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,...

Americans continuing strong water-conversation efforts

Americans continuing strong water-conversation efforts

Scores of Americans have focused on water conservation the last several years as parts of the country were stricken with extreme drought. Though water supplies largely have been replenished, the effort to reduce usage has persisted, according to a recent...

5 benefits of owning a green home

5 benefits of owning a green home

Numerous studies on the value of green and sustainable homes have been consistent in their findings: They’re good for the environment and the people who reside in them. Specifically, there are a host of benefits that can reduce costs, reduce...

Hemp could help grow sustainable home industry

Known for its versatility, hemp – used in everything from clothing to paper – is becoming part of home construction. An Australian company is using the plant to create panels that make up the thermal envelope of new carbon-negative homes...

8 tiny homes built tough for off-grid living

8 tiny homes built tough for off-grid living

Despite their growing appeal, tiny houses deter many prospective owners because of their lack of elbow room. The website Inhabitat recently spotlighted eight tiny homes that smaller structure aren’t delicate in nature, but actually just as resilient as any traditional...

Farm-themed neighborhood taking root in South Florida

Farm-themed neighborhood taking root in South Florida

A South Florida community is going from neighborhood to agrihood. The 2,000-home project called Arden, which integrates agriculture into a residential neighborhood, is under construction near West Palm Beach with a 5-acre working farm that will grow tropical fruits, vegetables,...

Community solar can help meet zero net energy goals

Community solar can help meet zero net energy goals

Using community solar to power energy-efficient homes can benefit both consumers and the environment, a new analysis finds. Community solar allows individual households to purchase shares of a larger solar project, sited in the community, instead of getting an individual...

Survey: Clean, renewable energy the way forward for Florida

Access to clean and renewable energy for businesses and homes is critical to Florida’s future and in mitigating the effects of climate change, most of the state’s residents said in a new study. Business leaders and residents polled for the...

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...

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...

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.

East meets West: Calif., N.Y. advancing clean energy

East meets West: Calif., N.Y. advancing clean energy

California’s new landmark mandate, requiring solar panels on new home constructions, and New York’s ongoing Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative, illustrate just how different paths can lead to accomplish the same intent: fight climate change. They are also indicative...

Report: Energy-efficiency employment climbing

Report: Energy-efficiency employment climbing

Energy-efficiency employment in the United States topped 6.5 million in 2017, according to recent research. That’s an increase of about 2 percent, or 133,000 jobs, and the jump represented nearly 7 percent of all new jobs added across the country...

Clean biocoal heating up with hemp, forest debris and kenaf

Clean biocoal heating up with hemp, forest debris and kenaf

The University of Louisville continues to research ways, components to make better biocoal.

Study highlights environmental cost of tearing down Vancouver's single-family homes

Rising property values in Vancouver, British Columbia, have resulted in the demolition of an unprecedented number of single-family homes in recent years, many of which were replaced with the same type of structure. Despite the better energy performance of the...

Community looks to use efficient tiny homes to address veteran homelessness

Community looks to use efficient tiny homes to address veteran homelessness

Looking to help combat veteran homelessness, students, educators and leaders in Monterey County, Calif., hope to create a village of net-zero energy tiny houses. But when Monterey Peninsula College’s Green Building Design course participants present their collection of tiny house...

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.

Infographic: Finding alternatives to using sand in construction

Sand is the second-most extracted resource on Earth after water. However, it is not infinite.

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