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5/20/2009
Last December, the Quimby family paid $1,100 to heat and power their Winthrop, Maine, farmhouse for the month. Something had to be done.  Jeld Wen, manufacturer of energy efficient doors and windows, came to the rescue.
7/20/2011
Prestyl USA’s customizable infrared art panels prove efficient, ecological & elegant.
8/30/2010
The tankless water heater new design adheres to our corporate philosophy of practicing the Three Rs; of Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.
6/21/2010
When the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 passes (as expected) this summer, be prepared by learning what to expect when you buy a water heater, heating system, air-source air conditioner or heat pump.
6/13/2012
Jessica Kellner, editor of Natural Home & Garden, is beginning research on electric in-floor radiant floor heating products as an efficient method of heating the new nursery.
10/8/2010
Adjusting the timing of your water heater could help you increase energy savings.
1/24/2008
There are many different ways to bring solar power into your home. Here's a quick overview of the different ways people use solar energy, with links to related articles and plans.
2/25/2014
High efficiency air source heat pumps are proving their worth for cold climate heating and cooling.
4/28/2010
The Canadian government’s ecoENERGY program stops giving financial assistance for energy-efficient home improvements.
3/30/2009
A survey by the Shelton Group, a Tennessee-based advertising firm, reveals why energy-efficient products are flying off the shelves during this tough economic time.
9/23/2010
Homeowners want energy-efficient features and functional rooms that will expand on small homes’ square footage, according to a recent American Institute of Architects report.Homeowners want energy-efficient features and functional rooms that will expand on small homes’ square footage, says an American Institute of Architects report.
2/26/2009
When you build with structural insulated panels (SIPs), wiring isn't as much of a challenge as you might think.
7/24/2009
An Energy Efficient Mortgage can help you add value to your home by making home energy improvements more affordable.
3/31/2009
Have you found helpful ways to cut your energy use at home? Whether it's turning down the thermostat or installing new light bulbs, tell us what you've done to conserve energy and how well it's worked.
8/28/2008
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) provides state-by-state information on incentives, rebates and grant programs for renewable energy systems and energy efficient home improvement programs.
7/8/2008
Heating water with the sun is no longer an option on the Hawaiian islands. A bill was passed in Hawaii that requires all new homes to install a solar water heater in order to receive a building permit.
8/19/2010
Information about energy-efficient washing machines and cellular window shades. These energy-efficient appliances and window shades will please environmentally conscious consumers. 
9/17/2008
This unusual water-powered clock from Bedol is powered by salt and water.
3/20/2009
The Bedol water-and-salt-powered clock runs for six months on a teaspoon of salt.
12/3/2008
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently released a report discussing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and its possibility as an energy solution.
7/22/2010
Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will stop accepting loans from the nationwide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which helps homeowners pay for the cost of energy-efficient retrofits.
12/29/2010
The Snail, the winner of Electrolux Design Lab 2010 Competition, saves both energy and space by heating food with magnetic induction.  
4/2/2010
Senator Bernie Sanders’ new bill would promote installation of 10 million new rooftop solar energy systems and 200,000 solar hot water heating systems in the United States in the next decade.
7/31/2008
Have you thought about adding more insulation to your home to reduce your energy bills? Here are some good places to go for more information.
11/25/2009
Find out what types of federal tax incentives are available for homeowners who install renewable energy.
6/15/2010
Henry Red Cloud moved back to the Pine Ridge Reservation 12 years ago and started looking into renewable energy. Since then he has started a solar heating system company and a renewable energy training center to serve the Native American community.
7/25/2011
Tips for saving energy at home while trying to stay cool.
5/1/2013
More than the electricity needed to run these machines, the “rinse hold” hot water setting that many households use is the biggest energy drain associated with dishwashers – as much as 80 percent of the energy your dishwasher uses goes to heat water.
5/10/2010
The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, which passed the House on May 5, would provide $6 billion in rebates to homeowners who make energy-efficient upgrades to their homes.
2/19/2010
Energy expert Dan Chiras suggests a simple process for locating energy-efficient appliances and electronics.
11/23/2012
A Federal Housing Association (FHA) EEM provides mortgage insurance to the borrower who is looking to purchase or refinance their home, and incorporate the costs of energy efficient improvements into their mortgage.
2/10/2010
A National Association of Home Builders report and a Better Homes and Gardens survey find that builders and homeowners are moving toward smaller, more energy-efficient homes.
10/14/2010
Researchers at the University of Bath are all set to test the efficiency of the HemPod, a building made from a hemp-lime composite.
6/6/2010
From switching out light bulbs to bundling up your water heater, environmental journalist, Simran Sethi, shares some simple and stress-free tips on how to save energy in your home.
3/13/2013
A 3-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
3/24/2011
B&R Automation announces partnership to serve renewable energy industry in US and Canada.
7/5/2011
Elmira Stove Works offers distinctive, superior quality appliances with its innovative line of Fireview cookstoves.
10/30/2012
Find out whether a wood pellet stove is right for you, and discover the best stove to buy.
5/2/2013
Did you know that a dirty filter in your HVAC equipment can reduce its efficiency by up to 20 percent? Didyou also know that it is recommended to check your filter every month? Don’t despair!
7/1/2013
Save money and energy at home by choosing energy-efficient products whenever you purchase home appliances or computers and other electronics.
7/8/2010
High-efficiency washers save energy, water and money with every load. And with the average household washing 400 loads per year, those savings add up.
2/9/2011
Cam readily admits to being obsessed about his use of energy.
4/29/2009
Having a “green home” means lots of different things. What does it mean to you?
6/23/2009
Let's dream a little dream of green home improvement, without worries about funding.
4/29/2013
When you get home, go to your hot water heater, remove the cover and turn it down to 120 degrees (sometimes labeled “hot” as opposed to “very hot”).
12/18/2013
Bread baker Heather Alf shares her experiences baking quick breads. She includes a quick and healthy easy banana bread recipe.
11/18/2011
Steve explains how one practical guy invented a way to burn pellets efficiently without an expensive pellet stove
10/17/2011
GO Home, built by architecture and construction firm G•O Logic LLC, received the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) 2011 LEED for Homes Project of the Year Award.
3/3/2010
President Obama revealed plans for his new Home Star Program, also known as Cash for Caulkers, which will offer rebates for energy-efficient home renovations such as replacing windows, adding insulation and sealing ducts.
7/15/2008
Cleaning up an old water heater just requires two simple tools.
11/7/2012
Press Release about UNEP/GEF en.lighten initiative’s Toolkit, “Achieving the Transition to Energy Efficient Lighting.”
8/30/2013
Our efforts to improve energy efficiency in the United States might be faltering.
4/25/2013
Heating water is the highest drain that laundry machines and dishwashers have on your bill. Onaverage, water heating accounts for 18 percent of your energy bill.
2/13/2013
If someone told you that you were losing money just by sitting in your home, you would probably want to do whatever you could to change that. Well the reality is that your home is using up energy regularly, and there is a huge chunk of that energy that you do not even need. Luckily, we live in a time when technology is constantly coming up with ways to fix problems such as these. Here are some of the ways that technology can help to save the environment, as well as your wallet.
5/10/2011
Put your kitchen on an energy diet without spending money on new appliances. Use these simple tricks to use less energy while cooking, freezing and refrigerating--even drinking your morning coffee.
2/25/2013
Unit helps homeowners heat more space while slashing high hot water bills
5/3/2013
A three-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
5/28/2013
A 3-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
11/21/2008
Detroit automakers ask Congress for $25 billion, but that money could come with some energy efficiency strings.
6/5/2009
Learning the basics about electricity will help you conserve energy.
10/18/2012
New technology achieves 80 percent energy efficiency during the coffee roasting process.
1/3/2014
Includes two recipes to enjoy over the holidays along with time saving tips.
3/9/2014
This blog teaches readers how to make homemade Greek-style yogurt.
1/20/2014
How to make a quick, healthy dessert on Three Kings Day.
5/20/2011
NXP's wifi light bulb would allow homeowners to turn LED and compact fluorescent lights on and off from anywhere, using any Internet-enabled device. Some say it's the first step toward building "smart" computer-controlled homes. Do we need this?
6/16/2011
Cable set-top boxes in the United States consume 27 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity—equivalent to the annual output of nine coal-fired power plants. Cable providers have a lot of energy-efficient improvements to make.
10/1/2012
To build a net zero energy home, you'll need to design for passive gain. That requires a shallower footprint to ensure that the low-angled winter sun can enter and heat each room.
10/28/2012
Insulation under the slab -- and lots of it -- is vital for the performance of a net zero energy home. So is the footprint. You can make the most of passive solar by creating a longer, narrower house in which each room is heated by the sun.
10/28/2012
Be sure to install under-the-footing conduit to run electrical and water pipes, including sewer. I like to run pipes and wire under the foot to prevent penetrating the band joist or the foundation to create a more airtight, water tight home.
11/3/2012
Don't forget to budget in the cost of deeper excavation and add $1000 to $2000 as a budget contingecy in case you run into bedrock.
11/11/2012
Insulating concrete forms are an excellent choice for foundations for passive solar, net zero energy homes. They create a highly insulated, air-tight foundation, so essential for extremely high energy performance.
11/11/2012
ICFs are not the most environmentally friendly green building product, but result in super energy efficient home, and offer many other benefits, that offset their origin from petrochemicals.
11/19/2012
ICF walls must be carefully braced to prevent blowout.
1/19/2013
This blog describes some of the details involved in building with insulating concrete forms, notably window and door buck details that you need to take into account
1/20/2013
Once the ICFs are in place and the walls are very well reinforced, it is time to pour concrete. This blog illustrates the process in words and photos.
1/20/2013
To ensure an airtight design, be sure to level and finish the top of the concrete wall and use sill seal below your bottom plates.
2/10/2013
The devil is in the details in a net zero energy home. Every single step in the design and construction of a home requires efforts to ensure airtightness. The top of the foundation is one detail that deserves special attention.
10/1/2012
Creating a net zero energy home requires that we eliminate all thermal bridging loss -- heat movement into and out of a building. All this starts in the basement.
3/28/2011
Our “needs” for the latest gadgets elevates our energy consumption, even with the onslaught of energy-efficient appliances and consumer electronics in recent years.
10/10/2011
After only a few nights with a wood stove in the tipi, I've become happily addicted to warmth I have to work for.
12/14/2007
When it's cold outside, who doesn't love a cozy fireplace or woodstove? Wood heat is a comfortable way to warm your home, and there are many reasons it's a practical choice, too.
10/1/2010
Radiant floor heating may save energy in the average home, but for especially well insulated new houses, here's why it's probably not your best option.
7/7/2010
The GeoSpring hybrid water heater from GE continues its impressive run of firsts.
8/24/2010
Weatherization Program Nearly Doubles Payback in One Easy Step with GE's new GeoSpring™ Hybrid Water Heater
2/8/2011
Scott Davis’ “Solar Projects, Big and Small” video offers inspiration for both solar energy enthusiasts and folks who are just curious. Tips and advice pertaining to solar energy can be found at the Yahoo! group Simply Solar, and you can make your dream project a reality with Gary Reysa’s instructions.  
8/10/2009
You can use the power of the sun to heat water for your home using manufactured solar hot water systems or one you build yourself.
8/19/2009
You can use a solar hot-air collector to heat your home with renewable energy. Here’s more about how they work.
6/14/2011
Custom Curve is the first glass window system with a structurally engineered framework that follows the curved wall of the yurt.
7/3/2012
A brief description of Manuel and Mary Ann's straw bale home and its efficiency.
1/31/2011
Cree's new dimmable LED bulb emits a warm, incandescent-like color.
3/21/2011
Dan and Karen Cripes made a few big upfront investments--including solar panels and a geothermal system--when they built their home in Round Rock, Texas. Now they're reaping the rewards with nearly nonexistent utility bills and a home they love.
4/6/2011
In GE's new bulb, a halogen capsule--which turns on instantly--is nestled inside a compact fluorescent swirl. The halogen bulb turns off when the CFL warms up, maintaining the light's energy efficiency.
5/6/2011
Live in a dome home in this week’s Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your own pictures, and you could be the next Photo of the Week!
6/18/2012
Heat Recovery innovator produces a safe hot water heating system kit for wood stoves.
11/21/2013
Although forced air is the most common form of home heat in North America it is far from ideal. This article explains why Building Biology regards the masonry heater as the ultimate heating system for health, comfort and ecology.
3/29/2011
Only 43 percent of Americans know what smart grid technology is, and of those, 70 percent don’t really understand how it works, according to a survey released today.
8/5/2012
In this blog, I describe two of the first and most important design considerations -- the length and depth of the home and the layout of rooms for optimum passive solar gain.
3/5/2014
This post informs readers on the advantages of using whey in baking. It includes a recipe for whole wheat sandwich bread.
11/19/2012
Scaffolding is required to access the walls to pour the concrete. Scaffolding also helps support the walls.
11/19/2012
Additional reinforcement is required around the garage door opening.
10/30/2012
A 2012 survey by Northeast Group LLC was published in October, claiming 95 percent of U.S. cities that have tried LED streetlights are satisfied with the results, saving nearly 60 percent in costs.
9/28/2012
Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center in Taylor, Arizona celebrates national homesteading month with a display of solar ingenuity.
11/26/2008
Find the right type of insulation for a Solar Heat Grabber from MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
10/2/2009
Once built, this window-mounted heat grabber should give you years of dependable service.
2/25/2013
FCX Oil-Fired Condensing Boilers, designed and manufactured by Geminox, provide a reliable and efficient alternative to non-condensing boilers. FCX Boilers feature a steel, non-condensing primary heat exchanger coupled with a stainless steel, condensing secondary heat exchanger.
12/28/2007
Here are a few talking points that can help peacefully resolve home heating arguments.
4/20/2011
For less than the cost of an SUV, a Michigan couple rehabbed their historic home to include solar panels and a geothermal system. The 110-year-old house now produces more energy than it needs.
5/10/2011
In my quest for the most energy efficient ceiling fan, one model blows the rest away. Now is the time to install ceiling fans for lower electricity bills this summer--here's how.
1/28/2013
Even after 15 years, Cam still loves heating his home with wood that he cuts himself.
8/16/2010
Simran Sethi teams up with two neighbors to "grow food, not lawns."
11/16/2010
Simran Sethi starts dreaming of spring gardening, with the goal of renewing her efforts to grow real food.
9/30/2008
Here's why a heat pump might be a good choice for your home.
8/26/2011
Things that come to mind while watching my husband and son work in this heat.
9/3/2011
September is here and I'm expecting the weather to break!
2/23/2013
Heating with wood in a cast iron stove.
5/16/2012
How big a woodlot would I need to heat my home with wood for the entire winter?
2/17/2012
A brief description of our experience with a masonry heater.
10/6/2010
The Obama administration announced yesterday that it will place solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the White House roof by spring 2011.
6/11/2013
One of the easiest ways to bask and rejoice in the gifts of nature is to make and use a solar wall heater.
4/24/2012
Cam describes the zen-like state he achieves while splitting firewood.
10/5/2011
The Gourmet Butcher explains the best ways to re-heat red meats.
2/27/2009
Weatherizing your home saves you money. Just a few simple changes can greatly reduce the amount of energy your home requires to stay comfortable. Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence fills you in on how to weatherize your home and collect stimulus money.
10/1/2008
Here are the pros and cons of using south facing windows for home heating, rather than solar collectors.
1/27/2011
Tulikivi provides a “green” cost-effective heating solution because it uses less wood to heat the same space than with a traditional wood burner.
1/6/2011
Simran Sethi describes the choices she made for her eco-friendly kitchen remodel.
12/17/2010
Simran Sethi writes about choosing eco-friendly paints, tiles, and other aspects of her renovated bathroom.
1/13/2011
Simran Sethi discusses how to green your bathroom in easy ways: through your choice of toilet paper, shower curtain, and towels.
6/11/2012
Heat Holder thermal socks are the perfect gift for dads on the go.
9/21/2012
Energy-efficient home comfort product makes central HVAC systems and auxiliary heating and cooling appliances more effective.
10/8/2011
How I have gone full circle from coal heat, heat pump to wood heat.
7/2/2012
Watering 800 berry plants and 300 peach trees is essential in this oppressive heat!
7/18/2011
This describes how older individuals can take steps to keep themselves cool on very hot days.
8/3/2011
If you’re a market gardener battling the heat, you’ll want to check out these great tips for keeping yourself and your crops cool.
1/18/2010
Do you have a woodstove or pellet stove at home? We’d like to hear more about your experiences with woodstoves and any tips you may have for heating with wood.
11/6/2013
Heat Holders keep in the heat in your feet.
1/16/2013
WiseWay Pellet Stove is the first and only EPA-certified and UL-listed non-electric pellet stove on the market today. This pellet stove eliminates the need for electricity by using a gravity-feed natural draft to accomplish a high efficiency rating of 75 percent. It’s capable of heating up to 2,000 square feet and able to hold a fire up to 31 hours on a 40-pound bag of pellets. The stove is also mobile home approved.  
12/20/2010
Being in control of your own home heating.
12/29/2010
Providing the firewood to heat his home has become a pleasurable hobby for Cam Mather.
4/25/2011
Cam loves growing his own heat!
11/10/2011
Cam hates to see good scrap wood go to waste and so he cuts it into kindling and has even started selling it!
12/9/2011
Cam describes how the seasons progress through one messy task after another at Sunflower Farm.
8/5/2011
Find out how to enter our Solar Giveaway.
10/8/2013
Steve explains a little about why he chose to install reclaimed cast-iron radiators, including a video tour of his installation.
12/27/2013
A blog about the joys of wood heat that covers comfort, energy savings, ecology and history of the trees and sustainable harvesting
2/24/2014
The invention of clear window glass allowed the ancient Romans to trap solar energy to enhance their gardening techniques to grow vegetables out of season and exotic non-native plants in Rome. A thousand years later, empire builders in Europe rediscovered the trapping of solar heat with clear window glass so they as well could enjoy the foreign plants in their own back yard and grow native vegetables throughout the year.
3/31/2014
To see how much solar heat could be trapped by glass, Horace de Saussure, in 1767 built a solar hot box that consisted of several glass sheets covering an insulated box. Solar heat accumulated in the solar hot box, reaching temperatures far above the boiling point of water
4/8/2014
Unforgettable Fire's Kimberly and Katydid wood stoves are heating solutions for any and all spaces.
8/30/2012
New federal standards will dramatically increase fuel efficiency in cars and light-duty trucks by 2025.
6/3/2010
Hundreds of gallons of water can slip down the pipes if you own a leaky toilet. You can save water by checking for toilet leaks using simple tricks or by replacing your old model with a water saving-toilet.
1/28/2011
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, provides tips on splitting firewood for home heating via woodstoves or fireplaces.
12/29/2011
This blog post is a description of starting a building project using Structural Insulated Panels, also known as SIPs.
1/3/2011
Tumbleweed Tiny House Company founder Jay Shafer teaches Americans how to build efficient homes of less than 1,000 square feet.
12/5/2013
Step on the gas with a clear conscience: Use Clean Cities' vehicle comparison site to find the right light-duty model among alternative fuel vehicles, and green up your life in the fast lane.
10/27/2010
Traditional Appliances Make a Comeback
10/28/2010
The EcoAire is designed to be installed in much the same fashion as a window air conditioner and just as easily.
7/25/2011
Cam is handling this heatwave much better thanks to his solar-powered air conditioner!
6/21/2012
A lesson learned in not counting your chickens before they're hatched
8/1/2011
Tips on how to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
12/2/2010
This posting discusses how the oceans stores heat and transports the heat to warm colder parts of the planet. The posting uses El Nino as an example on how warm ocean water can have a diverse effect on the climate in different regions of the planet.
8/8/2011
Tips to help wildlife beat the heat with fresh water.
7/31/2011
This posting will discuss the relationship of weather and climate and how global warming affects this relationship to trigger climate change
10/31/2011
Learn how to sharpen your chainsaw properly with a file and guide
10/3/2013
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Associate Editor Thaddeus Christian discusses the best firewood for your wood-burning furnace so you can enjoy wood heat all winter.
12/12/2013
With winter beginning, these homesteaders are starting winter off cozy in their cabin.
3/6/2014
Taking a bath in the winter takes a little more planning at our off-grid, no-plumbing home.
1/28/2011
Cam describes why his method of harvesting firewood from his woodlot is the most sustainable way.
6/17/2011
Geothermal heating and cooling systems rely on the earth’s constant underground temperature of 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit to provide comfortable indoor climates. The technology works in any size or style home, in nearly any setting on earth.
1/15/2014
Keep your greenhouse above freezing during short cold periods without paying for a heater.
3/19/2014
The basics of using a woodstove to heat your home.
3/31/2014
The best way to start a fire in your woodstove.
1/27/2012
This is the last of a series in home and energy options available to us. It is a short summary of all of the choices we have when designing a new home on or off grid that will benefit your energy use.
9/12/2011
Rancho Margot in Costa Rica is completely off the grid and constantly closing the circle. Nothing is wasted on this self-sufficient ranch, where everything is considered a resource--including methane from the compost ovens.
7/1/2013
Whether you’re looking for a sporty two-seater, a large family vehicle, or a heavy-duty farm or work truck, here's how to find the best options for vehicles that use less fuel and save you money.
2/6/2013
Talking about carrying in the red roofing tin the old fashioned way due to a broken golf cart and some very muddy conditions. The refrigerator root cellar continues to prove itself as an experiment that seems to be working so far.
2/4/2011
Most of us would love to live in energy-efficient homes that are good for the environment and have low, low energy bills. But what are the best real options available? How do you create an extremely energy-efficient home that’s still affordable for most people?
3/9/2011
Any net zero-energy home needs two things. The first is the sun, providing passive solar energy. The second necessity is retaining maximum heat.  
3/18/2009
Sustainability starts at home—but it sure does help to have community backing. Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence takes a closer look at the Cambridge Energy Alliance, a nonprofit, community-supported program that offers free energy audits and customized plans to make homes and buildings more eco-friendly.
5/25/2010
The requirements for the much-trusted Energy Star label have changed after a government test discovered exploitable flaws in its certification process.
10/22/2010
Every year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) releases a report assessing each state’s programs and policies for energy-efficiency. See how your home state did in 2010!
12/24/2009
Geothermal energy is cleaner than fossil fuels and is endlessly renewable. Find out more about why we should seriously reconsider geothermal energy as a way to meet the world's energy needs.
10/11/2011
During the exceptional heat & drought in Texas this summer BeeWeaver worked hard to just keep hives alive... no honey, no divides.
1/4/2012
When one of her goats starts looking for love for the first time, and hollering her little head off, Angela has to do some quick thinking to keep her precious pets from becoming that night's dinner!
7/2/2012
We're lucky to be able to live the way we do, even when we feel like we're melting
7/18/2012
Describes a method of protecting tomatoes from excessive heat using a sunscreen, vermicompost tea, pulling blighted leaves.
2/13/2011
We discuss the role of ocean currents in preventing a runaway thermal imbalance on our planet. We also discuss the impact on the climate when the ocean currents are shut down or reverse course.
4/30/2010
Michael Morley is posting regular updates about his progress building a unique green home with structural insulated panels (SIPs). Here he talks  about HVAC work and installing windows.
4/19/2011
An energy audit can help the homeowner determine the best strategies for improving the home's energy efficiency.
6/29/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains why wind energy is growing in popularity right now.
5/9/2013
Nokero International has been awarded the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s ‘Patents for Humanity’ award.
7/15/2013
Admirals Alternatives make it easier to obtain renewable energy systems for your home.
11/12/2008
The bar has been raised! Televisions now need to consume less energy to qualify for the Energy Star label.
7/27/2009
The new Microsoft Hohm application makes it easy to track your energy use and provides simple recommendations to save energy and money.
6/11/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares exciting information about the Google PowerMeter, a new device that helps homeowners find ways to reduce their electric bills.
12/8/2005
Yesterday I had coffee with Kirk Adkisson, a pastor who’s starting a progressive Presbyterian church here in Boulder. (In the continual erosion of my judgments and stereotypes, I got to learn this week that “progressive Presbyterian” is not necessarily the oxymoron I had assumed it to be!)
1/28/2009
The future looks bright as long as the United States can follow its current energy efficiency programs.
2/10/2010
Profitability, efficiency and growth are eternal goals. As we improve, we set higher goals, always asking how to raise the bar so that we continue getting better and better.
9/24/2013
The GateMate, by Cartell, has the lowest current draw in standby than any other free exit system on the market.
5/21/2009
Here’s advice from a renewable energy expert about what you can expect to pay for a solar-electric system to power your home.
10/5/2010
Next spring, President Obama will install a solar panels on the roof of the White House. The photovoltaic system will provide hot water and some electricity for the White House living quarters.
2/17/2009
Looking for natural ways to ward off that 3 o'clock slump? Real Simple magazine offers nine natural tips for increasing your energy — no pills, caffeine or other stimulants required.
2/19/2009
Want to know more about where that $787 billion dollars in the stimulus package is going? Here are links to a couple of timely articles with all the details about how the stimulus package will encourage renewable energy and energy efficiency.
12/4/2012
MOTHER EARTH NEWS is proud to announce we have won a prestigious publishing award for our Guide to Green Cars.
1/5/2012
Wood is our source of heat for the winter, as are sweaters and hats!
12/9/2010
Simran Sethi explains her bathroom-remodel goals to conserve water.
3/14/2012
After the kidding is over, we take good care of our girls! And, the babies need to be bottle fed, so here are the instructions on how we feed our kids.
6/9/2010
Check out these high-quality workshops on solar electricity, home energy efficiency, and small wind energy systems. Geared to homeowners, aspiring professionals, students and teachers - anyone wishing to learn more about renewable energy systems
12/17/2012
I was gratified when, two weeks ago, Consumer Reports announced that the Chevy Volt was the best-loved car in the world among people who drive one – for the second year in a row. I have never loved a car like I love this one. And I have loved some cars.
3/22/2011
Sixty-one percent of Americans say they understand our nation's energy issues, but more than half have never heard the term "smart grid." We have a lot to talk about.
1/3/2013
Solar Energy International is excited to announce the 2013 Online Solar Training schedule! On Jan. 14, we will kick off this year's online training schedule with some of the most rigorous solar training in the industry.  Join thousands of people from all over the world in SEI's Online Campus!
11/19/2008
Check out how millions of gallons of water can be saved by Aug. 11, 2009!
8/2/2011
Let's face it: Tax audits have given the word "audit" a bad name. But a home energy audit is a good thing, and every home can benefit from the information and recommendations a home energy audit provides.
9/28/2012
The Solar Energy Tour is coming to communities all over the U.S. the first weekend of October — learn how to attend an event, or create one yourself.
12/29/2010
U.S. energy consumers will rely more on natural gas and renewables and less on imports in 2011. Coal remains dominant.
7/2/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains a Pew Charitable Trusts study that finds that jobs in the clean energy sector are growing faster than jobs in the fossil fuel industry.
6/22/2009
Summer marks the start of buzzing AC units, but this doesn’t have to waste energy or drain your wallet. By accessing the energy leaks in your home with a simple energy audit, you’ll save money on utility bills. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains how to perform a home energy audit.
12/5/2011
Hold on to the holiday spirit while saving energy and money this season with holiday LED lights.
7/15/2010
American and European renewable power sources made up more than half of the countries' new electrical capacity in 2009.
4/1/2013
Tonight when you get home from work or school, call your utility company and ask what incentives they have for you to get an energy audit for your home. Many utilities have been offering free energy audits for years, but very few people have actually taken advantage.
10/3/2013
Renewable energy accounts for nearly 50 percent of added capacity in US in 2012.
2/14/2013
It's how solar energy is more affordable than we may realize.
5/16/2013
It’s springtime and the weather is getting warm, but that is no excuse for letting money and energy fly out the window every single day. Hopefully you were able to find all the drafts and leaks in your windows last fall (if not, now is just as good a time as any).
7/28/2010
Green stadiums are being built all across the nation by a variety of sports franchises and this is only the start. These franchises are also implementing green team programs.
6/4/2009
Vermont passed a bill into law last week that established a feed-in tariff policy. The policy is one of the United States' first.
6/19/2009
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed a bipartisan bill that does not go far enough for some environmental groups.
2/18/2013
It's about seven unique way's you can use your iPhone to be more energy efficient.
7/5/2013
New standards for Energy Star refrigerators and freezers will reduce energy consumption and include “connected” features.
6/2/2009
According to a recent American Wind Energy Association report, the U.S. market for small wind turbines grew 78 percent in 2008. Manufacturers predict that this trend will continue in the next few years.
9/28/2007
Many states are working quickly to develop their wind power resources knowing it will pay off big in the future.
12/3/2010
Have you had a home energy audit done before? A home energy audit can show you the best ways to make your home more energy efficient.
1/1/0001
Second annual report shows how homeowners consume and conserve energy; one third willing to cool off in undergarments rather than turn down the A/C.
1/10/2014
Alternative energy has become a hot topic in recent years as we try and work towards more sustainable resources. Whether we'll get there or not remains to be seen.
2/5/2009
Hanging your clothes up to dry rather than using an electric dryer is a great way to save energy. Here are links to a couple of sturdy wooden indoor drying racks.
10/8/2010
Woodstoves can have indoor or outdoor air supplies depending on factors and requirements for the building.
4/5/2012
Despite rumors to the contrary, a Prius is still better for the Earth and has less embodied energy than a Hummer.
1/29/2013
In 2010, Chevrolet announced that they were embarking on their Carbon Reduction Initiative, an effort to invest $40 million in carbon offset projects across the country with the goal of reducing up to 8 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions. The program includes wind, landfill-gas-to-energy, solar, efficiency, and conservation projects.
5/1/2009
Learn how to build your own wind turbine, install your own solar panels and convert your car to electricity with hands-on teaching by Dan Chiras.
9/29/2008
This handy online tool helps calculate your solar energy potential based on your location.
1/20/2011
The Appalachian State University team will be blogging about their progress on the solar home they are building for the 2011 Solar Decathlon.
3/14/2011
We know that heating, cooling and operating our buildings is responsible for 40 percent of total energy expenditures in this country. That’s a huge percentage. But we also know how to test, evaluate and improve buildings so that energy use can be cut dramatically.
3/19/2013
The International Window Film Association says older dwellings can reduce energy use with energy saving window film, which was recently voted into the new California building energy codes.
11/11/2009
Are gas guzzlers becoming popular again? Dan Chiras gives his outlook.
9/22/2010
The World Community Grid uses grid technology and idle computers to power environmental and humanitarian research projects.
7/9/2010
To meet its goal of making all new buildings carbon-neutral by 2030, the American Institute of Architects introduces an online tool that help designers predict how much energy their buildings will use.
6/29/2010
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has invented an air conditioner, the DEVap, that’s up to 90 percent more efficient than traditional ACs.
4/12/2010
Looser standards and self-certification have led to a market flooded with Energy Star appliances—many with questionable qualifications.
3/9/2010
Touted as one of the greenest cities in the U.S., Boulder, Colorado, isn’t cutting the mustard when it comes to carbon emissions reduction because residents are slow to make energy-saving changes. City officials have gone so far as to send out contractors to perform the simplest changes for homeowners—including changing light bulbs.
2/26/2010
A GE Lighting survey finds that 82 percent of Americans use compact fluorescent light bulbs—and 75 percent have no idea that the government plans to phase out incandescent light bulbs starting in 2012.
9/9/2009
MyEmissionsExchange.com stimulates the economy and combats global warming by paying registered users for reducing their energy use.
3/16/2009
A new government-sponsored program calls for India to replace 400 million incandescent bulbs with CFLs by 2012.
3/11/2009
Energy-monitoring devices won big at the Greener Gadgets Conference in New York City.
11/9/2007
As we continue to watch a zero energy home get built in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado, I’m digging the opportunity to learn more about building materials that I’ve seen in finished form but never in process. I like the
10/3/2007
Almost everyone uses a computer these days. But not everyone knows how much energy is consumed by that one device.Most appliances or electronics tell you the number of watts they use. An average CPU uses 120 watts, while the monitor uses 150 watts. That's 270 watts of power while in use, but there are several easy ways to reduce that amount.
12/7/2007
Try these helpful resources to follow environmental legislation currently being debated in Congress.
1/10/2008
Here's one helpful link that can help you find out where your favorite candidate stands on nuclear power, biofuels, renewable energy, fuel economy and other hot environmental issues.
8/20/2008
Check out this dramatic short movie.
11/6/2008
Ready, set, save! Try these online calculators for help finding the best ways to save energy and money at home.
5/21/2009
New York makes a plan to increase solar power as part of an aggressive energy policy.
7/31/2009
It’s a lot of fun to explore Google Earth, and you can find plenty of good information on environmental topics.
1/5/2010
Dan Chiras, founder of The Evergreen Institute, shares information on locating renewable energy training facilities.
5/12/2010
Following a disastrous investigation into the Energy Star program’s certification process, the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency are making major changes, including scrapping automated approval and requiring stricter lab results.
10/15/2008
October 15 is Blog Action Day and this year the topic is poverty. Here are several related blog posts on this subject, especially as it relates to the sustainable living topics that we write about every day.
7/23/2009
The Sacramento Municipal Utility Destrict (SMUD) recently approved a FIT policy, which will allow owners of small renewable energy systems in the company's area to sell excess energy back to it. Several areas in the United States have passed similar policies in recent years.
12/31/2007
While photovoltaic panels are great for meeting small-scale energy needs (like those of individual homes or businesses), perhaps a more viable large-scale option is concentrated solar power (CSP) technology.
10/8/2008
California ranks No. 1 on the ACEEE's scorecard of energy efficient states. See how your state ranked here!
9/19/2008
Wouldn't it be nice if we could produce all the energy we needed from local, renewable resources, such as solar and wind power?
6/8/2010
Here are some ways to save on energy and money while keeping your home cool in extreme summer temperatures.
6/19/2009
Going off the grid offers complete energy independence — no utility bills, no grid outages, ever — but it takes some effort, and you will need to learn how to conserve energy.
3/4/2009
You say you’re an environmentalist, but are you practicing what you preach?
11/21/2008
When you start measuring electricity use, you may be surprised by which appliances and electronics use the most energy.
8/1/2008
MIT researchers announced a breakthrough that could ultimately make it much cheaper and easier to store solar energy.
4/20/2008
Here's how you can find people selling home-scale wind turbines near where you live.
5/5/2008
Here are the basic options for buying your electricity from sustainable sources.
3/2/2011
Leasing solar panels may be a way for you to have a solar electric system on your home. See what our expert has to say on leasing solar panels, from an operating lease to a capital lease. Plus, learn about the federal tax incentives that come with solar electric systems.
4/2/2013
CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. I know that when I purchased new lamps for my house, they had a whole shelf of incandescent bulbs right next to it, and I had to go search the store for CFLs, so I understand if you are currently using incandescent bulbs. But it’s worth the switch — not only are CFLs equal in light quality, they last way longer and will save you hundreds of dollars over their lifetime.
5/3/2013
When you get home today, do this simple test: Close your fridge door on a dollar bill or piece of paper; if you can pull the bill out easily or worse, if it falls, then it is time to replace the seal.
5/7/2013
Did you know that heat transfer through windows can account for up to 25 percent of your energy bill by allowing heat out during the winter, and makes your air conditioner work overtime to combat the sun’s warming? Drafts and leaks can be the biggest culprit of energy waste but can also be fixed with relatively little effort.
5/20/2013
Attics can be a huge energy drain if they are not insulated sufficiently. We’ll leave the heavy lifting for next weekend, but for now look for uneven insulation, base sports, water damage, and anything else that looks out of place.
5/21/2013
Here are seven devices that will help you conserve energy in your home, and maybe even help make our world livable again.
6/7/2013
It might seem like a small thing, but your refrigerator can be a HUGE drain on your energy bill. We’ve already shown you how to check for leaks in your refrigerator seal—now let’s take the next step in keeping your fridge in top working order.
6/18/2013
Having a properly maintained water heater is like going to the dentist: No one wants to do it, but it’s gotta be done. Ideally, you should have an inspection and necessary maintenance performed on your water heater once a year.
1/7/2011
The difference between power and energy and how it relates to toast!
11/15/2010
Two new federal programs, the Home Energy Scoring program and the PowerSaver program, make it easier for homeowners to save energy.
5/8/2009
As tough economic times hit the renewable energy industry, unsold solar panels are collecting dust in warehouses in many parts of the country. But in Gainesville, Florida, homes, buildings and schools are glittering with brand new panels, installed after the city passed a feed-in tariff law, requiring the power company to buy renewable energy from local producers.
11/7/2011
Tips on how to conserve energy at home with Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs.
12/16/2008
The Apollo Alliance want you to tell the new Obama Energy Czar, Carol Browner that you support renewable energy policy.
1/14/2009
Find out what different states are doing to promote power from renewable sources, including solar and wind energy.
3/5/2009
There are many ways farmers can benefit from renewable energy, including wind energy, solar energy, energy efficiency and biofuels.
3/4/2011
To learn more about large wind energy companies and wind power generation, Brittney Tyler-Milholland and Brenna Long talk with a representative from Horizon Wind Energy about the wind energy industry in this Wind Energy blog. With wind farms in 18 states, Horizon Wind Energy plays a role in the future of wind energy in the United States.
3/20/2013
Wind turbines within two miles of residential areas can hurt the property values of homes.
7/5/2013
The “Remote Community Renewable Energy Partnership” exceeds Obama’s goal for supporting clean energy development in small native villages.
5/11/2010
Environmentalists are in a debate about the Cape Wind project. We want to know what you think about the proposed offshore wind farm.
11/19/2008
The X Prize Foundation needs your vote to help them decide their next X Prize.
12/10/2009
Renewable energy expert Dan Chiras shares details about The Evergreen Institute's new Renewable Energy Educator Certificate program, designed to prepare teachers to train a new generation of renewable energy professionals to meet the needs of a growing industry.
11/27/2009
Dan Chiras points out the efforts already being made to increase availability of renewable energy professionals and educators and talks about The Evergreen Institute's new goals to raise interest among potential students.
12/19/2013
The sun provides us with enough clean energy that if ever effectively harnessed, we might never need any other form again. Sadly, we are only able to harness a fraction of it's potential. Fortunately, we are making great progress to get where we want to be.


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