Slate is the new black in appliances

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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.

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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.

ABC Green Home 2.0 ready to break ground

Building on the success of the ABC Green Home 1.0, the 2.0 version of the green building demonstration home will be built and donated to a disabled veteran through Habitat for Humanity.

First major appliance wins Green Good Housekeeping Seal

The Green Good Housekeeping seal was awarded to LG’s LFX31925 Super-Capacity French-Door Refrigerator, which was has been lauded by Good Housekeeping for its impressive water and energy efficiency.

Builders face challenges in selling the green home story

It can be difficult to convince home buyers of the value of investing in energy-efficient and healthy homes that may come at a premium price compared to homes of similar size in the same market. But some forward-thinking homebuilders are doing it any way.

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.

Generate your own power with the latest renewable energy technology

Innovations in renewable energy technology make it easier than ever to generate electricity at home.

How to select high performance windows for your home

Take control of high heating costs by using high-performance, energy-efficient windows in your home.

Love It Or Hate It, The Laundry Must Be Done

Laundry is a fact of life—the average American family washes nearly 300 loads of laundry per year. But high energy costs and excessive water use don’t have to be part of the laundry equation.

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Builder offers three home designs in net-zero solar homes

Homebuyers near the Sacramento River in California's Delta can choose from three living-space designs in new net-zero home developments. Trilogy by Shea has unveiled eight new floor plans, as well as an entirely new model gallery for attendees to experience...

Geothermal: a comfortable way to cut home heating costs

One way to keep your home at a comfortable temperature without your heating and cooling bills going sky high can be found underground.

Are you ready for new water heater standards?

In April 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will put into effect a new energy efficiency standard for residential water heaters that will require all water heaters to be more efficient.

Refrigerators earn Energy Star certification

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

First Energy Star clothes dryers are on the market now

Whirlpool received recent certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program on the Whirlpool brand Duet model WED87HED steam dryer.

Now clothes dryers can earn the Energy Star label

Clothes dryers have been the lone hold out among major appliances that weren’t available with the Energy Star label. Dryers are the most energy-intensive residential appliance not yet covered by the Energy Star program, using 6 percent of residential electricity in the U.S. But now the U.S.

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...

Most efficient mini split HVAC system ready for all climates

Cooling and heating systems without ductwork have been commonplace in homes throughout Europe and Asia for years. Their efficient design and advanced motors ensure they don't waste energy like traditional central air systems. Aimed at homeowners who spend $1,100 or...

Tax credits for home energy upgrades in force for 2014

Qualified U.S. homeowners can take advantage of tax incentives for adding energy efficient features to their homes in 2014. The good folks at RESNet offer a good overview of the federal tax incentives available for the 2014 tax season.

Never open the refrigerator the same way again with door-in-door action

New door-in-door technology lets you grab a cold drink or a snack from the refrigerator without opening the entire refrigerator. LG Electronics has extended its original, award-winning Door-in-Door technology to the side-by-side category with the debut of its newest ENERGY...

Green homes making an impact on the real estate market

As peak real estate season draws near, many renters and homeowners are considering how their decisions impact the planet when they search for a new place to live. Fortunately, Homes.com offers earth-friendly attributes in its listings to help those looking...

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...

To find energy efficient windows, be a label reader

If you’re considering the purchase of new or replacement windows for your home, then you need to know about several important organizations, their certification programs and why they’re important to your window selection. There are hundreds of local, regional and...

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...

Wasted home energy the top way Americans lose money

Americans waste nearly half a trillion dollars a year on wasted energy in their homes, even though there are simple steps to take to keep more of your money. On USAToday.com, Motley Fool outlined the top 20 ways Americans waste...

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Look for the Energy Star certification on a wide variety of energy-efficient products for green homes. Stay up to date on the latest news from Energy Star designed to save homeowners money and reduce demand for energy from fossil fuels.