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#Lets Talk Shop with Coastal Windows: Cleaning Vinyl Siding

  
  
  
  
  
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In this weeks installment of #LetsTalkShop with Stephanie Vanderbilt of Coastal Windows & Exteriors it is time to talk cleaning vinyl siding. Get ready for some expert tips!

5 Green Home Tips for Earth Day

  
  
  
  
  
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On April 22, the entire world will celebrate the planet, marking the 44th Earth Day. Some people will attend festivals, others will volunteer and many will look for simple ways to make their lives a little greener. If you're looking for something special to do for Earth Day, here are five easy things you can do around your home to improve your carbon footprint.

Finding Hidden Energy-Loss Zones in Your Home in 3 Easy Steps

  
  
  
  
  
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Heating and cooling expenses make up more than 50 percent of average home utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. In light of this, it's well worth the time and effort to look into where your home loses energy. Most people think of the furnace when they think of high heating bills, but a whole-house view is more effective. Conducting a home energy audit, inspecting the attic and roof and installing a programmable thermostat will help you find and control hidden energy-loss zones.

Step 1: Conduct a Home Energy Audit

Start your home energy audit by inspecting your homes heating equipment, and reviewing your utility bills for the last three to five years to review your usage. Also check for gaps in the insulation, doors, windows and vents that account for air leaks.



Got Allergies? Ways to Keep Your Home's Air Quality from Affecting You

  
  
  
  
  
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There are many people in the world that are affected by various particulates in the air. Usually, these small particles are in the form of pollen during the spring and autumn months as well as dust. Your home can keep these particulates concentrated within any given room which can make your allergies worse than if you were outside. How can you reduce the problem within your home when your eyes are watering and your nose is running?



1. Filters - Regularly replace or otherwise clean the air filters in your home. Air conditioning and heating systems could be continuously circulating dust, pet dander and pollen throughout your house creating problems for yourself. Regular maintenance of your HVAC system will greatly reduce these particulates as they become trapped within a clean filter. This can also help reduce the cleaning of dust within your home.



2. More Plants - Not only can a plant provide a more ideal mixture of oxygen within the room, but it can also help reduce the dust particles in the air. In general, plants can do amazing things for a person from helping produce an improved quality of air to helping those relax after having a stressful day.





What the IPCC’s AR5 Mean for Home Energy Efficiency

  
  
  
  
  
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The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has recently received a great deal of attention in the scientific community.  Since the previous IPCC report was released in 2007 (AR4), the amount of available scientific literature on climate change has doubled giving scientists an extremely clear picture of the dire climatic impacts that the future has in store for the Earth.  There are already a number of sources outlining AR5’s sobering predictions; alternatively this article describes the future climatic projection scenarios adopted by the IPCC for AR5, and looks into why it is still critical as ever to mitigate CO2 emissions in the residential sector by promoting and adopting the latest, most energy efficient technologies despite evidence which may evoke the thought that it is already too late.

The 80/20 Rule

  
  
  
  
  
80/20

According to recent consumer surveys, people love green energy.  In fact, 80% of those surveyed rate it favorably.  On the flip side, home services companies often rank at the bottom of these surveys (that is after you remove Congress from the list) getting favorability ratings below 30%.

Reflections on Smart Homes & Emerging Home Technology

  
  
  
  
  
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It was quite a night and quite a panel.  The room was packed, the speakers were great and beer was cold.  What more could you want?  For those interested, the video will soon be posted online at 360cTV. 

Not All Fuel Efficiency is Equal: Understand Before You Buy

  
  
  
  
  
mpg illusion

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5 Ways To Enchance Your Home's Curb Appeal This Spring

  
  
  
  
  
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In this week's installment of #LetsTalkShop with Stephanie Vanderbilt of Coastal Windows & Exteriors, SPRING is here so it’s time to Enhance that Curb Appeal! Here are 5 ways you can bring that Coastal Style to your home

iBeacon: They Know What You're Buying

  
  
  
  
  
ibeacon knows what youre doing

In recent weeks, in preparation for our Does your house know too much about you event, we have been posting quite a few articles about our data privacy and how companies are using your data in different ways to target marketing directly to you. The amount of data that companies gather is really becoming frightening and the iBeacon function that was quietly released with iOS7 is just another way that companies can use the data gathered from your browsing and shopping habits to target you with personalised advertisements.

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