Aero Energy Services is Hiring!

aeroAero Energy Services is an emerging, highly customer service driven, maintenance and repair services provider in the wind industry.   With numerous travelling technician opportunities, Aero technicians have the opportunity to gain experience on a variety of equipment and develop their skills with an employee focused company, dedicated to providing exceptional customer service.

Please visit our job board using the link below for current openings, check us out at http://www.aeroenergy.us, or inquire within by emailing bgray@aeroenergy.us.

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Ingeteam is Hiring!

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Travelling Wind Turbine Technician – Ingeteam Inc.

Responsible for the operations, maintenance, QA/QC Inspections, commissioning and/or repair of wind turbine generators.

There are currently two assignments available:

1. A 10-12 week project beginning in May performing maintenance on wind turbines. Will have to travel to a couple different locations for the duration of the project.

2. A 16-18 week project beginning in July performing Quality Inspections on new wind turbines in Texas.

Description of Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Be responsible for the operations, maintenance, QA/QC Inspections, commissioning and/or repair of wind turbine generators
  • Troubleshoot complicated mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical problems including repair or replacement of parts to correct malfunctions
  • Help in all areas of maintenance as directed by manager with minimal supervision
  • Carry out any other tasks delegated by the company
  • In the performance of your duties, use equipment and resources in accordance with instructionsprovided by the company
  • Follow procedures, instructions and work orders as part of your normal work functions
  • Maintains adherence to Company policies, safety standards and good housekeeping practices.  Identifies gaps in safety standards as well as safety risks in the environment and   provides recommendations to higher level technical staff and management

General Job Requirements

  • 6 months experience as O&M, QA/QC Inspector or Commissioning Wind Technician preferred.
  • Must have clean DMV record and ability to operate service trucks as required. No record of DUI (driving under the influence), DWI (driving while impaired), or refusal to test within previous 2 years; no more than 2 driving violations or citations of any kind on your motor vehicle record within the previous 3 years; no more than 1 accident (fault or no-fault) within previous 3 years.
  • Perform required travel for extended periods at a time
  • Service-oriented
  • Organization and planning skills
  • Flexibility
  • Self-Control
  • Integrity
  • Motivation
  • Understanding
  • Innovation
  • Oral and written communication
  • Empowerment
  • Initiative
  • Analytic skills
  • Teamwork
  • Results-oriented
  • Honesty
  • Organizational awareness
  • Leadership
  • Professional appearance
  • Be able to adapt to new situations.
  • The candidate needs to have the ability to climb wind turbine towers up to 300 feet in height, up to 3 times a day and ability and willingness to handle repetitive weight (50+ lbs)

Academic Requirements

  • Associate Degree in Engineering or other relevant technical degree required. 3+ years relevant work experience required, in lieu of degree.
  • Ability to read and comprehend electrical and mechanical schematics, technical manuals, procedures and regulations
  • OSHA-10, NFPA 70E, First Aid/CPR, Climbing and Tower Rescue certificates.

For more information on this position, contact angie.andre@ingeteam.com

Employer Spotlight: Ingeteam

IngeteamIngeteam is a global market leader specializing in application engineering, the development of electrical machines, motors, and generators and power and control electronics for four primary industries:  energy, industry, marine and rail traction.  With more than 60 years of experience in the electrical field, 15 years in wind energy, and more than 3,500 professionals dedicated to project engineering, research and development, and management, Ingeteam is strongly committed to innovation as a growth engine and seeks to optimize energy consumption while maximizing generating efficiency.

The North American headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin focuses on renewable energy and manufactures electric motors, generators and power converters.  The Ingeteam Service Business Unit has been providing services related to Operation and Complete Maintenance of Wind Farms since 1995. Currently, Ingeteam provides services in 57 Wind farms all over the world, with a total installed Wind Power Capacity of 2000 MW.  Our Services Team focuses on startup services, providing high voltage services, major components, commissioning and operation & maintenance services.

For more information on this great company, visit http://www.ingeteam.com.

School Spotlight: Northeastern Junior College

Northeastern Junior CollegeNortheastern Junior College located in Sterling, Colorado has been training wind technicians since 2009 and is leading the way in wind industry learning.  Northeastern’s wind program is continuing to grow and advance the training to match the changing wind industry.  The college has a strong relationship with industry partners and meets with them regularly to discuss and improve the program to meet the needs of the industry.  Northeastern’s wind program is result driven.  In the last two years Northeastern has maintained a 96% placement rate, these students are going to O&M sites and not temporary placement agencies.  What is even more impressive is that once the Northeastern students get jobs they retain those jobs and put themselves into positions to succeed with their employer.

Northeastern’s wind department consists of two instructors, Jason Hazlet and Jim Lenzen, both former wind technicians with a combined seven years field experience in both technical and managerial work.   The instructors are dedicated to building the best technicians in the industry by bringing a strong work ethic and maintaining high expectations of themselves and their learners.  When a new student chooses the Northeastern wind program he or she is making a decision to enter a program that will take dedication and focus on their part to be successful.  Expectations are spelled out to the new student the first time instructors meet with them and re-emphasized throughout the two years they are at Northeastern.

Student Focused Learning

With only 22 students allowed per class, Northeastern is giving each student the unique opportunity to have valued one on one instructor time.  The small class size is what allows Northeastern to advance their students so much further than other programs.  As the students move into the industry they are expected to be able to step up and contribute for their new employer beginning day one.

NJC Intern
An NJC Wind Energy Technology student on the job at an internship.

The end reward for the student is getting and keeping a job in the industry.  Jim Lenzen said, “We talk about this daily and we treat every day in the program as if the students were on the job, we hold our students accountable not only for grades but being on time and coming in ready to work each and every day.”

“Our philosophy is simple,” Lenzen notes. “Do the right thing on and off the work site, build a strong safety culture, and hold each other accountable.  We take great pride in the safety culture at Northeastern and understand that it has to be demonstrated and practiced by everyone daily so it becomes habit forming.”  Lenzen notes that Northeastern’s students are willing to hold their peers and instructors accountable and pass this mindset to the work site on day one.  Safety should be the number one priority for both employee and employer.  Inconsistency in safety practices end up injuring employees and costing employers money. “When our students graduate we can honestly say they believe that safety is the most important part of every day at home or at work.”

The Associate of Applied Science in Wind Energy Technology degree was created with the help of an advisory committee that consists of wind industry, utility, and Department of Labor representatives. The foundation consists of electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic fundamentals that allow students to understand, maintain, and repair a variety of systems found in a wind turbine.  Students spend three quarters of their time in lab where they can get their hands on the equipment and tools and apply what they are learning.  Electricity fundamentals are among the first courses taken by the students. Each successive semester builds on this knowledge. Students will progress into motors and controls, PLC applications and programing, hydraulics, and electrical troubleshooting.  Students learn to understand, read, and use a variety of electrical and hydraulic schematics easing the transition into the life of an everyday technician.

Excellent Training Facilities

Northeastern has both built and purchased trainers and simulators.  This allows instructors the flexibility to duplicate the various operating systems that the students will see in the field.  Most trainers are PLC controlled and combine both relay logic and solid state components.  Sophomore students help build and design trainers and then later use them for advanced electrical troubleshooting classes.

One of the biggest drawing cards to Northeastern is its location.  The campus is located in Northeastern Colorado, surrounded by 11 different wind companies operating over 1000 MW within a 100 hundred mile radius.  A member of each of these companies sits on the advisory committee and supports continued improvements to the wind program.

Northeastern is a residential college. Students have the option to stay in the dorms and eat in the cafeteria. This can reduce stress on younger students who don’t want to worry about maintaining an apartment or house while attending college. Northeastern offers the small university experience without the large costs. Northeastern has the lowest cost and best value out of all the wind training programs offered in Colorado.

Find out more

To learn more about the Wind Energy Technology program at NJC visit http://www.njc.edu/Academics/Wind-Technology, or check them out on Facebook.

Find the Right Wind Energy School

In a lot of ways, deciding on a career as a wind turbine technician is an easy decision.  Wind Energy is an industry that is growing rapidly, and qualified technicians are in short supply.  Technician jobs pays well, and they require only a small amount of education to get started.  Unfortunately, choosing a school to get training is not such an easy decision.  The wind industry is a relatively new thing here in the United States, and educational institutions are just starting to catch up.  So, with all of the variety in programs and certifications out there, how does one know where to start?  The answer is the American Wind Energy Association.  The AWEA is beginning to standardize the Wind Energy industry, so that people receive a consistent level of training and have a certain level of expertise to be considered a technician.  This is much like many of the older, more established occupations out there, such as a Dental Hygienist, Massage Therapist, etc.

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Jobs in Wind Energy

These days, jobs in the field of wind energy are abundant.  New wind turbines are being constructed every day at wind farms all over the country, and the technicians needed to support these machines are in short supply.  Often, graduates of the top wind turbine technician programs have multiple job offers by the time the graduate.  This is an excellent position to be in.  In addition, there is no reason this trend of rapid growth should not continue.  The United States Department of Energy has the stated goal of 20% of the nations’ power to come from wind energy by the year 2030 (www.20percentwind.org).  This growth means long-term job security for just about every type of career in wind energy, including wind turbine technician jobs.

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Simple Green Energy Ideas That You Can Benefit From

Solar panels help to save money and conserve energy. Some of the benefits of installing solar panels on your home include government incentives and contributing to an ecologically friendly environment. Read on to learn where to buy solar panels and why you should do so.

Solar panels can be easily installed on your home and are used to collect energy from the sun for use in your home. However, before you do this, there are a few things that you need to take care of. The major thing you have to consider before going ahead with solar panels is the amount of sunlight your home gets over the course of a day. Shade is valuable in some respects, but when you are considering solar energy it can be a complicating factor.

TIP! Heat your pools, hot tubs and showers more efficiently with a solar hot water system. Heating water with natural gas or electricity is not that efficient, but with solar energy, water takes the suns energy and keeps temperatures steady.

If you use fuel oil to heat your home, speak with a technician to see if it’s possible to change to bio-diesel. Many systems can use biodiesels without any modification. Biodiesel can assist you in cutting your environmental impact when it is cold, because it burns more efficiently and cleaner than petroleum.

Discover all the different sources of energy in your community. Be sure to look at the legislation and incentives available for using green utilities. You might be able to save money by switching to well water or natural gas heat.

One way to be environmentally friendly is to only run the dishwasher when it is completely full. Avoid running the dishwasher when there isn’t a full load to run. It will likely surprise you how much you can actually put into your dishwasher when you load it properly. Align each dish carefully so that your dishwasher racks can accommodate the largest number of dishes.

TIP! One way to conserve energy is to make sure your windows aren’t exposed to direct sunlight. Adding some window coverings can also help.

If you try to promote living sustainably then use your heater as little as you can during winter. Rather, purchase some warmer clothes for your family and use a pellet stove or fireplace to heat up the living areas. You want to remember that sleeping in cooler air is better for your breathing, and it also prevents the airways from becoming dry.

Solar Panels

Research solar panels to see if an active or passive set-up is right for your needs. Active power is power that is stored to be used for a later time, while passive power doesn’t require power storage cells. In order to use active power, you will need to install a few things, including solar cells, mechanical systems, and most importantly, solar panels. Passive systems simply use the sun’s energy to heat your house or water.

TIP! Consume energy more wisely by unplugging your device chargers when they are not in use. Anytime a charger is plugged in, it is using a bit of energy.

If you’re unsure about green investments, get an expert to provide a consultation that will optimize your energy usage. They’ll tell you the amount you’re losing due to inefficiency, and they will provide estimates on the cost to upgrade.

Look into bamboo products when purchasing wood items. Scientifically speaking, bamboo is a grass, but it is just as strong as many woods. Bamboo is an excellent green product. Because it is fast-growing, bamboo resources are easier to replenish than slow-growing trees. This saves on recycling energy and the production of manufacturing products.

If you can afford it, you should consider installing new, energy star rated windows. There are several benefits in using these windows, including a decrease in energy bills and less condensation on the windows.

60 Degrees

One way to conserve energy at home is setting your furnace to 60 degrees during the night and while you are out of the house. When your home is at 60 degrees, it is using the least amount of energy possible. The result is lower energy consumption and cost.

To maximize energy efficiency, you should plan to weatherize your home. You can seal ducts, add in insulation, and put in new windows and cooling systems that are energy efficient so that you can reduce the energy it takes to operate your home. The biggest benefit next to helping the environment is the money that you will save on energy costs.

TIP! Investigate all of the energy sources your community has to offer. Compare the costs of operating your home using several of these utilities, making sure to take into consideration any legislation with regard to energy costs that has recently been passed.

Be sure to check the doors of your refrigerator and freezer to make sure the seal is tight. Broken or compromised seals allow cold air to leak, causing your appliance to run more often, and your energy bills to increase. In order to see if you need to replace the seal, slide a small piece of paper inside the door, and be sure it doesn’t slide back out easily.

Ceiling Fans

You can use ceiling fans in the winter. Switch them to go clockwise and they will help push the warm air down, reducing demands on your heating fixture. It takes a minimal amount of electricity to run ceiling fans, especially when compared to running your furnace.

TIP! Dressing warmly can help you reduce your energy usage. A light sweater gives you 2 extra degrees of warmth, while a heavy sweater gives you 4 degrees.

As you could see, solar panels have a lot of desirable benefits when it comes to home owners, aside from saving energy. They’re easy to buy, install, and are durable also. You can upgrade your home and make it more energy efficient by installing solar panels.

Get Out Of The Red And Try These Green Energy Tips

It’s important to keep our environment clean and resources abundant for future generations. Green energy methods implemented in your home help the environment and also save you money. The following article provides great information on the different ways you can incorporate green energy technology into your home today.

Instead of using A/C in the summer, wear natural fabrics. Cotton and other fabrics draw sweat from the skin and make you cool. Wear lighter colors, as warmer colors make you feel warmer and more likely to put on artificial cold air.

TIP! Use a solar-solar powered system to heat water. Using electricity or gas to heat water is not terribly efficient, but water heaters that use solar power maintain water temperatures using only the sun’s rays by way of solar panels.

You might be able to get a government grant to finance your green energy installation. Contact local government and discover the programs that exist locally. You may qualify for free wind or solar installation, or you may find that you can deduct some of your expenses on your taxes.

Wash your clothes in cold water whenever possible. Almost all of the energy used to wash clothes is used to heat the water. If your detergent is of good quality, you should have no problems using cold water. Be sure to always do a full load of clothes when you wash.

If your home is heated with fuel oil, ask a technician if you can switch to biodiesel. You might even find that you can switch your system to partial biodiesel without having to purchase parts or hire a contractor to perform modifications. The bonus of doing this is a cleaner burning fuel that is generally also more efficient, and you’ll lessen your impact on the environment also.

TIP! The government has made grants for investing in renewable energy available to the public. To find out which programs are available in your area contact your local government.

During the summer months, hang your clothes outside instead of drying them in the dryer. The sun will make your clothing smell great. Sun-drying clothes gives them a fresh smell. In addition, you’ll save money on your utility bills.

To conserve energy and save money, only run the dishwasher when you have a full load. Don’t run it when there are a low number of dishes present. The amount of dishes that can be placed in a washer is astounding. Set up the plates so that you fill it up as much as possible.

Turn off appliances if you are not using them. When you exit a room, be sure that everything has been fully turned off. A power strip is an easy way to turn off multiple appliances at once, so consider placing one in a conspicuous place where many electronics are located.

TIP! You can easily get solar panels installed in your home to collect solar energy for your use. Before you do this though, you need to think about a few things first.

Consider how many hours of sunlight you can expect in the winter as you plan your solar system, so that you know how much energy you can expect it to generate. Using this metric means you will meet your energy needs in the winter, while greatly exceeding them in the summer. If you’re using a type of net usage plan, you’ll receive money back during the summer from your utility company for energy you’re generating!

When planning out your solar PV system, try to locate the battery storage system as close to the cells as possible. This avoids power loss in the cable. The cable will also be less likely to shade the cells, something that can lessen their capability of generating energy.

Keep your refrigerator properly maintained. Refrigerators take lots of energy to run, so it’s crucial to make sure it is running effectively. Vacuum the coils frequently to remove the dust that can build up and reduce efficiency. In addition to that, make the seal near the door clean and tight.

TIP! Save on the use of electricity in your home, and become a better consumer of energy by unplugging your electronic devices and gadgets when they are not in use. Mp3, cell phone, laptop, and various other device chargers draw power when they’re plugged in, no matter if it’s charging or not.

If you are on the fence about whether to invest money in green energy for your home, have your existing equipment examined by professional plumbers or HVAC experts. You can be shown where your money is being lost through inefficient products, and some great estimates on upgrades or replacements.

Many people want to do their part for helping the environment. By utilizing some of the advice that has been provided here for you it is possible for a cleaner, brighter world to be a reality while energy efficiency is achieved within the home. Just seeing the cost savings mount up is a great motivator.

Save Money And The Environment With These Simple Green Energy Tips

A lot of people do not think about the environment as they use items in and around the home. All of these items impact the environment. It is possible to make use of green technology to reduce your home’s impact on the environment. The following tips will give you an idea of how to use green energy.

Outdoors, solar-powered lights are very convenient for patios and garden paths. Solar lamps are relatively inexpensive and can save you a great deal on wiring and electricity expenses. Not only does this save energy. Also, it will no longer be necessary to install wired outdoor lights.

TIP! Some government money is available to assist consumers with switching to renewable energy. Talk to your local representative to see if programs operate in your neighborhood.

Check with a technician and see if switching to biodiesel for your home instead of fuel oil is a viable option for you. Depending on your system, you may be able to switch to biodiesel without having to make any modifications to your system. Biodiesel is cleaner and more efficient to burn than oil, and it has a better affect on the environment.

Use window treatments to shade the inside of your home when you aren’t home. They will help to keep the temperature and the energy consumption of the house down when the house is vacant. South-facing windows get maximum sun. Make sure that all the windows are covered with dark curtains, blinds, roman shades, or whatever shade you choose.

Investigate all of the energy sources your community has to offer. Find out what the cost would be to switch, how much it would cost to maintain, and whether your government has any legislation regarding its use. It might be good to switch to natural gas or well water, as an example.

TIP! Clean or replace the filters on your furnace once each year, and check once a month to see if they need to be cleaned. Warm-air registers can also benefit from filters.

If you want to have hot water, but at a lower cost, then check into solar energy. Look into hot water systems that run by solar power. There are direct circulation systems and also direct ones. If you have been plagued by frozen or broken pipes in the past, an indirect one could be for you.

When thinking about home solar systems, think about how much energy will be produced during winter. This prevents any unanticipated effects from a winter months, and it keeps you ahead of the game for summer months. And even more exciting, on some plans, you can receive money from utility companies if you use less energy than you generate.

The batteries should be located near the solar energy cells when the system is being set up. By doing so, energy loss through the cable is reduced. It will also minimize the possibility of a cable shading out the cells and lowering their generation capability.

Stormed Windows

Air flow can be better controller when stormed windows and doors are installed in a home. This is because storm windows and doors prevent drafts, which means less cold air enters the home. Energy efficiency increases by 45% in houses that contain stormed windows and doors, which could save you lots of money when it comes to electricity.

One of the best ways to go green and cut energy costs is by dressing more warmly. If you wear a light sweater, you’ll feel two degrees warmer. A thicker sweater adds about four degrees. It is unnecessary to dress scantily at home, so pick up a sweater and save some money!

TIP! If you are considering the installation of home solar energy, make sure you are aware of how much energy you will receive during the winter months. Using this metric means you will meet your energy needs in the winter, while greatly exceeding them in the summer.

Pay attention to federal and local rebates associated with renewable energy for your house. In some situations, your local utility company may provide rebates to offset some of the cost of such upgrades. If not, there might be tax credits or deductions available from the federal or state government. These credits and rebates will ultimately cut your costs of bringing green energy technology to your house.

It’s possible you haven’t given your home’s environmental impact a lot of thought. Yet you can now change this, now that you understand how to go green you can make the necessary changes in your life. These tips will help you to improve the sustainable nature of your own home.

Learn About Green Energy Here, Check Out This Information!

You might have been aware of the positives of solar panels like saving money and conserving energy. The government also offers many incentives to use green energy. Read on to learn where to buy solar panels and why you should do so.

To save money on your electric bills, simply try to minimize the electricity you use. Unplug appliances that aren’t in use. Television sets and lights should never be left on when not in use. This simple tip will save you money as well.

TIP! You can easily get solar panels installed in your home to collect solar energy for your use. However, there are several things to consider before making any decisions.

Wear lightweight, natural fabric during the summer instead of running your air conditioner. Natural fabrics, such as cotton, allow skin to remain cool by drawing moisture away from skin. If you wear lighter colors, you will also feel cooler than if you wore black or another dark color.

Do you have your own farm? If you do, then you probably own property. This might be an opportunity to rent a portion of that property to a company that will build a wind turbine on it. You could take advantage of the energy offered and the space requirements are minimal.

Clothes Outside

TIP! You can save electricity by unplugging chargers when they are not in use. Your charger still uses energy while it’s plugged in, even if it isn’t charging anything.

On hot, summer days, hang your clothes outside. Your clothing will have a great smell from the sun. You clothes will smell clean and fresh when line dried. Additionally, you will have substantial savings on your utility bills every month that you dry clothes outside.

Think about how much sun your home gets during winter months to help you figure out how much solar energy you need to power your home. This will prevent any unpleasant surprises during the winter months, while leaving you safely ahead of your needs during the summer. If you generate excess energy during the summer, with the right plan, your utility company will send you a check!

Maintain your refrigerator. You have to ensure it is in great working condition, as it sucks up energy like a sponge. Clean the dust off of the heating coils on a regular basis. Also ensure that the rubber seals around the doors are clean and making tight contact.

Solar Power

Understand the difference between passive and active solar power. Passive solar power doesn’t need expensive cells in order to store power, although active is stored for later use. To use active power it requires mechanical systems, solar panels and cells. Passive power, on the other hand, stores the power in your walls and allows it to radiate outward, heating your home.

Use a laptop for your computing needs rather than a power hungry desktop. You can actually save up to 75% on your electrical usage, especially if you use your computer all the time. The other benefit to using laptop over a desktop is that it is portable, so it can be taken anywhere!

TIP! Every year, replace your furnace’s filters, and every month, see if they require a cleaning. Warm-air registers should also have filters installed on them.

Search for available rebates when you use renewable energy. In a few cases, local utility companies tend to offer rebates for expenses associated to upgrades. Tax deductions are also available from the government, sometimes. These credits and rebates can cut costs greatly when installing green technology in your dwelling.

Use LED lights on your Christmas tree or when decorating your home for Christmas. A study conducted by the United States The U.S. Department of Energy says we could save over 2 billion kilowatt hours of power if everyone made this change. To put this in perspective, that amount of power could supply the energy needs of 200000 homes for a whole year. All that said, you can at least save some money on your own energy costs!

Replace your older appliances with the newer, energy-efficient ones that have Energy Star ratings. This rating is given only to energy efficient appliances that are guaranteed to save energy over standard appliances like the ones you are replacing. The amount of energy saved depends on the type of appliance. Refrigerators and freezers use 20% less energy, while dishwashers use 40% less. Washing machines use half as much energy as their non-rated counterparts.

TIP! Wash your clothes in cold water whenever possible. Almost ninety percent of the energy used by a washing machine comes from heating the water for a warm or hot cycle.

A tankless water heater that heats water on-demand is a great energy saving device. The old-fashioned water heaters run constantly, even running when not needed and that wastes energy. These heaters only heat water when necessary, which will increase your energy savings.

If you are in the market for wooden items, try bamboo wood. Bamboo is a strong and durable option for flooring, cutting boards and furniture. Because it is fast-growing, bamboo resources are easier to replenish than slow-growing trees. This saves energy used in production and recycling.

Put lights sensors with motion detectors in the rooms you use the most. This is especially great for families with kids who forget to turn off lights when leaving a room because the lights automatically turn off when no one is present. Make sure outdoor lighting, such as above your garage, in also included.

Solar Panels

Installing solar panels onto your roof is a great way to start making your home a greener one. Solar panels are a large investment, but the savings you will enjoy by using solar energy will make up for the extra expenditure. Once solar panels are in place the energy is free, and you might have the chance to sell some of the power to your electric company.

As you could see, solar panels have a lot of desirable benefits when it comes to home owners, aside from saving energy. Solar panels are relatively easy to install and can last for a good amount of time. Adding solar panels to your home not only modernizes it, but makes it more environmentally friendly, as well.

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