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10 Ways to have a HIGH-PERFORMING home

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO You’ve probably heard the term “high performance” associated with cars. That could mean they have great gas mileage, are designed for speed, have an excellent handling and braking system, or are outfitted with the latest technologies. You’ve probably seen ads that talk about each aspect of a high-performing car–but what… Read more »

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Shopping for a New Home: Tips from the Pros

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO When you work in the new construction and remodeling business for as long as we have, you come across quite a few “problem homes.”  We’ve encountered cheap materials; poor construction; huge energy wastes due to leaky windows, lack of insulation, etc.; oddly configured spaces; poor lighting…the list goes on. When… Read more »

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What Is a HERS Score, Anyway?

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO If you’re in the market for a new home, or thinking about updating your existing home, you might have seen the term “HERS Score” floating around. Many of you are probably wondering: What on earth is a HERS score and why does it matter? Here are the basics… HERS stands for Home… Read more »

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20 Amazing Energy Facts

By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO ENERGY: It makes the world go round, yet we usually pay little attention to it. Our electricity and gas (among other energy sources) power our laptops, keep our food fresh, provide warmth and cooling, charge our cell phones, and cook our meals…yet we hardly notice these systems unless they… Read more »