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As for federal tax credits, I believe they only apply to 'principal residence' so you must both own and live in it. However the landlord may be able to write it off as a cost if she pays the bill, for some relief. Check the energystar.gov site for details on what qualifies for tax credits: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index . ...


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On the financing front: I don't know about the situation in the US, but some countries have schemes whereby grants or favourable loans are available for improving the energy efficiency of housing stock. For example, in the UK there is the "Green Deal". These schemes will vary in their usefulness versus the amount of bureaucracy involved, but are worth ...


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Short answer: Since the flammability requirements in the state of California are changing, you probably can shop for a new couch which does not have flame-retardant chemicals come next summer. Although the label TB-117-2013 on the product menas that it meets the new requirements, but it does not guarantee that the product is free of flame-retardant chemicals....


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tl;dr - Comparing Wyoming to, say, New York, the largest source of CO2 emissions in both states is the power sector. Wyoming uses mostly coal for power, which emits more CO2 per kWh generated than any other source, while NY uses a mix of mostly natural gas, with nuclear and hydro. Additionally, Wyoming exports power (increasing emissions counts) while NY ...


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Summary No, the USA is nowhere near the top of the rankings for renewables as a proportion of supply, either on an all-energy supply (where it was 91st out of 141 countries in 2012) or an electricity-only basis (where it was 84th out of 141 countries in 2012). It's well below the global average in each case. Note that because of the sheer scale of its ...


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I can’t find proof in any legal documentation, but I did find several documents online that say that 39 US states require a SPI code (or Resin Identification Code or RIC as it is also called) on plastic bottles and containers. One document I found has the following table: Looking at the name of the document I suspect that it was created in 2008, so things ...


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Most cities do not want you to put both the plastic bottle and its plastic cap together in the recycling bin. One reason for this is the two items are usually made of different types of plastic material, so they cannot be recycled together. Find out if there is any recycling of plastic caps only in your area. Unfortunately, even after decades of plastic ...


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http://www.yeloha.com/ does this. Since I need 30 characters to post, let me add that I'm not 100% sure they serve customers in PA, yet.


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Living in PA you should consider solar thermal and bio-mass for your energy needs. Solar thermal panels such as the evacuated tube type systems and bio-mass boilers will offer you the best home energy efficiency because of your geography. If it is electrical energy you are most concerned about and you have already resolved the sustainability of your heat ...


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You asked this question a while ago so not sure if you still need an answer, but I used to live in Silver Spring, MD, so the question caught my eye. If you're in Montgomery County or Prince George's, Pepco is likely your utility, and they provide a number of energy saving programs. When I lived in Silver Spring, I signed up for Energy Wise Rewards and got a ...


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This brochure from greensciencepolicy.org provides the following guidance: Foam-Free Furniture: Polyester-, down-, or wool filled furniture is unlikely to contain added flame retardants. Furniture without filling (e.g. wood, wicker) is also a good option. Flame-Retardant-Free Furniture: More flame retardantfree options should become available to consumers ...


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