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Wood Heater Makers Push Back Against Tighter Pollution Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plans to tighten emissions standards is being met with resistance from wood heater manufacturers. In 2015, the EPA made significant regulatory changes to the residential wood heating appliance industry when it required limited emissions from wood heaters to 4.5 grams/hour. It was the first major change in pollution standards since […]

Benefits of Going Solar in Spring or Summer

With the rising cost of energy, many homeowners are going solar to reduce energy costs. And homeowners are finding that going solar in the spring or summer when the sun is at its strongest in the northern hemisphere, can harness more of the sun’s natural energy when energy usage is at its peak. The cost […]

Answers to a Top FAQ: Why is my Fireplace Smoky?

Homeowners are right to expect fireplace smoke to go up their chimney and not into the room. Unfortunately, however, smoky fireplaces are not uncommon. Smokiness spoils the terrific ambiance that makes fireplaces such a pleasure in freezing weather. It’s a nuisance and can be a health threat. There are many different causes of a smoky […]

Does Every Kind of Chimney Flue Need Regular Cleaning?

Chimney flues, as well as vent pipes on heating stoves and gas fireplaces, serve a critical function: they allow smoke and toxins to exit into the outside air, thereby preventing them from backing up into the home.  That said, there are some differences among vent systems that you should know about when answering the question, […]

Why Pellet Stoves and Solar Panels are Best for Energy Efficiency

If you’re looking for an efficient way to maximize energy savings, wood pellet stoves and solar panels may be the ultimate combination.  For more than a century, Americans across the country used wood stoves as a primary heating source. But between modern technology and the pollution generated from the combustion process wood stoves declined in […]

5 Hot Ideas for Refacing your Fireplace

A fireplace is often the focal point of a room and can have a dramatic effect on the interior design of your home. But sometimes a fireplace can make a space look dated, especially when your interior space doesn’t match its existing design. Refacing your fireplace is a lot less expensive than a traditional fireplace rebuild. If your handy around the house, it makes […]

Renewable Energy and Ultimate Convenience – That’s Today’s Pellet Fireplace Inserts

For those who prefer not to use gas to run a fireplace and really don’t want to deal with the mess and hassle of buying, storing and loading wood logs, there’s an attractive option: a new pellet-burning fireplace insert. What is an insert? Fireplace inserts are pre-built, well-made units that fit into an existing firebox.  They’re commonly installed when a homeowner is tired of the low […]

How to claim the Federal 30% tax credit for installing solar with update for 2018

Congratulations, you have a tax credit of $5,652.00!  That’s the average investment tax credit consumers will receive in 2018 for installing eligible solar (PV) panels in their home. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law on February 9th, 2018 by President Trump reinstated the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar photovoltaic systems. It was originally created by The Energy Policy Act of 2005 and remains one […]

How to Decorate Your Fireplace in the Off-season

Once again spring comes, and your fireplace has done its job for another winter season.  Now what?  Will your fireplace sit there until fall looking drab and lifeless?  It doesn’t have to.  There are many ways to dress up your fireplace in the off-season so that it’s an enjoyable amenity all year long.  Let’s look at a few ideas. Growing things around Fireplace Your clean, open firebox […]

5 Easy Fireplace Spring Cleaning Tips Any Homeowner Can Do

While winter has come and gone, you are looking forward to enjoying the warm sunny days ahead. And cleaning your fireplace is probably the last thing on your mind. But spring is the perfect time to get your fireplace ready when cooler weather returns.  And with these 5 easy spring cleaning tips, you will get the job done in no time. Remove the Ash The […]

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