Add Renewable Energy to Your Home and Enjoy Federal Tax Credits

Not only will you have peace of mind and lower utility bills when you add clean, renewable energy to your home, but you’ll also benefit from new and improved federal tax credits.  Installing such systems as solar panels and solar water heaters, small wind energy systems, geothermal heat pumps, biomass stoves, and fuel cells, will […]

Top 5 Reasons to Conserve Energy

Energy efficiency and conservation have numerous benefits for both the environment and human health. These include reductions in air pollution, acid rain and global warming; oil spills and water pollution; loss of wilderness areas and biodiversity; construction of new power plants; foreign energy dependence and the risk of international conflict over energy supplies.  Our actions […]

Stimulus Bill Expected to Grow Green Movement

A $60 billion portion of the estimated $825 billion stimulus bill that President Barack Obama and Congress are working on will be dedicated to promoting clean and efficient energy.  Not only will this help to reduce America’s carbon footprint, but many new jobs will be created.  Where will the money go? “Smart” grid technology and […]

Making Solar Panels Affordable Through Leasing

If you’re interested in harnessing the power of the sun to supplement your electricity generation, but can’t afford the upfront cost of purchasing photovoltaics, leasing solar panels may be the answer you’re looking for.  Photovoltaics are a clean source of energy and can produce a significant portion of a household or building’s electricity.  This reduces […]

A Shining Example of LED Lighting in Times Square

A lot has changed since 1907 when the first New Year’s Eve Ball descended from the flagpole atop One Times Square in New York City.  The first ball was made of iron and wood and adorned with one hundred 25-watt light bulbs.  It was 5 feet in diameter and weighed 700 pounds.  This year’s ball […]

How to Increase Your Fireplace’s Efficiency

A roaring fireplace definitely seems warm and inviting on cold winter nights, but many older fireplaces are only 10% efficient!  How does improved comfort, energy conservation, reduced energy costs, reduced noise, and improved indoor air quality sound?  Here are some tips to increase your fireplace’s efficiency:

Designs Sought for 3rd Annual Lifecycle Building Challenge

Calling all students, architects, engineers, designers, planners, contractors, builders, reuse experts, educators, and environmental advocates!  Innovative ideas and designs that further advance green building are wanted for the national competition of the Lifecycle Building Challenge.  The key is to promote “the designing of buildings which facilitate disassembly and material reuse to minimize waste, energy consumption, […]

World’s First Green Airplane Hanger

Construction of Hangar 25 at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California was built to high performance, sustainable design standards.  Now complete, the new facility is the first of its kind in the world to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest award — LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification.

Windows, Part II: The NFRC Label

In Part I of my series on windows, I talked about low-E coatings which enhance a window’s efficiency. Today, I’ll discuss the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) label which appears on all products certified by the third-party, non-profit, and on all window, door, and skylight products rated by ENERGY STAR®. The NFRC label provides detailed […]

Backyard Wind Turbines

The government wants you to generate clean, green power! This past October, a 30% federal tax credit (not to exceed $4,000) was signed into law that makes the cost of installing a small wind system more affordable for owners of homes, businesses and farms. Many U.S. states have rebate or tax credit programs in place […]

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