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Inside the trend toward healthy, natural paint

You may not experience the off-gassing of toxic chemicals into your home at first. But over time, volatile organic compounds (VOC) used in paint, thinners, and stains can render the [...]

Are you ready for residential solar power?

Home solar power systems have been around long enough that the technology has earned kudos for reliability. Some homeowners have actually zeroed out their energy costs and, in some states, [...]

Going green with greywater

Another major drought is predicted for parts of California and the American Southwest this summer. Local edicts will go into effect regarding watering the lawn and landscaping or washing your [...]

Will America embrace "green staging"?

Eco-staging, or green staging, has captured the hearts and minds of home sellers in Europe and Canada. You've heard it here and elsewhere that, all things being equal, consumers will [...]

Natural pools for swimming and landscaping

It may be time before Americans accept natural swimming pools like they have in Europe. For those who can't tolerate chlorine or other pool chemicals, the natural swimming pool (NSP) [...]

Top tips for energy efficiency in the laundry room

Your laundry room doesn't have to be a huge energy guzzler. You can affect positive change by switching to new appliances, and by changing your washing and drying habits. The [...]

Say farewell to your luxury bathroom

It may be hard saying goodbye to home features that are no longer sensible, change is upon us. Last year, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) predicted that homes [...]

Bathroom water efficiency and new-generation toilets

The math is simple. An old-style toilet can use up to six gallons of water to complete the flush cycle. Today's low-flow toilets use one and a half gallons. Multiply [...]

Does your home meet miminum energy codes?

Does your new or remodeled home meet the minimum energy codes for construction and design? If you're like most consumers, Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) believes that you have no [...]

Daylight harvesting is coming to your town

Daylight harvesting, once deployed only in large commercial and industrial settings, is getting lot of airtime with home builders and renovators. The process is just like it sounds: You install [...]