How Rain Gardens Work [And Why You Need One]

How Rain Gardens Work [And Why You Need One]

Gardening isn't just about planting flowers anymore.  

In fact, your garden has taken on an enormous amount of responsibility over the past decade.  

We know that fresh organic produce grown in your garden can lower your exposure to chemicals and save you money at the grocery store.  

We've also recently learned that incorporating the the right mix of flowers can help prevent the extinction of pollenators.  

Now, your garden can also help you lower the likelihood of a flooded basement, fight pollution, and replenish groundwater supplies. 

Insulation: An Ideal Improvement for Home Sellers

Insulation: An Ideal Improvement for Home Sellers

Before selling a home, owners usually want to create a comfortable atmosphere in the house that exudes happiness and efficiency. This may require a few home improvements to confirm that the home meets buyer expectations. The good news is that adding insulation in the attic and home exterior is often an excellent choice with a good return on investment.

Project Spotlight: The Episcopal Church at Princeton University | Procter House

Project Spotlight:  The Episcopal Church at Princeton University | Procter House

The Episcopal Church at Princeton University's Procter House has been the home of both the Chaplain and the Chaplaincy since its purchase in 1928.  Located on the corner of Dickinson Street and University Place in Princeton, the Procter House is directly across from Princeton University's Foulke Hall.  

In addition to its private residences, Procter House serves students from Princeton University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Westminster Choir College at a variety of services and events.  

5 Important Reasons To Get A Home Energy Audit

5 Important Reasons To Get A Home Energy Audit

A home energy assessment, also known as a home energy audit, assesses how your home loses or wastes energy and what measures you can take to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. An assessment will show you problems that may, when corrected, will have a dramatic effect on your home’s overall comfort and will save you significant amounts of money over time.

 

New Jersey Insulation Incentives

New Jersey Insulation Incentives

Get up To $4,000 in cash-back rebates and up to $15,000 in incentive financing to install today's energy-efficient products in your home.

Apply up to $19,000 worth of financial incentives towards improving the comfort of your home while lowering seasonal heating and cooling costs.  Cash-back incentives in the amount of $2,000, $3,000, or $4,000 help you save money and extend your home improvement dollars.  Incentive financing totaling $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000 give you comfortable payment options to meet your needs and your budget.

$1.3 Million Worth of Home Improvement Incentives Uncovered for Summit Homeowners

$1.3 Million Worth of Home Improvement Incentives Uncovered for Summit Homeowners

The program, dubbed the Summit Home Energy Insight program, easily accomplishing its goal of performing one hundred home energy audits, delighted its 100th participant with a gift basked comprised of energy efficient products.  

To date, the program has helped residents of Summit uncover more than $1.3 million dollars worth of incentives available through the New Jersey Home Performance with Energy Star program for home improvement upgrades.

Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade Your Home's Insulation

Ciel's Home Performance Consultants offer an insider's look on why Ciel's customers are upgrading their home's insulation.

Architect Gary Rosard Nails Sustainability

Architect Gary Rosard Nails Sustainability

While most architects are incorporating energy-efficiency into their designs as an afterthought, there is an increasing number of architects who are incorporating green design techniques utilizing a “whole house approach” to energy-efficiency in the developments, additions, and renovations they design.  Known for comfortable modern homes and stunning interior design, Gary Rosard designs projects from his office on Millburn Avenue in Millburn, New Jersey. 

Why Is My Addition Always Cold? Five Ways To Improve The Comfort of Your Addition

Why Is My Addition Always Cold?  Five Ways To Improve The Comfort of Your Addition

For those who have a great room, kitchen addition, or bathroom addition, fall is often the beginning of a long stretch of comfort issues – no amount of space heating, blankets, or extra sweaters seem to provide the comfort necessary to truly enjoy these newer spaces.  That's why we dove deep into our bench of experts to find the top five causes of comfort issues in new additions; and what can be done to  improve comfort in your home's addition.  We've prioritized the recommendations from least invasive/difficult to most invasive/difficult, but one thing's for sure – these improvements, when installed, will have a dramatic impact on the overall comfort of these spaces.

 

National Energy Awareness Month; Spotlight on Energy-Efficient Home Heating Systems

National Energy Awareness Month; Spotlight on Energy-Efficient Home Heating Systems

Chances are, if you live in a home with an outdated heating system, the idea of colder winter months approaching is actually scarier than October's spookiest night.  Leaks  and clanking aplenty, keeping comfortable is a nightmare, and the constant maintenance required to keep the unit running is downright horrifying.  In New Jersey, and other states throughout the country, however, there's really nothing to fear.  Both in New Jersey and other states, there are programs that have truly taken the fear out of October by offering amazing incentives that are well worth the trip outside your comfort zone and into the realm of energy-efficiency.