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Before the drywall goes up and this green home's high performance systems are hidden, go behind the scenes of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis.

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Whirlpool drives sustainability from factory to home

To make it easier for consumers to go green, appliance manufacturers are building sustainability into their products from the factory floor to the laundry room and kitchen.

Deep green remodel will be a living laboratory for Purdue

A deep green rebuild of a 1920s vintage Craftsman home demonstrates that existing housing stock can be transformed into a net-zero energy, water and waste high performance home.

The best small space upgrades for a tiny home

Here is a list of must-have items for your smaller living space that can cut back on energy costs/use and really just look fantastic overall.

How to find green and energy efficient home appliances

If you recycle, if you watch your water consumption, if you carry your own bag to the grocery store and you minimize your purchases of plastics, you’re putting in a lot of time and energy to watch your impact on the environment. That’s why it should bother you when your appliances don’t live up to the standards you set.

Homeowners ready to spend to stay cool when the heat is on

With the summer cooling season in full swing, higher electricity bills are right around the corner. But a recent survey dound that homeowners are trying to save energy, and would be willing to spend money on new equipment to lower their bills.

Slate is the new black in appliances

In the home, gray is more than a shade between black and white. According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), gray will be the fastest growing color scheme in the kitchen in 2014.

How do tankless water heaters work?

Most people in North America currently use a storage tank water heater to provide hot water in their homes. A tankless water heater, on the other hand, does not store hot water. It heats the water by...

2014 Hurricane Season forecast sheds light on possible activity

Expert predictions are suggesting a below average hurricane season for the Atlantic Coast this year and a recent forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting...

Tankless water heating technologies in Habitat for Humanity homes

There are many advantages of having a tankless water heater in a home. Besides the money savings, endless hot water and smaller impact on the environment, a tankless water heater is...

Net Zero test home ends the year with energy to spare

After one of the toughest winters in recent years, the net-zero energy test house in suburban Washington, D.C., not only absorbed winter's best shot, it came out on top, reaching its one-year anniversary on July 1 with enough surplus energy to power an electric car for about 1,440 miles.

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NEWS


Smart thermostat manages comfort in multiple rooms

Take control of your home comfort with a smart thermostat that can manage heating and cooling in multiple rooms.

Most homeowners want smart homes but want to do it themselves

More than 70 percent of smart phone users in America just wish they could control something in their home from their mobile device without getting out of bed.

Electrolux acquires GE Appliances business, will continue brands

Electrolux will acquire the GE Appliances business for $3.3 billion in a transaction that will see the GE Appliances brand continue in the marketplace.

Wash harsh detergents out of your laundry routine

A new industrial-strength laundry device cleans better than detergent and eliminates potentially irritating chemicals. Michael Munsterman, president of Wash It, was looking for a better way to do laundry and found that commercial ozone machines were able to remove infectious...

Don't overlook the dryer vent for energy efficiency gains

An overlooked home flaw could be costing homeowners money, and add to the time they spend on household chores.

Check out the latest hot home building products

The PCBC show honored homebuilding's latest and greatest products with the Parade of Products Awards.

Micro kitchen designs ready for tiny houses

Five kitchen designs submitted by individuals from four countries were selected by a panel of judges in the FirstBuild Micro-Kitchen Challenge to create a fully functioning kitchen design in a small footprint.

Utilities give consumers usage info to change energy behaviors

As utilities seek to cut energy use, one of the tactics they’re employing is encouraging customers to modify their habits. Four rural electric co-ops in Minnesota reduced demand in 2013 between 1.8 and 2.8 percent using MyMeter, a program that...

Let the laundry room escape the basement with a dryer that vents up to 200 ft.

With the GE dryer’s new 200-foot venting capability, you have more freedom to choose where to put the laundry room.

Smart home users could have up to 50 wireless sensors

Early adopters of smart homes may have as many as 50 wireless sensors in the their homes as the Internet of Things reaches into many residences.

Crowsourced refrigerator features self-filling filtered water pitcher

Until now, customization and speed to market presented challenges for mass appliance manufacturers like GE Appliances, the parent company of FirstBuild

Affordable DIY smart home controls coming to market

The Iris smart home solution added an array of smart home devices that give consumers added convenience, safety and efficiency this summer.

Beat the heat with a home air conditioning app

You don't have to accept high summer air conditioning costs, even in a Texas heat wave. Controlling your utility bills can be as easy as using a smartphone app.

Refrigerators earn Energy Star certification

Two refrigerator models from Fishers & Paykey Appliances, earned Energy Star certifications under new tougher requirements.

Wink smart home automation platform expands to 60 devices

From window shades to water sprinklers, the Wink home automation platform expanded the set of connected devices to almost 60 products available through The Home Depot

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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.