Don't fall into the "greenwashing" trap when buying a new home. Gain tips on how to avoid it and insight into how one website is trying to safeguard against the real estate practice.
The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the amount of energy lost annually through windows costs consumers $35 billion. Heat loss and heat gain through and around windows accounts for between 10 and 25 percent of our heating and air conditioning usage, the largest consumer of energy in a modern home. Here are some ways to make sure your windows are as energy-efficient as possible.
Building a new home with energy-efficient appliances and water-conserving features is now pretty easy. One home-building couple relates how simple these options were to find, thanks to the EPA’s appliance and plumbing labels.
TERA-Light is a perpetually renewable fire starter that requires no batteries, no chemicals — only air and organic plant material!
Energy Star for Homes is a worthwhile green building certification with demonstrated market value.
New standards for Energy Star refrigerators and freezers will reduce energy consumption and include “connected” features.
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.
The ENERGY STAR Rebate Finder app uses your zip code to find sales tax exemptions, credits, or rebates on qualified products.
Tips on how to conserve energy at home with Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Tips for saving energy at home while trying to stay cool.
Existing homes that are certified as “green” sold for 30 percent more than homes without such a designation, according to an analysis of the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan region released today by Earth Advantage Institute, a nonprofit green building resource. Newly constructed homes with a sustainability certification sold for 8 percent more than non-certified homes.
This result continues a four-year trend in which new homes with third-party certification for sustainable construction and energy performance have consistently sold for more than newly constructed homes that had not been certified. The term "certified home" includes homes that received an Earth Advantage New Homes, ENERGY STAR, or a LEED for Homes designation, or a combined Earth Advantage/ENERGY STAR certification.
Simran Sethi describes the choices she made for her eco-friendly kitchen remodel.
Simran Sethi writes about choosing eco-friendly paints, tiles, and other aspects of her renovated bathroom.
The requirements for the much-trusted Energy Star label have changed after a government test discovered exploitable flaws in its certification process.
Energy expert Dan Chiras suggests a simple process for locating energy-efficient appliances and electronics.
Check out how millions of gallons of water can be saved by Aug. 11, 2009!
The bar has been raised! Televisions now need to consume less energy to qualify for the Energy Star label.