Virginia home owners who are about to buy new appliances need to pay attention to a program going into effect on April 28th, 2010. The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (who knew?) has been allotted $7.45 million to provide rebates to Virginia residents who purchase specific "Energy Star" appliances to replace qualifying older Continue Reading
Earth Day in Vienna, VA 2010
The 40th Earth Day arrived today and the weather is truly spectacular in Northern Virginia. This year the focus across the board is on energy efficiency and replacing older appliances with Energy Star qualified appliances like A/C or heating systems, hot water heaters or refrigerators. Like I wrote last week, the Commonwealth of Virginia has Continue Reading
Buying a Home with an Older HVAC Unit?
Considering buying a home with a central air conditioning or a heat pump system now that another Northern Virginia summer is approaching? Well it is essential that you know that as of January 1, 2010, manufacturers aren’t going to build any new systems using R-22 refrigerant or any new spare parts for those existing systems using R-22. And, Continue Reading
First-time home buyer credit of $8,000 set to expire!
Yes, time is running out for the $8,000 first time home buyer credit! This economic stimulus plan for the nation's real estate market has certainly been appreciated by people people, like me. Not to sound selfish, but any real estate agent will tell you that there are clients who have been "on the fence", waiting for that magical moment when Continue Reading
Building with green ideas
Going Green in Northern Virginia
I recently commented on a question posted on the Trulia web site regarding Going Green when making upgrades to your own house. It is easy to get overwhelmed with the number of issues and choices, and a recent survey showed that 90% of homeowners thought Going Green was important. The person asking the question simply wanted to get an idea of where Continue Reading