Tag Archives: green

Solar in the Pacific NW!

As the rainy season begins here in the North West we feel it is a great time to share some information about solar options.  It is a common misperception that solar energy is worthless west of the Cascades.  However, the … Continue reading

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Builder Tax Credits Expiring Soon

The Federal tax credit for builders is about to expire and looks like it probably won’t be renewed. If you have any energy efficient homes you have built in 2010 or 2011 they may qualify and we can help you … Continue reading

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Why build Green?

There are many reasons to build green and entire books are dedicated to it. This blog will focus on just one example – reducing construction waste.  One example jumps out from a nationwide builder, Belcher Homes.  They have implemented the … Continue reading

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Green Building & Energy Conservation in the New Year

2011 looks upbeat for both energy conservation upgrades and green building.  Just prior to Christmas break – Congress passed a pretty substantial bill which reinstated tax credits for various energy improvements for homeowners and  builders!

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Free & low cost energy audits…

The question often comes up… why pay $150- $600 for an audit when we can call our utility company for a free audit?  In a nutshell-and to a large degree- you get what you pay for!  Swiftsure Energy Services will do … Continue reading

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NW Green New Home Certifications

There is a lot of confusioin about new home certifications… Hope this will clarify a bit – Several widely recognized programs are available. These are the main programs that are available are: ENERGY STAR (NW ENERGY STAR in WA, OR, … Continue reading

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The Next Green Thing – Energy Efficiency

A few years ago, I read a fascinating story about a cattle rancher. This guy needed someway to let the cattle know when it was time to come in. This wasn’t always at the same of the day so he needed … Continue reading

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