McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

How Sun Tunnels Bring Natural Light to a Room

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 20, 2011

Sun tunnels are a relatively recent innovation. They’re designed to bring light into dark hallways, bathrooms and interior rooms that have little or no natural light, and for areas where glass skylights are not an option. A sun tunnel is a skylight that captures daylight at the roof, carries it through a tubular shaft and delivers light into your home.

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Topics: Energy Star, Tax Credits, Skylights

How Spray Foam Insulation Can Reduce Your Energy Costs

Posted by Mark Waite on Tue, Aug 16, 2011

Insulating our homes is essential for Central New York residents. With our very cold winters and hot summers, insulation is a sure way to save on energy costs.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Tax Credits

How Skylights Can Reduce Your Energy Costs

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 28, 2011

Many homeowners can save on their energy bills by incorporating some very basic elements of passive solar building design into their remodeling plans.

The key to passive solar heating is to take advantage of the local climate. One way you can improve the efficiency of your home is by installing skylights and south facing windows. Skylights allow heat from the sun to enter the home during the day.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Designs, Energy Star, Tax Credits, Skylights

What You Need to Know If It’s Time to Replace Your Windows

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, May 24, 2011

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Topics: REMODELING Magazine, Energy Star, Windows and Doors, Tax Credits

Go Green: Energy Saving and "Green" Products for Your Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 22, 2011

Homeowners often ask us how they can save energy and about products that are eco-friendly.  You don’t have to go to extremes to reduce your carbon footprint. Some simple lifestyle changes and consumer choices will help you to save money and conserve the environment.  

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Topics: National Association of Home Builders, Energy Efficiency, Green Products, Energy Star, Tax Credits

SPRING IS HERE! Visit us at the CNY Home and Garden Show

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 15, 2011

Every year we get excited as we prepare for the Home Builders and Remodelers of Central New York Home and Garden Show at the New York State Fairgrounds! It’s a great way to meet people who are planning home projects and to showcase the latest trends in home design.

This year’s show features a designer showcase: “Style Your Space.”  Scott McClurg and his team of carpenters have been busy building the sets for the 3-room showcase. Each room has been designed by local celebrities and furniture stores. They include: Sean Kirst of the Post-Standard and Ashley Furniture; Chris Brandolino and Kaylea Nixon of Channel 9’s “Bridge Street” morning show and Dunk and Bright Furniture; and “Big Mike” Fiss and Melissa Midgely of Sunny 102 and Adirondack Furniture.

The celebrity rooms will be unveiled on Thursday, March 17th. People who attend the show will be asked to vote for their favorite room and can enter a prize drawing. At the end of the show the winning designers will receive an award and the Home Builders and Remodelers of CNY will donate the materials and lumber used for the sets to Habitat for Humanity of Syracuse.

Since the theme of this year’s show is energy efficiency, we hope you’ll stop by our display at booth #220 in the Toyota Exhibit Center to learn about solar water heaters. Solar water heaters work in all climates, even here in central New York. Our VELUX solar water heating systems can reduce your heating bills by 50 to 80 percent. There are also tax incentives which will enable you to recoup your investment in about three years.

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Topics: Tax Credits, Home & Garden Show

Soaking Up the Sun: Solar Water Heating Systems

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 30, 2010

Home owners often ask me about technologies that can be installed in their homes to reduce both energy costs and their carbon footprint. Installing a solar water heating system is definitely an affordable way to "go green."

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Topics: Green Building, Energy Efficiency, Home Remodeling, Cost vs. Value, Tax Credits