Low-VOC paint now listed in Declare green product listing

Low-VOC paint now listed in Declare green product listing

Non-toxic paint line accepted by Living Building Challenge green products database.

5 signs your home insulation needs to be replaced

5 signs your home insulation needs to be replaced

When insulation goes bad it can create a problem throughout your entire home. Clean Crawls, an attic cleaning and home insulation company, outlined the problems that could lead to the need to replace insulation in your home, such as insulation...

5 ways to get rid of indoor allergens in your home

5 ways to get rid of indoor allergens in your home

While many people enjoy the warm weather, spring is also peak allergy season. Despite the beauty of blossoming trees and the chance to run around barefoot in the grass, allergy sufferers are holed up inside as though they're battling a storm. This storm is not the variety of rain or snow.

Add curb appeal and value during National Home Improvement Month

Add curb appeal and value during National Home Improvement Month

During National Home Improvement Month in May, professional contractor Mark Clement offers tips to upgrade a home's curb appeal, which will increase the value of a house and make a positive impact on visitors. "According to Remodeling magazine's 2014 Cost...

NAHB: Newer homes use less energy and cost less to maintain

NAHB: Newer homes use less energy and cost less to maintain

Homes that are 4 years old or less uses less energy and cost less to maintain than an older home. In the Eye on Housing Blog, NAHB reviewed data from The National Association of Homebuilders 2011 American Housing Survey that...

Spring cleaning cuts summer cooling costs and clears the air

Homeowners should add an item to their spring maintenance list this year -- their air conditioning system. Along with getting rid of leaves and cleaning out the garage, some pre-season maintenance and upgrades for a cooling system should be on...

6 ways to go green for Earth Day

6 ways to go green for Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day with six ways to save energy and money when building, buying or renovating a home. As the economy and real estate market continue to improve, Americans are once again purchasing or building new properties and/or renovating their...

Energy efficiency programs cost 2 to 3 times less than generating more power

Energy efficiency programs cost 2 to 3 times less than generating more power

According to a new report released today by ACEEE, energy efficiency is the cheapest method of providing Americans with electricity. Energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy waste cost utilities only about three cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the...

Study: new home insulation quality falls short of building codes

A study of 58 new home construction projects in New Zealand found defects in batt insulation installation in every home. New Zealand’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority contracted Realsure LTD to conduct a survey of new homes to look at...

3 ways to use low-VOC paint in your green home

3 ways to use low-VOC paint in your green home

Many people say they love the smell of a freshly painted room. But what they’re really inhaling are volatile organic compounds.

Don't miss this 1 easy step to lowering your home energy bills (video)

One of the easiest things you can do to control your heating and cooling costs is to change your furnace filter on a regular basis. The folks at Energy Star recommend changing the filter once a month during periods of...

Help your furnace survive the Polar Vortex with this simple chore

If you’re in the clutches of the Polar Vortex with bone-chilling artic fronts pouring down from Canada, you may have frost on the inside of your windows and your furnace seems to be running non-stop just to keep up with...

Is the paint in your home making your family sick?

Is the paint in your home making your family sick?

The chemicals and allergens commonly found in building materials contribute to all kinds of illnesses, especially asthma. What does asthma have to do with the paint on your walls? Most household paints have chemicals that aggravate asthma, and some could...

Green living resolutions for 2014

If you’re thinking about resolutions for 2014, consider making ones that will result in a cleaner environment, a more stable climate, and and a happier you. Here are a few ideas from the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions: Pledge...

Prepare your home for snow and ice storms

As a large portion of the U.S. is blanketed with snow and freezing temperatures, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety offers severe winter weather guidance for home and business owners. Find out how you can reduce damage to...

Is your roof ready for winter? Use these tips to make sure

Although winter is here in many parts of the country, it’s not too late to protect your home. O’LYN Roofing compiled a helpful list to protect your roof from the elements: 1. Inspect for Water Leaks.

Consider these tips for choosing the best exterior door for your home

Exterior doors are important, and they play a big role in everything from the security of a home to the value of a home. When choosing exterior doors, the right choice can save homeowners as much as 10 percent off...

Energy efficiency improvements not only help with utility bills, but also at resale

When it comes to making energy-efficient upgrades to their homes, Americans just don’t think it’s worth it, according to a recent survey of homeowners. The study, conducted by Shelton Group, shows that 26 percent of Americans say they prioritize energy-efficient...

Make It Right houses to get smart home automation packages

The Make It Right Foundation is making the healthy and sustainable homes it builds for residents in areas of need a little smarter. With product donations and financial contributions, Leviton aims to advance Make It Right's vision of "people around...

Seal up hidden holes in your home to ward off winter drafts and save energy

Seal up hidden holes in your home to ward off winter drafts and save energy

Imagine leaving the windows open all winter long - the energy loss, drafts and wasted energy. Well, if the home has a folding pull-down attic stair, a whole house fan, a fireplace or clothes dryer, that may be just what is occurring in the home every day. Drafts from these often overlooked holes waste energy in the form of higher energy bills.

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