Time to buy a Home

The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes shot up in May. But the pace of buying this year remains slower than in 2013, in part because of sluggish sales during winter. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 6.1 percent to 103.9 last [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:58:55+00:00 June 30th, 2014|How to|Comments Off on Time to buy a Home

The New Net Zero Homes

Thinking of getting off the grid or just significantly cutting your energy use? A new book by architect William Maclay outlines how to do just that. His new book, "The New Net Zero: Leading-Edge Design and Construction of Homes and Buildings for a Renewable Energy Future” is comprised of detailed architectural drawings and impressive charts [...]

By | 2017-02-23T15:39:22+00:00 June 24th, 2014|Zero Energy|Comments Off on The New Net Zero Homes

How Green is taking the Commercial market by storm

"Green” seems to be overtaking the market by force in most cities.  Adoption of green standards in the U.S. has increased significantly since 2005. During that time, the adoption of Energy Star for office buildings increased to more than 10% of the market and the proportion of buildings that are LEED (Leadership in Energy and [...]

By | 2017-02-23T15:08:39+00:00 June 22nd, 2014|Green Living|Comments Off on How Green is taking the Commercial market by storm

Wanted: Energy Efficient Home in Charleston

"Among the characteristics that home buyers are increasingly looking for in a home is energy efficiency. In fact, in a recent National Association of Home Builder survey of homebuyer preferences, energy efficiency features topped the list of desirable items. For example, the survey data indicate that 94 percent of home buyers want energy-star rated appliances, [...]

By | 2017-02-23T15:42:47+00:00 June 13th, 2014|Charleston|Comments Off on Wanted: Energy Efficient Home in Charleston

Water Conservation and Waste

How much water are YOU wasting? Saving water while keep lawns looking green through the summer is not as hard as homeowners might think. Whether it’s using the proper products or watering at the correct time, we can do a lot to help cut down on water bills and wasted water. WaterSense, which is a [...]

By | 2017-02-23T15:43:36+00:00 June 9th, 2014|Water|Comments Off on Water Conservation and Waste

Owners of Energy Efficient Homes Less Likely to Default on Mortgages

A study by Quercia, who is also a professor in the city and regional planning department in the College of Arts and Sciences and a faculty fellow at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies, and the study’s other authors Nikhil Kaza, research fellow at the UNC Center for Community Capital, assistant professor in the [...]

By | 2017-02-23T15:48:14+00:00 June 6th, 2014|energy, Zero Energy|Comments Off on Owners of Energy Efficient Homes Less Likely to Default on Mortgages

SCE&G Rate Increase

It is reported from Associated Press that South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. wants to raise its rates 3 percent to help cover the cost of building two new nuclear reactors. The utility serves about 675,000 customers in the state and filed the rate request late on Friday with state regulators.  The increase, amounting to [...]

By | 2017-02-23T15:46:20+00:00 June 5th, 2014|energy|Comments Off on SCE&G Rate Increase