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Technology is helping consumers light their homes more efficiently, but the different technologies and their pros and cons can be confusing. Learn the basics of task lighting, accent lighting and general lighting; how to choose the best bulb for your needs; and the lates in green lighting solutions.
Sensors, timers and dimmers can all help control home energy costs and improve lighting consumption.
Protecting floors during construction saves money for builders and ultimately provides cleaner air for homeowners.
An investment in a smaller home can offer big dividends, including lower cost of ownership, a better sense of community and a smaller environmental impact.
Water is our most precious resource and yet every day we waste exorbitant amounts of it. There are many products and simple tips to follow to save water and money.
Studies from the Environmental Protection Agency have shown levels of pollutants in your home to be at least five times higher than outdoor levels. There are simple tips to follow to improve your indoor air quality.
Until recently, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems were only available on an industrial or commercial scale. Micro-CHPs bring the same concept home, operating at close to 90 percent efficiency, which saves money and resources.
At least half of your home's energy bill is generated through the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Following basic energy-efficient tips about space heating can make a big difference for your budget and for the environment.
A home energy audit can assess your home's energy consumption and evaluate what else can be done to reach your highest green potential. Audits pinpoint exactly where you're losing energy, and measure the efficiency of your home's HVAC systems.
Adding replacement windows will save you money on energy bills, reduce your carbon footprint and provide a more comfortable living environment.
The roofing system is one of the most important decisions you can make to save money and decrease your carbon footprint.
Incorporating permeable pavers into your hardscaping will reduce storm water runoff, control pollutants and reduce downstream erosion.
Upgrading your conventional water heater or installing a solar or tankless heater can earn you federal tax credits and noticeably reduce your monthly energy bills.
The only way to guarantee that your home is green is to get it certified. There are various programs to consider when doing so.
Having a lush, green yard does not mean compromising green practices.
Green roofs - vegetative layers grown onto rooftops - can simmer some of the heat produced in urban areas.
Wind power is a wonderful source for energy, but it's worth investigating whether or not it is viable in your region before making the investment.
Choosing low- or no-VOC paints can increase the air quality in your home, and cause less health effects than traditional paints.
When it comes to choosing eco-friendly components for your home, few decisions cover as much ground as sustainable flooring options.
Pre-fabricated homes have come a long way since the days of the double-wide. Now theyre available in all sizes and budgets, and are much more energy-efficient than their new-build counterparts.