LED lighting explained and why a lighting audit is important if you’re planning to switch to LEDs.
A review of a few of the water-saving toilets that were demonstrated at the Green Building Fest in September 2010. These toilets go beyond the now popular 6L toilets.
Are stone countertops really eco-friendly? Sure they’re natural, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy on the environment.
Permeability of landscaping is particularly important in dense urban settings. There are products available that can help you prevent rainwater run-off and still provide you with beautiful patios, walkways and driveways.
Wool is one of the original “green” flooring materials and provides benefits from durability to low allergen material to insulator. It is much lower in energy use during production than its synthetic counterparts.
You’ve decided to bring more eco-friendly products into your renovation or design, but you’re worried about talking with your contractor about your decision. If you’re new to the renovating or home-building game, don’t laugh — this is a more common problem than you might think.
You might not have thought about it, but if you look around your home and think back to 20 years ago, we have a lot more stuff plugged into our walls than we did then. There are cell phones and Blackberrys, cordless phones, several TVs , at least one or more personal computers, think of the number of iPods your family has, gaming consoles, DVD/VCR players, surround-sound systems, alarm systems, coffee makers with built-in clocks…a lot of these gadgets didn’t even exist 20 years ago.
If you’re interested in cutting your home’s energy use (not to mention your monthly bills), you have to know where your energy is going in the first place, and much of it might be out the window (or through the door, roof or basement). An energy auditor can help you pinpoint your home’s worst insulated areas, discover air leaks and help determine your furnace’s efficiency rating so that you can figure out the best places to spend your money to make the biggest difference to your home’s overall use of energy.