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.


What's the most affordable type of skylight?

Skylights come in three types: fixed, ventilating and tubular. Of these three, tubular skylights are the most affordable. Here’s why...

9 ways to use sunlight in a home

If you are considering ways to bring natural light into your home, keep these ideas in mind.

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.

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.

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.

Apple opens the door to smarter homes with HomeKit

Apples makes it easer to integrate smart home devices with a new software protocol.

Passive house performance monitoring solutions

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

Save money and go green with DIY home automation

The primary goals for home automation technology are convenience and security. It makes living in your home easier and makes your home a little more secure, by providing ways for you to control your various home electrical systems from afar.

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Check out the latest hot home building products

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

Use these secrets to save money on lighting for your home

Lighting comprises about 14 percent of the electrical use of your home according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. So spending a few bucks to reduce your lighting costs can pay off in the long run. Here are a few tips and tricks to help cut your utility costs.

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...

Skylights let the sunshine and fresh air into your home

Filling your home with daylight and fresh air may be simpler than it seems with solar powered, Energy Star rated skylights.

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

Low cost remote control LED lighting coming to market

It's getting easier and more affordable to make your home a smart home. GE unveiled Link, a new and affordable connected LED bulb that lets consumers remotely control their home lighting from anywhere in the world and sync with other connected devices.

Wireless switch offers dimmer control for LEDs

The Gecko Dimmer looks and operates like a normal wall switch, but instead it simply sticks to the wall and pairs completely wirelessly with a hidden receiver for full LED lighting control.

Mountain home wins SOURCE Award for lighting design

The majestic Morningstar residence used award-wining energy efficient lighting design to sustain the vision blending moderns lines and rustic finishes.

5 reasons why LED lights are better than ever

While LED capabilities offer greater control and flexibility, homeowners still want the familiar quality of light and flexibility of use for many basic home lighting applications. That's why manufacturers like GE Lighting are designing LED lights to offer consumers an...

LED lights offer lifetime warranty

While consumers are warming to LED lights, some are skeptical because of the higher initial cost compared to incandescent bulbs. An integrated LED light manufacturer offers peace of mind with a lifetime warranty. VOLT Lighting released the FOREVER BULB, a...

LEDs poised to take top spot among lighting professionals

For the first time, lighting professionals expect to install more LED than fluorescent fixtures over the coming year, according to the 4th annual lighting survey released today by energy-efficient lighting manufacturer Precision-Paragon. When asked what is the dominant lighting technology...

6 ways to go green for Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day with six ways to save energy and money when building, buying or renovating a home. As the economy and real estate market continue to improve, Americans are once again purchasing or building new properties and/or renovating their...

New LED lights look like traditional bulbs

LED lights that look just like Thomas Edison’s century-old light bulb offer energy savings and eco-friendly materials. Swedish green technology company EcoLights has launched a new range of LED lamps that look surprisingly identical to traditional bulbs. So much so,...

LED bulb efficiency expected to continue improving as cost declines

Technology improvements for general service lighting, driven by federal efficiency standards, are leading to increased reliability and bulb life. The U.S. Energy Information Agency released a study indicating that as efficiency increases, residential electricity consumption for lighting declines over time.

New flat LED bulb isn't really a bulb

For its new affordable LED lamp, Philips left out some expensive bits and gave it a new shape. The SlimStyle 60 watt-equivalent LED bulb retails at for under $10 and replaces the dear departed 60-watt incandescent bulbs of the...

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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.