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Warming With More Than The Sun

Warming with More Than the Sun February 13, 2018 Puxatawny Phil rudely predicted 6 more weeks of winter on February 2nd. As a sunshine-loving, hot-fun-in-the-summertime singing solar and energy efficiency company, we were disappointed in this news to say the least. But instead of sitting back and letting our vitamin D levels continue to drop, we’re springing into action to help fight the continuing winter chill. Our team at SEM has gathered 87 new or

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What Solar Tariffs Mean for the Industry and North Carolina

If you’ve been watching the news in the past two weeks you’ve probably seen articles titled “Solar Tariff Kills Jobs” filling up your feed. Whether you were considering getting solar for your home somewhere down the line or if you want solar to become more common as an alternative energy source, you might be concerned and wondering what this means for the industry as a whole. Let’s look at brief history of the tariff and

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Sell Your Home’s Energy Savings with Thermostats

In the middle of showing a home, has a prospective home buyer ever asked you about thermostats? A question like this can catch you off-guard. Believe it not, some thermostats can add tremendous value on the home. This is because, when used properly, certain thermostats can help homeowners save 10%-20% annually. Knowing the different types of thermostats on the market, (smart or programmable) can help you better sell the energy efficiency features of the home. If you’re able to

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10 Cutting Edge Green Building Materials [Infographic]

Green Building Materials   Our guest blogger,  Accurate Perforating shared their infographic with Southern Energy Management. Their infographic concentrates on a number of green building materials. These materials have many environmental and economic benefits. According to the infographic, these benefits range from durability to improved indoor air quality.   Accurate Perforating lists out 10 types of building materials which include: Certified lumber; Bamboo; Natural stone; Cellulose insulation; Plastic lumber; Steel studs; Perforated metal; Permeable pavement; Living plants;

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Does High Performance Building Slow Down My Construction Timeline?

  Staying on Top of Your Construction Timeline   Are you looking for a way to build better homes without compromising your construction timeline? High performance certifications like ENERGY STAR and ecoSelect can help you do this all while keeping you on schedule.   As a builder, the construction timeline of your project is very important. Scope creep is a major factor in project management that often slows down the process. Because of this, you may be

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Signing a contract on a home sold at a price premium.
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Do High Performance Homes Sell at a Price Premium?

  Why you should build a High Performance Home   There are many reasons why you should build a high performance home. For the homeowner, High Performance Homes offer many benefits. These benefits include lower operational costs, savings on utility bills, increased comfort, better indoor air quality, and more.   So what about you, what’s in it for the builder? First, there are numerous incentives, credits, and rebates available to offset the costs. Second, having

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