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Sense – High Resolution Home Energy Monitor

Track energy use over time. Monitor energy throughout the month to make sure you stay on track. Set device-level notification. Enable alerts when the garage door opens or the sump pump turns on. Identify sources of energy waste. Find energy hogs, identify your energy baseload, and how much it's costing you. Keep tabs on your home. Check whether the oven is still on, or whether the drain pump is running.

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...

How to Use a Reclaimed Window to Build a New Cabinet

There are many uses for reclaimed windows in the home. Although the most obvious is simply to install an antique window into an existing opening, you might want to turn to more creative options. Few uses are as charming and practical as the window cabinet described here.

A KITCHEN REVOLT – RECYCLED APPLIANCES TO THE RESCUE

My kitchen was out of sink. A while back, I was convinced my appliances had gathered around the triangle conjuring up ways to drive my family crazy. The collapse of the appliances ran the gamut from deranged to deceased…all in one agonizing week. Here are the sorted story highlights and how it led me on a path to find a sustainable option for a major appliance purchase.

How to Make Your Home Net Positive on a Budget

John Livermore remodeled his home to make it produce more energy than it used. In addition to the dramatic energy savings, he zeroed out his home’s carbon footprint, stopped paying energy bills, increased comfort, improved his family’s health, and became the first renovated home in Massachusetts to produce more energy than it uses. Best of all – you can do it, too!

How to Find Reclaimed Home Building Materials

Did you know that building a 2,000 square foot home creates up to 8,000 pounds of waste? And, despite the fact that about 85 percent of it could be reused or recycled, most of it is ending up in landfills. It's a staggering, shameful waste. Fortunately, reclaiming, reusing, and recycling is becoming more common in the construction and renovation industry.

Pop-Up House: The Affordable Passive House

Four days and a wireless screwdriver are all you need to build the structure of a Pop-Up House. The house, compiled of insulating blocks and wooden panels, delivers affordable thermal insulation like you’d never believe. Low cost, recyclable and passive, the Pop-Up House has all of the qualities of tomorrow's homes.

Tiny Home Built With 80% Recycled Materials

In this episode of Living Big in a Tiny Home, Bryce visits a tiny home built almost entirely from recycled and reclaimed materials. Bryce says, “inside, the Tiny House has a wonderful eclectic feel. It’s quite obviously pieced together from objects that were all salvaged and given a new life, but they are all put together in a way that really works well for the space.” Watch and see what you think!

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