LIHTC: Its Past and Current Main Attributes

LIHTC

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program (LIHTC or Lie-Tech) was created in 1986 by the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. It has soon ripened into the federal government’s largest program for the development and restoration of affordable housing. The program invests over $6 billion dollars each year to produce 150,000 rental residential units and 100,000 jobs. So far, the program has enabled the rehabilitation of 2.5 million housing units. Between 1987 and {Read More}

A19 LED Bulb, Reviewed

a19 led bulb

This is a guest post by Richard T. Berry LED bulbs are expensive, and many still don’t deliver the warm ambient light pleasant to the eye. But things are changing. Recently, Philips has launched a new A19 SlimStyle LED bulb that promises more efficiency with 22.8 years of lifetime. The company claims that the public criticisms of LEDs being more expensive and duller than classic incandescent bulbs simply didn’t take into account advances in LED technology. What we liked about {Read More}

How To Load a Dishwasher To Save Water and Energy

How to load a dishwasher

Q: How to load a dishwasher to save water and energy? Even though scientific studies tell us that automatic dishwashers are the most economical way to wash dishes, they still use a significant amount of energy. Most of that energy is consumed by heating the water. To maximize the energy savings, the amount of hot water your dishwasher consumes should be reduced. Another way to save energy is to correctly load the dishwasher. Here are some ideas how to achieve these {Read More}

Beauty and Brains: The Fabulous Benefits of Green Roofs

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It’s tough to beat the argument that even the basic green roofs are more pleasing to the eye than black-tar and asphalt roofs. Yet, the recent surge of interest in green roofs is due to environmental; not aesthetic reasons. The tradition of green roofs is strongest in Europe and most documented benefits of green roofs originate from European countries. Only recently, the data coming from the US, Canada, Asia, and Australia suggests that green roofs can be beneficial in other {Read More}

How to Save Water at Home

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In most homes, water has four major uses: baths, faucets, washing machines and dishwashers. For each of these uses, water heating may be required, which consumes around 20% of a home’s energy costs. Other uses of water include irrigation, pools, fountains and spas. Even when you try to use water wisely, you my be wasting a good deal of this precious resource. Here are ideas and tips on how to wisely save water in your home. Ways to Conserve Water for {Read More}

How to Save Water and Energy in Showers

low flow shower head

When considering your water use, two factors need to be taken into consideration: heat & water. Heating your water accounts for at least 20% of your power bill. Baths and showers utilize 37% of that. This means that 6% of your power bill is dedicated to heating water for your showers and baths. The good news is that with small changes you can save on both heating and water costs. Hold your shower head. You should be aware that most {Read More}

Programmable Thermostat Will Increase Energy IQ of Your Home

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One way homeowners seek to extract most energy units from their home-energy dollars is by investing in a state-of-the-art programmable thermostat. These smart gadgets can be programmed to save money and energy by adjusting the temperature at home. The evidence shows, however, that many owners don’t program their programmable thermostats because they either find controls confusing or they simply overlook this activity. Having programmable thermostats non-programmed wastes more money that their owners bargained for. What’s more important, if programmable thermostats {Read More}

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Stay Cool and Reduce Your Energy Bills This Summer

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Household energy bills increase with higher daytime temperatures, but you can adopt effective ways to stay cool and reduce your energy bills. Here are energy saving techniques to beat the heat during summer and keep electricity bills acceptable. They range from simple ones that you will be able to apply straight away. Others will require upfront investment but have a significant long-term payoff. Protect Your Windows. Consider installing white window blinds that reflect heat away from the house. The house {Read More}

Save Money and Energy During Winter

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An energy efficient home is vital to safe and comfortable living. The key to saving money and energy during winter is to prepare for winter before it arrives. The good news is that you don’t need to sacrifice the quality of your life in order to advance your home’s energy efficiency. Here are easy and inexpensive energy saving tips to help you save energy and money during the winter months and maintain your home’s much needed integrity. Insulate your home. {Read More}