Whether it's because of long commute times, the price of gas, or the thought of losing so much of your life to sitting in a car, train or bus, there are few people I know who would turn down the opportunity to work from home. But did you know that if just 53% of white collar workers telecommuted two days a week, the US could save 9.7 billion gallons of gas and $38.2 billion?
It's gotten really easy to be green while updating a kitchen or bath. Not only are newer fixtures and appliances more energy efficient, more companies are producing recycled building materials so you can stay green from the studs out. From flooring to fixtures, here's a little roundup of our favorite resources for green kitchen and bath rehabs.
Dubbed the "world's most intelligent shower," the EcoVéa is an innovative shower system that recycles and filters your used shower water, so you can still enjoy long showers while reducing your water and energy usage at the same time.
I'm always interested in learning more about companies that manufacture products here in the US. Recently, I came across FireFly LED Lighting, an Austin, TX based company that was founded in 2009. They create energy saving LEDs, and their line includes replacement bulbs and fixtures, along with custom solutions for individuals and businesses.
Looking for some energy efficient lights to dress up your backyard this summer? Below are 5 you can buy, and 5 to DIY if you want to update a string of LED lights you already have or make a solar lantern of your own:
Since I arrived in Mexico City a couple months ago, I have observed many new and old homes with strange contraptions on the roof. At first I thought they were skylights, but then I realized that they are in fact solar water heaters. This seemed like a great idea, especially for places that get a lot of sun. Not only are they economical, but they also help to save resources. After doing a little research, I learned that heating water is the second largest energy consumer in the average American home, so a more efficient system would mean great savings in energy costs.
Recognizing the rising demand for green homes, The Home Depot and The US Green Building Council have recently launched a database for affordable LEED eligible products. Even if you're not working on a LEED project, the database serves as easy to use guide for finding over 2500 eco-friendly building goods — from adhesives and appliances to toilets and trim.
With so many devices and appliances being plugged into the home, it can be hard to keep tabs on energy usage. And although there are quite a few existing energy automation solutions available or on the horizon, home energy management systems are still hampered by proprietary solutions limiting their use and adoption.
No matter where you live, capturing rain to water landscaping or wash cars is a good way to use less potable water. However, depending on where you live, your rain water catchment system should be sized accordingly. Here are five questions to help you decide how big your rain barrel should be.
When you think of your dream home — what words come to mind? Soaring ceilings, an amazing view, a large lot or vintage charm? According to a recent study, the most popular feature for the American dream home is energy efficiency. Surprised?