Boston Home to Serve as a Green Model

Its size alone may be considered extreme by many people, but the construction of this new, 750-square-foot home in the historic Roxbury Crossing neighborhood may be thought of as extreme as well. The builder’s common sense approach of constructing an air-tight and well-insulated structure goes a step beyond conventional building techniques. 

Green Cabinets, Part III

Green cabinets are those made from sustainable materials such as bamboo, FSC-certified wood, or reclaimed wood.  Antique reclaimed wood is sourced from old buildings and barns that are condemned, abandoned or beyond repair, and is re-milled to reveal the beautiful, high-quality wood hiding beneath decades of dust, dirt and grime.  By re-using materials already in […]

Light Fixtures Crafted from Recycled Materials

If you’re looking for unique and eco-friendly light fixtures, you’ll be happy to learn that there is a wide variety of styles available.  A few innovative companies are integrating recycled metals and glass, as well as sustainable woods, into stunning new designs, many of which accept energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs.

How Green is Your Backyard?

Summer is the time for fun in the sun, and what better way to enjoy the warmer months than by spending time outdoors.  If you’re looking for ideas to green up your backyard this season, here are some earth-friendly tips: Plant trees, such as deciduous shade trees on the south and western sides of your […]

Increase Your Home’s Water Efficiency

Water bills too high?  Concerned about conserving water?  A recent government survey showed at least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013.  That’s a bit daunting, but, you’ll be happy to learn that wasting water is easy to avoid.  There are many simple things you can do to minimize your […]

Turn up the Heat with a Tankless Water Heater

Not only do tankless water heaters take up little space, but they are more energy efficient than standard storage tank units.  Gas tankless water heaters cut water heating expenses by 30% because these models only heat water on an as-needed basis.  Conventional storage tank types consume energy round the clock to keep water in the […]

Green Cabinetry, Part II

It’s certainly getting easier to find cabinetry made with sustainable materials that have less of an impact on the environment than conventional materials.  In Part I of my series about eco-friendly cabinetry, I highlighted the benefits of cabinets made from a rapidly renewable resource–bamboo. Here, in Part II, FSC-certified cabinetry will be the focus.  FSC […]

Low-Maintenance Lawns

Want a great looking lawn without all the mowing, fertilizing and watering?  There’s good news:  special blends of various types of grasses have been designed to create eco-friendly landscapes.  Whether you’re starting your lawn from bare soil or converting small sections of established turf at a time, there’s a low-maintenance option for you.

How to Locate your Dream Green Home

Tired of living in cookie cutter homes that have paid no attention to indoor air quality or energy efficiency? Not only have homes listed by the following resources been built to high environmental standards, they will cost less to operate and maintain.  You’ll find such green features, strategies and technologies as:  efficient use of energy, […]

Save Energy and Lower Your Cooling Bills

Here in Southeastern Pennsylvania, we’ve been fortunate enough to have lower-than-normal temperatures so far this summer.  I’ve heard many people say how great it’s been to not have to run the air conditioner, especially in these difficult economic times when paying high energy bills is the last thing you want to do.  But, if you […]

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