Maureen Blaney Flietner

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Maureen Blaney Flietner is an award-winning freelance writer and former daily newspaper staff writer, copy editor, and section editor. A member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Ms. Flietner contributes to a range of publications, including Renovate Your World and Hobby Farms, and The Horse.

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JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
How To: Furnish a "Green" Home

Research by the American Home Furnishings Alliance out of High Point, NC, reveals three interesting points about consumers purchasing furniture: (1) they are quick to show interest when t...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Green Homes—Electronic Controls

Today’s home automation products allow homeowners to take an active role in managing power consumption while controlling home climate, lighting, and security. People can start saving ener...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Eco-Friendly Cabinets

Cabinetry is commonplace in kitchens, bathrooms, and often home offices and family rooms. But while durability, style, and color often dominate our selections, other factors to consider a...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Advanced Framing Techniques

With the increased emphasis on saving the environment and costs, there is renewed interest in “advanced framing” construction techniques, which were proven effective more than a decade ag...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Green Bathroom Makeover

From water conservation to efficient lighting and green cleaning, the bathroom is an ideal room to make eco-friendly. Major changes can be made in a remodel or new construction, but a qui...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Energy Star Homes

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, through its Energy Star program, enables consumers to easily identify homes that meet strict energy-efficiency guidelines. In addition, the agen...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Downsizing Your Home

New PhilosophyThe average American house has more than doubled in size since the 1950s, standing at more than 2,300 square feet. But there is a growing sentiment that bigger is not better...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Solar Thermal Collection and Delivery

Unlike photovoltaic systems, which convert the sun’s energy into electricity, active solar thermal systems transform sun-heated fluid into space heat and hot water. Systems consist of ele...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Solar Power Incentives

Solar or photovoltaic systems are an increasingly popular way to offset rising utility bills — just place them in the sun and let them go to work converting sunlight to electricity. Photo...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Modular Homes Go Greener

Modular homes are built to the same local and state codes as traditional stick-built homes. The way they differ is how and where they are built, with some builders going well beyond eco-f...