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Energy-Efficient Lighting: The State of the Art for Today's Green and Sustainable Home

Energy-Efficient Lighting: The State of the Art for Today's Green and Sustainable Home

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.

Increasing Home Lighting Efficiency with Flexible Solutions

Increasing Home Lighting Efficiency with Flexible Solutions

Sensors, timers and dimmers can all help control home energy costs and improve lighting consumption.

The Importance of Keeping Floors Clean During Construction

The Importance of Keeping Floors Clean During Construction

Protecting floors during construction saves money for builders and ultimately provides cleaner air for homeowners.

Three Benefits of a Small-Footprint Home

Three Benefits of a Small-Footprint Home

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-saving tips that can also save money

Water-saving tips that can also save money

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.

Steps to improving your indoor air quality

Steps to improving your indoor air quality

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.

Getting greener with Micro-CHP systems

Getting greener with Micro-CHP systems

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.

Energy-efficient tips to heating and cooling

Energy-efficient tips to heating and cooling

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 checklist

A home energy audit checklist

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.

The Ins and Outs of Replacement Windows

The Ins and Outs of Replacement Windows

Adding replacement windows will save you money on energy bills, reduce your carbon footprint and provide a more comfortable living environment.

Choosing the Most Eco-Friendly Roofs

Choosing the Most Eco-Friendly Roofs

The roofing system is one of the most important decisions you can make to save money and decrease your carbon footprint.

Permeable Pavers Turn Your Hardscaping Green

Permeable Pavers Turn Your Hardscaping Green

Incorporating permeable pavers into your hardscaping will reduce storm water runoff, control pollutants and reduce downstream erosion.

Choosing the Most Energy-Efficient Water Heaters

Choosing the Most Energy-Efficient Water Heaters

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 Differences in Green Home Certifications

The Differences in Green Home Certifications

The only way to guarantee that your home is green is to get it certified. There are various programs to consider when doing so.

Five tips for an eco-friendlier yard

Five tips for an eco-friendlier yard

Having a lush, green yard does not mean compromising green practices.

What you need to know about green roofs

What you need to know about green roofs

Green roofs - vegetative layers grown onto rooftops - can simmer some of the heat produced in urban areas.

When is wind power right for you?

When is wind power right for you?

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.

How to choose eco-friendlier paint

How to choose eco-friendlier paint

Choosing low- or no-VOC paints can increase the air quality in your home, and cause less health effects than traditional paints.

Choosing sustainable flooring options

Choosing sustainable flooring options

When it comes to choosing eco-friendly components for your home, few decisions cover as much ground as sustainable flooring options.

The basics of pre-fab and modular homes

The basics of pre-fab and modular homes

Pre-fabricated homes have come a long way since the days of the double-wide. Now they’re available in all sizes and budgets, and are much more energy-efficient than their new-build counterparts.

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