Today’s “Green” Homes Will Surprise You

Looking for something interesting to read this summer?  Author Sheri Koones highlights 25 high-style, eco-friendly homes in her new book titled, “Prefabulous + Sustainable.”  Here, you’ll see how energy efficiency and green materials are used to create beautiful, cost-effective homes.  Check out WalletPop for the full scoop. photo by Roger Wade Studio

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 […]

Green Home Tour Seattle Style

Looking for a new love nest?  This Saturday, you and your special someone can take a tour of the Beau Developments new urban lofts project in Seattle’s Judkins Park Neighborhood.  What could be more romantic than saving money on energy bills in your new pad?  These homes are estimated to have 40% lower energy bills […]

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, […]

Save Energy and Money This Winter

It’s easy to increase your home’s energy efficiency and comfort, while reducing your heating bills this winter.  All around the house, there are ways to increase the “cozy quotient”, take the “chill out of the air” and save money on your energy bills. Plus, you’ll enjoy current Federal Tax Credits for many improvements.

Keep Old Windows In Place, Yet Still Increase Energy Efficiency

We’ve all heard that replacement windows are the way to go if you want to increase the energy efficiency of your home and building (and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with generating energy).  While it’s true that they will reduce heating and cooling bills, the up-front investment may not be in the budget.  However, there […]

Green Makeovers for Kitchens and Baths, Part 1

Whether you’re on a tight budget or not, there are plenty of eco-friendly ideas you can implement to give your kitchen or bathroom a whole new look.  In this first post, we’ll take a look at inexpensive, green fixes for these spaces — from decorative elements, to energy-efficient  and water-saving strategies that will save you […]

Make Your Home More Efficient this Fall

As cooler temperatures start to set in this Autumn, it’s a reminder that we’ll soon be spending more time indoors.  To increase your home’s efficiency and comfort levels in the upcoming winter months, there are a few things to keep in mind.  All around the home, from the heating system and the fireplace to insulation […]

Fall Fix-Ups for the Yard, Part III

Autumn, with its pleasant temperatures and colorful beauty, is a wonderful time of year to enjoy the outdoors.  It’s also the perfect time to get out in the  yard to plant trees & shrubs, and of course, rake leaves. In previous posts, I covered “Fall Fix-ups” for the lawn and garden, and here, woody perennials […]

Tips for Saving Energy (and Money) With Older Water Heaters

Older tank-style hot water heaters are not very efficient, but there are some simple things you can do to save energy, reduce pollution and save money on your utility bill.  A tank-style water heater works to keep the water in the tank hot around the clock, even when hot water is not needed.  But since […]

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