Although it might not feel like it when you’re quarantined in your living room, spring is here. And while the usual outdoor festivities will likely get cut short or canceled altogether, that doesn’t mean you can’t still appreciate the changing of the seasons inside your home.
2020 Parade of Home!! Enjoy all the Energy Cost Savings & Health/Environmental Benefits of a Green Built Home by Award Winning Legacy GreenBuilders. Custom upgrades & quality throughout! Amenities include Quartz Tops Throughout, Tile & Hardwood, Fireplace, Master Suite, Screen Porch & Deck, Vaulted & 9’ Ceilings ML & LL. Allergy/Aging/Handicap features and more. Great Location: Stonebrook Estates provides easy access to HWY 30 and HWY 1 with a 15-20min commute to CR or IC! (Choose this plan/lot or pick another.)
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1,757 Sq Ft MF (1,403 Sq Ft Future LL)
3 Bedroom / 2 Bath (2 Bed / 1 Bath Future LL)
Master Suite with Custom Tile Shower
Custom Kitchen with Pantry
Great Room w/Fireplace
Quartz Kitchen/Bath Countertops
Hardwood and Tile Floors
Custom Cabinets and Over-Size Millwork
Cedar Screen Porch & Deck
Vaulted Great Room / 9’ Ceiling Up & Down
Garden View LL with Boulder Wall Egress Windows
Deeper shades of green
New zero energy, air quality certifications gaining ground among Corridor homebuilders. Read more.......
New year, new decade. Time to breathe new life into home design.
Restoration, optimism and sophistication are woven throughout this year’s selection of colors of the year, announced annually by Pantone and various major paint manufacturers. Each color represents an expected trend by each company, based on the current activity in the industry and what it anticipates for the year ahead.
Clear patterns for 2020 include nature-inspired hues, soft, cheerful pastels and timeless basics to create inviting spaces intended for recharging to tackle the year ahead. Click here to read more...
Any type of insulation can be installed to have any R-value level; it may just take more or less insulating material to reach that level.
Recommended R-values change depending on climate, the type of building and the location of the insulation within that building. The level of R-value achieved is also based on proper installation. Poor air or vapor seal can reduce the effectiveness of insulation.
Properly installed, however, any type of insulation with the recommended R-value level will increase comfort and efficiency year-round.
Source: Linn County REC / www.linncountyrec.com
Homeowners across the country are switching to LED bulbs, and for good reason. LEDs have a number of advantages over conventional incandescent bulbs:
That all sounds great, but what exactly does "average rated life" mean? How's that different than "actual" life? After all, you want to know how long a bulb really lasts, not how long it's rated to last. We'll explain average rated life, how bulb manufacturers test for it and what it means to you.
Average rated life is the life expectancy in hours based on laboratory tests of a sample set of bulbs. The "average" rated life is the point at which half the sample bulbs failed. For example, if 100 lamps are tested and 50 of them fail at 10,000 hours, then their average rated life would be 10,000 hours.
The useful life of LEDs is defined differently than it is for other lighting technologies. Incandescent bulbs fail when the filament burns out. LEDs typically don't burn out. They experience "lumen depreciation" where their brightness slowly fades over time.
Research has shown that people will accept gradual light reductions of up to 30% with little notice. The average rated life of LEDs then, is established by a projection of when the light output will decrease by 30%.
Manufacturers test LEDs for lumen depreciation for at least 6,000 hours. The small amount of lumen depreciation in that test and UL temperature testing of an LED fixture is combined and rated life is projected out by a factor of six times the test duration (50,000 hours for 8,400 test hours).
Projections are nice, but how do we know if LEDs really last 50,000 hours or more? U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) tests may provide an answer. In 2010, the DOE began testing a sample of 31 LED bulbs. After more than 60,000 hours of continuous operation, the average lumen depreciation was only 5% and all of the bulbs were still going strong.
Bulb life and performance can vary depending on the product. To get the best results in your home, purchase ENERGY STAR®-certified LED bulbs. ENERGY STAR products are independently tested to ensure that they deliver efficiency and performance.
Don't be fooled by bad advice and careless assumptions. These home heating myths could waste energy and cost you money. Knowing the facts will help you reduce your energy bills and make your home more comfortable.
Fact: A furnace is either on or off. Raising the thermostat doesn't make the air coming out of the register warmer, it just makes the furnace work longer to reach the higher temperature.
By the time you're sweating and need to turn the thermostat down, you'll have overheated the house and wasted energy. Every home is different; indoor and outdoor air temperatures, furnace efficiency, your home's layout and how well it's weatherized all affect how long it takes to warm your home.
Fact: An efficient furnace that's the right size for your home will be much more effective than a huge system with more capacity than you need.
Climate, home design and weatherization are important factors to consider. Efficiency improvements will save on the cost of a new furnace by allowing you to purchase a smaller unit. If you live in a cold climate, invest in the highest-efficiency system, not the biggest. In milder climates with lower annual heating costs, it may be hard to justify the extra investment required to go from 80% to 90% or 95% efficiency.
Fact: Heating systems are designed for balance. Closing air vents can result in back pressure, causing ductwork to leak and reducing heating system efficiency.
If your home is heated by a forced-air system, talk with a qualified professional about closing down the heating registers in unused rooms or adjusting dampers in the ductwork to redirect heat where it's needed.
Learning the facts behind heating system performance can help you save energy, reduce your winter heating costs and ensure your family's comfort all season long.
Source: Linn County REC / https://www.linncountyrec.com
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Getting ready for the holidays, especially if you are expecting company, can be serious business, but with a bit of cheerful organization it’ll be a snap. Click to Read more......
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October 28, 2019
Just a reminder......
The annual turning back of the clock by one hour was once posed by Benjamin Franklin as a way to preserve candles that served as the main source of light in the 19th century. Read more...