Solarcity and Nest partner to make cost savings even easier for homeowners

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To boost home solar power performance, SolarCity and Nest Labs have offered a free Nest Thermostat to 10,000 customers in California.

FEATURES


Green building Q&A: plastics industry delivers energy efficiency innovations

As building codes require greater levels of efficiency, the building products industry is responding with innovations that will help make homes greener.

Prepare for bad weather with a concrete form storm shelter kit

With severe storms becoming more common in many parts of the country, an easy-to-build concrete form storm shelter can provide peace of mind - and safety.

Eco-friendly residential wood products at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show

The 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City was bustling with design professionals, homeowners, and product representatives.

Cut greenhouse gas emissions with propane appliances

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, residential use accounts for more than one-fifth of the nation’s total energy consumption.

Multifamily building leading housing recovery and HVAC market

The 2008-09 recession, with its accompanying tidal wave of foreclosures, rendered many individuals and families leery about undertaking a new single-family home purchase.

Residential housing market gains driving HVAC market growth

The economic downturn has changed the nature of residential building and the market for residential and commercial HVAC systems.

New expansion valve delivers precise control for HVAC-R systems

A fast-responding refrigerant expansion valve delivers mass flow control for retrofit and OEM applications.

Is going solar affordable for homes & small business?

A few years ago the question 'is going solar affordable for homes and small businesses?' would have seemed like a joke.

Proud Green Home of St Louis open house scheduled

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis will host an open house with separate events for building professionals and consumers on Feb. 20 and 21, 2015 at the home outside of St. Louis.

Is your home ready for the Internet of Things? The latest from 2015 CES

As smart home technology matures, more products are coming to market that put homeowners in control of lights, appliances and home comfort.

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NEWS


US adds record solar electric generating capacity and solar jobs

Solar power installations represented 32 percent of new electric generating capacity in 2014, boosting overall installed capacity of 20 gigawatts.

EPA honors 2015 Energy Star Partners of the year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) honored 128 businesses and organizations in 33 states with the Energy Star’s Partner of the Year award.

LEED recognizes Living Building Challenge requirements

The U.S. Green Building Council will now recognize energy and water requirements from the Living Building Challenge (the Challenge) green building system within the LEED green building program.

Green building project uses humidity data loggers to train students

Students in a residential energy technology program are using temperature/humidity loggers to scientifically track green building practices.

Green homes still troubling for real estate appraisers

One of the roadblocks to valuing high performance homes is to reflect the lower utility costs and durability of a home in the appraisal.

New US Passive House Standard debuts

Originally developed in Germany, the Passive House building standard has been gaining ground in North America, but many building professionals felt it did not offer enough flexibility for the diverse climate zones.

5 tips for choosing the right solar panel installer

Making the important decision to include solar power as a home source of energy is a valuable investment.

New online tool to learn more about comfort, health and safety of homes

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) has introduced an online resource for homeowners who care about the comfort, health and safety of their homes.

Does renewable energy really save money?

The argument that an increase in renewable energy in the United States means more expensive electricity has pervaded the debate on renewables versus fossil fuels for decades.

Minor home improvements pay off in higher home values

For the greatest potential return on investment, homeowners should choose upgrades instead of major remodeling projects, according to the Appraisal Institute.

Storage market growing to bolster solar power adoption

Renewable generation-plus-storage has proven to be a cost-effective way of integrating renewable energy such as solar and wind into the grid.

Oak Ridge Lab working on energy saving refrigerator

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are designing a refrigerator that could cut energy use by up to 40 percent compared with current models.

Homebuilders open to using new brands and products

To offer new features to homeowners, 63 percent of homebuilders say they are willing to try new brand and products they haven't used in the past.

Survey: what do consumers really want in home appliances?

With the explosion of smart appliances, a recent survey found that consumers are looking for technology that's purposeful – not impractical.

California ramps up solar thermal program

California has increased incentives for solar thermal heating for multifamily, commercial, and pool heating systems.

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