South Dakota's first Passive House apartments to benefit low-income families

When Copper Pass apartments in eastern Sioux Falls opens in September, they will be the first of their kind in South Dakota. The structure will be the state’s first multi-family housing building designed to meet international Passive House standards —...

Tips help customers manage electricity costs amid summer heat wave

Because hot weather can lead to higher energy bills, Duke Energy has offered the following tools and tips to help customers manage those costs this summer. Experts with Duke Energy, which serves customers in North and South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky,...

New initiative plans to replace aging mobile homes with energy efficient houses

New initiative plans to replace aging mobile homes with energy efficient houses

Deteriorating mobile homes dot the landscape across Kentucky, with thousands of residents living in structures that are the epitome of inefficiency. The intent of a new state program is to remove those dilapidated trailers and replace them with permanent, high-performing...

8 tiny homes built tough for off-grid living

8 tiny homes built tough for off-grid living

Despite their growing appeal, tiny houses deter many prospective owners because of their lack of elbow room. The website Inhabitat recently spotlighted eight tiny homes that smaller structure aren’t delicate in nature, but actually just as resilient as any traditional...

Community solar can help meet zero net energy goals

Community solar can help meet zero net energy goals

Using community solar to power energy-efficient homes can benefit both consumers and the environment, a new analysis finds. Community solar allows individual households to purchase shares of a larger solar project, sited in the community, instead of getting an individual...

5 ways to stay cool, save money this summer

5 ways to stay cool, save money this summer

Today marks the official start of summer, though summerlike heat across much of the country might have had Americans thinking the season started weeks ago. With warm temperatures settling in – and more heat to come – Georgia Power offers...

Complex earns Utah's first multifamily LEED platinum certification

Complex earns Utah's first multifamily LEED platinum certification

An apartment building in Utah has become that state’s first multifamily structure to earn a prestigious green building honor. Alta Gateway Station in Salt Lake City recently received LEED platinum certification, according to a release. The LEED rating system, developed...

Missouri inmates to build tiny homes

Inmates in Missouri are about to play a big role in the tiny home trend. Those serving time at the Northeast Correctional Center will soon be constructing the homes for sale. The program is designed to help address the need...

Study: People willing to pay more for energy efficient homes

Study: People willing to pay more for energy efficient homes

Much like in other parts of the world, Australians are willing to pay a premium for energy efficient homes. But the recent release of a study on the topic has prompted calls for a mandatory energy efficiency rating (EER) disclosure...

Low-income families to benefit from Habitat energy-efficiency project

A triplex built to one of Vermont’s higher energy-efficient standards will help low-income families save on utility costs for years to come. Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity recently completed its first project in Essex Junction, a home that allows the...

Poll: 83% of Illinois residents want clean energy choices

Poll: 83% of Illinois residents want clean energy choices

Illinois residents overwhelmingly want to be able to choose their energy supplier, choose clean energy and they want more renewable energy in the Illinois power system, according to a new poll. The poll commissioned by CleanChoice Energy, a renewable energy...

Crawl space encapsulation keeps homes healthy

Crawl space encapsulation keeps homes healthy

Although homeowners rarely visit their crawl space, it is important to keep this in good condition. Keeping it unclean and moist can lead to risks to homeowners, their families and their homes – not to mention the structure's performance. Crawl space encapsulation is a method of sealing the crawl space.

Norman first Okla. city to commit to clean energy

Norman first Okla. city to commit to clean energy

The city of Norman, Okla., wants to become a statewide leader in environmental policy. Its City Council has approved a resolution to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035, reports the Norman Transcript. The measure makes Norman the first...

Tackling 8 tough objections to renewable energy

Tackling 8 tough objections to renewable energy

Going solar is an investment and is commonly met with objections, many of them the byproduct of misconception or perspectives askew. That said, solar companies should never let the fears of a solar prospect intrude on what he or she knows. The best way to handle objection to solar power is to break down the roadblocks forming the objection.

Community looks to use efficient tiny homes to address veteran homelessness

Community looks to use efficient tiny homes to address veteran homelessness

Looking to help combat veteran homelessness, students, educators and leaders in Monterey County, Calif., hope to create a village of net-zero energy tiny houses. But when Monterey Peninsula College’s Green Building Design course participants present their collection of tiny house...

Maintenance key to getting most of AC units

Maintenance key to getting most of AC units

As many of us get ready to crank the air conditioning, some will wonder if their units will hold up for another summer. While it is easy to push off booking a service appointment, it is a risk best avoided,...

Interest in metal roofing rises in hurricane-prone areas

Interest in metal roofing rises in hurricane-prone areas

After a destructive hurricane season last year, homeowners throughout much of the southern United States are looking to better protect their homes as another season looms. They’re increasingly turning to durable materials, such as metal roofing. According to Metal Roofing...

Remodels should focus on form, function

Remodels should focus on form, function

Spring has sprung, and as temperatures rise across the country, so does interest among homeowners for sprucing up around the house and remodeling. Spending on home improvements is expected to grow nearly 5 percent in 2018, according to the National...

Poll: 84% of Massachusetts residents want clean energy choice

Poll: 84% of Massachusetts residents want clean energy choice

Massachusetts residents overwhelmingly want to be able to choose their energy supplier, choose clean energy and want more renewable energy in the state’s power system, according to a new poll. Support for clean energy choice cut across the typical partisan...

California set to mandate solar panels on many new homes

California set to mandate solar panels on many new homes

Solar panels on many new homes soon could become as common as doors and windows. California’s Energy Commission is due to vote this week on new energy standards that would require virtually all new homes to be constructed with solar...

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