Top 5 Permeable Driveways

Driveways and other parking areas are typically paved with asphalt or concrete, and are not only unattractive, but detrimental to the environment. When it rains, debris and pollutants flow off these impervious surfaces into our waterways, many times via the sewer system, which contributes to stormwater runoff pollution. Paved parking areas also prevent rainwater from […]

All Decked Out: Eco-friendly Deck Sealers

‘Tis the season to enjoy al fresco dining, but first you might need to re-stain your deck or patio furniture to enhance and protect the natural beauty of the wood.  If water doesn’t bead up on the surface, it’s time to protect it from the elements to ensure it’ll last a long time. Opt for […]

Alec Baldwin Requests Wind Turbine

The environmentally-conscious actor and resident of the Hamptons, NY, has recently applied for a wind turbine for his 8+ acre home site. Although a couple of farms and the fire station operate wind turbines in Amagansett, he would be the first homeowner to have one. A public hearing will determine whether or not Mr. Baldwin’s […]

Eco-Chic Outdoor Wood Furniture

The rich, warm hues of wood furniture lend a timeless appeal to any outdoor space, but what makes it eco-chic?  It should be beautiful and stylish, but also made of sustainably harvested or reclaimed wood. Unscrupulous logging companies and governments, as well as illegal harvesters, are destroying tropical forests around the globe, leaving behind a […]

Light up the Night with Solar Lighting

Ahhh, the power of the sun… Nothing beats setting a path a glow without using electricity, which means easy installation and no wires to deal! Today’s solar lights typically use LEDs, or light emitting diodes, which are very long lasting, durable and safe (no mercury and they don’t heat up much).  A small photovoltaic panel […]

Tornado – Proof Construction

In recent months, many parts of the United States have been hit by devastating tornadoes.  News programs show footage of homes and buildings destroyed by high winds and flying debris.  Some of the numerous casualties could be prevented if we built stronger, safer buildings.

Reclaimed Lumber for Home Improvement Projects

Whether you need wood for flooring, millwork, furniture, fireplace mantels or exposed beams, you can add instant character to your home by installing reclaimed and restored lumber.  These antique pieces of wood, some species no longer available, are very strong and stable.  This wood is typically sourced from historic buildings, barns, factories and mills. We […]

Improve the Efficiency of Radiators

If you’re lucky enough to have hot water radiators, the most comfortable and least allergen-producing heating system, you may be wondering how to increase their efficiency this winter.  Here are some tips to help save money on your heating bills:

Warm up Your Home with these Green Winter Tips, Part I

Want to create a cozy retreat for those cold, wintry days and nights?  There are many things you can do to make your home feel warmer, improve its efficiency and lower energy bills.  In this post I’ll focus on ideas for drafty windows and doors.

Eco-friendly Composite Fencing

Looking for long-lasting, durable fencing?  Today’s composites offer the look of wood without all the maintenance.  Not all composite fencing contains recycled or reclaimed materials, so be sure to inquire if you’re looking at brands other than those listed below.

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