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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
731 W Skippack Pike  Blue Bell  PA 19422
Phone:  610-277-4060
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Home Sellers Getting Stellar Benefits with Solar Systems

May 21, 2015 12:48 am

For years, I have kept readers up to date on developments in solar technology. But it was always hard to pin down how much more value homes with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems could deliver at the time of resale.

According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, more than half a million homes added PV systems in 2014 alone, in part due to plummeting costs and accessible financing. Remarkably, the DOE estimates if its SunShot PV price-reduction goal is reached, 108 gigawatts of residential rooftop PV will be installed by 2050 - that's 30 million homes.

Now, a breakthrough report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory assures homeowners that as more PV systems become common selling features, the ability to value these homes appropriately will become increasingly important, facilitating a robust residential PV market.

Appraisers, real estate agents, and other property valuers have made strides toward valuing PV homes, and several limited studies have suggested the presence of PV home premiums. But researchers from LBNL and their partners have produced the most comprehensive PV home premium analysis to date - doubling the number of PV home sales analyzed previously.

The results impart confidence that PV consistently adds value across the study's 8 states, housing, PV markets, and home types. These data span from 2002–2013 and cover California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The study used data on PV homes from LBNL’s "Tracking the Sun" report series with corresponding real estate information and information on similar non-PV homes. All PV systems in this dataset were homeowner owned rather than leased. The sample included only homes valued under $900,000.

The bottom line for homeowners is, home buyers consistently have been willing to pay more for a property with PV systems. And, the study finds only a small difference between PV premiums for new and existing homes.

Check out a fact sheet on the study here.

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6 Ways to Up Your Grilling Game

May 20, 2015 12:48 am

(Family Features) If warmer days have you yearning for a backyard barbecue, it's time to get your grilling game on before the season is in full swing. For the best results on the grill, keep these tips in mind.

For those not sure which foods grill better than others, try grilling chicken thighs, which have a deeper, richer flavor than breast meat, or pork tenderloin, which can withstand the dry heat of the grill and stay moist. Salmon, tuna and swordfish steaks also grill well because they are thick, crumbling less than other types of fish.

A grill is not an oven, so don't walk away from it when it's on. Organize what you'll need ahead of time to avoid running back and forth to the kitchen.

Before cooking, use tongs to dip paper towels lightly into oil and swipe over the grates. After cooking, always scrape hot grill grates clean with a wire brush so future grilled foods release easily.

If the meat or fish sticks the grill, it's not ready to be flipped. Let it sit for another minute or two.

Use a meat thermometer to ensure safe cooking. Safe internal temperatures for grilled foods are:
  • Ground Beef – 160 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Medium Steak – 140 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Medium Pork – 150 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Poultry – 165 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Seafood – 145 degrees degrees Fahrenheit
For maximum flavor and juiciness, let meat rest 5-10 minutes before cutting or serving.

Source: Lucky Leaf/Musselman’s

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