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Heating and Cooling Your Home with Green Technologies: A Guide to Creating an Energy Efficient Home

The EPA says more than 40 percent of the energy use in a home goes to heating and hot water. We can reduce this energy use by up to 50 percent through more efficient heating. This guide reviews some of the key products and technologies that directly address the major energy uses in the home.

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Complete Building Intelligence System

This diagram from PowerWise Systems shows the complete building intelligence system that allows homeowners to monitor circuit-level electricity, building environment conditions, a wide variety of flow, fluid level, water, and gas. Customers can also monitor performance of PV, wind power,...

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What is LEED for Homes and How Can Geothermal Heating and Cooling Play a Role?

Green home certifications are gaining in popularity as homeowners and builders recognize the value comes with third-party verification of a home's sustainability and performance. One of the most popular green certifications is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for...

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Colorado Mountain Retreat Designed for Net Zero Living

The striking, sustainable weekend getaway located near Allenspark, Colorado was designed to reflect and amplify the setting at 9,000 feet above sea level.

Solar Water Heater Basics

For areas of the country such as California that are committed to reducing carbon emissions, solar water heaters are a great way to reduce environmental impact.

Pre-Fab Solar Farmhouse Blends Style and High Tech

Beneath the rural exterior beats the heart of a high performance leader.

Community Solar Gardens Remove Rooftop Roadblocks

Solar energy is more affordable than ever for many homes, but there are still residences that are not suitable for rooftop solar panels.

Two Green Thumbs Up For Massachusetts

I knew I was in for a treat when I signed up for a weekend in Western Massachusetts.

Washington, D.C. Could Enhance Livability with Smart Surface Technologies

Smart surface strategies, such as cool roofs, green roofs, solar PV and porous pavements could enhance health and livability and cut summer peak temperature.

LEED Platinum Prefab Model Rated for Hurricane Zones (video)

Construction crews can install the modular home in one day because it is 90 percent built in a Central Florida manufacturing plant.

Prefab Homes and Small Homes Trends Combine in New Book

The latest book from author Sheri Koones explores the beauty, variety, design, and positive benefits of small-scale, prefab construction.

Solar Community Makes Net Zero the New Normal

By meeting Built Green’s rigorous green standards, Lakeview exceeds the already high Washington State energy code by more than 50%.

Do You Know Your Home's Sun Number?

Millions of Americans looking to buy a home have a new resource to help them go solar in the process.

Solar PPAs Offer Free Energy with No Upfront Costs

Besides saving money, homeowners with a medium size house can expect to remove approximately 9,200 pounds of toxic pollution each year.

Industry Reacts to Tesla's Solar Roof Plans

There are still a number of roadblocks to success in the solar shingle market that leading developers found insurmountable.

Tesla Announces New Solar Roof Shingles (video)

With 4 to 5 million new roofs installed in the U.S. each year, there's a big opportunity to tap into the power of the sun with solar shingles.

Behind the Scenes With the DOE Housing Innovation Award Winners

Building homes that produce as much energy as they consume is the goal of the DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home program.

Solar Installation Expected to Pay Off in 5 Years

Seeming to float in midair, the system is cantilevered off a 30-foot-high retaining wall and hidden by an infinity pool overlooking downtown Los Angeles.

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Home solar power systems can be a great way to reduce home energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. But is solar power right for your home? Learn about the latest advances in residential solar power systems and best practices for implementation.

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