Did you know that most home improvement paint includes VOCs—volatile organic compounds? Think about the strong fumes you smell in a newly painted room, which are often so harsh you have to air out the room for a few days while avoiding it entirely. Those are VOCs—chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene—and they leach into your home every day, with the Continue Reading
Whether you’re moving to your eco-friendly dream home or simply adding a few green bells and whistles to a newly purchased property, you’re making a difference. “Purchasing an energy efficient home is one of the most practical decisions a person can make,” says Lauren Thead, sustainability coordinator for the City of West Palm Beach, Florida. “Green homes lower utility bills Continue Reading
Eco-friendly toilets are becoming a priority in many homes because they offer an easy and immediate way to save water. This is particularly true in regions of the U.S. that have been stricken by drought and face water shortages so serious they’ve led to rationing. At the very least, using an eco-friendly toilet will reduce your water bill, but more Continue Reading
Each year the color gods at Pantone release their color of the year and, in one fell swoop, collectively dictate our chromatic futures for the next twelve months. This year, the color is Greenery, a bright, green tone that captures the hues of a lush field of grass during the first rites of spring. Pantone describes it as “nature’s neutral,” a Continue Reading
Ever wondered what you should you do with all your obsolete, used, or out-of-style electronics? The answer is not to throw them in the trash. E-waste, as this growing torrent of electronics debris is called, is the fastest growing component of the waste stream, and that’s not good. For one thing, discarded electronics are adding tons of metal and plastic to Continue Reading
When it comes to insulating and soundproofing your home, windows are one of the most important purchases you can make. While options used to be limited to only single panes of glass in a variety of styles and sizes, the technology behind windows has advanced significantly in recent years. Many homeowners now choose more durable and insulated windows with two, Continue Reading
Fireplaces generate a lot of heat—as long as you’re standing right in front of them. Otherwise, they can suck all the heat right out of a room and send it up your chimney with a lot of smoke. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s how you can increase the energy efficiency of your fireplace so it’s worth Continue Reading
Aren’t holiday lights the best? The way they can transform your home into a festive winter wonderland—nothing beats it when you’re looking for seasonal cheer. Still, it can be quite a challenge to hang them; plus, they use a lot of energy, and they’re expensive to keep lit. Here are some tips for outdoor holiday lights that are both energy-efficient Continue Reading
Whether you’re thinking of going off grid, or just want to get a sense of your energy use before purchasing a grid-connected solar energy system, learning about the energy consumption of various appliances and features in your home is not a bad idea. Knowing your numbers helps you evaluate your home’s actual energy profile—and figure out if you’ve got an Continue Reading
Your home’s siding—it seems like a perfectly obvious place to look for energy efficiency updates. After all, cladding stands as your first defense against harsh winds, heat, and other weather conditions that affect your house’s overall energy performance. Unfortunately, however, most siding doesn’t really offer very high efficiency, especially compared to the protection available from other green materials. The real Continue Reading
Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Whether you’re planning a complete home renovation or you’re just looking for simple ways to cut down on your energy bill costs, investing in energy-efficient elements for your home can pay off more than you’d think. From replacing single-pane windows to adding insulation, to even just installing a smart thermostat, there are lots of ways to go green that will reduce your carbon footprint and increase energy efficiency and the value of your home.
A common misconception among homeowners is that in order to have an energy-efficient home, style must be sacrificed. This isn’t true at all, since the surge in demand for all things green has increased so much, it’s getting easier and easier to find efficient systems and products that will seamlessly integrate into your home and complement surroundings.