With new devices it's easier to make your home smarter


Sales of smart home devices will exceed 20 million units by the end of 2014 and increase to 36 million units by 2017.


Designer kitchen appliances blend style and performance

The new Nate Berkus-inspired line of LG Studio appliances includes a counter-depth refrigerator, gas and electric slide-in ranges and an over-the-range microwave.

Luxury downdraft range hood delivers indoor air quality

When it comes to kitchens, experts say that form should follow function.

Modular home uses ductless mini splits to handle Massachusetts winters

Last winter, heating bills were about one fourth of similar neighboring houses.

Energy Star Appliances and Electronics at the heart of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

The owners of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis wanted to make their home energy efficient, and a host of appliances and electronics from LG Electronics are helping them do just that.

Family loves their high performance home remodel (photos)

"The kitchen and breakfast nook are the epicenter of the house, and we spend lots of family time there.”

Disadvantages of keeping an old water heater

Most people in the U.S. don’t pay attention to their old-fashioned water heaters even though they can have expensive costs. For the most part it is easier to just ignore the water heater and not worry until it breaks down and needs constant repairs.

Smart thermostat is the center of a connected home

As homes get smarter, there’s a greater integration with mobile devices and appliances to improve comfort and reduce energy use.


Informal research reveals the most wanted green home features.

Production builder uses green demonstration homes for R&D

KB Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the United States, uses its high performance demonstration homes to refine the building practices and technologies that find their way into production homes.

California builders adapt to water conservation regulations

Homebuilders in California are adapting to strict water conservation regulations to ensure homeowners and local water districts don't violate the rules.

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Take control of home security with smart lock and video doorbell

With a video doorbell, homeowners can see and speak with whoever is at the door via the app, then quickly lock or unlock their door from their smartphones.

Tips to protect your home from energy vampires

Energy vampires can be lurking around one’s home in unexpected places: televisions, computers, and microwaves.

Production builder adds solar system for low HERS ratings

A new model by Stanley Martin Homes recorded a HERS index of 29, the lowest ever for the company.

Ductless range ventilation cuts air leakage in high performance homes

Reducing the penetrations in the building envelope is one factor in building a high performance home.

Whirlpool named to corporate sustainability index

Whirlpool Corporation has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability and natural resource efficiency with inclusion on the 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index.

Amazing black stainless steel finishes revolutionize kitchen design

In kitchen appliances, black is the new black with the first-ever black stainless steel finishes from KitchenAid.

Are you one of the homeowners paying thousands in hidden maintenance costs?

Homeowners say the most stressful part about owning a home is the extra or hidden costs.

Stop energy vampires from bleeding your home's power (infographic)

Anything that uses power, even when it's supposedly turned off, is a vampire that consumes plug load energy.

Whirlpool, Kohler focus on water use at the ReNEWW House

The next phase for the ReNEWW House is to add net-zero water use in addition to net-zero energy use.

How to Boost the Resale Value of Your Home

Home buyers want to feel they’re getting something special at good value, and sellers want the highest possible return on investment.

Smart home market set to boom by 2020

The smart home market is forecast to be a $58.68 billion industry by 2020, with a 17% annual growth rate between 2015 and 2020.

Tips for keeping your home cool in the summer heat

The good news is there are things you can do to control summer energy costs.

Top 11 ways to add value to your home

With the real estate marketing heating up, it may be a good time to invest in making your home more desirable.

Mixed-use apartment complex aims for LEED Platinum

A new LEED Platinum-designed apartment building will create some of the most sustainable, livable, and innovative mixed-use buildings in the Pacific Northwest.

Top home technology for 2015

From interactive cooktops, to hologram entertainment the home of the future is fast becoming a reality.

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Energy-efficient appliances are a must-have in any green home. New energy-saving appliances are introduced to the market almost daily. Learn which appliances might be right for you.