Warranty of popular solar modules nearly doubles to 25 years

Warranty of popular solar modules nearly doubles to 25 years

LG Electronics USA, a leading U.S. residential solar panel provider, has extended the product warranty by a decade for one of its popular modules. Warranties are ballooning to 25 years from 15 years for LG’s award-winning NeON high-performance modules due...

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 —...

Solar-powered mountain home sustainable prototype for Aspen development

Solar-powered mountain home sustainable prototype for Aspen development

Looking to add sustainable options to the scores of cookie-cutter homes in Aspen, Colorado’s booming real estate market, a real estate design firm has unveiled what it hopes will become a popular alternative. San Francisco-based Aidlin Darling Design and a...

6 tips for green home investing

6 tips for green home investing

A time goes by, more and more home builders and home buyers are realizing the value of green and sustainable. With summer upon us, the pace of the residential construction is picking up. For those planning a high-performance home, here are six tips to consider as you invest, according to Blue & Green Tomorrow. 1.

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...

Annual energy expense for home prototype projected at $69

Annual energy expense for home prototype projected at $69

Imagine the annual energy cost for your home being only about what it costs to take a family to dinner. A new carbon positive home in one of Australia’s first sustainable housing projects is expected to rack up just $69...

Infographic: Which states care most about the environment?

Google searches turn up virtually anything imaginable, from the common to the most obscure. Analytics from searches on topics related to the environment reveal what Americans in different want to know most about green and sustainable living. SaveOnEnergy.com examined Google...

Eatin' good in the Hawaiian agrihood

Eatin' good in the Hawaiian agrihood

A first-of-its-kind residential community in Hawaii, where residents will be encouraged to grow their own food, soon will take shape on the state’s big island. Officials have OK’d the development of a sustainable agrihood on Hawaii Island, giving final approval...

Michigan students getting lesson in sustainable home building

Michigan students getting lesson in sustainable home building

A group of University of Michigan students – and some prospective green builders – are erecting a sustainable home on the campus. The students are crafting the structure from straw bales and layers of adobe as part of a green...

New solar plant to power 10,000 Kansas homes

Some 10,000 homes in Kansas soon will benefit from solar power. The city of Pratt has teamed with Inovateus Solar and Kenyon Energy to build a solar farm. Once in operation – the farm is expected to be operational in...

East meets West: Calif., N.Y. advancing clean energy

East meets West: Calif., N.Y. advancing clean energy

California’s new landmark mandate, requiring solar panels on new home constructions, and New York’s ongoing Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, illustrate just how different paths can lead to accomplish the same intent: fight climate change. They are also indicative...

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...

Infographic: Home innovations that can save money

Smart home technology can make things easier, but can it actually save you money? Davis Audio recently studied the 10 most popular smart home devices to find out how they can pay for themselves. The infographic below from Davis Audio...

Shout it out: Whisper Valley named Austin's best new community

Shout it out: Whisper Valley named Austin's best new community

Whisper Valley, a zero-energy capable community in East Austin, has been named Best New Community by The Homebuilder Association of Greater Austin. The award honors builders and developers who made significant contributions in residential real estate in 2017. All Whisper...

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.

2 Seattle homes among world's first to achieve zero energy certification

2 Seattle homes among world's first to achieve zero energy certification

Two Seattle homes are among the world’s most sustainable. Emerald Star and Cork Haus have received zero energy certifications from the International Living Future Institute as part of its Zero Energy Building certification program, according to a release. The homes...

Sustainable housing community takes shape in Mass.

Ground has been broken on a first-of-its-kind urban agriculture-focused, solar-powered community, designed to combine an energy-efficient lifestyle with affordable housing. Hillside Center for Sustainable Living is a concept that fuses green living and low market prices for Newburyport, Mass., residents,...

Smart home to harvest rainwater, solar energy in Caribbean

Smart home to harvest rainwater, solar energy in Caribbean

A self-sufficient home topped with a soaring cocoon-like structure envisions new heights of off-grid living. The Cocoon Smart Home, designed by Richard’s Architecture + Design (RA+D), will be the first Minergie-ECO certified building in the Dominican Republic, reports Inhabitat. With...

Geothermal-powered Halifax home uses automation for energy savings

Geothermal-powered Halifax home uses automation for energy savings

A luxury home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, combines a modern appearance with advanced technologies to spur energy efficiency. The Syncline House, developed by Omar Gandhi Architect, is a two-story residence with a mezzanine set atop a rocky foundation that inspired...

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