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Zero Energy Upgrades Could Cost Zero Dollars

A simple calculation shows how you can have a zero energy home for the same price as a conventional one, and keep the monthly savings in your pocket. Here’s how it worked for Bruce.

Induction Cooks Better than Gas

There is no doubt that induction uses less energy than an electric resistance burner, but comparing it to a gas burner is more complicated. Here’s how it breaks down.

What Home Buyers Should Look For (and avoid) in High Performance Homes

If you are in the market to buy a home, read the sales material carefully. If you aren’t sure about a phrase or a term, make sure to ask what that means. If you see a feature that you’ve never seen before, ask how it works and what the benefit is for having that feature in your home.

Eco-Friendly Upgrades to Increase Your Home’s Value

Generally, if you’ve maintained your home to a reasonable standard, there’s nowhere to go but up. And for those ready to start redesigning their living space, renovations can be a combination of elements that enhance your current eco-lifestyle while remaining practical for a resale later.

10 Ways to Build A More Eco-Friendly Home

Green home building is no longer just a trend. So many more people these days are interested in building an eco-friendly home that 51 percent of builders expect at least 60 percent of their new homes to qualify as green by 2020. Whether you are thinking about remodeling or building new, here are a few things you should know about eco-friendly home building.

Six Steps to Success with Heat Recovery Ventilation

While HRV equipment is well-design and durable, the technology has been plagued by poor installation practices that reduce their value. “In all my many years in the HVAC industry,” says Manclark. “I have never seen anything screwed up as much as HRVs.” Here are the six steps to success for selecting and installing HRVs.

Home Resilience: Protecting Your Home from Wildfires

Deadly fire has become more severe and almost commonplace the last few years in the US and is only expected to increase in frequency with climate change. Currently, 45 million homes are at risk of being affected by a wildfire. Here are building and landscaping tips to protect your home.

A Roadmap to Building Affordable Zero Energy Homes

To achieve zero energy, designers and builders everywhere are employing an array of design concepts, product choices, and financing approaches. Because there are so many ideas, it seems appropriate to offer a quick rundown of the most cost-effective measures for getting to zero energy.

Landscaping for Energy Efficiency

When designing, building or even remodeling a home to be very energy efficient, much time is spent on the building envelope, electrical systems and appliances. But did you know that exterior landscaping can affect the energy performance of your home?

Earning LEED Platinum by Designing a Home For Health

By Heather Benjamin, Content Marketing Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council – originally featured on the USGBC’s Green Home Guide Putting a premium on indoor air quality and non-toxic materials, the homeowners of Right Sized Passive Home in Oak Park,...

How to Create Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Garden Beds

Just because plants are natural doesn’t mean that growing them in your yard makes them eco-friendly. People often use natural elements in their landscaping but choose, arrange, and maintain them in unnatural ways. Here’s how to create low-maintenance, eco-friendly garden beds.

18 Trends for Sustainable Homes in 2018

Think sustainable home design is just a fad? Think again. Green is growing and growing and growing. Whether you’re already on the bandwagon or you’re just starting to dip your toes in, here are 18 trends for sustainable homes in 2018, so you can start planning your eco-upgrades for the coming year.

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