Button up your home this winter

Before long we'll be complaining about the cooler weather and the high cost of energy bills. But you can change the script this year by winterizing your home. It need not be a massive undertaking.

Tips on shopping for replacement windows

According to a Remodeling Versus Value Report survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors, exterior home improvements rated among the highest return on investment (ROI) projects a homeowner can undertake. With an estimated cost recoup value of 69.1 percent...

Building in energy efficiency

Many consumers make buying decisions on cars and electrical appliances based on operating costs and efficiency ratings, according to the Courier News. Now buyers of new homes can use the Home Energy Rating System, or HERS numbers, to compare home...

Tour offers sunny view of green power

The Thurston Solar Tour in Olympia, Wash. got just what it needed this weekend as gray skies gave way to another day of sun, prompting several people to get out and learn a little more about solar power in the area, according to The News Tribune. The tour, which has existed for about eight years, featured 19 stops.

Homeowners continue to repair and remodel

In a community full of century-old houses, remodeling goes on at a stately pace through good times and bad, according to the Park Bugle (St. Paul, Minn.) "I know a lot of guys in the trades, and it's been some tough years," said Gary Harmsen of Harmsen and Oberg Construction.

Modesto explores energy efficiency loans for home, business

The city of Modesto, Calif. is backing a program for improving the energy efficiency of homes and commercial buildings in Modesto.Under the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program, or PACE, property owners could receive low-interest financing through the city for making...

Energy consumption steady, but costs are on the rise

Energy consumption steady, but costs are on the rise

The typical American homeowner is paying more for energy these days. Not a lot more, according to the U.S.

Twin PNNL houses prove efficiency of insulated windows

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has collected its first energy efficiency research data from a pair of new houses sitting on its Richland campus, according to the Tri-City Herald. One house is typical of a Tri-City home. Its energy use is...

4 home energy inefficiencies to fix for cheap this weekend

Today, the world is awash in a green wave. Once upon a time, basement playrooms may have proved construction's bread and butter.

Energy adviser: To increase efficiency, invest a little or even a lot

Whether you have $50 or $15,000 to spend, you can make improvements that will increase your home's energy efficiency. "If you're shopping for new appliances or heating systems, investing in energy-efficient models can lower your electric bills for the long...

Energy upgrade program hailed

For Eric and Amy Fose, the energy-efficient windows that California Showcase Construction crews affixed to their Moreno Valley home marked a turning point, according to The Press-Enterprise. The installation was the biggest capital outlay they'd made on their home since...

New windows can generate electricity

UCLA researchers have developed a new transparent solar cell that will allow windows to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. The UCLA team describes a new kind of polymer solar cell (PSC) that produces energy by absorbing...

Free home energy audits available to N.Y. residents

How hot does it have to be to justify turning the air conditioner on? Homeowners ask themselves that question every summer as they long for cool relief yet dread that increased energy bill. Energy expert Dan Kartzman, president of Powersmith...

What makes energy efficient windows work?

With summer in full swing, we're all preparing for higher energy bills as we turn up the air conditioning to keep our homes cool and comfortable. But if you have older, non-energy efficient windows in your home, you could be...

Sage Electrochromics to become wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain

Sage Electrochromics Inc is to become a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain in order to help Sage expand into international markets and develop new products while completing construction of a new Minnesota manufacturing facility. The new facility is scheduled to...

Energy-efficiency projects complete in NYC's largest residential buildings

Urban American Management, an owner and manager of apartment buildings in the New York area, has completed an array of energy efficiency retrofits in conjunction with New York State Energy Research & Development Authority's (NYSERDA) Multifamily Performance Program (MPP). The...

Bayer Challenge: How does your home rate?

Nearly half of the energy used to heat and cool American homes is wasted, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Energy house features training lab

In some ways, Hagerstown Community College's new "energy house" in New Jersey will be the epitome of green living, complete with roof-mounted solar panels, a retractable wind turbine and a geothermal heat pump, according to the Herald Mail. But it...

Energy-saving makeovers for US ambassadors

An initiative of the Alliance to Save Energy and the U.S. State Department's League of Green Embassies will result in energy and money savings at the residences and offices of 11 U.S.

Homeless shelters going green

Homeless shelters want to go green, but they need to balance the money they receive from donors to spend on residents with the need for energy-efficient green remodeling. Shelters can help get more people off the streets if they are...

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