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The Renewable Energy Boom

  Reducing carbon emissions in developing countries has been an ongoing concern for many people. Using renewable energy sources can help to reduce greenhouse gases and create a more environmentally healthy world. Environmental Impact The U.S. currently relies heavily on nonrenewable energy sources, such as coal and natural gas. These sources are finite resources that took millions of years to form. Although they are still being created today, we are using them faster than nature can replenish them. Energy produced from these fossil fuels can create air pollution and cause damage to land, water, and other resources. When fossil fuel

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DIY Window Replacement

When replacing windows, many homeowners would like to avoid the extra cost of hiring a contractor. The good news is that window replacement can be done by the homeowner. You will need a level, a crowbar, a hammer and a screw gun. You will also need galvanized screws, foam insulation, felt paper, shims, window wrap, and nails. Let’s get started! Remove The Old Window The first step in your window replacement is to remove the old window. Use the crowbar to remove the entire window casing, including the trim and sill plate. If you just need to replace the window

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Metal Roofing: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

When considering the roofing of your home, metal is one option. It is an alternative to the most commonly used roofing material: asphalt.  In this article, we’re going to take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of metal roofing. The Good When properly installed, a metal roof has a long life span. It is able to seal against water, survive rough winds and shed snow easily. It is also resistant to fire, rot, insects, and mildew. Warranties vary between companies, usually from 20 to 50 years. Metal roofing is one of the most lightweight roofing materials

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What is Polyurethane Foam?

Back in 1937, the initial research on polyurethane polymers started in Germany. Researchers focused mostly on producing flexible fibers and foams. However, the product that we know today as polyurethane foam (PU foam) did not become available for commercial production until 1954. The production process for polyurethane foam usually involves adding small amounts of blowing agents (which are volatile) to chemicals. This reaction will result in a lower density, higher energy absorption, and an increase in thermal insulation to the base material. The blowing agents aerate the base chemical, similarly to how baking soda aerates bread. The process of producing

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What Are Vapor Barriers?

  Almost everyone knows that moisture in your home is bad. Controlling and preventing this moisture helps make your home more energy efficient which can reduce your energy bill and create a more comfortable living environment. It can also prevent mold growth. Using vapor barriers in your home is an important part of your moisture control strategy. Water can pass into our homes in three different ways, diffusion through materials, heat transfer, and air movement. Unfortunately, vapor barriers only control water vapor that occurs through diffusion. This is why it is important to seal air leaks in your home as

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The Pros and Cons of Double Pane Windows

Double pane windows are widely used for their energy efficiency and capacity for saving money and raising a home’s value. Uninsulated windows are responsible for almost 25% of the yearly costs for cooling and heating in the average US home. It should come as no surprise that any solution to this problem is popular with homeowners. Pros In terms of energy efficiency, double pane windows are a major improvement over a single pane of glass. A window with double panes means it has two sheets of glass in one window frame. This creates a space between the sheets of glass

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Everything You Need To Know About Roof Shingles

  Roof shingles are a very common roofing material that consists of individual, overlapping objects. They can be made of many different materials including asphalt, wood, slate, and plastic. Being a highly visible part of any home, the esthetics of shingles is important, which is why they come in a wide variety of patterns, colors, and textures. When building a home, the shingle material is taken into account before the planning starts because it can affect the construction method and the pitch of the roof. For example, some shingles like slate are heavy and may need extra framing to support

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Is DIY Solar Panel Installation Viable?

When looking to save money on home improvement projects, DIY is always an option to be considered. Homeowners can tackle these projects either partially or completely on their own. This begs the question, is DIY solar panel installation a viable way to save money? Installing a solar panel system can be very beneficial from a financial point of view. It can cut down on your energy expenses and raise the value of your home. However, it can still be a big investment upfront even if you take advantage of the many tax credits and rebates. Generally, professionally installed solar panels

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DIY Attic Tent Installation

Uninsulated and leaky attic entrances are one of the most common insulation problems in most homes. Many homeowners attempt to fix this problem by surrounding the attic door with insulation. Unfortunately, they are not creating an airtight seal by doing this. This technique also creates harmful airborne particles of dust and fiberglass every time the door is opened. The attic tent is a great solution, though. The attic tent works by sealing and insulating the attic entrance in a way that makes it very easy to use. Once an attic tent is installed, accessibility is provided by a zipper. Measuring Your

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Wind and Solar Hybrid Power Systems

   In most of the US, there is less sunlight and more wind in the winter. The opposite is true for the summer months with more sunlight and less wind. Likewise, the peak operating times throughout the day for wind and solar generation is different. Combining a wind power system and a photovoltaic system can potentially expand the amount and the time periods of energy production. This is what makes hybrid power systems so appealing. Hybrid power systems combine two ways of generating electricity into a single system that creates a more continuously producing system. Added Sustainability Batteries and sometimes

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