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Anyone with a newly remodeled or new home, please beware!!!

Back in 2004, the US could not produce enough drywall to keep up with the booming housing industry, and so we turned to China...

Aparantly this drywall can contain extemely high amounts of sulfur, and sulfur is extremely corrosive to copper.  And so, if you have copper wire or pipes in the wall, including an air-conditioning system, the reaction from the sulfur in this drywall results in any copper nearby to discolor & corrode, and at a fast pace.  There have also been respiratory ailments and headaches reported.  There is currently a national class action lawsuit that claims toxic chemicals that emanate from the drywall have damaged houses, fixtures and personal property rendering the homes unsafe an inhabitable.  It does omit a foul oder similar to "rotten eggs," but the only true way to tell if you have this defective drywall is to get it tested!  Even if it is printed with "Made in the USA" in one place, it could also printed with "Made in China" elsewhere.  You can not simply encapsulate or seal it up in primer or paint -- YOU MUST REMOVE IT!!!  Please call us if you suspect you may have this anywhere in your home, and we will help you get it tested.  Unfortunately, this is not covered by most insurance companies.

The GreenTools program is designed to help all King County stakeholders green their built environment while addressing critical environmental issues, such as global warming, critical habitat restoration and solid waste reduction. GreenTools provides technical assistance, grants and hands-on training to help users create green projects efficiently and effectively. This site will serve as a resource for all kinds of green building information ranging from case studies to technical references. You will find information on green building certification programs, construction and demolition recycling and reuse, deconstruction techniques, incentives to build green, and much more.  See: http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/greenbuilding/index.asp

Browse over 300,000 pictures and ideas for your home!  This site is packed full of home decorating ideas categorized by room or style, and you can ask questions and/or get professional advise: http://www.houzz.com/

And Elle magazine has compiled all of their past picture ideas in one place for ideas by room or style: http://www.elledecor.com/
On this site you can find a paint color easily and even upload a picture to "paint your room virtually:" http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-your-home/explore-paint-colors


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides tax incentives for individuals to invest in energy-efficient products.

Update November 4, 2011 — The Residential Energy Property Credit (Section 1121) was set to expire at the end of 2010, but was extended for one year by the Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2010. The credit is available for property placed in service in 2011, but with new rules and limitations. For more information about the 2011 Nonbusiness Energy Property Credit see "What's New for 2011" in Publication 919, How Do I Adjust My Tax Withholding?

Update: Use 2009 Form 5695 to claim the Residential Energy Property credit and the Residential Energy-Efficient Property credit.

For information on energy-efficient products, visit the U.S. Department of Energy's Energystar Web site; not all Energy Star products qualify for the tax incentive.

Residential Energy Property Credit (Section 1121): The new law increases the energy tax credit for homeowners who make energy efficient improvements to their existing homes. The new law increases the credit rate to 30 percent of the cost of all qualifying improvements and raises the maximum credit limit to $1,500 for improvements placed in service in 2009 and 2010.

The credit applies to improvements such as adding insulation, energy efficient exterior windows, skylights, and garage doors, and energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems.

Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit (Section 1122): This nonrefundable energy tax credit will help individual taxpayers pay for qualified residential alternative energy equipment, such as solar hot water heaters, geothermal heat pumps and wind turbines. The new law removes some of the previously imposed maximum amounts and allows for a credit equal to 30 percent of the cost of qualified property.

Please refer to your tax adviser on how this may pertain to you and your tax return.

For more details about this subject see: http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=206875,00.html

For information on energy-efficient products, visit the U.S. Department of Energy's Energystar Web site - not all Energy Star products qualify for the tax incentive!

Give us a call when you are ready to make those energy efficient home improvements you've been putting off...now is the time!!!


Find where to recycle anything locally, plus free resources for the public and professionals at Earth911.com:

Learn how to save water & protect the environment: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/

Save On Energy Costs When It Comes to Computers:

Shutting down your home computer every night will save an average of  $90 over the course of a year. Another good tip is to shut it down if you don’t plan to use it for the next couple hours. Even turning off the monitor can help reduce energy costs. Also, if you have a choice, use a laptop computer instead of a desktop. Laptops use only a quarter of the power required by a desktop computer.

Fix Your Drips:

If you have a dripping faucet in the house, replace the washer inside it. If you stop a faucet from leaking one drop each second, you can save 2,700 gallons of water a year.

The only true place to obtain your free credit report: https://www.annualcreditreport.com
(Hint: To get free credit monitoring, just put into effect a fraud alert with the three reporting agencies and they have to let you know if/when there is any activity - you will need to do this every three months, but why pay someone?)

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