you may have, composition/metal/slate/tile. Some HOA's go as far as restricting the installation of solar panels. I sincerely hope that this changes, now that people begin to see the real value that solar panels produce. If there is a particular neighborhood your concerned about let me know. I may have the HOA information in my files. I try to save this information for this exact type of question!

Betina Foreman Realtor
Keller Williams
1801 S. MOPAC, #100
Austin, TX 78746
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Thu Dec 8, 2011
Kirk Dirksen answered:
IF your talking new construction I would expect it to have soi foam insulation, energy efficient window, green flooring, low VOC paint, renewable building materials used un both fraiming and finishing, and high efficient heating and air units. ... more
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Sat Oct 24, 2009
Phyllis Logan asked:
We would like to put a more efficient heating and cooling unit in, new carpet and vinyl siding
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Tue Feb 24, 2015
Caleb Hart answered:
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 gotten. If they're satisfied, you will likely be satisfied as well. ... more
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Fri Oct 9, 2009
Michael Hammond answered:
The Milledgeville plant is a coal fired generating unit, Beth. They used to be a customer of ours in my pre-Realtor days and I visited there often. With the current EPA and state of Georgia regulations, I would be surprised if there were any health issues with property surrounding the plant. Here is a link, however, that may provide some insight into your concerns. Good Luck! ... more
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Mon Jan 25, 2010
Caryn Stephenson answered:
There are plenty of these available. I have one for 600 per month, a 2/1 with W/D on 52nd st in Yankeetown. It has been completely redone, in almost brand new condition, freshly painted, and nice yard. More rentals in Levy are by owner, just drive around an area you like and look for signs. ... more
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Sun Jan 10, 2010
Bill Eckler answered:
Some of the best opportunities for lawn care come directly from the neghborhood in which your home is located. If you are able to identify someone from your location they will likely be keeping an eye on your home as well as the lawn.

Our recommendation is to consider someone nearby first...

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Thu Mar 22, 2012
Daniel Cullen answered:
Absolutely....and I want the waitress at the coffee shop to be 'Green Certified' as well as my barber!

Are you kidding me? I've been listening to lies, half truths, exaggerations, embellishments, and a boatload of balderdash coming from the mouths of R. E. agents for 12 years.

Do I really want to listen to them bloviate about their idea of a green building?

No thanks.......find someone who actually knows something about construction and get your advice from someone a bit less likely to blow green smoke up your butt!

By the way....I do not mean to denigrate those fine upstanding agents with whom I have worked closely over the last dozen years; you all know who you are and that my rant does not apply to you.

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Fri Aug 28, 2009
Rich Cederberg answered:
There are several Green builders in Northwest Albuquerque, ranging in rpice from $150,000 and up. Are you looking in Albuquerque?
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Wed Aug 12, 2009
Chris Carroll answered:
Dear Ken,
Your return on investment will depend on several factors, including the value of the property you own. A high priced property will appreciate more and return a dollar for dollar investment more than a less expensive one.
Going green gives you the chance to save in many ways. First, federal tax credits are available for up to 30 percent of the cost on windows, water heaters, advanced HVAC systems, and more. See the link below. State tax credits are available, too, on top of the federal ones.
Second, you may save on your actual energy bills. This is typically an incremental payback.
Finally, those low bills and other documentation will justify a higher price when you sell your property. I would concentrate first on an efficient hot water system (either solar or tankless), second on tightening your building envelope by filling gaps and using spray on insulation. Despite frequent advertising by window manufacturers, tightening your building envelope should be your first step before replacing your windows.
Use an energy rater to help you identify gaps in the conditioned air you are already paying to heat/cool.
Your local utility may have a program to help pay the cost of an energy rater, and can also direct you to the right professional.
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Sun Aug 12, 2012
Suzanne White answered:
Shelby County has a weatherization assistance program to help with weatherizing your home. The program is open to renters and homeowners and is designed to assist low income families. To get more information you can call Betty Neal at 901-381-9976 or Brenda Bowen at 901-362-9514. I have been warned that it might take you a while to get through but just keep trying. The project is funded in part by the TN Dept of Human Services and the funding is available to make homes more energy efficient to reduce the cost of utility bills. ... more
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Sat Oct 17, 2009
Maria Morton answered:
Green is becoming more desirable according to recent surveys. However, most buyers at this time say that they would like green building components but are not willing to pay for them. As costs come down, green will be found in more homes. ... more
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Wed Aug 12, 2009
Jan Fanstill answered:
Contact your local builder's association. I have provided the link to Florida Home Builder's Association and they have links to county builder associations. Your county builder's association will be able to tell you who is building green and what communities are building green. Good Luck! ... more
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Fri Jul 31, 2009
Cheryl Lustig answered:
Hi Bridget,
I also just became a GREEN member. Since green is part of my daily life and overall philosophy, to me it means trying to live better. By that I mean doing things with purpose that affect my life, my children's lives and my overall impact on the planet. It means making choices that are better for me and the environment, and learning more about how I can be a resource to help others do the same. I don't know what the response of clients and customers will be to my newly earned designation, but think it will be a learning experience for me.

Good luck to you! I think green means something different to everyone you ask, and it should be fun hearing the answers.

Cheryl Lustig
Mankato, MN 80 miles south of St. Paul/Minneapolis
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Tue Jul 28, 2009
Christine Joyce answered:
That is a great question. I am always trying to find ways to get my home to be more green. If you will be replacing your unit you will want to look for a high SEER number. Anything higher than 14 is very energy efficient. You can find these units from most of the HVAC service install and repair companies. BGE home, Sears, and your local Heating and Air companies will be able to educate you and give you a good estimate for the system that will work for your home. These same companies can also service your unit to make it work more efficiently and by doing that it will reduce your bills. I hope this helps. Thanks.
Christine Joyce, Realtor, ePRO
Champion Realty
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