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Home Energy Saving Tips
It is no secret that energy prices have skyrocketed over the last few years and that it's a big part of every homeowner's budget, especially those that live in colder climates.

Now that we're at the start of winter, there are some fairly easy and inexpensive things you can do to save additional money and conserve energy.
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Insulating Your Home
Every area in your home has a recommended R-value, which is the insulation material's resistance to heat flow. It may not be a conversation your contractor wants to have with you, but one well worth the time and in the long haul - well worth the money. Contractors can dazzle homeowners with top-of-the-line furnaces, wood burning stoves and fireplaces, but none of that will matter if the insulation isn't adequate enough to keep the heat in.
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Tell Us What You Think
We would like to invite you to share your home building experience or simply tell us what you think about our collection of house plans to assist others in choosing their dream home.
If you send us your photos by DECEMBER 16 you'll receive a $250 AMEX gift card if we use your photograph on our home page. First 50 customers who send us photographs (we love interior shots) will receive a $50 AMEX gift card

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Innovative Building Products

Mitsubishi ®Mr. Slim MXZ8B48NA Eight Zone Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump Outdoor Unit is the perfect solution for a multi-room system because you can enjoy your ideal level of comfort for each room in your home. This ENERGY STAR® unit will provide your home with 48,000 BTU of heating power.

The Frigidaire iQ Drive®Complete-Comfort System provides the highest efficiency levels available today — up to 24.5 SEER and one of the lowest sound levels. The new iQ Drive® technology provides consistent comfort levels throughout your home by reducing indoor humidity.

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Green Living Tips
Consider adding a gas fireplace. Since you don't need a chimney with direct vent gas fireplaces you have the flexibility to create a unique design to complement your home's decor and satisfy your taste for hearth & home. As for energy-efficiency, if properly placed and sized throughout your home, you can distribute heat evenly without tapping into your main source of heat.
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