In the wake of tragic wildfires, we have an imperative to rebuild more resilient, decarbonized buildings made from materials that are abundant, renewable, and healthy. We can’t bring back lives that were lost in these past events, but it’s critical we rebuild homes which will save lives in the future.
Did you know that on average, households lose about 20 percent of their heated and cooled air through the duct system to the outside? Click through to learn what to do about it and 10 other important facts about saving energy at home.
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.
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 this October and...
Listen in as Kellye Markowski from Energy Smart Homes offers advice for homeowners/residents to reduce their energy and costs and know the best course of action for their house. She says people take a stab at doing the right thing for their home or property, yet they typically do the wrong thing or do the steps out of order.
by Nikki Fotheringham, author specializing in environmentally-friendly building technologies, renewable energy and all things green Not everyone thinks to remodel their home for efficiency purposes, as well as aesthetics. However, there are several ways your...
A home is given a numerical score, called the HERS Index Score, which indicates the home’s energy efficiency. The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) introduced the HERS Index many years ago.
A lower HERS Index score means a more energy efficient home. And the lower the HERS score, the lower your utility bills and the more comfortable the house will be. Like the miles per gallon tells how efficiently a CAR uses fuel, the HERS Index Score tells how efficiently a HOUSE uses fuel.
The Manual J calculation is the first step in designing a new heating and air conditioning system. The “J” in Manual J stands for Joule, which you might remember from your science classes. A “Joule” is a unit of energy. Manual J calculations determine how much cooling a house actually needs.
Not all insulation is created equal. Some insulation might get an A for fire prevention, but receive Fs in health and safety thanks to its chemical components. Others may be easy on your energy bill but hard on the environment. Here are the top 5 eco-friendly options that also protect your indoor air quality.
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!
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, about 40 percent of energy in the U.S. is used by homes and residential buildings. What’s more, the U.S. alone is responsible for 18 percent of the entire planet’s energy demands. Reduce your use by following these 18 easy steps.
Insulation is designed to reduce energy costs, so in that sense, any insulation could technically be considered green. But the manufacturing process, materials, and toxicity are other highly important factors to consider.
A deep energy retrofit is a whole-building analysis and construction process that achieves much larger energy cost savings than those of simpler energy retrofits, sometimes as much as a 50% reduction.
People have a lot of questions about relatively new trends, and eco-friendly building is no exception. What’s the difference between energy conservation and energy efficiency? Isn’t an energy efficiency makeover always expensive?
In this video, David Dodge & Dylan Thompson of Green Energy Futures share some secrets for a super energy-efficient home. “The era of net-zero homes is upon us.
One of the hallmarks of a home’s energy efficiency is its thermal performance. So it’s important to understand the distinction between the concepts of thermal mass and insulation. Thermal Mass “Thermal mass” refers to a structure’s ability to slowly absorb ambient...
What makes it ENERGY STAR? ENERGY STAR qualified, windows, doors, and skylights: Are manufactured by an ENERGY STAR partner, Are independently tested, certified, and verified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), and Have NFRC ratings that meet strict...
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How many hours do you spend in bed? A mattress that is non-toxic is imperative. We’ve scoped out 19 brands for eco-friendly mattresses at every price point.
As a discerning green homeowner, every choice you make involves a variety of factors. And floors are no exception. You have to love how it looks, like how it feels on your feet, trust that it cleans up without too much effort and lasts a long time – and since you care about the planet that we live on….it needs to be healthy and eco-friendly, too.
Did you know the people of this world create 1.3 billion TONS of garbage each year? That’s the equivalent of over 3,000 Empire State Buildings! And guess who leads the pack? The United States. Part of the solution is to change our perspective. Maybe trash isn’t really garbage? These products prove that one man’s trash truly is another man’s treasure.