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Fix the Cold Floor in Your Home (Your Feet and Your Wallet Will Thank You)

If it feels like the floor in your home is sucking the warmth from your body, it probably is. Here’s how and what to do about it…… Read more

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Your Lamp or Space Heater Could be Making Your House Colder

An incandescent bulb in the wrong place or a space heater can make a home uncomfortable for its occupants. Are you making these mistakes?… Read more

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Are You Paying Much More Than You Should for Natural Gas?

If you’re paying a variable rate on natural gas, you’re probably wasting money. Any time is a good time to reconsider that decision. Why not today?… Read more

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8 Challenges of the Tiny House

Last week, Tiny House Atlanta and Southface hosted a room full of tiny house enthusiasts. Even if you don’t think you want a tiny house, you should give some thought to the idea.… Read more

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When “Nice” Weather Causes Indoor Air Quality and Humidity Problems

The shoulder season between cooling and heating our homes often means indoor health and comfort problems. Are you ready for them?… Read more

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9 Reasons Why “Smart Vents” Aren’t Smart

You can now invest in “Smart Vents” for your home. Here are nine reasons why you should not.… Read more

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After A Disaster: Rebuild or Demolish and Start Over?

Most areas in the U.S. are subject to natural disasters that can damage homes. When the damage is done, should the home be rebuilt or demolished to make way for new construction?… Read more

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Using Passive Systems In Your Home to Reduce Your Expenses All Day, Every Day

It’s important for homeowners to understand the difference between active and passive systems. One can save you a huge amount of money on the other!… Read more

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Summer Rates: Why One Third of Your Power Bill Costs Twice as Much

RTAblog_2015_0806_ElectricityMeterYour air conditioner may not be the only reason your power bills are higher in the summer. Does your power company have seasonal rates for electricity?… Read more

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Are You Paying To Cool Absolutely Nothing?

This is so common, it demands its own blog post. Are you, or do you live with one of “those people”?… Read more

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What the Phase Out of R-22 Refrigerant Means for Homeowners

The U.S. Federal Government is phasing out the R-22 refrigerant used in many residential air conditioners. What does that mean for home owners?… Read more

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Notes from “How + Why: The Details of Sustainable Homes”

Ryan Taylor and Mike Barcik of the Southface Energy Institute are looking forward to presenting, “How + Why: The Details of Sustainable Homes” at the 2015 AIA National Convention.… Read more

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2015 NGBS is Open for Public Comment!

RTAblog_2014_1007_2015NGBSThe 2015 National Green Building Standard is open for public comment. What could possibly be more exciting than commenting on a sustainable building standard?… Read more

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When To Open Your Windows + Doors for Fresh Air?

You know how this blog is always going on about only opening the windows when conditions are favorable? You won’t often find more favorable conditions than this beautiful Atlanta afternoon!… Read more

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2015 AIA Convention Early-Bird Rates End Wednesday!

RTAblog_EarlyBirdIf you’re thinking about attending the 2015 American Institute of Architects national convention in Atlanta, you need to sign up now. Early-bird rates end this Wednesday!… Read more

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