New article on how plants can improve indoor air quality

We all knew that plants will increase oxygen levels in homes, but recent studies find that they do far more. It only takes a few ordinary houseplants to reduce levels of benzene, formaldehyde, toluene and other common yet dangerous air contaminants. To find out more, such as which plants  work best with which chemicals, check out our new article on plants and indoor air quality.

New article on energy efficient mortgages

Did you know that homeowners can get a mortgage that factors in the costs of energy-efficient improvements? 1% of all mortgages do just that, and big banks like Wells Fargo have spent billions in these types of loans. The banks know that borrowers will spend less on utilities if their homes are energy efficient, meaning they can afford a higher mortgage. To find out more, check out our new article on energy-efficient mortgages.

New article on solar panel theft

Solar arrays used to power homes can cost tens of thousands of dollars and they are new enough that most homeowners don’t realize how easily they can be stolen. A new wave of solar thieves have been plucking panels from unsuspecting buildings by night, leaving in financial ruin the owners who only wanted to promote sustainability or be independent of the grid. To learn more about why and where this is a problem, as well as what homeowners can do to protect their solar panels, check out our new article on solar panel theft.

How to Inspect Portable Fire Extinguishers.

InterNACHI’s free, online video Inspecting Portable Fire Extinguishers course has just been released.  This course teaches the student  to perform monthly inspections of portable fire extinguishers in residential and commercial properties.  The course was developed in cooperation with NACHI.TV using their hi-resolution, online video course system.  Take InterNACHI’s Inspecting Portable Fire Extinguishers course now.

New Article on Net Metering

It seems almost too good to be true, but a practice known as net metering allows homeowners to sell back to the electric utility the energy they generate with solar panels, wind turbines or other power generating systems. Net metering is legally mandated in some form by almost every state, although some states impose considerable limitations. To learn more about net metering and why it’s practiced, check out our new article on net metering.

New Article on Solar Panel Rentals

The solar panels you see on a client’s house may look expensive, but they might not have even paid for them. A handful of companies in the solar industry have realized that most homeowners just don’t have the kind of money needed to purchase solar panels, so the panels are now being offered for rent. The homeowner just pays a deposit which they will get back, with interest, when the contract expires. During that time, they will buy the energy generated from the panels at a fixed rate. It’s an interesting way to make solar more affordable, but like actually purchasing the panels, renting poses its own challenges. To find out more, check out our new article on solar panel rentals.