1970s rancher undergoes high performance makeover


A dated 1970s era ranch home underwent a deep remodeling job and went on to win a top green building award and helped educate a community on green building.


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.

Lighting, lighting on the wall – which is prettiest of them all?

Trying to find the right light bulb is a mind-bender on the order of finishing a Rubik’s cube.

Incorporating Eco-Friendly Materials Into Your Decor

Those of us with a flair for furnishing and an eye towards the environment often find the two clashing.

The biggest obstacle to a green home

Green home building is becoming a bigger part of the market, but more homes could be green except for one thing.

Tiny House design secrets to living large in a small space

The tiny house movement continues to gather steam as more people come to realize they can live a fulfilling life in a small home that's less resource intensive to build and operate.

Green Beam: LEDs Be Cra-Cra

Walk down the lighting aisle of any big-box store, and you’ll see something you wouldn’t have five years ago – half the light bulbs available are LED.

LED Lights help green home reach LEED Platinum

Energy efficient LED lighting will be one of the technologies that will help Ed Begley Jr.'s new home reach LEED certification.

Ed Begley Jr. nearing completion on high performance green home

A long-time environmentalist, actor Ed Begley Jr. is putting the finishing touches on his new net-zero solar powered home.

Tubular daylighting lets the sun shine in

Windows aren't the only solution for bringing natural light into every area in your home.

4 Foolproof Tips for Home Energy Savings That Add Up

When it comes to home energy savings, electricity is the one that typically costs us the most. It’s also the easiest to cut back on to save money on your bill and reduce your impact on the planet.

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Smart LED lights help you live better and simplify home automation

C by GE smart LED bulbs take lighting beyond basic illumination with new features designed for sleep circadian rhythms.

Study: homes with skylights use less energy

Homes with skylights experience lower energy costs, better indoor air quality and comfort.

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.

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.

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.

First to the Future Home features LED lighting

A high performance demonstration home "First to the Future Home" features more than 200 LED lighting fixtures.

LED lighting helps preserve Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

Preservation is not a new science, but LED lighting technology is making it easier for historic landmarks around the globe to preserve their legacy for the 21st century and beyond.

Top 10 steps to prepare for a home remodel

Preparation is the key to making your home remodeling project a major win instead of a fail.

LED bulbs break $5 barrier in socket wars

Leave the lights on and you could still save money – if you have the new $5 LED bulb.

Hottest 2015 home design trends from Pinterest

Check out the hottest trends that are shaping home design in 2015, from the return of olive green to an obsession with metallic accents.

10 good reasons to buy a new home

Homebuyers everywhere are usually faced with the problem of where to buy, when to buy and should they buy a new home or and older one.

Take these steps to build a net-zero home

Whether it’s upgrading to a smart thermostat, planting vegetation in the right area or installing solar panels, the company points out, there are always ways to conserve energy.

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Installing energy-efficient lighting is one of the simplest ways homeowners can begin to create a green home. Learn more about low voltage indoor and outdoor lighting for the home.