• 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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  • 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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  • Recycle Electronics in Charleston

    Like most Americans, Santa brought you some new gadgets this year. Tablets, smartphones, Blu-Ray players, flatscreen televisions – it may be your first, or it may be replacing an outdated model. New or old, large or small, functioning or not, an important consideration is what to do with those electronics that have lost their usefulness. It will likely take an extra step, but hey, responsibility usually does. Do your part to recycle electronics in Charleston.

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  • 2013 Charleston Eco-Home of the Year

    Sustainable and eco-friendly homes are increasing in popularity across the world, and Charleston is certainly no exception. We have seen many properties come onto the market in 2013 with green features, ranging from the great prevalence of tankless water heaters to installations of solar arrays and geothermal systems. While it may normally be difficult to decide which of these impressive homes may claim the coveted Charleston Eco-Home of the Year award, there is one that

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  • Home Automation Tech is Transforming the Modern Home

    While home automation technology has been around for several decades in luxury dwellings, the industry has lagged due to complex installations and high prices. But with the increasing prevalence of smartphones and tablets, smart home tech is becoming easier to use and dramatically more affordable. Morgan Brennan of Forbes Magazine points to a projected $14.1 billion growth in worldwide revenues in the home automation industry by 2018, an 11.5% increase over 2012. While many well-recognized players are

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  • The Future Of Clean Energy Is Arriving

    By most observations, it would be difficult to conclude that America is experiencing a historic shift in the ways we produce and use energy. We are, after all, still mostly using gasoline-only cars, very few homes have solar panels, and in fact most homes – 70% by best estimates – still rely on 100-year-old incandescent bulb technology for lighting. A new report from the Department of Energy lays out many new advances in wind energy, solar PV,

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