Winter home maintenance to get you set for snow

For many homeowners, winter warming costs are the biggest utility expense. When a home is functioning optimally, you can drastically reduce your winter heating costs and mitigate the damaging effects of ice and snow.

Geothermal pays off (literally) for homeowners

Homeowners are always looking for ways to save money. One of the most effective ways to do so is through the use of geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Waiting for hot water is costly and wasteful

Think about this. There are approximately 90 million single-family homes in the US where the hot water faucet is turned on to run a minute or two to finally provide hot water. That amounts to 7,000-10,000 gallons of fresh water per year per home.

Green planning expertise and knowledge of local regs are critical

The Lindal Cedar Homes independent dealer in your area has been extensively trained with not only construction requirements. He or she has been trained to suggest the latest energy efficient technologies and include...

HEPA vs. MERV

If you're looking for an air filter for your home, it can get confusing quickly. You'll come across both MERV and HEPA rated filters. It's hard to know which one you might need.

STEP Warmfloor's radiant heat system a part of the Net Zero Zone at Greenbuild

STEP Warmfloor is proud to be exhibiting and participating with Emerge Alliance in the word’s first net-zero exhibition space at the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

Simple home water conservation practices really add up

Most of us have grown up with “limitless” water. You turn on the faucet and it is always right there. But as we have seen in the drought-stricken SW United States and as far as northern California water has become a critical commodity.

Whole house well water filtration systems

Whole house filters can remove heavy metals like lead and mercury, organic chemicals like herbicides, pesticides and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) commonly found in agricultural areas where well water systems exist.

What it takes to design and build energy efficient homes

If you are considering building a new Lindal Cedar Home then you have already realized the unique, contemporary design history of Lindal and how your personality and dreams are incorporated in the design.

Be a fan of your kitchen fan

What's the worst room in your house for indoor air pollution? No, it's not the bathroom (I was surprised too).

Top 3 areas to begin your renovation to a greener home

If you are considering making changes in your home, so that your home can become greener, you don't have to spend a lot of money, or make huge changes.

The secret to building success... education!

It’s always a challenge to get people with the right skills doing the right job on your construction site. But investing in education is well worth the time and effort because...

Brick Siding: Helping keep moisture out

To better understand which wall assemblies perform best and remain dry in mixed-humid climates, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Products Laboratory and the Brick Industry Association to conduct a year-long field moisture study.

Casinos that allow smoking put more than your money on the table

It’s bad enough when you belly-up to a blackjack table that you’re statistically likely to walk away with less cash than when you sat down. Worse is that...

Oklahoma builder breaks through geothermal pricing barrier

It’s long been that installing geothermal systems came with a hefty price tag that typically puts it out of reach for many first-time homebuyers. Ideal Homes has managed to lower the financial barrier...

Portable vs. Standby Generators. What's the Difference?

As strong weather patterns have seemed to become more prevalent throughout the country in recent years, I’ve found homeowners now have a fairly good understanding that there are ways to keep a home’s lights and appliances powered even if utility...

UV Water Filtration: What's it all about?

If you have your own well water system or a non-potable water source, a safeguard against possible viruses is...

Range hood options

When you're whipping up a family favorite, the aroma helps everyone's tastebuds get ready. But the same lingering smell after the meal is an odor. What's the difference between and aroma and an odor? An aroma is a smell you...

Climate Change Isn't Coming... It's Here

As an Architect and Activist, I felt the heat of the flames surrounding the hot topic of Climate Change at the 2014 Social Good Summit.

National Preparedness Month: Prepare now for future emergencies

It’s a really important time each year for us in the backup power industry because we know the impact a power outage can cause an unprepared family.

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