Have you spoken with a real estate agent in your area? There are a lot of agents that know what other homes are using and their approximate energy use. Why don't you ask your friends and neighbors about their insulation as well. Word of mouth is a good way to go about finding things like that. http://www.northwestsprayfoam.ca/en/... more
There could be a number of different reasons for a replacement like that. Even if it is working it may be time for an update. I know my parents just had their really old water heater replaced. http://www.valleyrooterplumbing.com/water_heaters.html... more
Ten years ago, I would say no. However, technology has evolved to be more attractive and productive. With that said, I would still look at solar panel installation from an economic point of view. Right now, systems generally can't pay for themselves without tax credits and other incentives available. Return on investment is very site-specific. You will have to enlist the help of experts to help you make that call.
I think we are getting closer to residential solar to being more than a novelty, but not quite yet. So, for me, right now, in the Chicago area, it's still a no. That may change.
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Buyer BEWARE! We purchased and installed two rooms of the Morning Star Bamboo flooring this past fall. It was touted as being the hardest flooring available and care free...Ours is cupping in both rooms and scratches abound as well. LL refuses to come look and have only sent a letter stating we must have done something wrong or have a water leak in our foundation. LL does not stand behind their product. We don't have any water pipes in our foundation (mani-block system). We don't have humidity issues since we have a Lennox A/C-heater system that maintains it at 40% typically year round.
We used their products to place it down. It was easy to do and it looked nice for about 6 weeks...We use the cleaning products and process they told us to follow as well. Our home has never had any water or moisture concerns, though simply looking at pictures we sent to them, they say we do.
We liked the green aspects, but have wasted $4K doing it...