At Home: New year, new home ideas

It’s nearly a new year. Time to get organized, change what you can, leave what you can’t and start anew. Use it as a stimulus to get off the couch and do something.

We have suggestions for projects to tackle each month.

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15 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Home Builder

Selecting the right builder for your new home is a key step in the journey that leads to your dream home.

Asking builders the 15 questions below will help you choose the right builder to create your new home and give you confidence in your choice.

These questions will also help you better understand key steps in the building process and the decisions you’ll make, in partnership with the builder, to bring your new home to life.

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Are Smartphones the Future of Home Energy Conservation?

Much of the attention in looking at eco-sustainability and what individuals can do to help reduce our respective carbon footprints in terms of our power consumption at home has centered around smart grids. Obviously, big monetary savings can be obtained if we all, consumers and utilities alike, are in a position to more judiciously manage our consumption of electricity.

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Cut the Cost of Making Your Home Energy Efficient

There are many things you can do to lower your electric bill, but going the extra mile to make your home energy efficient can save you hundreds per month. Here, homeowner Gerald Singleton explains how he was able to reduce his monthly bills, and drastically cut the cost of installing solar paneling to do so.

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What happened to smart home appliances?

The reluctance of utilities and makers of appliances and intelligent meters to develop demand response systems undermines a core motive in a massive smart meter rollout in Europe.

It is a great idea: when everyone rushes to turn on the kettle at half-time in a football final the utility can remotely turn off non-urgent services like air conditioning to avoid a demand surge and so save firing up another power plant.

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Home Energy Audits: Boy, are they worth it!

They arrive promptly every month in your mailbox. However, many people will quickly tuck them away, conveniently forget where they are, or do whatever is possible to put off opening those inevitable utility bills. Well, fear no more. Homeowners in Connecticut are extremely lucky because of the many opportunities available for conserving energy and the environment. Even without a backyard compost pile or water-saving rain barrel, Connecticut residents can save big time by signing up for an energy efficient assessment.

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