Top 10 Green Holiday Tips

The weather outside may be frightful, but your holiday habits don’t have to be.  Looking for ways to be more kind to the earth this season?  There are plenty of easy things anyone can do to make their home more efficient and comfortable this winter.  I’ve made a list and checked it twice, and think […]

Sophisticated Strawbale Structures

The soft curves of a traditional straw bale houses are warm and inviting, but their “earthy ” appearance may not be for everyone.  Now there’s an alternative, more refined straw bale style.  California-based Architect Henry Siegel designed a sleek, modern weekend retreat (pictured here) utilizing the super insulative material. Strawbale construction has been successfully used […]

LEDs Lighting the Way

Now that the nights are growing longer with each passing Autumn day, we’ll be turning on the lights more often to brighten our interior spaces.  That doesn’t mean our electricity bills have to skyrocket.  One solution, for residential and commercial spaces, is to replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with LEDs, or light-emitting diodes.  LEDs use […]

Tax Credits to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Looking for an incentive to make your home more efficient this Fall?  How about a federal tax credit which covers 30% of the cost of putting in some home improvements.  You’ll not only save on the initial costs for insulation, windows and doors, biomass stoves, water heaters, roofs, and HVAC systems, but these new measures […]

Save the Date! Northeast Green Buildings Open House

Each year, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) organizes a FREE tour of homes and businesses that showcase innovative energy solutions.  Last October, over 500 sites were toured by 16,000+ people!  This is your opportunity to see first-hand the latest in energy-efficient technologies and renewable energy systems. Learn about solar panels, geothermal systems, pellet stoves […]

Cash for Caulkers!

Looking for some extra cash to complete those home improvement projects?  A great incentive is the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, dubbed “Cash for Caulkers,” which is expected to clear the Senate this summer.  Get rebates for hundreds or even thousands of dollars depending on which energy-saving strategies you tackle.  Get all the […]

Lower Cooling Bills this Summer

This Spring we’ve had a taste of what summer will bring — high temperatures and humidity.  The good news is that there are lots of simple things we can do to beat the heat and still keep our energy bills in check.  Following these tips will not only reduce your expenses, but also benefit the environment.  By […]

5 Energy-Saving Retrofits

Wondering how you can make your business or home more energy efficient?  Houston Neal’s article, on, explains how 5 “green” retrofits will reduce energy usage in commercial, industrial and residential markets.

Increase Comfort and Reduce Energy Bills This Winter

Windows and exterior doors are, of course, necessary elements of any home, but if they are old and drafty, you may wonder about how to make them more energy efficient.  Whether you live in an historic home, or a home that has only single-pane windows, there are some relatively inexpensive and easy fixes you can […]

Affordable Solar Tube Skylights Brighten Up Interior Spaces

Want to shed some light on that dark area of your home or commercial building without turning on the lights and driving up your electric bill?  A great solution is to install solar tubes, aka sun tunnels, which are easily retrofitted into existing buildings.  In fact, depending on the Energy Star rated system you choose, […]

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