Green Homes

9 Cool Green Living Tips for a Sizzling Summer

 

Summer Green Home Maintenance

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Though running a household using green practices is not a seasonal affair, there are some green home maintenance tips which are easier to accomplish in warm weather.  Take advantage of the sunshine and fresh air while checking a few of these green home maintenance items off the list.

 

  1. Install a Rain Barrel

 

The ebb and flow of natural rainfall is not always ideally timed to nurture our new spring plantings.  However, you can harness that rainfall when it does show up by collecting it in cisterns known as rain barrels.  These are attached to the bottom of one of your gutter downspouts and released through a nozzle-controlled hose as you need it. Voila!

 

  1. Have an Energy Audit Performed

 

Warm weather is a great time to get a jump start on assessing your home’s energy conservation abilities.  Having an energy audit performed by certified professionals can both reduce your energy bills and increase your comfort in your home.  By doing this in the summer, you will have time to make suggested improvements ahead of the cold winter months.  

 

  1. Mulch Garden Beds and Use Compost

 

Garden beds will require less water if you keep a thick layer of mulch on them, and of course, they also look great well-mulched.  By choosing to feed your plants with composted kitchen and yard scraps, you are choosing a natural option that does not require harsh chemicals.

 

  1. Change Your Air Conditioning Filter

 

Having a dirty filter can greatly reduce your air conditioner’s efficiency.  These filters should be changed once a month during the cooling season.  A higher Minimum Energy Reporting Value, or MERV, means a greater level of filtration but an increase in the amount of energy needed to pull the air through the filter.  Balance your clean air needs with energy concerns.

 

  1. Wash Your Windows

 

If you have to be doing a chore, doing one outside in the sunshine with a hose involved is the best scenario.  Mix your own green solution of water, vinegar and essential oils.  Use a squeegee and a microfiber cloth to wick away moisture and buff streaks.

 

Rain Barrels

 

6. Plant a Vegetable Garden

As far as green living goes, it is hard to beat the benefits of growing some of your own produce.  Aside from the fact that planting anything green has great air-cleansing qualities, you are eliminating a lot of energy costs from food delivery that goes into store-bought food.

 

  1. Line Dry Your Clothing

 

This one is not for everyone, but if there is a season to do it, it is summer!  Having a retractable clothesline going from a sunny side of your house to a pole or tree makes for a convenient way to dry clothes without the energy consumption of using a dryer.  Added benefit of fresh air scents!

 

  1. Use an Electric Mower or Push Mower

 

Eliminate the hassle of realizing that you are out of gas just as you have a spare hour to mow the lawn.  Invest in an electric mower to reduce or push mower to eliminate fossil fuel consumption while mowing your lawn.  Think of human-powered mowing as your daily exercise and you can eliminate the gym trip too!

 

  1. Install Solar Lights for Ambiance

 

Green living can be not just about maintaining, but about improving your home experience as well.  Treat yourself to some ambient solar lighting.  There are plenty of models to choose from ranging from walkway lights to overhead string party lights.

 

Remember, green living is best accomplished slowly and steadily, with a conscious decision  to make lasting change.  Choose a few of these options and take a step toward greener living this summer!

 

Mosaic Realty offers a free home energy audit to our homebuyer clients during the examination period.

 

For information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at mike@mymosaicrealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

 

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Sources and Further Reading: http://greenlivingideas.com/2015/05/12/how-to-make-your-home-more-energy-efficient/

 

Plan to Make Your New Asheville Home Green with an Energy Audit

 

Home Energy Audit

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Many individuals moving to or within Asheville have a strong sense of environmental stewardship.  New, green homes have their advantages, but we recognize that many people prefer the unique charm or affordability of an older or historic home.  You can have both the charm and the energy efficiency with our help!

As a service to our clients who work with us on purchasing a home, we offer a free energy audit through our Energy Retrofit program.

Our Energy Retrofit Program

Here is how it works:

  1. We help you identify a home that you love and want to buy.

  2. We negotiate on your behalf to help you get the best contract that you can with the least amount of stress.

  3. During the examination period, we pay for an energy audit and energy efficiency inspection.  We will provide you with a Suggested Improvements report that will explain the recommendations, itemize the costs, and have an estimate for the time it will take to recoup the investment.

  4. You choose whether you want to make some, all or none of the suggested improvements.

  5. We can be a resource for you for finding tax credit, financing and service providers should you decide to make any suggested improvements.

Our Partners in the Energy Retrofit Program: Conservation Pros, Inc.

Conservation Pros, Inc. is a local company consisting of a team of BPI certified building performance professionals.  They take a localized and modern approach to efficiency, safety, health and comfort.  

We have partnered with them to offer our homebuyers their Home Performance Checkup.  This includes:

  • A visual inspection of the attic, interior, crawlspace, basement and exterior

  • A Blower Door Analysis that measures air leakage

  • Infrared Imaging that reveals sources of energy loss

  • A list of recommendations and a quote

Conservation

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The Benefits to Making Energy Efficiency Improvements in an Older Home

Older and historic homes were built with different technologies and materials than today’s green homes.  However, they do have features that can make them inherently energy efficient such as thick walls, awnings and porches that provide shade, operable windows, and locally-sourced materials.

There are many environmental benefits to maximizing an older home’s original energy-saving features.  Your current systems will run more efficiently, thus saving them wear and tear.  Improved energy efficiency will enhance your comfort level in your home since temperatures will be more stabilized due to sealed air leaks.  Energy efficiency improvements are usually a wise investment as you recoup money from energy savings over time.  Finally, your conscience will benefit from knowing that you are consuming fewer fossil fuels.

Find Your Asheville Home with Mosaic Realty

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at mike@mymosaicrealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Sources and Further Reading:  Energy Advice for Owners of Older and Historic Homes

Weighing the Benefits of Buying a Green Home

Benefits of Buying a Green Home

Envision yourself enjoying all of the comforts of modern life: hot showers, well-lit rooms, comfortable indoor climate and more-- all accomplished with the help of the ever-expanding green technologies available to today’s homebuilding and home renovating professionals.  Do you simultaneously envision large costs coming along with this dream? Let’s dig deeper.

With rising energy costs not only looming on the horizon, but now a stark reality, the goal of purchasing a green home is on the minds of more and more buyers.  Although the cost of a green home is initially more than a conventional home, consider this:

Green Homes Will Help You Save on Utilities and Build Equity

Green HomeConservatively, the average purchaser will spend $70-$80 less per month on utilities in a green home.  Over the course of a 30-year mortgage, a person could initially pay about $12,000 more for their green home and not pay any more per month after adding together their monthly mortgage and utilities. Even better, the owner of the green home would be spending that $70-$80 per month to build equity in their home rather than to burn fossil fuels to heat, cool and power their home.

Green Homes Maintain Value Over Time

By purchasing a home made with durable materials, maintenance costs are substantially reduced.  Durable materials such as recycled steel, metal roofing and fiber cement siding have a threefold benefit.  They will save you time and money by not having to replace these parts of your home eventually.  Additionally, it will prevent items from ending up in the landfill.  The use of such durable materials helps a home to maintain its value over time as well.

Green Homes Mean Greater Health Benefits for Your Family

HERS IndexHealthy buildings help keep people who live in them healthy as well, which creates short term and long term medical savings. Green buildings usually mean healthier indoor environments. A study by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors shows that hospitals that underwent green renovations had a 21% improvement in hospital discharge rates. Also, Pennsylvania Power and Light saw a 540% return on investment from their green building upgrades due to lower absenteeism and higher productivity.

Well built green homes are comfortable and cozy throughout the coldest months of winter as well as cool and quaint during the hottest days of summer.  Its efficient envelope allows you to experience cost savings from day one.  With the ever-increasing cost of energy, buying a green home is a sustainable and smart investment.

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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20 Green Home Maintenance Tips for a Fantastic Fall

Fireplace

Regular home maintenance is an essential part of being a home owner, and if you perform these duties regularly, they will reap long-term rewards for you as far as cost and satisfaction.  At Mosaic, we strive to bring you frequent green home maintenance tips as a handy reminder of how you can simultaneously preserve your home and help to conserve the environment.

Interior Green Home Maintenance

Ceiling Fan1.  Have a professional inspect your wood stove or fireplace to make sure it is in working order.

2.  Set ceiling fans to rotate clockwise to help bring warm air near the ceiling down.

3.  Check the insulation in your attic and add more if necessary.

4.  Wrap exposed water pipes and water heater with insulation.

5.  Install a programmable thermostat and learn how to use it.

6.  Replace your air filters to improve your indoor air quality.

7.  Make sure vents in all rooms are clear of dust and other obstructions.

8.  Install CFL or LED light bulbs as incandescent ones expire.

9.  Air seal your home.

10.  Replace worn weather stripping and caulk.

Exterior Green Home Maintenance

Raking11.  Clean your gutters and downspouts.

12.  Clean out garden beds so that they are ready for planting in the spring.

13.  Rake up leaves and compost them.

14.  Pressure wash decks, removing organic matter from the crevices.

15.  Clean and store any deck or patio furniture.

16.  Trim shrubs and trees within 3 inches of your home.

17.  Plant shade trees on the south and west sides of your home for summer shade.

18.  Plant evergreens on the north side to shield your home from winter winds.

19.  Drain and store hoses and winterize exterior water faucets.

20.  Have your lawnmower cleaned and serviced so it will be ready for spring.

 

For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at mike@mymosaicrealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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4 Benefits of Buying or Building a Green Home in Asheville

New Green Built Energy Star House

If you are at a crossroads in life with home ownership, consider these incredible benefits of buying or building a LEED certified green home rather than opting for a traditionally built home.   LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification program for green building.  Here we examine some reasons to consider buying or building a LEED certified home.

Green Homes are Healthier and Safer

ERV Indoor Air QualityA major health concern with regard to homes is indoor air quality.  The Environmental Protection Agency has found that indoor air quality is 2-10 times more polluted than outdoor air quality due to things like mold, mildew and off-gassing from furniture and carpet.  LEED certified homes are designed to improve indoor air quality through features that minimize airborne toxins and pollutants through high-efficiency air filters and proper ventilation.  

LEED-certified homes undergo a rigorous process of inspections, performance testing and review of documentations related to green features to make sure that the homeowners are safe.

Green Homes Create Value

LEED certified homes are designed to use 30-60% less energy than a traditionally built home.  With an average energy expenditure of around $2,150 per year, this amounts to significant savings each year, and thousands of dollars in savings if you stay in the home for a number of years.  Additionally, there are state and federal tax credits for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Importantly, green homes hold their value when you are ready to sell.  They tend to sell more quickly than other homes and yield a higher sales price.

Green Homes Help Our Environment Immensely

Energy SavingsGreen Homes are built with conservation of natural resources in mind.  With the tight envelope of green built homes, indoor air temperatures stay fairly consistent.  The energy that goes into heating or cooling these types of homes is greatly reduced due to high tech insulation, energy-efficient appliances, weather stripping and high quality materials.  Often these homes employ alternative energy sources as well.  Water is conserved through low flow fixtures.  Chemical off-gassing is reduced through low or no -VOC paints, and materials selection is often local.


Green Homes are a Growing Choice in Asheville

The United States Green Building Council states that it is estimated that green single family residences will represent about one third of the housing market and that almost 90% of all new residential construction will include green features.

According to our year-end 2016 market analysis, green homes are an increasingly popular choice in Asheville as well as other major markets.  Inventory of green homes in the city of Asheville was at only 2.88 months, and these homes were returning a median price per square foot of $223.

For more information on green homes and real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Sources and Further Reading: WNC Green Building Council

 

Discover Green Built NC Homes in Asheville

Green Home AshevilleGreen-built homes are transforming the residential market and people’s lives everywhere – a fact that is especially true in the Asheville area.

Green homes are built to be healthier and safer by providing cleaner indoor air. They use less energy and water, leading to monthly savings on utilities. This all means the average upfront costs of building green are quickly recouped, as a homeowner will save money for the duration of the home’s lifespan.

Additionally, green-home owners in Asheville and around the country experience increased market value, heralding a higher resale value when the time comes. They also enjoy state and federal tax credits for their home’s renewable energy use and energy-efficiency.

THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A GREEN HOME

Green Homes Save EnergyThe green-built movement in Asheville has the added bonus of support from the Green Built NC Program, a voluntary, statewide green-building program encompassing all aspects of environmental design and construction including:

  • Healthy Site/Landscape: erosion control and preservation of existing trees
  • Water Efficiency: use of high-efficiency irrigation and plumbing fixtures to reduce water bills
  • Building Envelope: use of high-efficiency windows and insulation to reduce energy bills
  • Heating/Cooling Systems: use of high-efficiency equipment and sealed air ducts to increase comfort
  • Appliances/Lighting: use of Energy Star appliances and lighting to reduce utility bills
  • Healthy Indoor Air Quality: use of non-toxic finishes and methods to minimize moisture
  • Materials: use of durable local and recycled content materials for minimal maintenance

 

Tools for Finding a Green Home in Asheville

Green homes are a specialization of Mosaic Realty. So much so that we designed our website with quick search features to locate all green homes on the market in Asheville.  Additionally, we have a quick search for JAG Construction homes, a leader of green built homes in the Asheville area.

Tools for Assessing the Energy Usage of a Home in Asheville

Green Homes Save MoneyA great service available to Asheville homeowners, or those in the market for an Asheville home, is Green Gauge , an innovative home assessment tool to help residents across North Carolina save money, reduce energy usage and live in homes that are healthier for themselves and the environment. Created by the WNC Green Building Council, this program is the first of its kind in the state.

Green Gauge uses a variety of criteria such as energy and water usage, building material sustainability, indoor air quality, site walkability, and landscape ecology in order to determine the green rating of a home. This rating is a perfect tool for buyers looking to compare homes for energy and water efficiency, and can help them understand the true price of home ownership.

The energy efficiency portion of a Green Gauge Assessment is completed using the U.S. Department of Energy's Home Energy Score (HES). HES uses a systematic approach to provide a reliable, scientifically based analysis of a home’s energy characteristics and overall energy efficiency, which is rated on a scale of 1-10. As of this writing, more 42,000 HES assessments have been completed so far across the country, according to the WNC Green Building Council.

For those interested in green-home ownership, aligning with a real estate agent well-versed in the green-built market is key. Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty’s agents can guide you through the intricacies and supply you with all of the information you need to go green.

To learn more about green homes in the Asheville area, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

Asheville Company is First Carbon Neutral Real Estate Firm in NC

Mosaic Realty Partners with WNCGBC in a Local Solution to Global Pollution

Mosaic Realty AshevilleAsheville, NC: Local Real Estate firm Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is now officially the first real estate agency in North Carolina to obtain the status of carbon neutral. Longtime supporters of Western North Carolina Building Council (WNCGBC), Mosaic Realty has recently strengthened their partnership by participating in Appalachian Offsets, a program of WNCGBC. By calculating the company’s net carbon output and offsetting it by paying into local green energy projects, they ensure that they are proactively taking steps to address climate change.

According to Dictionary.com, carbon neutrality is having achieved a state in which the net amount of carbon dioxide is reduced to zero because it is balanced by action to reduce or offset these emissions.  In order to participate in Appalachian Offsets, all 21 Mosaic agents have committed to paying a yearly sum reflective of their part of carbon emissions for the company. The funds collected benefit a local nonprofit, school or affordable-housing provider needing an energy-efficiency upgrade.

Appalachian Offsets AshevilleSam Ruark-Eastes, Executive Director of the WNCGBC, explains, “Appalachian Offsets is the bridge that matches companies and individuals looking to offset their emissions with organizations who need support cutting energy cost and upgrading their facilities.” Mike Figura, owner of Mosaic Realty, sees the value of this service to his business. “Mosaic Realty operates on a triple bottom line principle of People, Planet and Profit. We measure our success based on those three categories. Climate change is one of the greatest threats to our environment and species, and Appalachian Offsets offers us a way to take action on a local level to help make a positive impact”, states Figura.

Asheville Appalachian OffsetsBut the partnership between Mosaic and WNCGBC does not stop here. In order to help Asheville  become a carbon neutral community, Mosaic realtors working with buyers connect their clients to WNCGBC’s Green Gauge program. Green Gauge is an innovative home assessment tool that helps residents save money, reduce energy usage and live in homes that are healthier for themselves and the environment. Connecting new residents to some of Asheville’s invaluable resources and programs is a great entrance into this environmentally aware community.

About Mosaic Realty: Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is a boutique real estate firm made up of 21 professional, full-time brokers who live in Asheville. We specialize in green, historic and in-town properties. Commitment to supporting our local and global community has been at the heart of this downtown Asheville real estate firm since its formation in 2010. In 2016, Mosaic donated over $77,000 to 48 non-profits, including the WNCGBC.

For more information about living in Asheville, contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com, or call him anytime at 828-337-8190.

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JAG & Associates Construction Helps Pave Path for Asheville's Green Building Movement

Brand New Gorgeous Energy Star Home

There’s no doubt the green build trend has gained a strong foothold in Asheville. People choose to go green for a variety of reasons, from economic to environmental. And when they do, many choose to go with Asheville-based JAG & Associates Construction.

As the effects of global climate change, foreign oil dependency and toxicity in standard building materials becomes more evident, a greater number of people are turning to the idea of sustainable, green housing. Spearheading the popular movement in green builds, JAG produces quality green homes in Asheville and Western North Carolina to fit a range of budgets. Home seekers can choose from a portfolio of “JAG Built” homes, or put their unique stamp on a dream residence by creating a custom build.

“Our commitment has always been to build quality-crafted, turnkey-ready green homes as well as custom creations in neighborhoods all over Asheville,” says Jody Guokas, founder and president of JAG. “We pride ourselves in providing a building process that is both efficient and enjoyable.”

JAG Construction Provides Green Details, Each Step of the Way

Gourmet Granite and Stainless KitchenSince it was established in 2003, JAG has focused on building homes optimally positioned to promote indoor and outdoor environments, as well as the communities they’re in. Every home JAG has built is certified through Green Built North Carolina; everything from product selection to the construction process stresses green technologies and energy efficiency. JAG homes top the 15% efficiency upgrade required by Energy Star; most of them reach a 30% to 60% energy efficiency premium. Combine all of this with JAG’s keen sense of design, attention to detail and singular craftsmanship, and you can understand why JAG’s houses stand out as some of the most sought-after in Asheville.

Lots of details go into making a new build green. Some of the things JAG takes into serious consideration are: site measures like infill construction, erosion control, native planting and groundcover and runoff control; building and structural details such as proper waterproofing and drainage, efficient framing, windows and insulation; high-efficiency heating and cooling; and options for solar power energy use.

High-Impact Homes in West Asheville’s Low-Impact Development: Craggy Park

Tanager Model at Craggy ParkAs part of the substantial headway JAG is making in the green-build arena, the construction company is working with Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and East West Capital to develop the 8-acre Craggy Park in West Asheville, off Craggy and Tanglewood Avenues. It is Asheville’s only major subdivision of 45 green-built homes in an urban low-impact development. The property, a short walk to Haywood Road’s cafes, entertainment and shops, will feature clustered 3- and 4-bedroom JAG homes, many with finished walk-out basements.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is proud to be the exclusive listing agency for JAG. If you are interested in a spec or custom JAG Construction home, please contact Mosaic Realty broker Mike Figura at (828) 337-8190 or at mike@mymosaicrealty.com

West Asheville's Craggy Park Combines Community and Nature

Craggy Park Streetscape

Imagine a sustainable urban community featuring streamside trails and organic gardens against a park-like backdrop. Now imagine this idyllic setting within easy walking distance of West Asheville’s vibrant Haywood Road corridor. The distinctive neighborhood of Craggy Park has all of this, and more. Its 45 green-built homes, featuring modern, clean lines and bright, open designs, are responsibly constructed for low environmental impact and sustainable living. Ditching the car in favor of biking or walking to restaurants, grocery, schools, the library and other amenities along Haywood Road and Patton Avenue is easy for Craggy Park residents, making this neighborhood the ultimate in green living.

Connecting to Nature at Craggy Park

Amenities at Craggy ParkCraggy Park’s design philosophy of clustering homes around ample common space means residents don’t have to go far to enjoy the outdoors. The neighborhood’s park on Fox Creek and adjacent urban woodland conservation area make it easy to stay connected to nature. The park includes a nature trail with benches, a lawn by the stream, two “little free libraries,” a tree house, an oversized double swing, organic gardens, a fire pit, a picnic area with a community grill and herb spiral gardens. Native, drought-tolerant and edible landscaping throughout the neighborhood provides a habitat for local flora and fauna.

For a more immersive experience in nature, residents have a range of nearby options. The neighborhood is an easy drive to hiking and biking trails in Bent Creek, water recreation on the French Broad River, and camping in Pisgah National Forest.

Connecting to Community at Craggy Park

Easy Access to Haywood RoadCraggy Park is linked to the Haywood Road business district via a greenway trail and a short stroll or bike ride up Dunwell Ave. Slicing through West Asheville, the vibrant commercial corridor has been the area’s main artery for more than 100 years. Mom-and-pop shops stand alongside an influx of newer businesses – everything from retro arcades to artist co-ops to bike and skate shops to music halls have found their way to Haywood. Even with the seismic shifts the street has seen, it still retains a small hometown air. Residents of Craggy Park can, in mere minutes, be at restaurants, bars, grocery stores, parks and other amenities – making it all the easier to truly experience the area’s energy and sense of community.

A number of well-regarded schools within walking or biking distance – including Vance Elementary School, Francine Delany New School for Children, Rainbow Community School and Asheville City Preschool, just to name a few – make Craggy Park ideal for families.

For a personally guided tour of Craggy Park, or for more information on real estate here or anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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In Asheville, Residential Solar Systems Brighten the Bottom Line

Solar Panels Home Asheville

As the movement toward alternative energy sources continues, residential solar energy incentives are gaining a growing audience. In Asheville, homeowners can take advantage of many rebates and incentives at the state and federal levels, meaning that both up-front and long-term costs can be reduced. Following, a few financial benefits to installing solar systems in your home:

Federal Tax Credits

The installation of both solar water heaters and solar panels can qualify for a tax credit. As of 2018, that means a credit of 30% of the cost, including installation costs, with no upper limit. (The credit decreases to 26% in 2020). The systems must be installed in a home you own and use as a primary residence, between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2021. For solar water heaters, at least half of the energy generated must come from the sun, and the system must be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corp. For solar panels, the photovoltaic systems must provide electricity for the residence.

State Incentives

Solar Power HomeDuke Energy provides its N.C. customers with rebates if they install solar panel systems. Homeowners can receive a $0.60/watt rebate for systems up to 10 kilowatts. That means an average 6-kilowatt system would be eligible for a rebate of $3,600.

Revolving loan options are another perk for North Carolina residents. Legislation enacted in the state allows for cities and counties to offer low-interest loans for solar panels. The legislation limits loan terms to 20 years, with an interest rate cap of 8 percent.

Property Tax Exemption

Solar PowerSolar systems are lauded for increasing the value of your home, but that can also mean higher property taxes. However, in North Carolina, for homeowners who are using their systems for residential purposes (and not for business or profit), an N.C. property tax exemption means that the value their system adds to the property isn’t included in property tax assessments.

Another incentive for N.C. residents who install solar panels is net metering. The state’s net metering policy credits homeowners for the extra power the solar panels produce, and allows them to apply that credit during times when the system doesn’t generate enough electricity.

At the local level, installing solar panels will net a bonus incentive. If you live in the city of Asheville, you can receive a rebate on your building permit when installing a solar system on either residential or commercial construction.

If you’re in the market for a home in Asheville that is equipped with a solar system, or one that can accommodate such a system, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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