St. Louis program designed to spur home energy upgrades

A new, low-interest loan program is giving residents of St. Louis incentive to make energy efficient improvements to their homes. GreenHELP aims to help homeowners make their houses more eco-friendly and potentially trim their energy expenses, reports St.

Norman first Okla. city to commit to clean energy

Norman first Okla. city to commit to clean energy

The city of Norman, Okla., wants to become a statewide leader in environmental policy. Its City Council has approved a resolution to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035, reports the Norman Transcript. The measure makes Norman the first...

Now 200 communities are solar friendly

Now 200 communities are solar friendly

Every local government in the United States is eligible to receive no-cost technical assistance to achieve designation by SolSmart.

Developers shifting toward net-zero construction

More American real estate developers could be poised to enter the era of the net-zero-energy building, industry experts predicted during Urban Land Institute’s 2018 Spring Meeting in Detroit. That drive to aim for net-zero energy in new construction and major...

Value-add multifamily investors benefit from green financing

Value-add multifamily investors benefit from green financing

Apartment investors have taken advantage of low-interest loans through green financing programs offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with about 40 percent of the organizations’ business being green. The loans have proven so useful to value-add investors – those...

Green lender Fannie Mae named Energy Star Partner of the Year

Green lender Fannie Mae named Energy Star Partner of the Year

Fannie Mae has received its fourth consecutive Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). An Energy Star partner since 2011, Fannie Mae received the award for its continued commitment and...

Study: Homeowners paying off PACE energy upgrade loans

Study: Homeowners paying off PACE energy upgrade loans

This report shows that PACE financing is a great way to safely and effectively make important home improvements.

Acquisition Expected to Boost Solar Installation in Hawaii

Acquisition Expected to Boost Solar Installation in Hawaii

This planned expansion will increase employment in this Hawaiian segment of the organization.

Federal Tax Credits Extended for Cool Metal Roofs in 2017

Federal Tax Credits Extended for Cool Metal Roofs in 2017

The tax credit includes ENERGY STAR qualified metal roofs and other types of certified cool roofs.

Utility Adds Smart Neighborhood Projects to Enable the Smart Grid

Utility Adds Smart Neighborhood Projects to Enable the Smart Grid

The Alabama project features the Southeast's first community-scale microgrid.

Smart Thermostats Improve Sustainability and Comfort for Community Housing Projects

Smart Thermostats Improve Sustainability and Comfort for Community Housing Projects

Before the pilot project, the buildings were centrally heated, meaning the heat ran no matter how indoor temperatures varied through the winter.

When It’s Time To Replace Your Water Heater

When It’s Time To Replace Your Water Heater

Water heaters typically last about 10 years.

Massachusetts Geothermal Rebates Made Easy for Homeowners

Geothermal becomes feasible for many more homeowners who previously thought it was financially out of their reach.

Wood-burning Furnace Meets 2020 EPA Standards

Wood-burning Furnace Meets 2020 EPA Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency Phase 2 emissions standard requires wood furnaces to reduce emissions 84 percent reduction from the emission standard that was effective as of 2015.

A Guide to Completing a Successful Renovation Project

A Guide to Completing a Successful Renovation Project

When you’re asked what your budget is for your renovation project, you cannot say, “I don’t know.”

Experts Raise Expectations for Home Price Growth in 2018

The United States is in the middle of a supply crisis – the number of homes for sale has fallen on an annual basis for the past 33 straight months.

Turn On the Benefits Energy Efficient Lighting

Turn On the Benefits Energy Efficient Lighting

LED bulbs consume on average four times less energy than compact fluorescent bulbs, 9 times less energy than conventional incandescent bulbs and 7 times less energy than halogen.

Home Appliances Trends for 2018

Home Appliances Trends for 2018

There is an old way of cooking in France, known as sous-vide, that is now appearing in North American appliance warehouses.

Five Affordable Housing Communities Go Solar

Five Affordable Housing Communities Go Solar

The solar development impacts 545 low-income family and senior households, reducing resident energy bills, and providing solar installation job training for the community.

Why You Should Get A Smart Thermostat

Why You Should Get A Smart Thermostat

A smart thermostat can help you reduce your energy costs by as much as 30%.

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