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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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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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You Buy Them Every Month But Can You Explain Them?

RTAblog_2015_0722_JamesWattMany of us don’t pay attention to our power bills – we just look at the total rather than the details. Could you explain what you’re buying from the power company to another person?… Read more

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Do You Check These 3 Things Before Opening Your Windows?

Today’s weather in Atlanta is perfect for opening the windows of your home to get some fresh air. Do you know why?… Read more

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How an ERV|HRV Works: The Magic, Energy-Saving, Ventilating Box

Tight houses need ventilation – they need polluted indoor air replaced with fresh outdoor air. An energy-recovery ventilator (ERV) or heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) can be a great way to save energy while ventilating your house.… Read more

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In Cold Weather: Is Your Exhaust Fan Doing More Harm Than Good?

Building codes have just recently required an exterior discharge for exhaust systems. What if yours doesn’t discharge to the exterior?… Read more

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What Outside Temps Are Too Cold for Your Heating System?

RTAblog_2014_0103_IciclesCentral air conditioning systems are designed to meet loads based on averaged high and low temperatures. What happens when these temperatures are exceeded?… Read more

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Composting Houses: Self-Inflicted Damage in Our Housing Market

Other than the overgrown shrubs in the yard, you probably can’t tell this is a vacant short sale property. You probably also can’t tell it’s being composted from the inside.… Read more

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What Does the Air Quality in Your House Have to do with The Masters Tournament in Augusta?

For much of America, three things arrive in April of every year. One is The Masters golf tournament and the other two can have a significant impact on your health.… Read more

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Life Cycle Assessment: Getting to the “Why” of Making Sustainable Decisions

RTAblog_2013_0412_LifeCycleAssesmentRyan was invited to participate in a panel discussion on “The Green Appraisal Process” at the Region IX meeting of the Appraisal Institute today. The following are notes for some of the issues he’s been asked to address.… Read more

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A Preview of the 2013 Spring Atlanta Home Show

The 35th Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show opened this morning at 10am. We usually participate in the professional preview on the first morning. We’re just back from the show floor so we’ve got some notes for you…… Read more

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FTC Warns Window Manufacturers About Unsubstantiated Energy Efficiency Claims

RTA_Blog_2012_1009_FTCLast week, we encouraged you to be wary about the energy efficiency claims of window companies. The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection has been actively engaged in this issue so we’re following up on last week’s post … Read more

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Thinking About Replacing Your Windows? Don’t Believe the Big Energy Savings Promise!

2012_0713We shared a blog post on Georgia’s sales tax holiday for ENERGY STAR & WaterSense labeled products earlier this week. In that post, we promised to follow-up with some notes on replacing windows because many people are surprised, if not … Read more

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What is NIST and Why is the US Government Building a “Laboratory” House?

RTA_blog_2012_0918_NIST_NetZeroHouseOn September 12, 2012, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new two-story, 2,700 square foot house on its campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The house is a net-zero project built in partnership with … Read more

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Which American Invention Was Born On This Day in 1902?

blog_2012_0717_thermostatIf you’re like us, you ordered a cake from your local bakery weeks ago. This is one of those dates we should celebrate each year. If you forgot to circle it in red on your calendar or you’re just looking … Read more

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