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SCE&G electric rates rising by $49 a year

On September 29, the State of South Carolina approved another rate increase for SCE&G power users. The increase is about 3%, and will raise the cost of the average user's utility bills by about $49 per year. It's the seventh approved rate increase since 2009, with the cost of all seven increases combined for the [...]

By | 2017-02-22T15:24:53+00:00 October 2nd, 2014|Zero Energy|Comments Off on SCE&G electric rates rising by $49 a year

A Note from Department of Energy Leader Sam Rashkin

Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect in the DOE’s Building Technologies Office, presents Amerisips the Custom Innovation Award August 31, 2014 Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect for the Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office, named builders of Zero Energy Ready Challenge Homes in the top 1% of their industry by demonstrating their ability to meet extraordinary guidelines in [...]

By | 2017-02-22T16:59:11+00:00 August 31st, 2014|Zero Energy|Comments Off on A Note from Department of Energy Leader Sam Rashkin

Green Living with Solar Photovoltaics in the U.S.

Chicago became the epicenter for LEED-certified buildings more than a decade ago with the opening of the Chicago Center for Green Technology and now has the most LEED-certified projects in the U.S . Photovoltaic systems are the most popular installation among homeowners, and California stands as the top state for solar energy.  The Convention Center [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:41:26+00:00 July 21st, 2014|Green Living|Comments Off on Green Living with Solar Photovoltaics in the U.S.

Photovoltaic solar panels

Photovoltaic systems are rampantly being installed across the U.S. Chicago became the epicenter for LEED-certified buildings more than a decade ago with the opening of the Chicago Center for Green Technology and now has the most LEED-certified projects in the U.S . Photovoltaic systems are the most popular installation among homeowners, and California stands as [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:50:32+00:00 July 17th, 2014|LEED|Comments Off on Photovoltaic solar panels

2014 Winning Home design showcases solar and LEED principles

July 17, 2014 The European Solar Decathlon award went to a Home design that realized that reusing is more sustainable than rebuilding. It featured • Passive and active solar elements photovoltaics) • LED electrical lighting throughout • Heat/Fresh air exchanger • Water reclamation and low-flush LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council is awarded [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:47:28+00:00 July 17th, 2014|LEED|Comments Off on 2014 Winning Home design showcases solar and LEED principles

The Compelling Reason to Build your Home with Solar Panels

South Carolina’s electricity prices have increased 37% in the past five years, and that number may go up with the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed guidelines to slash carbon emissions from S.C. power plants, according to electricity cooperatives. The proposed EPA guidelines, which were announced in early June, would require states to reduce carbon emission rates [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:53:47+00:00 July 4th, 2014|Solar|Comments Off on The Compelling Reason to Build your Home with Solar Panels

Charleston Voted #1 City in the U.S. and Canada for the 4th Time!

It all started when Charleston was voted the top U.S. City and top Destination in the World by Condé Nast Traveler in the 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. This is the fourth consecutive year the historic coastal destination has received the No. 1 U.S. City recognition in the Condé Nast Reader’s Choice issue, which hits newsstands [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:55:15+00:00 July 3rd, 2014|Charleston|Comments Off on Charleston Voted #1 City in the U.S. and Canada for the 4th Time!

Solar Homes are a reality in Charleston

Homebuilders and industry experts say the number of newly constructed homes with a solar energy system pre-installed is surging, from a few hundred units a decade ago to tens of thousands of units entering the market today.  Amerisips Homes is by far the most prolific builder of homes using the sun to substantially cut high [...]

By | 2017-02-23T14:57:44+00:00 July 3rd, 2014|Solar|Comments Off on Solar Homes are a reality in Charleston

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