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ATLANTA - Whether it be the economy, the recent surge in foreclosures or the need for added income, homeowners throughout greater Atlanta are calling upon local contractors to build out their basements and expand their homes with a high sense of urgency.

The problem is, there are only a handful of qualified contractors that have a solid reputation for performing quality work.  Sure, there are plenty of companies who claim to be able to do the job - and they all have their hands out, looking for t hat deposit money.  But beware!  There seems to be an inverse relationship between those requesting deposit money and those qualified to do the work.
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Atlanta Property Management is a division of Atlantic Properties, which is also associated with Remax Realty across the entire U.S. 

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ATLANTA - By now you‘ve probably heard something about the Economic Stimulus Program recently proposed by George W. Bush and the Federal Government.

The House has overwhelmingly passed a $146 billion aid package that includes rebates of $600-$1,200 for most taxpayers....

Instead of running off to the local discount or department store, why not consider “investing” your rebate in your most important asset – YOUR HOME.  Home expansions, room additions and basement buildouts are dollar for dollar the highest return on investment you can make on the most important asset you ever own.
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Atlanta Property Management is a division of Atlantic Properties, which is also associated with Remax Realty across the entire U.S. 

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GDO Report
ATLANTA - By now you‘ve probably heard something about the Economic Stimulus Program recently proposed by George W. Bush and the Federal Government.

The House has overwhelmingly passed a $146 billion aid package that includes rebates of $600-$1,200 for most taxpayers. 
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Atlanta Property Management is a division of Atlantic Properties, which is also associated with Remax Realty across the entire U.S. 

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<% End If%> ATLANTA - Going Green in 2008 - 30 Easy tips to make your home more environmentally friendly and energy efficient...    
    
TIP 1. Window wise
If air seems to be coming in around your windows, it may be time to boost their efficiency with caulking, weatherstripping and storm windows. Better yet, replace them with ENERGY STAR-approved, double-glazed, low-E windows.

TIP 2. Crawl in
Sealing your crawl space will lower your energy bill and help keep unhealthy, damaging moisture out of your home.

TIP 3. See the light
Replace incandescent lights with compact fluorescents (CFLs), which use three-quarters less electricity and last years longer. The latest CFLs don’t flicker, give an excellent quality of light and generate less heat (which you’ll appreciate during the summer).

TIP 4. Get with the program
Install a programmable thermostat and use it consistently. This can save you as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling bills.

TIP 5. Replace appliances
Select high-efficiency refrigerators, clothes washers and dishwashers that are ENERGY STAR-approved, and you’ll see the savings. Select a gas dryer if possible.

TIP 6. A tight seal
Adjust door thresholds for an airtight fit and install weatherstripping. The largest air-leak culprits are gaps around plumbing, chimneys, attics, recessed lights and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets. Also, seal ductwork connections with duct mastic to prevent leakage.

TIP 7. Close up outlets
Install foam gaskets over switch and receptacle plates. Caulk the sides first, then place the gasket in place. Insert child protective covers into outlet holes to stop air.

TIP 8. System upgrade
Consider having higher-efficiency heating and cooling equipment installed if you can. Also consider replacing your water heater with an on-demand model.

TIP 9. Hire an auditor
Hire an energy auditor to perform a home-energy assessment so you can know where the worst energy waste is occurring.

TIP 10. Cooking smart
When you boil water, put a lid on the pot. The water boils faster, using less energy. Also, make sure the burner pans are clean and shiny, so they’ll reflect more heat and save energy.

TIP 11. Remodel
If you need more living space, remodeling is the greenest choice you can make. Reusing an existing house rather than building a new one (no matter how energy efficient it is) is a much greener thing to do.

TIP 12. The right materials
Choose flooring and countertop materials that are impervious to water so you don’t trap moisture in unwanted places.

TIP 13. Vent
Arrange furniture so it does not block heating and air system vents and return registers.

TIP 14. Under wraps
Lower the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees and insulate your water heater and pipes.

Give Your Home the Green Light
Give Your Home the Green Light 

Energy-saving ways to light your home's exterior   

ATLANTA - Homeowners put a lot of time and effort into showcasing their homes to their best advantage. Painting, maintenance and landscaping are just a few of the ways to keep a house looking good. But if lighting is overlooked, all that work will go unseen as soon as the sun goes down. Recent innovations in lighting have made it easier and more energy-efficient than ever to brighten up a home’s exterior.

LOW VOLTAGE, HIGH STYLE
In the past, residential exterior lighting primarily consisted of spotlights, wall sconces, lampposts and line-voltage sidewalk lights. While many of the traditional fixtures remain, new energy-efficient, environmentally friendly devices can spruce up the home without compromising its appearance with bulky components and unsightly wiring. Solar lights and low-voltage lighting top the list for the most popular choices.

As the name suggests, solar lights operate using solar panels to harvest sunlight, which is then converted to energy for powering the light. While they certainly save on energy costs, lighting professionals say they don’t perform as homeowners want. “We’ve found that they just don’t put out the amount of light people expect or need,” says T.J. Pantano, owner of NiteLites of Atlanta.

On the other hand, low-voltage, or 12-volt, lights seem to provide the best of both worlds. Installed correctly, these lighting systems offer incredible illumination for just pennies on the dollar. “Twelve volts is the way to go,” says David Lukach, vice president of Twilight Illuminations in Marietta. “If installed properly with the right materials, it’s very energy efficient.” They also are available in a variety of applications, including sidewalk and path lighting, well lights (which up-light a structure, tree or other foliage), spotlights, deck lights, step lights, grill lights, and underwater lights for water features.

Low-voltage lighting systems consist of a plug-in transformer, low-voltage cable and low-voltage light fixtures. The transformer receives power from an outdoor, 110-volt power outlet with a ground fault interruption circuit, or GFCI, receptacle. The cable comes in a variety of lengths, allowing consumers to purchase the best system for their needs. Lighting fixtures also come in a range of styles, allowing homeowners to personalize their space. “Copper and brass seem to be the way to go because they can withstand the elements,” Lukach says.
 
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Photocells, which power lights from dusk to dawn, and timers are the two favorite innovations for maintaining a low-voltage system. “Timers are becoming more sophisticated,” Pantano says. With timers, lights can be programmed to come on during certain times or on certain nights, adjust for Daylight Savings Time and be integrated with other systems, such as a pool. “You can set the lights to come on when the hot tub is turned on,” Pantano says.

Also, low-voltage lighting systems can be set on multiple zones, so lights in one area come on at varying times from another area. For example, you may set the driveway and walkway lights to come on at 6 p.m., shortly before you arrive home. Then, after 7 p.m., these lights turn off and the landscape lights come on to highlight the house and foliage.

Although popular in the past, motion sensors generally are not used with today’s low-voltage lights. “Motion detectors are going away,” Lukach says. “They go bad really fast, and anything sets them off, such as pets.”

THE BRIGHT SIDE
Like all products, there are pros and cons to using low-voltage lighting. Among the advantages, low-voltage lighting is much more efficient than traditional line-voltage lighting systems (think of a 120-volt system like streetlights or commercial property lights). “Sixteen to 18 lights hooked to the right transformer is the same as a 150-watt light bulb,” Pantano says.

Also, because the voltage is so low, a low-voltage lighting system is very safe for homeowners with children and/or pets. In addition, the fire hazard is low. “Low-voltage lighting is easier to repair and move around, too,” Lukach says.

However, since the transformer must be plugged in for power, a low-voltage system is limited in the distance it can run from the transformer. Also, “the voltage can drop if the system is overloaded or is too far from the source of power,” Pantano says.

Many home-improvement and hardware stores carry ready-to-install low-voltage systems with an array of fixtures and amenities covering a range of price points. Of course, homeowners also can opt to hire a professional to install a low-voltage system. Costs generally start around $2,500 for a complete system of 14 to 20 fixtures, the transformer and a timer. 


 
LET IT GLOW
Another option for energy-efficient, environmentally friendly lighting is photoluminescent, or glow-in-the-dark, wireless lighting. Using strontium aluminate, these products are nontoxic, nonelectric, nonradioactive and environmentally friendly. “You can put it around a doorway or anywhere you want accent lighting,” says Don Boone, owner of ExiGlo in Kennesaw. Other applications include street numbers, sidewalk lights, step lights and more.

Operating these lights is simple. “The sun will charge it for that night’s viewing,” Boone says. “It charges off ultraviolet rays. You can get power from direct or indirect sun.” The lights then burn from dusk to dawn.
Most photoluminescent products come in green or blue and can be installed by the homeowner. When shopping for products, make sure to find out how much strontium aluminate they contain. “Strontium aluminate is the key ingredient,” Boone says. “You want a fixture with a high concentrate of this ingredient. You will need to ask how much the product contains. It’s not listed on the label.”

While photoluminescent products are gaining in popularity, there is one drawback. “It’s not going to be as bright as electrically lit light fixtures,” Boone says. But, given the variety of applications available without the need for electricity, they may be the perfect fit for your needs.

Choosing the right lighting for your home’s exterior may take some time and research, but the payoff will be visible, possibly in more ways than one. In addition to brightening up the structure and its environment, the right exterior lighting also may pay dividends when selling the home. “Realtors tell me it definitely helps sell a home,” Pantano says. “It’s becoming more and more popular, although it’s still new.”

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TIP 15. Create shade
Put shade screens and tinting on windows facing south, east and west. Insulated window shades can reduce winter heat loss and summer heat gain by as much as 80 percent.

TIP 16. Flip the switch
Turn off lights, appliances and electronic gadgets every time you leave a room, especially the computer when the workday is done.

TIP 17. Slow the flow
Install low-flow aerator faucets and showerheads. They are inexpensive and can save up to 2.5 gallons of water per minute.

TIP 18. Cut the chemicals
Reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated at home from paints, pesticides, fertilizers, etc. Read labels and buy only what is needed to complete the job. Use paints and sealants with low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). They don’t smell as bad, and they usually offer the same quality, cost and colors as traditional paints.

TIP 19. Time it right
Use motion detectors, photo-sensors and timers on exterior lighting instead of leaving lights on all night.

TIP 20 Change by degrees
Change your thermostat temperature by just 2 degrees when you’re home and awake, and 8 degrees when you’re at work or asleep.

TIP 21. Air in motion
Install ceiling fans in the rooms you use most to help keep them cool in the warmer months.

TIP 22. Go electric
Gas-powered lawn equipment releases thousands of tons of pollutants into the air each year. Using electric equipment can drastically reduce pollution around your home.

TIP 23. Clean coils
Don’t overload the refrigerator; it makes the compressor work harder. Also, vacuum the coils in back every six months to improve the heat transfer. Consider unplugging or getting rid of that extra refrigerator in the garage or basement.

TIP 24. Out of the sun
Shade your room air conditioner from direct sun. This will reduce its workload. Clean the filters monthly and replace as necessary to save energy and reduce dust and pollen in the air.

TIP 25. Allow airflow
Prune back shrubs that may block airflow to your air conditioner or heat pump.

TIP 26. Down with dust
Vacuum air vents, baseboard heaters and radiators regularly to remove dust that can reduce heating efficiency.

TIP 27. Plant protection
Plant new trees around your home. As they grow, they will block sunlight and wind so that your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard.

TIP 28. A full load
Wash your family’s clothes in full loads with cold water. You can even hang them out to dry on a clothesline and enjoy the fresh-air smell they soak up.

TIP 29. Ask around
Ask your utility companies about special offers. You may be able to find cash rebates, low-interest loans or other incentive programs for buying energy-efficient products and services.

TIP 30. Get help!
Use the many resources out there Online to help you make the right choices.  Going Google almost always assures you the right solutions at the right price.  Remember to always get at least three competitive quotes and don't forget to check those references!

20 Things You Can Do Right Now to Make Your Home Greener 
Give Your Home the Green Light -Green from the Ground Up
 
A Guide to Going Green 

1.Seal it up
Adjust door thresholds for an airtight fit and install weatherstripping. The largest air-leak culprits are gaps around plumbing, chimneys, recessed lights and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets. Also be sure to seal ductwork connections with duct mastic to prevent leakage.
 
2.Don't overlook outlets
Install foam gaskets over switch and receptacle plates. Caulk the sides first, then place the gasket in place. Insert child protective covers into outlet holes to stop air.
 
3.Get window wise
If air seems to be coming in around your windows, it may be time to boost their efficiency with caulking, weatherstripping and storm windows. Better yet, replace them with new double-glazed, low-E windows that are ENERGY STAR-approved.

4.Make some shade
Put shade screens and tinting on windows facing south, east and west. Insulated window shades can reduce winter heat loss and summer heat gain by as much as 80 percent.

5.Go ahead—vent
Arrange furniture so it does not block heating and air system vents and return registers.

6.Cut the chemicals
Reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated at home from paints, pesticides, fertilizers, etc. Read labels and buy only what is needed to complete the job. Use paints and sealants with low or no volatile organic compounds (VOC). They don’t smell as bad, and they offer the same quality, cost and colors as traditional paints.
 
7.See the light
Replace incandescent lights with compact fluorescents (CFL), which use three-quarters less electricity and last years longer. The new CFLs don’t flicker and give an excellent quality of light. They also generate less heat, so your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard.
 
8.Use timing
Use motion detectors, photo-sensors and timers on exterior lighting.
 
9.Keep it under wraps
Lower the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees and insulate your water heater and pipes.
 
10.Change by
a couple degrees
Change your thermostat temperature by just 2 degrees when you’re home and awake, and 8 degrees when you’re at work or asleep.

11.Get with the program
Install a programmable thermostat and use it consistently. This can save you as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling bills.

12.Upgrade your system
Consider having higher-efficiency heating and cooling equipment installed if you can. Also consider replacing your water heater with an on-demand model.
 
13.Change a chore
Wash your family’s clothes in full loads with cold water—maybe even hang them out to dry on a clothesline.

14.Turn it off
Turn off lights and appliances when you leave a room, especially the computer when the workday is done.

15.Pick alternate appliances
Select high-efficiency refrigerators, clothes washers and dishwashers that are Energy Star-approved. Select a gas dryer if possible. You’ll see the savings.

16.Consider the refrigerator
Don’t overload the refrigerator; it makes the compressor work harder. Also, vacuum the coils in back every six months to improve heat transfer. Finally, don’t stand in front of the refrigerator with the door open, letting the cold air drain out. Consider unplugging or getting rid of that extra refrigerator in the garage or basement.

17.Cook smarter
When you boil water, put a lid on the pot. The water boils faster, using less energy. Also, make sure the burner pans are clean and shiny, so they’ll reflect more heat and save energy.

18.Hire an auditor
Hire an energy auditor to perform a home energy assessment so you can know where the worst energy waste is occurring.

19.Remodel!
If you need more living space, remodeling is the greenest choice you can make. Reusing an existing house rather than building a new one (no matter how energy efficient it is) is a much greener thing to do.

20.Get help!
Tap into the resources out there to help you make the right choices. Simply Google contractors in your are and call in the experts for free quotes and ideas.

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