5 things you can do to keep your home cool this summer


If your air conditioning has been running full blast all summer, you may be dreading your next electric bill. But there are ways to keep your cool without breaking the bank. Energy Trust of Oregon, a nonprofit helping customers of...


Use Honda Smart Home designs in your green home project

After making its Smart Home a reality, Honda opened up access to designs and blueprints to make building your own smart home that much easier.

Beat the heat and cold with a 60-minute DIY home energy audit

Since rising temperatures bring rising energy bills, ways to save on utility bills become top of mind – and a home energy audit is a great way to reduce costs and realize energy savings.

Prefab house book gives global perspective on green building phenomenon

For anyone considering a green home project, take time out to consider the fast-growing world of prefab and systems built homes. With her new book Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes around the Globe, author Sheri Koones opens the door on this global phenomenon.

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.

Early registration opens for Green Homes Summit 2014

Sign up for the Green Homes Summit, August 22-23 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to learn the latest and best information regarding green home building.

DOE recognizes Proud Green Home at Serenbe

The U.S. Department of Energy recognized the Proud Green Home at Serenbe as the first DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in the state of Georgia.

Florida development brings net zero homes to the mass market

A 148-home central Florida development may be the sign that net-zero living has gone mainstream.

Passive house performance monitoring solutions

Easily measure and manage the performance of your passive house with monitoring and control technology.

A green home in Houston will beat the heat with net-zero efficiency

A home in Houston will stay cool through the hottest months of summer without paying a dime for electricity. That's the goal for a new 4,500 square-foot home that will offer energy self-sufficiency without sacrifice. The home -- dubbed SmartLux...

Energy efficient HVAC strategies for relief from rising energy costs

Depending where you live, as much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling, according to the U.S. EPA. Green heating and cooling options pay off in more comfort and better indoor air quality.

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Systems built homes qualify for DOE Challenge Home

One of the test homes is the only manufactured home in the nation to qualify for the DOE Challenge Home Program.

Lighting retrofits help meet Better Building Challenge goals

Started as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge is a program with a target of cutting energy consumption by 20 percent at businesses across the country over the next 10...

Multifamily housing often wastes energy without green investment

Recent research shows multifamily housing often lacks energy efficient features, but some developers are making a difference for low-income families.

More California towns saving water and energy with HERO program

To help residents combat the ongoing drought and reduce energy use, 24 additional California communities launched the HERO program that allows homeowners to pay for qualifiying home improvements through their property tax bill.

Timber home builder adopts Passive House approach

Long- time timber home builder New Energy Works will include Passive House principals in the design and construction phases of new homes. Brad Hall, construction project manager at New Energy Works, recently became certified in Passive House Basics with a...

4 ways to stick it to your utility company

Rising temperatures bring rising energy bills so ways to save on utility bills become top of mind, and a home energy audit is a great way to reduce costs and realize energy savings.

Report makes the business case for sustainable building products

Early adopters of the Cradle to Cradle product standard benefited from the rigorous certification program through reduced costs and a less volatile supply chain. The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute released the report "Impacts of the Cradle to Cradle...

Historic home nearing goal of net-zero after deep green remodeling

A 110-year-old home is on its way to becoming a net-zero home thanks to a deep green remodel that’s still in progress. When Matt Grocoff and his wife, Kelly, bought a 110 year old Folk-Victorian home in Ann Arbor’s Old...

Ontario homeowners use home energy monitoring to lower bills

More than 170,000 Ontario homes will use an in-home energy display for real-time monitoring of energy use. Ontario's saveONenergy peaksaver PLUS program will use PowerCost Monitor, a home energy display from Blue Line, that delivers real-time data allowing customers to...

NAHB: Newer homes use less energy and cost less to maintain

Homes that are 4 years old or less uses less energy and cost less to maintain than an older home. In the Eye on Housing Blog, NAHB reviewed data from The National Association of Homebuilders 2011 American Housing Survey that...

Vintage bungalow undergoes net-zero green upgrade

An energy-inefficient, late 1920's vintage bungalow in West Lafayette, Ind., will become a living laboratory for appliance and resource efficiency research. The combined effort by the Whirlpool Corporation and Purdue University will transform an off-campus house into a net-zero energy,...

Tight building envelope gives green home a good HERS Index

A building contractor completed a home in Franconia, N.H. that scored a 39 on the HERS Index energy rating score. When he handed over the keys to the new, high energy efficient home, Bob Tortorice, president of Building Alternatives in...

Paying too much for heat? See how your utility bills compare

As the nation struggled with winter temperatures and rising gas costs, American paid more utilities in many regions of the country. WhiteFence.com, the nation's leading site to compare, connect, and save on home services, released analysis of consumer sales data...

U.S. homeowners to tap $100 million in home energy loan financing

Homeowners across the United States will benefit from an innovative public-private partnership designed to make it easier to find lower-cost loans for home energy efficiency improvements. The Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans (WHEEL) opens the residential energy efficiency finance market...

Energy efficiency programs cost 2 to 3 times less than generating more power

According to a new report released today by ACEEE, energy efficiency is the cheapest method of providing Americans with electricity. Energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy waste cost utilities only about three cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the...

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An energy audit is often the first step to creating a truly energy efficient home. Energy audits can be performed by professionals, but are increasingly done by homeowners with the assistance of auditing devices that operate 24/7 within the home.