Windows, Part 1: Low-E Coatings

Feeling a draft through those old windows? If caulking and sealing around your existing windows doesn’t do the trick, or if you have inefficient or uninsulated windows that are not well-suited for your climate, it may be time for replacements. Whether you are looking for windows for new construction or replacements for an existing house, […]

Calculating Your Carbon Footprint Made Fun & Easy

We all want clean air to breathe, safe water to drink, healthy food to eat, secure shelter to live in, etc. to meet our basic needs. But our very existence and our everyday actions affect all of those things. I’d like to think that most people are aware that our actions have an impact on […]

8 Steps to an Eco-Friendly Laundry Room

Doing the laundry is one of those inevitable household chores, but at least there are ways to reduce your environmental impact during the process. Let’s take a look at greening and cleaning the wash and the laundry room.

U.S. Green Building Council Raises the LEED Bar

The USGBC’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building program for 2009 has passed member ballot which upgrades the rating system for commercial buildings.  Changes include the weighting of certain green strategies to emphasize energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions in new and existing buildings.  Another addition is a set of regional credits […]

Obama’s Green Agenda

The U.S. Green Building Council is counting on President-Elect Obama to follow through with his commitment to sustainability as it is anticipated to stimulate both the economy and the environmental movement. Green building, renewable energy, a smarter electricity infrastructure, and improved public transportation are among key strategies. Business Week has the full story. Image by […]

Is Propane a Green Source of Energy?

While propane is a clean-burning fuel, it is still a non-renewable fossil fuel and one that is derived from natural gas and crude petroleum. The United States actually uses more propane than any other country, and although the vast majority of it is produced here, the petroleum we derive it from is largely imported.

New Solar Thermal Plant Debuts in Sunny California

This innovative solar thermal plant located in Bakersfield adds to the state’s clean, renewable power resources. It’s the precursor of a much larger plant planned for San Luis Obispo in 2010 which will power more than 120,000 homes. Inhabitat has the scoop.

Greening Your Travels

My previous post about Travel & Leisure magazine’s ‘Top 10 Must-See Green American Landmarks’ made me stop and think about green travel in general. If you’re like me, you feel compelled to reach outside of your own little world and experience what the rest of the planet has to offer. Leisure traveling not only expands […]

11th Annual Tucson Innovative Home Tour Scheduled

The 11th annual Tuscon Innovative Home Tour and Solar Tour is scheduled for this weekend, November 1st and 2nd. Visitors can speak with homeowners, designers and builders to gain an understanding of the latest green building techniques for new and existing homes in southern Arizona.

Save Gas with iPhone’s greenMeter

The greenMeter is a new iPhone application that computes a vehicle’s real-time fuel consumption, and displays the effects of acceleration, aerodynamic drag, and rolling resistance across the speed range, on easy-to-read graphs. The purpose is to increase a driver’s fuel economy and environmental awareness. Before starting out, Just enter a few key points, like the […]

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