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JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Xeriscaping

New AttitudeThe typical U. S. household can use 40 to 60 gallons a day on average just to water lawns and gardens. About half that amount is wasted through evaporation, wind, poorly desig...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Geothermal Heating Systems

Geothermal heat represents about two percent of the total heating market in the U. S. , with more than 1. 3 million systems installed. A geothermal system does not burn fossil fuels to cr...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Green Home—Flooring

The interest in environmentally friendly floors is growing as people learn about deforestation, air quality, growing landfills, and other issues. Whether you’re a core green consumer, int...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Green Homes—Windows

Today’s advanced materials, better science, and new manufacturing processes make for high-performance window units. Those building new or wanting to replace inefficient windows with impro...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Green Homes—Window Treatments

From awnings, blinds and draperies to overhangs, shades and shutters, consumers have many options for window treatments. Careful selection can bring sound environmental benefits. Reasons ...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Green Homes—Water-Efficient Plumbing Fixtures

Efficient ProductsManaging the country’s water supply is a rising concern, yet many Americans are unaware of how much water they waste. The U. S. Geological Survey estimates that each per...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Green Homes—Sealing & Insulation

When your thoughts turn to energy efficiency and comfort, you may start thinking about new windows, a furnace, or an air conditioner. Experts suggest you take a step back. According to En...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Green Homes—Online Planning Tools

“What ifs” can be a great way to get the ball rolling on home energy-efficiency projects: What if you added more insulation? What if solar thermal heated your water? What if your old refr...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Green Homes—Lighting

Light from the StartToday’s residential lighting considerations go beyond decorative fixtures. Lighting influences our general well-being. It plays a role in our energy use and the greate...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Green Homes—Heating and Air Quality

Where to StartToday’s HVAC is more than just the equipment that heats, ventilates, and cools our home. It is the intersection of energy efficiency and indoor air quality—that point at whi...