Monthly Archives: July 2012

Protect your Green Upgrades with upgraded Homeowners Insurance

Don't forget to update your homeowners insurance When you are considering more Earth-friendly home upgrades, it’s important to make sure that they are properly documented on your

homeowners insurance policy so that your environmentally-friendly options are also wallet-friendly in the long run. The Equifax Finance Blog explains some of the reasons you should make your homeowner’s insurance provider a key player in your green home upgrades in the article, “

Renovating Your Home? Renovate Your Insurance Policy.”

Before work starts on your green renovation, it is important to consult your homeowner’s insurance policy holder. This can help you understand changes in future payments, find out if there are policy discounts for certain upgrades (some may even be for energy efficient or environmentally friendly ones) and make sure that you are covered in the event of an accident during the renovation itself. Follow up after your renovation with pictures and receipts, in addition to anything else that is required to ensure that your progress is documented and protected. Do this with all of your upgrades, large and small, so that you don’t find yourself short in the event that you have to rebuild.

For these reasons and more, it’s important to consider renovating your insurance as a part of renovating your home. Explore the Equifax Finance Blog for more ways to

save money when it comes to your home, credit, retirement, taxes and more.

Last Atlanta Townhomes at Battery on Paces Ferry

Hurry into Battery on Paces Ferry! Only three Atlanta townhomes are left with nine sales in June. This is your chance to own an elegant, energy efficient home in historic Vinings, just minutes to Buckhead and downtown Atlanta. These homes priced from the mid $300,000s in a gated community will not last long!

The townhomes feature three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths with inviting front porches, gorgeous dining rooms, spacious family rooms and gourmet kitchens. The gourmet kitchen offers granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, large pantries and beautiful cabinetry. Trey ceilings, oversized walk-in closets and bathrooms with dual vanities, garden tubs and walk-in showers are in the gorgeous master suites.

Community amenities include a community swimming pool and nearby recreations like the Cobb Performing Art Centre, Chastain Park Amphitheater, The High Museum, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the Atlanta History Center, The Fox Theatre and the Silver Comet Trail.

Students residing in Battery on Paces Ferry attend Teasley Elementary, Campbell Middle and Campbell High schools.

Take a tour today, and experience how these energy efficient homes combine a superb lifestyle with an amazing location. For more information on these Atlanta new homes, call 770-435-9377 or visit www.ashtonwoods.com/atlanta.

About Ashton Woods Homes:
Ashton Woods Homes is one of the nation’s largest private homebuilding companies, with operations in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Killeen, Orlando, Phoenix, San Antonio, Raleigh and Tampa. For more information, visit www.ashtonwoodshomes.com.

Change the World Pledges at the Georgia Force Arena Football Game

This summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been partnering with organizations nationally to take the ENERGY STAR® pledge. In Duluth, Ga, the EPA and the Georgia Force collected Change the World with ENERGY STAR® pledges at the Georgia Force Arena Football game in the Gwinnett Arena on July 14. The Georgia Force pledge drive urged attendees to make a change with ENERGY STAR® by challenging them to take simple steps to save energy, which can help save money and protect the climate.

EPA Regional Administer, Gwen Keyes Fleming was designated the honorary captain of the team and performed the coin toss on the fields at this televised game (126 Charter, 248 Comcast and MeTV). Change the World tables were staffed by EPA in the concourse and took pledges. At halftime, a drawing determined the winner of a signed football.

“In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of ENERGY STAR®, we want the metro area to know that saving energy not only helps save money and the environment, but it can also be a lot of fun,” said EPA Region 4 Administrator, Gwen Keyes Fleming. “We’re excited to broadcast this important message as a service to our community.”

About ENERGY STAR

Launched in 1992 by EPA, ENERGY STAR is a market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. This year marks ENERGY STAR’s 20th anniversary. Over the past 20 years, with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved about $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of carbon pollution. To date, more than 1.3 million new homes and nearly 16,500 buildings across all 50 states have earned EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification. The ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 63 different kinds of products with more than 5 billion sold over the past 20 years. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

Americans can take the “Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR” pledge. The pledge is a way for individuals to commit to taking action on energy efficiency in their homes and daily activities such as switching to more efficient lighting, choosing ENERGY STAR products, sealing and insulating homes, and using power management features on home computers and monitors.  For more information on the pledge: http://www.energystar.gov/changetheworld

For more information about Atlanta green living, visit Atlanta Real Estate Forum.

The Difference is in the Green

Ever thought about how much water and energy you waste in your home each day? Not turning off a light after you leave the room; taking extra long showers; having the TV on, but not watching it or doing excessive amounts of laundry. These are just a few ways you may find yourself wasting. And hey, everyone does it!

As humans, we tend to over-consume, which results in a great deal of waste in the world. We need to be more conscious of the effects of our decisions on the environment. Fortunately, there are a few options that can help us in the efforts to be more sustainable. Most appliances in older homes tend to over-use water and energy. For example, a regular shower head uses much more water than a low-flow fixture. In fact, by using a low-flow shower head, you can use as much water in 15 minutes as a nine minute shower with a regular shower head. Essentially earning six more minutes of water with a water-saving shower head.

As a consumer, you can choose to be more conscious of your decisions, or you can update your appliances and let them do the work for you. Of course, it is ideal to use these appliances and also reduce your usage in order to get optimal results. Check out this infographic on Acting Green vs. Buying Green to compare the two.

Acting Green vs. Buying Green
Source: eLocal.com

Written by Jaclyn Nicholson with eLocal

Rediscover the Lost Art of Farm Living

When many people think of art, they think of painting, sculptures and drawings. What about beekeeping, edible gardens and livestock? It’s becoming increasingly popular to find homeowners who tap into a farm lifestyle to become more self-sufficient. According to Houzz, more and more people in city apartments are moving to to grassy, suburban home sites, and are giving up modern conveniences for the easy green lifestyle.

Here are a few easy green living ideas:

Suburban Livestock- Begin growing your own gardens and raising your own livestock. Be sure you have a casual conversation with your neighbors first on how they feel about pygmy goats out back before you invest time and money in a project.

Low-Maintenance Pets- Who knew that after their first week, chicks don’t require much attention! Just refresh their water bowl and toss a handful of feed or vegetable scraps from the kitchen to feed them (see a list of what they will eat here). Check your local chicken laws and ordinances in your city to see if your area allows a backyard flock before bringing the chicks home. If your neighbors seem skeptical about your plans to keep chickens, assure them that you will be happy to share your fresh eggs.

Backyard Beehive- Once you have started with chicken keeping, adventure event more by keeping bees to get the freshest, most delicious honey around! While chickens require low maintenance, bees require more attention. You must provide your bees with a water source that is not your neighbor’s pool. Check out The Barefoot Beekeeper for more information on getting started as a beekeeper using natural, low-cost methods.

Edible Gardening- Try a patio garden by planting a few herbs or vegetables into existing flower beds. Many vegetables and most herbs have ornamental foliage, fruits and flowers that can blend in with standard flower borders.

Home Canning- With a Ball Canning Discovery Kit for $11.99, you can easily preserve your harvest. Although canning has become a lost art, try a special jam or make a big batch of tomato sauce and freeze trays full of berries and peas. For more information on safe canning and preserving methods, visit The National Center for Home Food Preservation.

This summer, rediscover these lost arts in any home! For more information on green living, visit our website.