Renewable Energy

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Solar Water Heaters: Benefits Begin to Outweigh Costs

Tax credit incentives are making investments in renewable energy, such as solar water heating, more affordable and attractive to consumers. More

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Wind: Residential Wind Power Builds Speed

The payback on residential windpower is shorter than ever, but a variety of issues -- permitting, net-metering, awareness, basic land and wind needs -- limit the turbines' mainstream appeal. More

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Roofing: Tax credits can offset upgrades to energy-efficient metal and asphalt roofs

Tax credits can offset upgrades to energy-efficient metal and asphalt roofs. More

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Geothermal Heat Pumps: Long History, Garnering Fresh Interest

Geothermal heating and cooling is becoming a real option for many U.S. homeowners, and the 2009 tax credits are added incentive to pursue this renewable-energy option. More

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Solar: Does It Really Offer a Golden Opportunity?

Though, to date, demand for solar systems has been low, the hope is that tax incentives will help push consumers into investing in solar power. More

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Fuel Cells: Residential Use Lags Behind Commercial, but Shows Promise

Though there arenít many hydrogen fuel cell systems currently being used in U.S. homes, this technology holds great promise. More

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Remodeling Trade Partners and the ARRA

Itís never been more important to work with knowledgeable trade contractors. Hereís how to get them on board the green bandwagon ñ without letting them go overboard. More

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Drive Green. Save Green.

Remodelers can recoup some money by investing in “green” cars and trucks for their businesses. One example: the General Motors Silverado. More

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Way Ahead of the Curve

Most of his “green” clients, says Michael McCutcheon, owner of McCutcheon Construction, in San Francisco, are “true believers.” These high-end clients arenít jumping into “green” simply for the tax breaks, and they are early adopters. More

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Keeping Them Honest

A guide to deciphering product specs, avoiding greenwashing, and navigating certification programs. More

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