To find energy efficient windows, be a label reader

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...

Propane fuel users eligible for federal tax credits

Homeowners currently using propane gas service are eligible for alternative fuel and energy-efficient homes tax credits. With tax deadline fast approaching, homeowners currently using propane gas services can take advantage of several propane-specific energy tax credits reinstated earlier this year....

Plan your home project to take advantage of the residential energy efficiency tax credits good through 2013

Redeeming and keeping up with current tax credits can be confusing. Here's a handy guide to the retroactive reinstatement of the 25C Residential Energy Tax Credit that was part of the fiscal cliff legislation. The expiration date has now moved...

Take advantage of energy-efficiency tax credits to cut your utility costs

With tax season upon us, many homeowners who recently completed energy efficiency updates to their homes or are planning to do so in the coming year may qualify for a little help from Uncle Sam. Congress recently extended a tax credit for energy efficient retrofits through Dec. 31, 2013 and retroactively to Jan.

New homes are larger but use about as much energy as older homes

New homes are larger but use about as much energy as older homes

Newer U.S. homes are 30 percent larger but consume about as much energy as older homes, according to the U.S.

EPA announces winners of Apps for the Environment Challenge

EPA announces winners of Apps for the Environment Challenge

The EPA announces the winners of an apps competition that feature ways to save on energy.

EPA awards $6.6 million for black carbon research

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded more than $6.6 million in grants to eight universities in support of black carbon research.

EPA launches green products site for Pollution Prevention Week

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is observing Pollution Prevention Week (P2) from Sept.

EPA's market share for Energy Star-qualified homes increases

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that 25 percent of all single-family homes built nationally in 2010 earned EPA's Energy Star, up from 21 percent in 2009. In partnership with its stakeholders, EPA continues to help American home...

EPA announces top contenders in green building competition

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program announced the top contenders at the midpoint of the 2011 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings.

Sears competing for 2011 Energy Star award

Sears Grand in Cape Girardeau, Mo., will participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Energy Star National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings to help improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings and protect the environment.

Americans still plan to make green home improvements

Although Americans plan to make as many home improvements in 2011 as they did the year before, they plan on spending less on their projects. A recent survey from American Express found that 64 percent of American homeowners plan to invest in renovation projects this year, compared to 62 percent in 2010.

WoodMaster stoves top EPA efficiency list

Consumers can save money heating their homes with fuel-efficient wood-fired hydronic heaters. The two cleanest outdoor wood-fired hydronic heaters are WoodMaster furnaces, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tests.

VIDEO: Save water and money in the bathroom with WaterSense-labeled products

VIDEO: Save water and money in the bathroom with WaterSense-labeled products

The WaterSense label guides consumers to water-saving devices for the home.

Energy Star issues new requirements for energy-efficient TVs

Televisions and cable and satellite boxes will have to use less energy under new Energy Star label requirements.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which administers the Energy Star program, announced that TVs and cable and satellite boxes will have to be...

Delta’s hands-free faucets moving into the bathroom

Delta Faucet is moving the magic from the kitchen to the bathroom, introducing its no-touch faucet technology for lavatory faucets. Two lines of lavatory faucets will be equipped with the Touch2O.xt Technology, which offers a hand-free experience that also saves...

GE joins EPA’s responsible appliance disposal program

Each year, more than 9 million refrigerators are disposed of in the United States. However, very few of them are disposed of properly.

How Can I Make A Rain Barrel?

A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater form your roof. Rain barrels connect to a gutter's downspout, next to the house, and collect water that would otherwise be lost to runoff. This water can then be used in your garden instead of using water from the spigot for garden watering.

Decking Alternatives Cost Calculator

This cost calculator is designed to estimate the cost of environmentally preferable recycled plastic and plastic-wood composite lumber to conventional wood decking.

Sustainable Communities: Putting Wetlands to Work in Your Watershed

Despite the importance of wetlands to sustainable communities, the United States loses about 60,000 acres of this watershed feature each year. This document details case studies of 3 communities that realized the benefits of these fragile ecosystems and the steps they took to protect them.

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