Archive for September, 2011

Cool Metal Roofing – A Hot Idea

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Driven to reduce energy costs and make long-term improvements to their homes, more homeowners than ever are installing durable and environmentally friendly metal roofing systems. According to new statistics from McGraw-Hill Construction Research and Analytics®, the number of homes with metal roofs has more than tripled over the past decade, moving metal from 3% of the overall U.S. market to 10%.

Although metal may initially seem an unlikely choice for cooling, recent advances are allowing metal to shed its “cat on a hot tin roof” image. …

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/cool-metal-roofing-a-hot-idea-2011-09-01

Alternative Energy Update and Appliance Efficiencies

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Discussions about federal regulations on Energy Star ratings and energy efficient products continue and homeowners need to keep a pulse on the changes. The latest issue of Consumer Reports looks to help shoppers make the best decisions for their needs and possibly save some cash. Consumer Reports recent tests revealed some of the best appliances, electronics, and heating and cooling equipment are also among the most efficient. There are a number of home-energy retrofits, that if done right, can quickly pay for themselves. But not all efficiency promises pan out.

“You don’t have to sacrifice performance, comfort, or convenience to save energy and money, providing you know what to look for,” said Celia Kuperszmid-Lehrman, deputy home editor at Consumer Reports. “Our tests have found many models of efficiency among a variety of appliances, but shoppers should beware that there are also products whose energy-saving claims are mostly hype.”

http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/48919/