Incentives for Going Green

Incentives for Going Green

Are you thinking green this Spring? Not only can energy efficient windows, doors and skylights reduce energy bills they can also reduce your federal tax load!

Visit Energystar.gov to see how you can save! These incentives are rewards for making your home more efficient and consuming less energy.

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Furnace free: How to turn a drafty, decades-old house into an engineering marvel

Could you imagine the money you would save if your house didn’t need a furnace?

Furnace free: How to turn a drafty, decades-old house into an engineering marvel

Sometime in the next few weeks, Paul Brazelton will move his family into a 1935 Tudor in south Minneapolis that has no furnace. He’s just finished a massive renovation of the home and even though winter’s bearing down, he removed the boiler and plans to use that basement space for his daughters’ home-school classroom.

He also took out the fireplace.

If this sounds like the most uninviting house (and classroom) in Minneapolis, there’s something else to know. Brazelton, a software engineer and passionate environmentalist, has nearly finished a retrofit of his house to the stringent engineering standards of the Passivhaus model, a German system of homebuilding that uses insulation and highly efficient doors and windows to save energy.

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Seattle Home Show: Saving green by going green

Did you get a chance to check out the Seattle Home Show this weekend? Today is the last day!

 Seattle Home Show: Saving green by going green

With our struggling economy many people are headed to the Seattle Home Show looking for more than just a facelift for their house.

They’re hoping to pocket some green – by going green.

Exhibitors at the show, which continues through Monday at the Century Link Field Events Center, are ready to show them how – and they say the first step is to get rid of some preconceived notions.

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Green homes finally get due in appraisals

Green homes finally get due in appraisals

Here’s some good news for homeowners who’ve gone green and installed energy-saving features but haven’t been sure whether appraisers will credit them with higher valuations: Thanks to a new industry-issued appraisal addendum, the odds have improved they’ll get the fairer market value they’re due.

The Appraisal Institute, the field’s largest and most influential association, published the long-awaited addendum Sept. 29. It’s designed to be attached to any standard appraisal report covering a property with significant green features. Owners, sellers, buyers, refinancers and realty agents don’t have to wait for an appraiser to use it. They can download it at no cost and ask that it be made part of the appraisal submitted to the lender.

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Seattle Home Show This Weekend

Seattle Home Show This Weekend

You can check out the latest in home design and improvement – including green living, get garden tips, shop for great discounts and get free antique appraisals by celebrity appraiser and Ph.D. Dr. Lori at the Seattle Home Show 2 this coming weekend.

The Home Show runs October 7 through 10 at CenturyLink Field Event Center (formerly Qwest Field) in Seattle.

Show hours are: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $10 adults, $7 seniors (60+), $3 juniors (7-15), under 7 free.

Visit www.seattlehomeshow.com for more information.