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You can help save the planet while also saving cash, according to the Alliance to Save Energy. The average U.S. household spends about $3,425 to power a car and $2,175 on home energy costs--in other words, about $5,600 on energy costs per year. That number is likely even greater with rising fuel and utility costs.The Alliance is offering up some pointers on how to trim those yearly expenses w...
Read Post [Posted on 09/14/2014 By John Askins]
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Read Post [Posted on 09/11/2014 By Susan Greer]
(NewsUSA)  For more than a decade, homeowners have embraced going green in various ways. Now, a growing number of consumers are choosing American-made solar panels for their homes—and the solar installation industry is booming. Currently, about 13 gigawatts of solar electric capacity have been installed nationwide—enough to power more than 2 million households. Underscoring this trend is tha...
Read Post [Posted on 09/09/2014 By Susan Roddy]
END binder-item After successfully inserting genes from bioluminescent bacteria into plants, a group of California biologists have their sights set on engineering glowing trees. Image: DIYSect We’re big proponents of trees as energy savers — they create shade and wind breaks for your home. So how...
Read Post [Posted on 09/09/2014 By Marla Lewis]
Solar panels are soaring in popularity, almost becoming a standard for new homes in several markets, Bloomberg reports. Six of the 10 largest U.S. homebuilders say they now include solar panels in new construction, and consumer demand for them is expected to soar 56 percent nationwide this year, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.  “In the next six months, homebuilders in C...
Read Post [Posted on 09/05/2014 By John Askins]
(NewsUSA) – People throughout the U.S. have set their sights on becoming more environmentally friendly — especially when it comes to their homes. Data from a recent Green Builder Media study confirms this trend with nearly 85 percent of respondents showing a positive association with the term “green” and wanting to be known for having a green life. Whether they know it or not, when specifying U....
Read Post [Posted on 09/03/2014 By Susan Roddy]
Mandell Park is small, but significant. The 1.2 acres of land situated at the corner of Mandell Street and Richmond Avenue are an example of what happens when people, organizations, corporations and government entities come together for a cause. What once was an unofficial trash dump has transformed over the course of its over 30-years as city property into a first-class park with gardens, benches...
Read Post [Posted on 09/02/2014 By Susan Arnoldy]
Major builders say they are continuing to ramp up efforts to build homes that cost less to maintain and that you can buy at affordable prices."Just about all the larger builders are focusing on energy efficiency," says Kevin Morrow of the National Association of Home Builders.But while net-zero building--a home that’s designed to produce as much energy as it uses annually--has become common in Can...
Read Post [Posted on 09/02/2014 By John Askins]
Nearly one-third of new construction projects in the United States qualify as "green," up from 2 percent nine years ago, according to McGraw-Hill Construction.The green category is obtained by becoming LEED-certified.LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998 to encourage en...
Read Post [Posted on 08/25/2014 By John Askins]
Professional Energy Audits: The Costs and Benefits Published: August 28, 2009 By: Jane Hodges 27 Comments 89 People Did It Tagged in: Green Living Saving Energy . Address the energy efficiency issues weighing down your utility bills, with help from an energy audit. Effort: Low 1-4 hrs Saves: Med $110-$660/yr Investment: Low $150-$600 . . ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/24/2014 By Cassandra Dixon]
While housing markets may be uneven in many parts of the country, more buyers are placing an emphasis on green -- with some studies showing that green homes can sell for higher dollar than non-green homes.  In Portland, OR., an analysis from the Earth Advantage Institute found that green-certified new homes sold, on average, for 8 percent more than non-certified green homes--and in one of ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/22/2014 By John Askins]
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Read Post [Posted on 08/21/2014 By Susan Greer]
Brazos River Canoe Launch Opens in Sugar Land Brazos River Canoe Launch Opens in Sugar Land Sugar Land, TX - The City of Sugar Land opened its first public canoe launch at U.S. Highway 59 and the Brazos River turnaround. The canoe launch is part of a larger initiative led by Fort Bend Green to designate the Brazos River within Fort Bend County as a Texas Parks and Wildlife official paddli...
Read Post [Posted on 08/21/2014 By Stanley Poscovsky]
Lighting can make or break a home. Good lighting adds warmth and ambience. Bad lighting can draw attention to flaws and be downright gloomy. Not only that, we've made great advances in lighting technology that there are many energy efficienct options out there that will save you money in the long run and they're designer chic! This article pulls together some lighting 101 tips for the whole home. ...
Read Post [Posted on 08/20/2014 By Cynthia Mullins]
Manhattan may get all the ink when it comes to high-rise habitation, but with the economy steadily improving and modern architectural and construction techniques encouraging more daring developments, cities from Los Angeles to Houston are finding that when you can't spread out, you may as well move up.Even the famously squat Washington, D.C., is edging into the trend, with talk of repeal...
Read Post [Posted on 08/19/2014 By John Askins]
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