Now clothes dryers can earn the Energy Star label

Now clothes dryers can earn the Energy Star label

Clothes dryers have been the lone hold out among major appliances that weren’t available with the Energy Star label. Dryers are the most energy-intensive residential appliance not yet covered by the Energy Star program, using 6 percent of residential electricity in the U.S. But now the U.S.

Water saving showerhead delivers high-energy spray

Water saving showerhead delivers high-energy spray

Tired of the same old shower routine? Now it’s easy to add a comforting and refreshing boost to your daily shower. Moen's Avira showerhead features new HydroBoost technology, allowing for a superior and invigorating shower, while also helping to conserve...

Tips to tighten up your plumbing during Fix a Leak Week

Tips to tighten up your plumbing during Fix a Leak Week

Minor water leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in the U.S., which is equal to the annual water use of more than 11 million homes, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)....

3 ways to save water at home (video)

3 ways to save water at home (video)

Low-flow toilets, hot water pumps and DIY tips to help conserve water at home.

Smart ventilation fans tackle indoor air quality problems (Video)

Smart ventilation fans tackle indoor air quality problems (Video)

As homes become tighter, managing humidity and fresh air movement is critical for a high performance home.

How to install solar panels (video)

How to install solar panels (video)

Find out how you can make solar panels a part of your home.

Refrigerator water filter removes trace amounts of five key pharmaceuticals

Refrigerator water filter removes trace amounts of five key pharmaceuticals

For homeowners looking to improve their water quality, new refrigerator water filters from GE tackle some of the most common pharmaceuticals found in drinking water. GE’s most popular refrigerator water filter, MWF, now removes trace amounts of five pharmaceuticals including...

Zero-VOC paints line the walls of the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Zero-VOC paints line the walls of the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Indoor quality was a top priority in the home's design.

Spreading the word on sustainability drives the market for high-performance homes

Spreading the word on sustainability drives the market for high-performance homes

Story and photo by Steve Arel. Matt Belcher’s approach to open houses might seem a bit unorthodox and potentially threatening to his thriving construction business. Whenever the St. Louis builder stages an event, he invites everyone, prospective buyers, real estate...

Is filtering tap water better than buying bottled water?

An effective home water filtration system removes pollutants from tap water, which are also present in some bottled water brands. Filtering tap water for drinking does not require plastic bottles and it cost thousands of times less than purchasing bottled...

Does it pay to buy new appliances to save money?

Thinking of investing in a new refrigerator, washer and dryer or other home appliance? One item on the pro-and con list is whether it really makes sense to buy energy-efficiency appliances. The Energy Information Administration helps answer the question, "Does...

Do you know the 3 common contaminants that may be lurking in your drinking water?

Do you know the 3 common contaminants that may be lurking in your drinking water?

Do you know what’s in your water? Do a little digging and it’s likely you’ll be disturbed when you discover the whole story. According to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study of the country’s drinking water, 316 contaminants have been...

Masco marks 200,000 Energy Star homes verified

Masco marks 200,000 Energy Star homes verified

Families in 200,000 homes across the United States are enjoying lower energy bills and a more comfortable, green home thanks to Energy Star verification. Masco Home Services and its affiliated company Energy Sense, part of the Masco Contractor Services family...

Use the EPA's energy audit tool to see how your home measures up

Use the EPA's energy audit tool to see how your home measures up

American homeowners can see how their home energy use measures up by using EPA’s free online energy assessment tool, the Home Energy Yardstick, to compare a home’s actual annual energy use to other similar homes. With the tool, homeowner can...

Better Buildings Residential Network launched to share building science best practices

Better Buildings Residential Network launched to share building science best practices

The Better Buildings Residential Network was launched April 30 at the ACI National Home Performance Conference and Leadership Summit in Denver, Colorado. The Better Buildings Residential Network connects energy efficiency programs and partners to share best practices and learn from...

Native American communities build with sustainable construction design

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) recently showcased Native American communities’ use of sustainable design and construction strategies. HUD and Enterprise showcased 22 Native American communities’ work that incorporates sustainable and resource-efficient...

Which energy-efficient water heater is right for your home? (Infographic)

Which energy-efficient water heater is right for your home? (Infographic)

Sort through your water heater needs with this infographic.

Tighten up to save water during Fix-a-Leak Week

Tighten up to save water during Fix-a-Leak Week

Do your part to stop the flow during the EPA’s annual Fix-a-Leak week, which is March 18-24, 2013. Each year, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leaks from the plumbing in U.S. homes according to the EPA WaterSense Program....

5 ways to improve indoor air quality naturally

5 ways to improve indoor air quality naturally

All of us spend way too much time indoors, where the air can actually be worse than outdoor air for your health. Studies from the Environmental Protection Agency have shown levels of pollutants in your home to be at least...

Is your drinking water safe? New report spotlights exposure to dangerous chemicals

Water systems that serve more than 100 million people in 43 states are polluted with unwanted toxic chemicals called trihalomethanes. These chemicals, an unintended side effect of chlorination, elevate the risks of bladder cancer, miscarriages and other serious ills, according...

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