There is a whole slew of electricity-monitoring and power-conserving gadgets on the market these days. One of our favorites is this simple, straightforward monitor from Belkin, which lets you accurately pinpoint the energy consumption of gadgets and small appliances around your home.
Windows are literally huge holes in the side of your house – so ensuring they’re well sealed and insulted is essential for an energy-efficient home. Serious Windows are aptly named, combining glass/film panes and fiberglass frame construction to create some of the most efficient windows around.
Two key elements of green building are energy efficiency and longevity (since rebuilding and replacing materials is a waste of time and resources). DuRock’s Tiocoat is an easy-to-apply roofing material that extends the life of a roof while dramatically reducing heat absorption.
Solar energy is clean and free, which means using it to power your home is a wonderful concept. So can you ditch your utility company and rely entirely on the sun’s rays? Well, probably not quite yet for a typical home – but solar power is more practical and affordable than ever before, thanks to […]
Cement is a wonderfully useful building material, and its durability and long lifespan help earn it some green-building credibility – but only up to a point. Traditional cement production carries a massive carbon footprint – up to 5% of worldwide industrial emissions by some estimates. The solution? The best of both worlds may be Novacem, […]
A team of recent MIT graduates has developed a simple-yet-ingenious roofing material (known as Thermeleon) that could revolutionize the energy efficiency of homes by changing color in different temperatures.
Hybrid heat pump water heaters are extremely energy efficient, since ambient air temperature does much of the work (instead of relying entirely on electricity or natural gas to heat the water). And hybrid water heaters are relatively inexpensive to install, which means they pay for themselves much faster than other energy efficient water heating systems.
The idea of residential solar power is hugely popular. The best solar panels pay for themselves many times over, saving homeowners money while reducing reliance on fossil-fuel-based power plants. Initial installation costs can be a big hurdle though, which is why SunRun’s solar leasing program is booming.
Through real-world case studies and concrete lifestyle advice, Sustainable Energy – Without The Hot Air provides a no-nonsense look at the world’s energy future. Nuclear power and other alternative energy sources are examined, and the book looks at whether any fossil fuels can be considered truly sustainable.
The holidays are a time to relax and spend time with those important to you… and just maybe to treat them (and yourself!) to a little something nice. For our holiday gift guide we’ve collected our top ten favorite environmentally friendly gift ideas, which are also darn clever examples of smart design. Happy Holidays!
Besides helping the environment, energy efficiency cuts utility bills. Choosing efficient products and renewable energy sources can also put money in your pocket through rebates and tax credits – but only if you know what programs exist in your area. Fortunately, DSIRE (the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency) makes it easy.