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Are your Building Products Really Green?

Is your home really greenAs building codes become more stringent and consumers more discerning, greener building products are enjoying increased popularity. With sustainability and energy conservation as great motivators, consumers are turning to green building materials to save them money. While leaps and bounds in technological advancements that have brought us such modern wonders as spray foam insulation and ICF building blocks, not all green building products are as environmentally friendly as they seem.

Bamboo building products (especially flooring) have been steadily gaining traction as an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional hardwood options and it’s easy to see why. Not only is bamboo durable and attractive, it is also able to regenerate within ten years, which makes it an extremely sustainable resource.

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Getting your Home ready for Spring

Green House. Abstract environmental backgroundsSpring is nearly here and there is much you can do to get your home ready for seasonal flooding and summer heat. Aside from the prerequisite spring cleaning, there are a number of things that you can do to ensure that your transition from one season to the next is seamless.
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Prevent Ice and Snow Damage to your Home

Prevent Ice and Snow Damage to your HomeThis winter has been a hard one with polar vortexes and record snow topped only by plummeting temperatures. All this inclement weather can actually do permanent damage to your home in many unexpected ways. Here are some tips on how you can prevent your home from falling victim to the winter chills.
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DIY Furnace Maintenance Tips

amvic-blog-furnaceAs winter settles in its more important than ever to practice proper furnace maintenance to ensure that you don’t have any unexpected problems. If your furnace stops working in the coldest months, you not only face freezing temperatures but also the possibility of burst pipes.

With regular furnace maintenance, not only can you be assured of a comfortable winter, you can also look forward to greater energy efficiency and savings on utilities. Regular maintenance will help your furnace to last longer too.
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Winterize your Home in 3 Easy Steps

Winterize HomeIf winter heating is your biggest utility expense, then use these quick and easy steps to lower your bills, save money and reduce the negative impact you have on your environment. While some improvements in the efficacy of your building envelope are cheap (like caulking cracks and holes), others may be more costly (like replacing your furnace with an Energy Star one). In instances where you are spending more, check whether the government incentives and tax cuts to promote energy efficiency cover some of your costs. Read more

Are Tankless Water Heaters a Worthwhile Investment?

Close up of Construction WorkerTankless water heaters make sense in theory. It does seem like a waste of energy to have a large tank of water being continuously heated in your home, even when you don’t need it. Tankless water heaters use gas to heat water on demand and boast savings of up to 20% on your utilities bill. They do come with some drawbacks, the most prohibitive of which is the considerable cost of these units. We take a look at the pros and cons of tankless water heaters to decide if they are a worthwhile investment.
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