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How to Install Energy-Efficient Windows
Learn what Energy Star ratings mean, what special license your contractor should have, whether permits are required and more
"what Energy Star ratings mean, what special license your contractor should have... unplugging appliances when they aren’t in use, these days everyone seems to be looking... reduce energy costs along with their carbon footprints. When it comes to your home... up" in energy returns because the ceiling and floors are more of an energy factor... windows and energy efficient shades - usually costs less than replacing the windows, and..."
Easy Green: 10 Ways Toward a Zero-Energy Home
Imagine never paying an electric bill again. With a zero-energy home, it's possible — and anyone can make it happen
"a zero-energy home, it's possible — and anyone can make it happen... a zero-energy home is one that produces as much energy as it uses. A worthy green... net-zero-energy home would also mean paying zero dollars on energy each month. Although... going zero energy requires a good deal of effort and planning, it is something that can... toward zero-energy: Start with one or try them all, and before long you will see your energy..."
Houzz Tour: See a Concrete House With a $0 Energy Bill
Passive House principles and universal design elements result in a home that’ll work efficiently for the long haul
"super-energy-efficient Passive House design principles. He hasn’t lived in the house... expecting his energy bill for the year to be $0.... ... 0 energy bill. Not only no energy costs but a house that will stand the test... of the energy. House is awesome because they are not consuming energy as we all know... impressed $0 energy bill especially after last years brutally cold winter and energy bills... of '$0 energy bills'. There is just no such thing as a $0 energy bill because of..."
For the Boys: 5 Homes With Masculine Energy
White Appliances Find the Limelight
White is becoming a clear star across a broad range of kitchen styles and with all manner of appliances
"clear star across a broad range of kitchen styles and with all manner of appliances... white appliances you may have grown up with. Why use white? "White appliances... white appliances or is everyone using the more expensive stainless steel?" While... white appliances have gained popularity overseas and are slowly making their way... large appliances such as a refrigerator, help make a space appear lighter in volume..."
How to Choose and Use Ecofriendly Kitchen Appliances
"kitchen appliances waste energy and money. Here's how to pick and use appliances wisely... osing energy-efficient appliances benefits everyone. TopTen USA, an independent... money and energy with these tips for selecting kitchen appliances and using them more... efficient appliances, says: "If you're going to waste money, waste it on something more... efficient appliances, Energy Star in general is light years away from the European standard..."
Salvaged Materials Triumph as All-Stars of Sustainability
When you save manufacturing energy and have a beautifully crafted home to boot, it's a win-win situation
"manufacturing energy and have a beautifully crafted home to boot, it's a win-win situation... amounts of energy to manufacture. So recapturing that energy and using it again and again... lot more energy efficient and comfortable (which I will particularly appreciate after... with new, energy-efficient glass windows and doors. One of the nice aspects of reusing..."
Houzz Tour: Scottish Farm Cottage Looks to Sun and Stars
A sheep field is home to a small, energy-efficient house that pulls ideas from mobile home design and raises the style level
Energy-Efficient Windows: Decipher the Ratings
To choose the right energy-efficient windows for your home, first you need to know what the labels mean
"right energy-efficient windows for your home, first you need to know what the labels... And all Energy Star windows should have an NFRC label. (Note, though, that Energy Star... have the Energy Star label may or may not be rated; then it's time to check with the... to find energy-efficient replacements. And selecting new windows involves industry... Star bases its ratings only on U-factor and SHGC, which are explained below.) Windows..."
Upgrade Your Windows for Beauty, Comfort and Big Energy Savings
Bid drafts or stuffiness farewell and say hello to lower utility bills with new, energy-efficient windows
"account come energy-bill time. But government regulations and advances in glass-making... of our Energy Star certified products: "The U-factor measures its insulation. Basically... not very energy efficient. When considering energy upgrades we first look to adding... is an Energy Star® Partner and our products are NFRC rated and AAMA certified. Our... to the Energy Star rating you can visit http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fusea..."
Off the Grid: Siting and Building to Conserve Energy
"for big energy savings when you’re constructing a home... at ZeroEnergy Design, “every square foot you don’t build is energy saved. " Amen... lower energy costs. One of my basics tenets of energy efficient design is that insulation... inefficient energy hog Mcmansions. Everything in this article is accurate and that is... homes. Energy efficient homes do not have to be ugly and can have all the modern... maximize energy efficiency and minimize waste and can be every bit as beautiful as any..."
Guest Picks: Energy-Saving Accessories
"lot of energy at home. This ideabook is a collection of products that can help lower... lower energy usage and lower bills this season. — Jennifer from I Art U... dryer energy by using a clothesline. Hee. Interested in trying a solar charger though... use more energy in their construction, packaging and distribution than they will ever... depend on appliances. One problem with clothes lines is some developments ban them. We..."
Room of the Day: Colorful Living Room Hums With New Energy
A Broadway poster inspires the makeover of a much-redecorated space, this time with vibrant new upholstery and a faux fireplace
Guest Picks: 20 High-Energy Beach Towels
A Cook’s 6 Tips for Buying Kitchen Appliances
An avid home chef answers tricky questions about choosing the right oven, stovetop, vent hood and more
"kitchen, the appliance selection process was the most time-consuming part. After all, there’s... color of appliances. I purchased a set of appliances in black, Not happy about that... label appliances here? For many appliance types CR rates Kenmore (or at least the... Bosch appliances European edition and they came with 5 year guarantee. Apart from... high for energy efficiency which is an extra bonus. Unfortunately not many shops have..."