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Choose Green Home Remodeling and Let the Sun’s Energy Power Your Home

When considering a green home remodeling project, think of the sun. Now is a perfect time to consider switching to a renewable energy source such as solar power. Many homeowners don’t consider solar because they think it too expensive, unreliable, or complicated. However, solar panels have improved greatly in the last 20 years. They are smaller, more efficient and reliable, less expensive, and easier to obtain.
Solar energy creates no pollution and it’s free. While solar panels themselves are not free, they’re a very effective long-term investment. A variety of local, federal and state tax credits and incentives can cut the expense by as much as 50 percent. If you generate more power than your home uses, you can try selling the extra power to your local utility. You can also rent your solar panels, reducing your initial cost, and letting you pay for the rental from energy savings.
Many homeowners erroneously believe that solar power will provide reduced power at certain times or will require expensive batteries. Solar systems can create power on cloudy days, although they generate more on sunny days. Because most solar panels are tied to the electrical grid, a process called net metering allows you to build up credit during the day – when your system is generating more power than you need – and draw on that credit at night. If your home is too isolated for a grid connection, you may want to consider a generator or a battery back up.
Before you sign on for solar there are a couple of considerations. First, check your utility bills; if they are already low for your area, solar panels might not be a good investment. Next, see how much sun hits your roof every day. If your roof is shaded for much of the day, you might not be a good candidate or you may need to trim some trees. Finally, see if your roof has a southern exposure. Other exposures work, but they may be somewhat less efficient or more expensive.
Good installers can evaluate your home’s potential for solar power and make estimates for costs. As with any green home improvement project, it pays to get bids from a number of contractors. Choose a company that is experienced and licensed.

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What to Look For in New Cabinets?

When you are considering a remodel of your home in the kitchen, bathroom or even the closets you’ll want to look at shelving and cabinets. Buying a new cabinet can be more complicated than it seems. There are plenty of things to consider; cost, style, strength and more. So, let’s take a brief look at some of the essential things to consider when you are looking for new cupboards to use in the home.
Cost
Remodeling a home is expensive, especially if you go with home remodeling contractors, but it doesn’t mean you should try to cut costs when it comes to materials. In general, the more expensive the cabinet the higher quality it will be. This isn’t always the case. You can find high quality cupboards in a moderate price range if you look around. So, don’t be afraid to compare costs.
Style
Cupboards should match the décor of your room, whether you are remodeling or just replacing the old cabinets. One great way to match the style of your cabinets to the surrounding room is to pick three complementary colors for your color scheme and assign the dominate color to the cabinets since they will make the most impact in the room.
Also, remember to match like style with like style. If you pick out contemporary cupboards you want to use contemporary hardware, tile, flooring and trim. Keep all of your elements in mind.
Strength
We rely on our cabinets to hold a great many things. So, they need to be strong enough to last. Cabinets are available in metal, solid wood, plywood, and particleboard or fiberboard.
You are likely to only see solid wood used on the cabinet doors, while varying thicknesses of plywood compose the cabinet itself. This is a decent cupboard and will last you many years. The cheaper cabinets are made of particle board, a mixture of wood chips, shavings and glue all pressed together. It’s affordable but needs replacing sooner.
Keep these three things in mind when shopping for cabinets and you’ll make the right choices for your home.