Tips help customers manage electricity costs amid summer heat wave

Because hot weather can lead to higher energy bills, Duke Energy has offered the following tools and tips to help customers manage those costs this summer. Experts with Duke Energy, which serves customers in North and South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky,...

GE unveils its first HomeKit-enabled window air unit

GE unveils its first HomeKit-enabled window air unit

For the first time, U.S. homeowners can control GE window air conditioners with their iPhones and iPads. The units now include technology that makes them compatible with Apple HomeKit. Delivering 8,000 to 12,000 BTUs to cool medium- to large-sized rooms, the units are the first HomeKit-compatible air conditioners available for the U.S.

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...

Shout it out: Whisper Valley named Austin's best new community

Shout it out: Whisper Valley named Austin's best new community

Whisper Valley, a zero-energy capable community in East Austin, has been named Best New Community by The Homebuilder Association of Greater Austin. The award honors builders and developers who made significant contributions in residential real estate in 2017. All Whisper...

Infographic: How much does a smart home actually save?

Energy saving smart devices are no longer things of the future. The recent eruption of smart home technology has given us everything from smart lights that turn off automatically to smart power strips that can “unplug” devices not in use....

6 must-knows for choosing best energy-efficient appliances

6 must-knows for choosing best energy-efficient appliances

While the initial cost of a new appliance might appear expensive, if you analyze the cost in energy savings between new and old units, newer energy-efficient appliances pay for themselves in a short time. Below are six things homeowners should...

Reflective technology designed to increase siding resilience

Ply Gem, a leading North American building products manufacturer, has unveiled new technology designed to boost siding performance. SolarDefense reflective technology is available on select vinyl siding lines from Mastic by Ply Gem, according to a release. SolarDefense provides protection...

Maintenance key to getting most of AC units

Maintenance key to getting most of AC units

As many of us get ready to crank the air conditioning, some will wonder if their units will hold up for another summer. While it is easy to push off booking a service appointment, it is a risk best avoided,...

Sustainable housing community takes shape in Mass.

Ground has been broken on a first-of-its-kind urban agriculture-focused, solar-powered community, designed to combine an energy-efficient lifestyle with affordable housing. Hillside Center for Sustainable Living is a concept that fuses green living and low market prices for Newburyport, Mass., residents,...

Geothermal-powered Halifax home uses automation for energy savings

Geothermal-powered Halifax home uses automation for energy savings

A luxury home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, combines a modern appearance with advanced technologies to spur energy efficiency. The Syncline House, developed by Omar Gandhi Architect, is a two-story residence with a mezzanine set atop a rocky foundation that inspired...

Alexa, Rinnai integrates Amazon technology into water heaters

Alexa, Rinnai integrates Amazon technology into water heaters

Rinnai Corp., a leading producer of tankless gas water heaters, has become the first tankless manufacturer to feature Amazon Alexa integrated into its products. The innovation allows users to ask Alexa, “Alexa, ask Rinnai to start circulation,” or say, “Alexa,...

Remodels should focus on form, function

Remodels should focus on form, function

Spring has sprung, and as temperatures rise across the country, so does interest among homeowners for sprucing up around the house and remodeling. Spending on home improvements is expected to grow nearly 5 percent in 2018, according to the National...

Federal funding to support home energy improvement research

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to invest up to $11.5 million to support early-stage research and validation of energy performance improvements in existing and new residential buildings. With more than 118 million single-family, multifamily and mobile homes across the...

3 ways to improve mobile home energy efficiency

3 ways to improve mobile home energy efficiency

Despite being a cost-effective housing option, mobile homes aren’t known for their energy efficiency. Design issues can result in high utility costs. In fact, utilities can cost up to 50 percent more in a mobile home as compared to a site-built home of similar age and size, according to statistics from the U.S.

World coming up short to meet 2030 energy targets for sustainable development

The world is falling behind the pace required to meet global energy targets for 2030, with a billion people still living without electricity and about 40 percent of the global population lacking access to clean cooking fuels, according to a...

Infographic: 6 troubling facts about home indoor air

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), more than seven million people annually across the globe die because of exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollution. Of those premature deaths, 3.8 million are caused by exposure to indoor air pollution....

Safeguard your home against lightning damage

Safeguard your home against lightning damage

There's no good way to prevent or totally avoid a lightning strike, but homeowners can minimize the damage.

Bless You! The Best Tips to Stop Spring Sneezes

Bless You! The Best Tips to Stop Spring Sneezes

Allergies affect as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children.

Smart Thermostats vs. Programmable Thermostats: Which Option is Right For You?

Smart Thermostats vs. Programmable Thermostats: Which Option is Right For You?

If you have a manual thermostat, it’s time to upgrade — especially if you’re concerned about your home energy usage.

LEED Certified Neighborhood Opening In Phoenix

LEED Certified Neighborhood Opening In Phoenix

Nestled in the foothills of South Mountain, the region has retained the flavor of its rural roots while providing residents easy access to all that Phoenix has to offer.

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