• Home Improvements and Tax Credits

    Homeowners in South Carolina enjoy the potential benefits of both sides of the energy improvement balance: the mild climate allows for cost effective upgrades to improve their homes’ energy efficiency, and that same climate also makes renewable energy systems especially productive. Even better news: many of these upgrades and improvements may be eligible for tax credits! If you invested in energy upgrades for your home in the last few years, check to see if they

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  • Preparing for Heavy Rain

    As we stare down an epic rainfall event in Charleston, preparation for potential damage to homes is in order. To help ensure personal safety and the protection of our homes and personal property, consider these guidelines from Rain Ready, an initiative of the urban sustainability laboratory Center for Neighborhood Technology. Before The Event Inspect your home. Remove leaves and debris from gutters, clear your storm drains and drainage areas of any debris or trash, make

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  • Lower Heating Costs with a Retrofit

    During the few short months that we experience winter weather in the coastal South, many homeowners find themselves in the predicament of balancing indoor comfort with potentially enormous power bills. The causes are many, but with an underlying theme: the house is not sufficiently sealed, and the heating unit is working overtime to replace the warmth that is continuously leaking into the outdoors. While we are aware of the quick fixes to a leaky home – weatherstripping the drafty

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  • Nest Thermostat Sale

    The Nest Thermostat (2nd Generation) is on sale for $199 – that’s $50 off its list price and the lowest we’ve ever seen – through Monday December 1st. The Nest Learning Thermostat learns what temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away and can be controlled from anywhere over Wi-Fi. [amazon template=iframe image&asin=B009GDHYPQ] Check Compatibility with your system. The Nest thermostat learns from you – your temperature adjustments, your house, your patterns. Teach it well

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  • Fall Maintenance Prevents Costly Repairs

    With the dog days of summer behind us, fall is the perfect time for home maintenance. A few weekends of work before the weather really turns will help you get ready for winter and avoid any nasty surprises – and big repair bills – the cold might bring. Here’s your must-do checklist for fall. Gutter Maintenance Clogged gutters can allow overflowing water to damage walls, spark a rodent infestation and erode your landscaping. Worse, the

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  • Historic Property Lectures

    Do you own a historic property? Historic Charleston Foundation is hosting a stewardship lecture series this fall aimed at helping owners of historic homes address the unique challenges of historic ownership. The Foundation’s newest fall lecture series will examine the anatomy and craftsmanship of various features of the historic house. This series will explore the best preservation treatments for shutters, windows, paint, and roofs. Master restoration contractor David Hoffman of Edgewood Builders will introduce you

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  • Indoor Air Quality of Homes

    The air in our homes is often not considered as something that needs to be maintained or corrected in any way, aside from clearing out of the occasional pungent odor or blackened entrée. When taken for granted, the indoor air quality can be worse than even the most polluted urban environments, leading to health conditions known as ‘sick building syndrome.’ Have you noticed that you always feel worse after spending time in a certain office or

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  • Solar Power Bill Would Encourage Greater Use

    A compromise bill was introduced to the South Carolina Legislature last week to encourage a proliferation of solar power generation for residential use. It would open the way for residential leasing of solar panels, encourage utility companies to establish distributed generation programs, and get the ball rolling for a much-needed update to the rates that customers receive for generating solar power to the grid. “This bill lights the path to South Carolina’s solar power future,”

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  • Keep The Pollen Outside

    Spring is in the air – finally – and we love to bring the outdoors inside. A cool spring breeze is a welcome change to freshen the indoor air, which is a great remedy for the stale air that characterizes sick building syndrome. But another air quality problem accompanies the warm weather – the bursts of pollen from trees and flowers that are also pleased with the warming weather. Preserve the quality of your home’s

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  • Protect Tankless Water Heaters From Freezing

    It’s not something we deal with often, but freezing temperatures in Charleston can wreak havoc on our plumbing. Our common solution for protecting our water pipes is to leave a sink or two dripping overnight, but one device is especially susceptible to this unusually cold weather: the tankless water heater, particularly when mounted on the exterior of the home. While in more northern climates the tankless water heater is nearly always mounted indoors to shield

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