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Cree Takes on $4B Fluorescent Lighting Market With LEDs

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3 mentions3 months ago
Unlike the beloved incandescent light bulb, the fluorescent light is a technology that has been tolerated, but never embraced, despite its years of dominance.“There [are] a lot of sacrifices we’ve been living with in this fluorescent world,” said Jeff Hungarter, product portfolio manager for Cree Lighting. “There is ...

Simple, Elegant Toddler Bed

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2 mentions3 months ago
With two sheets of plywood and a handful of screws, you can make a pretty nice little toddler bed. This design fits a crib mattress (about 52" long), ...The basic design is pretty simple. There are five plywood panels (two sides, two headboards, and a middle). You'll cut ...

Living with Solatube Daylighting

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2 mentions3 months ago
Growing up in Arizona I had always heard of people moving here because of the weather. It wasn’t until I lived in Seattle and then New York before I realized the impact that sun has on our lives. The warmth and daylight that I had once taken for ...

Bulky, hard-to-recycle items can be dropped off at R.I. Resource Recovery

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2 mentions3 months ago
There’s more to the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation than the Central Landfill. We have many resource recovery operations on site, including our drop-off center for bulky and harder-to-recycle items. Here are five things you can drop off for free in our Small Vehicle Area from 6 a.m.

Do ‘green’ schools help kids learn?

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2 mentions3 months ago
Researchers know that energy-efficient “green” schools cost less to operate and offer a more-healthful learning environment for students and teachers.But scientists at Battelle want to study whether the environmentally friendly buildings help children learn. Researchers began comparing student test scores, attendance rates and discipline in green schools and ...

From Musty to Must-See Kitchen

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2 mentions3 months ago
From style to tile, find tons of inspirational photos, ideas, and how-tos for brand-new rooms, quick upgrades, and big and small fixes, plus special offers.

WaterSmart Syncs With Opower for Behavioral Reports on Water Usage

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3 mentions4 months ago
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 mentions4 months ago
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 ...

How to Spruce Up a Worn Out Deck

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2 mentions4 months ago
By the time contractor Stephen Bonesteel arrived on the scene, the condition of this pine deck was bleak. Twenty years of harsh upstate New York weather without a lick of care had turned its once-bright boards a weatherbeaten gray, flecked with slimy algae and black leaf stains. Still,

Innovative Lighting Plans and Savings

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2 mentions4 months ago
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 months ago
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 mentions5 months ago
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 mentions5 months ago
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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2 mentions5 months ago
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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1 mentions5 months ago
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% ...

How does 3-D printing work?

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2 mentions5 months ago
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 ...

Four Tips to Prepare for the Next Ice Storm

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3 mentions5 months ago
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 Add a Window Seat

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2 mentions5 months ago
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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1 mentions5 months ago
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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2 mentions5 months ago
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 mentions5 months ago
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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1 mentions5 months ago
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 mentions5 months ago
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 mentions5 months ago
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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2 mentions5 months ago
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 ...

Hot Fireplace Design Ideas

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1 mentions5 months ago
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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2 mentions5 months ago
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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2 mentions5 months ago
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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2 mentions5 months ago
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 mentions5 months ago
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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1 mentions5 months ago
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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2 mentions5 months ago
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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2 mentions5 months ago
Have questions about ways to home cooling? Submit them here and our expert will answer them next week!Now's your chance to ask Energy Department experts your questions about saving energy at home. This month, we're answering your questions about home cooling. | Graphic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.

Curb Appeal Before and Afters

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2 mentions5 months ago
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 ...

Could Driverless Cars Change How You Design Homes? | Remodeling

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2 mentions5 months ago
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 ...

Why you’ve never measured your carbon footprint

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2 mentions5 months ago
We all know we need to change our lifestyles and become more sustainable. We talk about it, and some of us actively try to, but honestly, most of us don't. Living more sustainably clearly needs to be easier, more interesting and more fun. This is within reach.Technology is ...

Does shipping container architecture make sense? One builder who's tried it looks at both sides.

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2 mentions5 months ago
There are a few good reasons that one might build with shipping containers, and probably more reasons why one shouldn't. Steve of the Tin Can Cabin blog documents his building of a three-container cabin and his conclusion that it except in certain circumstances, it in fact it doesn't ...

What to Do With Old Electronics

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1 mentions5 months ago
It's hard to imagine life without electronics. As the mother of three pre-teen boys the demand for electronics in our house is high and the desire is for newest technology is on the market is always a topic of discussion. I've come to terms with the fact that ...

How Toxic is Your Furniture?

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1 mentions5 months ago
You buy organic food, you use non-toxic cleaning products, you have soft organic cotton sheets, you used amazing vegan and non-toxic paint, you even have houseplants to help clean the air in your home. Your place is a rockin’ clean, non-toxic environment, right? Well … Maybe … depends ...

How to Bring Out Your Home’s Character With Trim

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1 mentions5 months ago
Concerning the crack in the butt joint of the crown molding, the comments where good, however, but joints are the way to go if you know what you're doing. On any stretches that do not exceed 16' (typical MDF molding comes in 16' lengths), use a single piece.

9 Creative Low-Cost Upgrades From Our Favorite Bloggers

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2 mentions5 months ago
Dozens of ideas, loads of how-tos, and the latest advice on the projects and products you need to improve your home today, plus special offers.

Window Seal Failure. How to Prevent it. - Green Talk®

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2 mentions5 months ago
One day you peer out your window to see some strange fog on it.You take your fingerand rub the condensation.It doesn’t disappear.Perplexed, you then check the outside of the window.Again, you rub the condensation to finally realize that the condensation is between the window panes–better know as window ...

10 Ways to Set Up Your Kitchen for Healthy Eating

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1 mentions5 months ago
Becky, the easiest way to cram lots of fruits and vegetables into a day is to combine! Eat lots of salads with a wonderful variety of vegetables, beans, etc. As for fruit, for breakfast at least three times a week I have what I call "breakfast pudding." 3 ...

Front Porch Ideas From Around the Country

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2 mentions5 months ago
Before TV and AC, homeowners spent a lot of time on their front porch. Today, the front porch has seen a revival, and more people are using them as outdoor rooms for dining, entertaining and relaxing.

Windows Buying Guide: Tips and Trends for Choosing Windows

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2 mentions5 months ago
From energy efficiency to casing options, HGTVRemodels guides you through your window-buying experience. Whether you're replacing or installing, choose energy efficient, beautiful options. Determine Your Goals

My House Feels So Boring After Seeing These 33 Awesome Things. I Want Them All, Especially #5.

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2 mentions6 months ago
Each of us probably have an idea about what our individual dream homes would look like. Maybe your dream home would have a hammock … or maybe an indoor slide that leads outside into a pool filled with Jell-O. You can have whatever you want, after all, it’s ...

Ugh: Smart energy devices have a major problem with user experience

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2 mentions6 months ago
The smart heating devices in the U.K. score resoundingly poor on usability, and user satisfaction. Time to step up design in the energy field.Whoever has experimented with some of the early energy dashboards and connected thermostats knows some of these companies have just not been thinking about usability ...

Boldly Painted Floors

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2 mentions6 months ago
"With walls covered in white subway tile, the kitchen in my house on Nantucket was in danger of becoming a white box. To liven things up, I called in decorative painter Audrey Sterk to do these large orange and white squares on a diagonal." —Gary McBournie

Step Inside An Award-Winning Landscape Designer's Private Gardens

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1 mentions6 months ago
Arne Maynard, one of Britain's most sought-after garden designers, will give the inaugural Robert Dash Garden Discourse for the Madoo Conservancy this Tuesday at the Carlton Hobbs Gallery in New York City, an event hosted by Chesie Breen, Mario Buatta, Christopher Gow, Charlotte Moss, Deborah Nevins, and Anne ...
 

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