Home Improvement


SMUD Introduces Time-of-Day Rates

On the Time-of-Day Rate, you pay different rates for electricity based on the season and the time of day that you use it. Rates are lower during off-peak periods because it costs us less to produce or purchase electricity. Rates increase as demand and cost for electricity increase, especially during the summer months. TOD rates help you control your electric bill when you: Shift your electricity...

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Insulation R-Value

Insulation R-Value

As energy efficiency has become an increasing concern among builders and homeowners, the attributes and performance of building materials and components are being scrutinized more closely. In order to maximize levels of efficiency by examining the details of how each individual component of a house performs on its own and as part of a dynamic system, very specific properties are measured and taken into account....

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10 Easy Ways to Save Money & Energy in Your Home

10 Easy Ways to Save Money & Energy in Your Home

Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less energy, and here at Crown Inspections, we want to change that. Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be accomplished through very simple changes, most of which homeowners can do themselves. Of course, for homeowners who want to take advantage of the most up-to-date knowledge and systems in...

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Protect Your Home From Water Damage

Protect Your Home From Water Damage

Water may be essential to life, but, as a destructive force, water can diminish the value of your home or building. Homes as well as commercial buildings can suffer water damage that results in increased maintenance costs, a decrease in the value of the property, lowered productivity, and potential liability associated with a decline in indoor air quality. The best way to protect against this...

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Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

    The following items are essential tools, but this list is by no means exhaustive. Feel free to ask an InterNACHI inspector during your next inspection about other tools that you might find useful.   1.  Plunger A clogged sink or toilet is one of the most inconvenient household problems that you will face. With a plunger on hand, however, you can usually remedy these plumbing issues...

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Home Energy Assessment Basics Explained

Many things can affect the energy performance of homes. An energy audit can identify the factors that contribute to the waste of energy in a home. It can also contribute greatly towards making the home more comfortable for its occupants. This video from the US Department of Energy explains what a home energy checkup is and how it can benefit your household.