A checklist for keeping your home cool in the summer

With summer and hotter temperatures upon us, a home’s attic is often a prime source for rising energy expenses during June, July and August as your HVAC system works to try to keep your home cool.

Make sure your green roof is low maintenance

Throughout North America, there are many beautiful, living roofs dotting our urban landscape that also require care.

Refresh your home for resale

Real estate professionals will tell you freshening up a home for resale is a good idea. They’ll give you good advice on de-cluttering, removing personal photos and generally making it easier for prospective buyers to imagine themselves being happy in their new home.

Swimming pools, gold courses and car washes, oh my!

You can hardly miss the news of the expanding effects of the drought in California and other areas in the Southwest. All businesses and homeowners in the region are affected.

Is my plumber telling me the truth?

One question we've been getting a lot lately is about the changes in water heaters due to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) requirements.

Energy Star range hoods

Hope you don't mind a little bragging, but Broan-Nutone pioneered Energy Star qualified range hoods. That means you can have effective kitchen ventilation that also saves energy.

Geothermal is growing

While geothermal accounts for about 10 percent of the U.S. heating and cooling market, it's growing in popularity. To help education consumers and the building industry about this form of renewable energy, Bosch Thermotechnology has launched National Geothermal Day on October 20, 2015.

Geothermal helps keep greenhouse costs down

Trying to grow flowers in a greenhouse during winter in Maine without racking up hefty utility bills seems nearly impossible. Unless you’re relying on a geothermal heat pump system to keep temperatures at an optimal growth level.

Green Beam: LEDs Be Cra-Cra

Walk down the lighting aisle of any big-box store, and you’ll see something you wouldn’t have five years ago – half the light bulbs available are LED.

The pros and cons of unventilated attics

The energy savings touted by unvented attics can be as high as 20%. However, if moisture is able to enter the unvented attic space, it may lead to roofing panel issues.

Indoor odors and the problems they (sometimes) point to

Odors often alert us to indoor air quality conditions ranging from mildly unpleasant to dangerous. Unfortunately, not every problem announces itself with strong odors, and people become accustomed to conditions they’re exposed to regularly.

WaterSense: The Secret to Saving Water

Conservation is one of the most important issues facing the global community, and water conservation is especially important.

Do I need a new water heater now?

With the changes to water heaters under the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA), people are wondering if they should buy a new water heater to get the most energy efficient model out there.

Five facts you should know about insulation and air sealing

Insulation and air sealing play a key role in your home, helping keep them cool in summer and warm in winter. Here are five facts about both – and reasons why neither should be overlooked.

Does your home need an ERV or HRV?

As homes are becoming more tightly built, proper ventilation is increasingly critical for optimal indoor air quality.

Are you thinking about Zero Net Energy living?

With advances in renewable energy, it's possible to build a home that generates as much energy as it consumes. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy has Zero Energy Ready Home program, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding levels of energy savings, comfort, health, and durability.

Do water filter pitchers really work?

Water filter pitchers can be a cute and inexpensive way to remove bad tastes and odors from your drinking water, but are water filter pitchers really effective?

Naples Botanical Garden earns LEED Gold

What used to be a 170-acre patch of grass, palmettos, and palms fronted by a strip mall is the first subtropical public garden of the 21st century.

Water heater regulation changes: good for consumers and our planet

As of April 16, new water heaters must abide by the Department of Energy’s updated energy efficiency standards.

21st century plumbing efficiency for new home construction

Structured Plumbing® is a state-of-the-art plumbing design specifically for hot water lines in new home construction. It is designed to provide hot water within 5 seconds with the push of a LED lighted button.

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