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Sheerweave Infinity: Sustainable Window Treatment Fabric

Sheerweave Infinity: Sustainable Window Treatment Fabric

SheerWeave Infinity window treatment fabric is PVC-free and 100% recyclable. SheerWeave Infinity provides solar heat control, glare reduction, and is made from 100% post-industrial waste by-products.

Type: Brochure




List of No Brainers

List of No Brainers

The measures contained in this facts sheet are dubbed no brainers, implementing them will not significantly add to first costs, but can provide potential energy savings to any home.

Type: Fact Sheet




Concrete Countertops

Concrete Countertops

Concrete countertops are increasing in popularity. Few materials are as versatile as concrete. Concrete can be molded into any shape or color, and can be made smooth or rough. Concrete countertops can be left to look natural or mixed with chemical stains and pigments that allow it to mimic marble, granite, or limestone.

Type: Guide




Buying Guide-Refrigerators

Buying Guide-Refrigerators

Refrigerators need to run non-stop, so it is important to choose a model that will be cost-efficient to run and will not waste resources. With so many designs, features, and new options, buying a refrigerator can be a complicated decision.

Type: Guide




Buying Guide-Ranges

Buying Guide-Ranges

Ranges usually get quite a bit of use, so it is important to choose a model that will be cost and energy efficient. Features like lights and cook time displays will help keep the heat output at a minimum and save energy and money.

Type: Guide




Buying Guide-Dryers

Buying Guide-Dryers

Regardless of the model, most clothes dryers will do what they are designed to do, dry clothes. Some, however, dry clothes more efficiently than others, with less work, and less wear on fabric.

Type: Guide




Buying Guide- Dishwashers

Buying Guide- Dishwashers

Before spending money on a new dishwasher, know the best fit for your budget, lifestyle, and the available space in your kitchen.

Type: Guide




Buying Guide-Washers

Buying Guide-Washers

When buying a new washer, look for features that make washing more efficient, less costly, and gentler on fabrics. Front-load washers generally use less energy and water than conventional top-load washers.

Type: Guide




Buying Guide-Cooktops

Buying Guide-Cooktops

Cooktops usually get quite a bit of use, so it is important to choose a model that will be cost and energy efficient. Before purchasing a cooktop, know the best choices for your household cooking needs, as well as the space available for it.

Type: Guide




Ducts

Ducts

The average duct system loses 12% or more of conditioned air due to leaks and poorly connected ducts. By properly sealing ducts, you can reduce energy loss and lower your energy costs.

Type: Fact Sheet




Air Sealing Homes

Air Sealing Homes

By sealing air leaks in your home, you can improve comfort, decrease drafts, and save energy. Attics, basements, and crawl spaces are the biggest sources of air leaks in the home.

Type: Fact Sheet




Kitchen Greens

Kitchen Greens

Use this fact sheet from Bertino-Baumann Design Group to learn how to go green in the kitchen. A great place to start is by replacing your old inefficient appliances with new Energy Star appliances.

Type: Fact Sheet




Exeriscaping

Exeriscaping

This relatively new method of landscape design and maintenance uses less water than traditional landscape techniques. The goal of xeriscaping is to create visually appealing landscapes that use plants selected for their natural water efficiency, including native plants and drought tolerant exotic plants.

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Fundamentals of Xeriscaping and Water-Wise Landscaping

Fundamentals of Xeriscaping and Water-Wise Landscaping

Although the concept of xeriscaping began in Colorado as a result of severe drought, the idea is rapidly gaining followers throughout the country. This relatively new method of landscape design and maintenance uses less water than traditional techniques

Type: Fact Sheet




Home Energy Checklist: Simple Ways to Save Energy, Save Money, Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Home Energy Checklist: Simple Ways to Save Energy, Save Money, Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

By focusing on areas of the home that are the greatest energy consumers or energy wasters, you can save both money and natural resources by using simple, effective energy saving tips in your home.

Type: Fact Sheet




Top 10 Energy Wasters and Savers

Top 10 Energy Wasters and Savers

Use this fact sheet on energy wasters and savers to learn about inefficient products and appliances in your home, and how to replace them with energy efficient products.

Type: Fact Sheet




Xeriscaping

Xeriscaping

Water shortages have become increasingly common across the nation and in our local area as drought conditions prevail, populations grow and development increases. However, altering our everyday behavior can conserve these precious water resources. One area where this is particularly...

Type: Fact Sheet




Insulating Your Home

Insulating Your Home

Between 50% and 70% of the energy used in the average home is used for heating and cooling. Correcting air leakage and insufficient insulation can have a significant effect on your heating and cooling costs.

Type: Fact Sheet




Energy Audit: the First Step to Saving Energy and Money

Energy Audit: the First Step to Saving Energy and Money

An energy audit of your home can help you to identify areas where energy and money are being wasted.

Type: Fact Sheet




The NZE House

The NZE House

This fact sheet offers insight into how a net zero home can be both architecturally distinctive as well as be energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Type: Fact Sheet




Green Glossary

Green Glossary

What does green design mean? Who is CARB? What is Fly Ash anyway? Use this fact sheet for a glossary of green keywords commonly used and broaden your green vocabulary and understanding.

Type: Fact Sheet




Induction Cooktops

Induction Cooktops

With induction cooking, it is the pot itself, not the cooktop element that heats to cook the food. Therefore, the time required to heat the pot’s contents is reduced, providing additional energy savings.

Type: Brochure




Got Leftover Paint

Got Leftover Paint

Regardless of the type of paint used, disposing of left over paint is important for the environment and conserving natural resources.

Type: Fact Sheet




Top 10  Winter Energy Saving Tips

Top 10 Winter Energy Saving Tips

There are many no-cost, low-cost tips that are easy to implement and can help you save on your energy costs. Investing in additional insulation can conserve energy and save you money on heating and cooling costs for years to come.

Type: Fact Sheet




Miele Induction Cooktops

Miele Induction Cooktops

With induction cooking, it is the pot itself, not the cooktop element that heats to cook the food. Therefore, the time required to heat the pot’s contents is reduced, providing additional energy savings.

Type: Brochure




CFLs

CFLs

Compact fluorescent lamps last significantly longer and use less energy than standard incandescent bulbs.

Type: Fact Sheet




Weather-strip Doors

Weather-strip Doors

Weather-stripping doors can dramatically increase your home's energy efficiency and stop those chilly drafts. Add weather stripping to any door in which a 1/8-inch-wide crack exists and air can be felt seeping in through the door.

Type: Fact Sheet




Sealing Duct Work

Sealing Duct Work

Leaks in the duct system waste both energy and money. By eliminating leakage in the ducts, your home's heating and cooling system can provide comfort with a decreased run-time.

Type: Fact Sheet




Knee Wall Doors

Knee Wall Doors

A knee wall is any wall inside a living space that backs up to an attic. Without proper sealing, hot air from the attic can leak into the living space in summer months, and cold air can seep into the living space in winter months.

Type: Fact Sheet




Knee Walls

Knee Walls

A knee wall is any wall that is adjacent to the attic. Without a proper seal in addition to insulation, the extreme heat and cold of your attic can seep through the knee wall and into your living space.

Type: Fact Sheet




Whole House Fan

Whole House Fan

A whole house fan is a simple and inexpensive way to cool your home. Whole house fans work to cool your home by drawing cool outdoor air into the home through open windows and exhaust hot air through the attic to the outside.

Type: Fact Sheet




Crawl Space

Crawl Space

Many homes lose a significant amount of energy efficiency in the crawl space. Whether your crawl space is ventilated or unventilated, insulating your crawl space is a good investment.

Type: Fact Sheet




Ceiling Leaks

Ceiling Leaks

Ceiling air leaks need to be fixed prior to installing insulation. If air leaks in the ceiling are not properly sealed beforehand, the time and money spent on insulation will be wasted.

Type: Fact Sheet




101 Energy Saving Tips

101 Energy Saving Tips

Save energy and money in your home with these easy to implement tips that can help lower your energy consumption.

Type: Fact Sheet




Attic Hatch

Attic Hatch

Many times the attic acess is where poor insulation and improper sealing can cause air leaks that can increase a home's energy costs.

Type: Fact Sheet




Basements

Basements

In many homes, it is common to lose up to 30% of a home's heat in the basement. By making your basement more energy efficient, you can lower heating costs and conserve energy.

Type: Fact Sheet




Attic Ventilation

Attic Ventilation

In hot weather, proper attic ventilation can reduce roof temperatures, which will save on heating costs and lengthen the life of your roof.

Type: Fact Sheet




Attic Pull-Down Stairs

Attic Pull-Down Stairs

Improperly sealed attic pull-down stairs can reduce the effectiveness of attic insulation by as much as 30%.

Type: Fact Sheet




Attic Insulation

Attic Insulation

A well insulated attic keeps warm air out during summer months and inside during winter months. Attics are one of the easiest areas to add insulation to in your home. There are two types of insulation that work well in the attic, loose-fill and batt.

Type: Fact Sheet




Attic Decking

Attic Decking

In an effort to make more storage space, many homeowners install attic decking. Unfortunately, this decking is often installed directly on top of the ceiling joists, not allowing enough space for proper insulation.

Type: Fact Sheet




Top Ten Home Energy Checklist

Top Ten Home Energy Checklist

Whether trying to save money or save natural resources, focusing on the areas of the home that are the greatest energy consumers or areas of energy waste are a great place to start.

Type: Guide




Rediscovering Milk Paint

Rediscovering Milk Paint

Milk paint's durability comes form its key ingredient, cansein, a protein found in milk. This powdered protein is extremely hard when dry and will adhere to many types of wood surfaces. Manufacturers mix this protein with lime and it is then sold in powdered form.

Type: Fact Sheet




'Green' Paint Fact Sheet

'Green' Paint Fact Sheet

Reference this fact sheet for a quick glance at the advantages and disadvantages of two types of eco-friendly paints: low to no-VOC latex paints and natural paints, including milk paint and clay paints.

Type: Fact Sheet




Find A WaterSense Labeled Bathroom Sink Faucet

Find A WaterSense Labeled Bathroom Sink Faucet

By using the WaterSense label, consumers can identify bathroom sink faucets that have been independently tested and are certified to reduce a sinks water flow by 30% or more without affecting performance.

Type: Fact Sheet




Rain Gardens of West Michigan: Saving The Great Lakes One Garden at a Time

Rain Gardens of West Michigan: Saving The Great Lakes One Garden at a Time

A rain garden is a low spot or depression in your yard or near a downspout that can be used to collect run off from your roof or other areas in your yard. These gardens collect and filter rain water that would otherwise be lost to runoff.

Type: White Paper




Rain Garden Manual of New Jersey

Rain Garden Manual of New Jersey

A rain garden is a low spot or depression in your yard or near a downspout that can be used to collect run off from your roof or other areas in your yard. These gardens collect and filter rain water that would otherwise be lost to runoff.

Type: User Manual




Rain Gardens: A How-To Manual For Homeowners

Rain Gardens: A How-To Manual For Homeowners

A rain garden is a new type of garden bed for low areas or depressions where water accumulates. These gardens are planted with native plants and shrubs that are ideal for the wet conditions. The rain after a storm fills the garden with a few inches of rain and the water then slowly filters into the ground rather than being lost to runoff.

Type: User Manual




The Oregon Rain Garden Guide

The Oregon Rain Garden Guide

A rain garden is a depression or low spot near a downspout or other low area in the yard that collects runoff from your roof, driveway, or yard and aids in the collection and filtering of rain water, allowing it to gradually seep into the ground. These gardens can help reduce the amount of pollutants that run off into nearby waterways.

Type: Guide




30 Energy Saving Tips That Can Save You Some Green While Going Green!

30 Energy Saving Tips That Can Save You Some Green While Going Green!

Reducing the amount of energy used in your home can be as simple as using an insulating blanket around your water heater or adding weather stripping to doors and windows.

Type: Fact Sheet




Current List of WaterSense Labeled Toilets

Current List of WaterSense Labeled Toilets

By switching to a WaterSense labeled toilet, you could save as much as 4,000 gallons of water per toilet each year. Download this fact sheet for a list of current WaterSense labeled toilets available.

Type: Fact Sheet




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