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Cradle to Cradle: Optimistic Design [Video]

“Consider this: all the ants on the planet, taken together, have a biomass greater than that of humans. Ants have been incredibly industrious for millions of years. Yet their productiveness nourishes plants, animals, and soil. Human industry has been in full...

How to Power Your Home with Renewable Energy: Buy and/or Make It!

You can take advantage of clean, renewable energy by buying “green power” or by making your own electricity with a small home renewable energy system. Learn the purchasing options available in your area, or learn how to plan your own system and choose the...

9 Must-Read Net Zero Energy Home Books

NOTE: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Interested in making your home a net zero energy home? In never...

Sustainability at Home: Raising the Bar

By Christina Stowers, Communications Specialist in the Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program at the U.S. Department of Energy When I say “sustainability at home,” you may already know what that means. You’re probably imagining the steps you take in...

What is a Home Energy Score?

Like a miles-per-gallon rating for a car, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score is an easy way for homeowners, buyers, and renters to get directly comparable and credible information about a home's energy use across the housing market. Shown in a simple 1-10 scale (10 being the most efficient), a Home Energy Score report can be used to estimate a home’s energy use, the associated costs, and provide affordable suggestions to improve its efficiency.

23 Tips That Make Building an Eco-Friendly Home Much Easier

Building a home can be an overwhelming undertaking – one of the biggest of their life for most people. Add in making the home as environmentally-friendly as possible and you might feel like you’re biting off far more than you can chew. Still, the rewards of...

Solar for Everyone! Find What Works for You

Good news! There are now ways for everyone to use solar energy at home. Solar is now more affordable than ever and, no matter where you live, the various options for using solar make it possible to choose a setup that works great for you.

How Much Can You REALLY Save with Energy Efficient Improvements?

By Allison Casey, U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory Colorful leaves, cooler weather, cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice everywhere—it’s definitely fall! While you’re snuggling in and sipping a warm drink, we hope you’ll join us...

FREE ONLINE GUIDES FOR SUSTAINABLE HOME LANDSCAPE DESIGN

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has introduced a series of free online sustainable design guides that highlight cutting-edge ways for residential landscapes to support the environment—no matter the location or property size. The ASLA sustainable...

Elemental Green’s Net Zero Hero Hall of Fame

At Elemental Green, our mission is to accelerate the adoption of green home building and renovation – sustainable homes should be the status quo! And, quite frankly, they need to be. We desperately need to protect our environment. Right now, we believe the drive...

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