So You Think You Might Like Home-Based Geothermal Energy?

As one informative web site notes, geothermal’s power source never varies – at least on the human scale of plus or minus 75 years. More important, geothermal energy provides more than half the energy needed to deliver heating and cooling, whether in the Deep South or the frigid northern half of the United States. The … Continue reading

Stay Cool, Save Energy, Cut Spending

Stay Cool, Save Energy, Cut Spending There are a number of ways to save energy and cut spending this coming summer, so I thought I would get a jump on them and give readers time to budget the more costly ones.  The best part is that none of them require you or your family to … Continue reading

Home Improvement with Green Products

Home Improvement with Green Products Tackling home improvement projects not only takes a great deal of patience and planning but it often requires a laundry list of toxic materials. Twenty years ago these may have been all you had to choose from. Nowadays, there are a variety of environmentally friendly home improvement products to choose … Continue reading

Building and Remodeling with Sustainable Materials

Building and Remodeling with Sustainable Materials It wasn’t so many years ago that “green” became the next big thing, and people flocked to buy solar panels, soy foam insulation, synthetic parquet tiles (and other engineered wood products), and landscape plants to create green (or “living”) roofs. It was a remarkable revolution, noted more for its … Continue reading

Where Is This Asbestos They Keep Talking About?

Where Is This Asbestos They Keep Talking About? For many people, the word ‘asbestos’ triggers the same level of fear as the word ‘cancer’. This is not surprising, since asbestos can cause a very insidious, hard-to-detect form of cancer of the mesothelial (membranous) tissues which progresses – usually undiagnosed – for three or more decades … Continue reading

Greening Your Bathroom

Green Your Bathroom While it might not be the most glamorous room in your home or office, there are still plenty of reasons to take the time to make your bathroom eco-friendly. Bathrooms are frequently home to an array of toxic products, use lots of energy, and account for the majority of home water use – … Continue reading

Green Your Kitchen

Green Your Kitchen The kitchen is often the center of a home. It’s the place where guests gather during parties, kids snack after school, and families meet for dinner, so when you want to incorporate eco-friendly ideas into your house, the kitchen is the perfect place to start. From refrigerators to dish washers to cleaning, … Continue reading

What is LEED, and How You Can Qualify

Many United States homeowners would like to upgrade their homes. Almost as many would like to get “green” certification for their efforts, if it weren’t for a complex and maddening set of rules called LEED (Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design). Unfortunately, this category of confused and disheartened includes some very fine architects and builders. … Continue reading

Compare 5 green products with their outdated counterparts

There are many simple way to live sustainable in your home. Find out how you can act smart, buy smart and go green without losing the convenience you need. As humans, we tend to over consume which creates a lot of waste. However, if we sub-consciously make an effort to use less energy in our … Continue reading

12 Ways to Conserve Energy and Winterize Your Home

12 Ways to Conserve Energy and Winterize Your Home As much as half of the energy used in a typical American home goes toward heating and cooling, so help to conserve energy and lower your utility bills this winter by following these simple steps. Be Smart With Your Furnace (Home Energy Conservation Kit) 1. Set the temperature … Continue reading