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    Green Home Ideas for St. Patty’s Day

    Sunday, March 17th, 2013

    Source: www.lowell.org

    Traditionally, green is associated with St. Patrick’s Day.  As much as we love the color green, what are some things that you could do to make your home a little more “green” economically?

    Looks like you’re in for some of that good ol’ luck of the Irish!  Here are some ideas to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint in your homes.

    1. Turn off the lights and use natural lighting in your home during the day.  In the evening, turn off the lights when you leave the room.

    2. Instead of buying plastic, disposable water bottles, buy a reusable water bottle and refill it throughout the day.

    3. Wash your laundry in cold water instead of hot.  In the summertime, line dry your clothes instead of using the dryer.

    4. Shut down your computer at night.

    5. Have an energy audit conducted on your home.

    6. Pay your bills online to save paper.  It’s also more convenient!

    7. Support your local economy by shopping at a farmers’ market.

    8. Create a home compost bin.

    9. Switch your lightbulbs to CFLs.

    10. Buy reusable grocery bags at the grocery store for your shopping trips.

    Decorating your home for St. Patrick’s Day is great, but making your home truly green is even better!



    Maine Rebates

    Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

    We recently wrote about Federal Energy Star Tax Credits. Did you know that in addition to the tax credits, the State of Maine offers a rebate on certain Energy Star appliances? The appliances include certain Central Air Conditioners, Heat Pumps (Air Sourced), Water Heaters, Furnances and Boilers.

    In order to receive the rebate the home owner must be a Maine resident, own a single family residence year around and must be replacing an older less-efficent system.

    For more information and full details check out the US Department of Energy and Efficiency Maine’s Fact Sheet



    Energy Efficiency Tax Credits

    Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

    The Energy Star – you see it on large and small appliances, building materials, heaters, air conditioners, electronics, light bulbs…the list of items goes on and on.

    There is a Federal Tax Credit that you can take if you install certain items into your property. Eligibility of the product and amount of tax credit is dependent upon if you install the item into a primary home, second home, rental or new construction property.

    Here in Maine we are aware of the efficiency of our homes and the cost to heat. There are many resources located here in the Midcoast and throughout Maine for more efficient systems, building products and alternative energy. If you need help finding resources ask your Jaret and Cohn broker.

    This tax credit might make it a good time to update your property, increase the value of your real estate, make it more efficient and enjoyable.

    For more information, product eligibility and amount of tax credit visit: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index


    image from: energystar.gov