New Homes in San Diego Will Have Solar Power

All New Homes in California to Have Solar by 2020 California has become the first state to require that all new construction homes be built with solar power equipment. Effective in 2020, single family homes, townhomes and condo buildings up to three stories will have to include solar. While this is a great measure to [...]

Energy Efficient Homes Selling for More

Study finds that energy-efficient homes often command higher prices. By Kenneth R. Harney, The Washington Post It has been a controversial question in the home real estate market for years: Is there extra green when you buy green? Do houses with lots of energy-saving and sustainability features sell for more than houses without them? If […]

New Homes – Buyers Can Afford More Home with Lower Operating Costs

Lower Operating Costs of New Homes Allow Affordability of Higher Priced Home During New Homes Month in April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is showing home buyers why they can afford a higher-priced home—if it’s new construction. Using data from the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2011 American Housing […]

Green Products Buyers Really Want.

  “Energy efficiency is not on the wish list for home buyers—it is on the ‘must’ list,” writes Paul Cardis, CEO of Madison, Wis.–based AVID Ratings, which conducts research on home design preferences. Which eco-friendly amenities are grabbing buyers’ attention? High-efficiency insulation High-efficiency windows Double- and triple-glazed windows Tankless water heaters Water-conserving devices Products aimed […]

Video – Why You Should Consider Buying a New Home

Looking to purchase a newly constructed home in North County San Diego? This video from the Wall Street Journal makes some good recommendations why buying new is smart in today’s market. The video points out the value of a more energy efficient home in the long run. In this day of drop-dead prices on existing homes, […]

Do Green Homes Sell Faster?

November 29, 2010 by Melissa Tracey ·Filed under: Green Design By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Some recent studies suggest that green homes sell faster and for higher dollar than their non-energy saving counterparts. For example, in Seattle, new homes certified green (such as from the government’s Energy Star or U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED) […]

Hot Water Recirculation Systems

If you are considering a hot water recirculating system be aware that here are a number of systems that should be analyzed to fit your needs and where you would like to conserve. The benefits of hot water recirculation are rather obvious. You get nearly instant hot water which is convenient, and you save a […]

Conserve with Energy Efficient Hot Water Systems

Hot Water Heaters The energy needed to warm your water can account for a significant part of your monthly utility bill. However, there are several steps you can take to improve the efficiency and control the cost of your water heater. Water heating costs are affected by the type of water heater you have, its […]