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WaterSmart Syncs With Opower for Behavioral Reports on Water Usage

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The city of Palo Alto has chosen the Opower of water, WaterSmart, to help implement a behavioral conservation program. The new program also comes with another partner: the actual, newly public Opower (NYSE: OPWR).Palo Alto’s 20,000 residential customers will receive quarterly home water reports from WaterSmart that compare ...

Americans using more energy according to Lawrence Livermore analysis

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
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Rows of wind turbines line the hills east of the Livermore Lab, a sight that has become more common across the country in recent years. Wind power saw the highest energy gains from 2011 through 2013, according to the most recent U.S. energy flow charts released by the ...

Innovative Lighting Plans and Savings

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2 mentions3 weeks ago
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Smart, networked lighting may the next big market for building energy efficiency and automation technology. But to date, that market has been a battleground of proprietary technologies: different networks, linking up different lighting systems, in a landscape that leaves little room for future mix-and-match interoperability.That’s what makes the ...

By 2020, LEDs May Rival Incandescent Bulbs in Cost Without Rebates

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2 mentions4 weeks ago
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Price wars among various consumer light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have been going on for the past year. Soon the price competition will spread not only to compact fluorescents but also incandescents, which are being phased out due to energy efficiency regulations enacted in 2007. New data from the U.S.

Water Usage and Savings

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3 mentions1 month ago
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A paper released online last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concluded that Americans significantly underestimate their water use. Curious how my friends and family would fare, I reached out via social media and posed the simple question, “how much water do you ...

Look at the Cool Stuff You Can Do With Consumption Data From Buildings : Greentech Media

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2 mentions2 months ago
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Through a combination of energy disclosure laws and new applications for IT in buildings, we're seeing a lot of interesting data emerge about our built environment. Turns out that in Seattle, police stations are energy guzzlers. In New York, buildings built in the 1930s are more efficient than ...

Thermostats and Secondary Savings

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You’ve seen it all over websites, you’ve heard it on the news, and you’ve even read it in some magazines.Lowering your thermostat will save you money.Everybody knows that.But what if we told you there are more benefits than just a smaller utility bill? (Not that there’s anything wrong ...

Outbuilding of the Week: An Old Barn Becomes an Energy-Efficient Guesthouse: Gardenista

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EXPLORE MORE: Issue 8: Water Crisis, Hardscapes & Furnishings, Architect Visit, Barns, Outbuildings, Hardscapes, Sustainable Design, Guest Spaces, Solar, California Architects Carver + Schicketanz transformed the hand hewn oak skeleton, transporting it from New Hampshire to become an energy-efficient guesthouse for three generations of a family in central ...

1 in 5 homeowners still underwater at year’s end

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Just under 1 in 5 homeowners are still underwater, according to the latest Zillow negative equity report, meaning they still owe more on their mortgage than their home is worth. The national negative equity rate ended 2013 below 20% for the first time in years, dipping to 19.4% ...

Four Tips to Prepare for the Next Ice Storm

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3 mentions2 months ago
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Pick up a bag or container of ice melt or deicing salt at a home center or hardware store and sprinkle it on your sidewalks, steps and driveway. If you have a dog or are putting salt on a public sidewalk, look for pet-friendly ice melt. Also keep ...

How to Get Rid of Ice Dams

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4 mentions2 months ago
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Icicles hanging along the eaves of your house may look beautiful, but they spell trouble. That's because the same conditions that allow icicles to form—snow-covered roofs and freezing weather—also lead to ice dams: thick ridges of solid ice that build up along the eaves. Dams can tear off ...

How to Add a Window Seat

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Get a comfy, cozy spot with a view — and maybe even extra storage too Houzz Contributor. Steven Corley Randel has practiced architecture in California since 1987 has produced more than 100 projects, from small interior residential remodels to new homes. Window seats can add a great deal ...

Eye Candy: 10 Genius Small Space Guest Bedroom Ideas

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Not everybody has the square footage in their home for a spacious guest bedroom. That doesn't mean you can't have one though, it just means that you have to get creative. Check out these ten genius guest bedroom solutions.1. This idea will appeal to the young at heart...

Four “Do’s” of Selling High-Performance Homes

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The high-performance home market is booming, with green homes currently accounting for 23 percent of the U.S. market. So why do some builders still report that home buyers will not pay more for high-performance home features?John Barrows, owner of P3 Builder Group and partner at Performance Path Solutions ...

Protect your old house this holiday season

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2 mentions2 months ago
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The holiday season means colder temperatures, and that means heating your old house. But this can be trickier than simply flipping a switch or dialing up a thermostat. Every year about this time, there are horror stories in the news of homes that burned to the ground, families ...

A new economy, a new LEED building

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Editor's Note: From Burundi to Honduras, South Sudan to Ukraine—LEED certified buildings are quickly propagating in all corners of the globe. Since June 2013, USGBC’s LEED Earth campaign has facilitated the uptake of green buildings in 15 countries in which LEED was previously absent—Bahamas, Bahrain, Burundi, Croatia, Ecuador,

Small Homes and Energy Efficiency

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3 mentions2 months ago
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Each summer my little family of four spends 10 days camping in a tent that is about 5 m2 (54 ft2).It is my favorite week of the year. Yet we live in a home that is roughly 110 m2 (1180 ft2).This begs a question. Would we be happier ...

Survey: Illinois ranks first in green building space

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1 mentions2 months ago
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The U.S. Green Building Council announced its top states Tuesday for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — or LEED.

20 Soul-Warming Fireplaces Ideas For Comfortable Winter Nights

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Given that cold weather is approaching fast, we thought we should look on the bright and warm side and present you with 20 Soul-Warming Fireplaces For Comfortable Winter Nights. Designed to suit each customized interiors, these fireplaces add brightness and a strong focal point to any room. Sit ...

How does 3-D printing work?

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All the buzz about 3-D printing for industrial and consumer use is not hype. The technology can make nearly everything: from jewelry to gadgets using a digital model to make something one layer at a time. From jewelry to prosthetic limbs, 3-D printing has piqued interest from both ...

Hot Fireplace Design Ideas

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Forgo a mantel for the sleek look of stone, all the way up to the ceiling. A granite hearth adds a little shine. We sent a note to our support staff about the glitch you just experienced. Please click the button below to reload your content.

Housing: Top 10 most affordable small cities

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Latest from the Housing Opportunity Index from the National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo. The fortunes of this central Indiana city have risen and fallen with the auto industry, according to its mayor, Greg Goodnight. Major employers still include transmission and car electronics manufacturers, and there ...

Keeping the Drafts Out

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While older homes offer a great deal of charm and character, they can also be filled with cracks and crannies that cause uncomfortable drafts. If you want to be able to enjoy a cozy winter inside your home, you'll have to ensure that the heat stays inside with ...

Is Alternative Energy Gaining Ground with Home Builders?

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Courtesy Team Massachusetts via Flickr and Creative Commons license. Solar power is a given for all homes entering the U.S. Solar Decathlon (such as Team Massachusetts' home from 2011, seen here under construction), but it is also becoming more common on new homes as a whole.Will alternative energy ...

How To Install Porcelain & Ceramic Tile Floors

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1 mentions2 months ago
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Porcelain and ceramic tile floors are durable, easy to clean and are a great addition for heavy traffic areas in your home. Learn how to lay the foundation for a tile floor here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z6rPL.... For this project we are using standard 12'x12' tiles. Lowe's carries many different sizes,

Rescue Your Closets With These Clever Closet Transformations : EcoSalon

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Most of us are not lucky enough to have walk-in closets or even have enough closet space in our homes. That means we must be extra clever in our use of these spaces–making the most of what we’ve got.Whether it’s as simple as adding more organization to your ...

In The Dark About Picking A Light Bulb? This FAQ Can Help

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Many people are finding that choosing the right light bulb has a steep learning curve.Buying a light bulb used to be a no-brainer. Now it's a brain teaser; the transition to more energy-efficient lighting means choosing from a dazzling array of products.We've long identified bulbs by their wattage,

#AskEnergySaver: Answering Your Home Energy-Saving Questions

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Have questions about home energy audits -- what they are, why they're important, how they'll help you save energy?We're launching a new series, #AskEnergySaver, to give you access to the Energy Department's home energy efficiency experts. This month, we're answering your questions about home energy audits. | Graphic ...

Could Driverless Cars Change How You Design Homes? | Remodeling

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Conceptual technology for the future of autonomous driving could help with universal design and aging in place.It was 1956 when Greyhound first said “leave the driving to us,” but Ford, Toyota, an other automakers may soon say the same. Ford’s manager of vehicle design and infotainment Gary Strumolo ...

Curb Appeal Before and Afters

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A well-designed exterior is a joy to come home to that can earn you major points with your neighbors—and attract potential buyers, down the road. This Old House readers have been hard at work fixing up their facades, and on the following pages, we share six of their ...
 

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