Need a Hot Flame in your Life? Eco-friendly Fireplace Logs

Who doesn’t love a crackling fire on a chilly night?  If you’re tired of chopping wood and lugging it into the house when needed, firelogs may be a better choice for you.  Besides making your fireplace more efficient this winter, as I’ve written about in a previous post, you can heat up your nights in […]

How to Be Green by Lowering Your Cooling Bills

In Part I of this series on lowering your summer utility bills, I focused on the quick and easy fixes that anyone can do.  In this post, I’ll concentrate on strategies that cost a bit more upfront, but will save you money in the long run.  Not only does saving energy save you money, but […]

Easy Ways to Lower Your Cooling Bills, Part I

The dog days of summer are here, but you can still stay cool and save energy by implementing some quick and easy fixes.  Of course, if you want to go the extra mile and make your home even more efficient, you can do such things as insulating your attic and replacing old hvac equipment with […]

Shade Trees Can Cut Your Cooling Bills!

Mature trees not only add curb appeal and value to your home, but they keep your house cooler when strategically placed around your property.  Some great deciduous shade trees (those that lose their leaves in the winter) include:  Sugar Maple, Red Maple, Quaking Aspen, Weeping Willow, Northern Catalpa, Sourwood and Oak species.  These trees, among […]

Keep Your Cool, Take Care of your Air Conditioner

Whether you have central air conditioning or a window air conditioner, there are some easy things you can do to ensure it runs efficiently, therefore saving you money on electricity bills. Of course, the ultimate way to save energy is to turn it off when not absolutely needed.  When the weather is pleasant during the […]

Cool Pergolas Capture Solar Energy

Did you know that outdoor structures such as pergolas, awnings and even carports can do double duty?  Not only do they protect you, or your car, from the hot sun or drenching rain, but these structures can be topped with solar panels to generate clean electricity for your home, business or electric car.

Homeowners Go Green with Solar Roof Shingles

The following is a guest post by Alan Parker, a blogger based out of New York, NY, who writes about alternative energy, green business, sustainability, and climate change. It’s no secret that homeowners throughout the nation are looking for ways to go green or at least to cut down on their power bills.  As a […]

Got Leaks? Metal Roofs to the Rescue!

Not only do metal roofs look great and last a lifetime, they reduce energy bills too.  They’re available in a wide variety of colors and styles and can be applied to residential, commercial or industrial buildings.  There are metal roofs that mimic the look of cedar shakes, slate and even curved clay tiles.  Metal roofing […]


How can we boost the economy, increase national and energy security, and contribute to environmental sustainability? CARBON NATION, an optimistic and solutions-based film, tackles the issue of climate change. The documentary is directed and produced by Peter Byrck and narrated by Bill Kurtis.  It includes interviews and commentary with some of today’s top innovators including: […]

2011 Tax Incentives that’ll Heat up your Home

Looking for ways to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient this winter?  Tax incentives offered by federal and state governments, and local utility companies, can help ease the burden of home improvements that will reduce your monthly bills. If you’re in the market for new windows, doors, biomass stoves, heating systems, and/or insulation, […]

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