Today's modern window coverings include shades and blinds, which are often referred to as "hard treatments." Consumers value these window coverings for their privacy and energy efficiency. Further, some hard treatments are less expensive than drapes and some are more stylish. * Cellular shades, with their pleated or honeycomb construction, are durable, provide sound … [Read more...] about Cellular, roller and Roman shades can take the place of draperies
Solar products don't require electricity or batteries, and their quality is improving each year. The Energy Federation recommends: Walkway lights. Intermatic's Malibu solar lanterns glow for eight hours after five hours of sunshine. One costs $27.95. AM/FM/ radio. The Coleman Freeplay's reception is very good. If the sun doesn't shine, hand crank it for 30 seconds for 30 … [Read more...] about Solar powered radios, lights
In the past, homeowners who wanted no-wire electricity in their yards had few options beyond solar-powered walkway lights. Improved technology is now making everything available from a lighted patio umbrella ($190 from hammacher.com) to water fountains to stepping stones to light the way across the yard ($100 for three from jacksonandperkins.com). At Target stores, you … [Read more...] about Decorating the backyard with a solar power
The Department of Energy reports that more families are showing an interest in zero-energy homes, a design meant to produce as much electricity as it uses. The Energy Policy Act provides a tax credit of up to 30 percent of the system's cost up to a maximum of $2000 when purchasing a new home with solar equipment. It's part of a nationwide effort to reduce home energy … [Read more...] about ‘Zero energy’ homes
Thinking of installing some sort of solar power for your home? Wondering whether a home you might buy would accommodate solar? One Web site can help you evaluate whether solar is feasible for your roof and help you compare costs. Roofray.com cleverly uses satellite images to help users see for themselves how useful solar arrays might be. The easy solar modeling service … [Read more...] about What’s your solar potential?