Monthly Archives: June 2015

Part 4: Three Ways to Maintain your Sustainable Garden

Part 4: Three Ways to Maintain your Sustainable Garden

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” As any experienced gardener would tell you, gardening is a marathon; not a sprint. As our yummy sustainable gardens developed, we had to make a few changes to help them continue growing strong. (P.S. All the photos used in this post are straight from our own gardens!).

Duct Cleaning vs. Duct Sealing: A Quick Guide

Summer is in full swing here in the Foothills. For many, this means taking the time to ensure that their home is well-equipped to deal with the heat of the summer. Have you considered taking a closer look at your home’s ductwork? There’s a lot of talk about the importance of duct cleaning or duct sealing, but which one is right for your home? What is ductwork, anyway?

How-To: Pick the Right Windows in 5 Simple Steps

How-To: Pick the Right Windows in 5 Simple Steps

If there is one home upgrade best known for its visual impact, it’s windows. A home’s windows serve as a gateway to the outside world. It’s difficult for first-time homeowners or re-modelers in the Sacramento area to know where to start. To help narrow it down, we’ve compiled a list of common criteria to think about when considering new windows in your home.

Part 3: How to Save Water with Drip Irrigation

Part 3: How to Save Water with Drip Irrigation

When we heard about how much water you can save through Drip Irrigation, we knew we had to add it to our Sustainable Gardening series. With the California drought becoming the “new normal,” it’s more important than ever to save where you can. Here is everything you need to know about Drip Irrigation.

Nest Refreshes Product Line to Help Unify the “Thoughtful Home”

Nest Refreshes Product Line To Help Unify the "Thoughtful Home"

Nest Labs left no stone unturned today with four announcements that updated and unified Nest’s offerings. The new Nest products will be available for purchase directly from California Energy Services. The Nest Cam was unveiled (bye Dropcam) with 1080p video quality, a new stand, and improvements on features. The second generation Nest Protect has improved smoke detection. The Nest Learning Thermostat is getting a software update that provides better integrations with Cam and Protect. And finally, the redesigned Nest app that allows you to control all your Nest products from one place. 

The Power of Solar

California is the nation’s leader in energy efficiency. We’re continuing to make important strides towards finding better ways to source electricity. Take a look at solar power: Californians are so invested in solar that we’re the first state in the country to generate more than 5% of electricity from utility-scale solar.

5 Things You Need to Know About the Apple HomeKit

5 Things You Need to Know About the Apple HomeKit

Apple unveiled HomeKit at WWDC 2014. Devices this approved for HomeKit are finally hitting the market this month. Always one to elevate a product category, Apple has outdone themselves this time. Two weeks ago, Apple released the HomeKit: A complete set of “home automation” devices that when combined, become the brain of your home.

5 Benefits of Total Home Performance

For El Dorado Hills homeowners, keeping on top of home performance is usually easier said than done. Homes don’t exactly come along with owner’s manuals, after all. Knowing what to look for in terms of potential issues that might pop up is important, but is definitely a challenge. Your home is a complex system comprised of a number of different pieces, and if one goes out of whack, everything else gets affected.

Does the Nest Thermostat Really Save Energy?

Does the Nest Thermostat Really Save Energy?

The well-known “Smart” thermostat claims to save you money, but does it live up to all the hype? At CES, we are all about the bottom line. If we wouldn’t buy it, we wouldn’t sell it. Which is why we wanted to take another look at the Nest Thermostat, and help you determine once and for all whether it’s worth the buy.