5 ways to stay cool, save money this summer

5 ways to stay cool, save money this summer

Today marks the official start of summer, though summerlike heat across much of the country might have had Americans thinking the season started weeks ago. With warm temperatures settling in – and more heat to come – Georgia Power offers...

5 considerations for installing metal roofs to support solar panel investment

5 considerations for installing metal roofs to support solar panel investment

As the first state in the nation to require all new homes to have solar power, California’s recent decision may have American homeowners consider other roofing options, according to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), a leading non-profit trade organization. “California’s...

Vegetables could make concrete stronger, environmentally friendly

Vegetables could make concrete stronger, environmentally friendly

Vegetables are good for the body. They also appear to be good for concrete. Engineers at Lancaster University are working with industrial partners at Cellucomp Ltd UK to research over the next two years how concrete mixtures can be strengthened...

Complex earns Utah's first multifamily LEED platinum certification

Complex earns Utah's first multifamily LEED platinum certification

An apartment building in Utah has become that state’s first multifamily structure to earn a prestigious green building honor. Alta Gateway Station in Salt Lake City recently received LEED platinum certification, according to a release. The LEED rating system, developed...

Annual energy expense for home prototype projected at $69

Annual energy expense for home prototype projected at $69

Imagine the annual energy cost for your home being only about what it costs to take a family to dinner. A new carbon positive home in one of Australia’s first sustainable housing projects is expected to rack up just $69...

Infographic: Budgeting for home window replacement

Infographic: Budgeting for home window replacement

Windows play pivotal roles in the look and, perhaps more importantly, the efficiency of a home. When it comes to replacing those windows, the task isn’t always simple – or inexpensive. You want windows that not only provide great views,...

Missouri inmates to build tiny homes

Inmates in Missouri are about to play a big role in the tiny home trend. Those serving time at the Northeast Correctional Center will soon be constructing the homes for sale. The program is designed to help address the need...

Study: People willing to pay more for energy efficient homes

Study: People willing to pay more for energy efficient homes

Much like in other parts of the world, Australians are willing to pay a premium for energy efficient homes. But the recent release of a study on the topic has prompted calls for a mandatory energy efficiency rating (EER) disclosure...

Infographic: Which states care most about the environment?

Google searches turn up virtually anything imaginable, from the common to the most obscure. Analytics from searches on topics related to the environment reveal what Americans in different want to know most about green and sustainable living. SaveOnEnergy.com examined Google...

Tiny house concept offers lessons for new student housing

Tiny house concept offers lessons for new student housing

As times change and building practices advance, student housing has graduated as well from traditional dorm standards of simply cramming beds, desks and people into tiny spaces. A new complex converted from a former office building in the Netherlands uses...

Precast concrete walls provide efficiency, durability to N.C. home

Precast concrete walls provide efficiency, durability to N.C. home

After living for three decades in New England, Cindy Moore decided her “last move” would be to western North Carolina and into an Irish farmhouse she designed. To help ensure structural efficiency and durability, those plans included erecting walls made...

Report: Communities toss less trash when paying for what's discarded

Communities where residents pay for just the trash they toss tend to throw away less trash than those living in communities with other forms of waste management efforts, according to a new report. WasteZero, a leader in helping cities and...

5 ways to 'future-proof' a kitchen

5 ways to 'future-proof' a kitchen

We upgrade our phones every year, yet we’re reluctant to outfit our kitchens with technology that ensures they outlast the next decade of fads. According to Innit, an eating technology company that has developed a connected food platform, home renovators...

3D-printed efficient homes could be 'milestone' in face of labor shortage

3D-printed efficient homes could be 'milestone' in face of labor shortage

Five houses of varying sizes going up in Netherlands

Low-income families to benefit from Habitat energy-efficiency project

A triplex built to one of Vermont’s higher energy-efficient standards will help low-income families save on utility costs for years to come. Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity recently completed its first project in Essex Junction, a home that allows the...

New fan designed to improve home indoor air quality

New fan designed to improve home indoor air quality

A new product from Panasonic Eco Solutions North America aims to increase ventilation and increase indoor air quality in homes. The company’s WhisperFresh Select ventilation fan brings fresh, filtered supply air from outdoors into the home, and helps create balanced...

Eatin' good in the Hawaiian agrihood

Eatin' good in the Hawaiian agrihood

A first-of-its-kind residential community in Hawaii, where residents will be encouraged to grow their own food, soon will take shape on the state’s big island. Officials have OK’d the development of a sustainable agrihood on Hawaii Island, giving final approval...

Michigan students getting lesson in sustainable home building

Michigan students getting lesson in sustainable home building

A group of University of Michigan students – and some prospective green builders – are erecting a sustainable home on the campus. The students are crafting the structure from straw bales and layers of adobe as part of a green...

New solar plant to power 10,000 Kansas homes

Some 10,000 homes in Kansas soon will benefit from solar power. The city of Pratt has teamed with Inovateus Solar and Kenyon Energy to build a solar farm. Once in operation – the farm is expected to be operational in...

Concrete industry tackling greenhouse gas issues

Concrete industry tackling greenhouse gas issues

Manufacturers have been working to reduce their carbon footprint for years, with little success.

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