Category: Home Energy Saving Tips

6 Key Home Repairs That Can’t Wait Till Next Year

Fall means many things to many people. Some look forward to football season. Others relish apples and pumpkins and all the other autumn harvest delights. However, if you’re a homeowner, the end of summer means one thing only—getting ready for the frigid temperatures and severe storms looming on the not-so-distant horizon. True, most home maintenance […]

5 Household Products You’ll Never Have To Buy Again

Many of us like to keep a clean and tidy home, but it’s disheartening when you realize how much you have to spend purchasing the necessary products. Analyzing what brands to buy and how much you need of each item is a time-consuming and expensive process.Most of us are too busy to keep track of […]

Is it greener to renovate or rebuild?

Is it greener to renovate or rebuild? ­The distinction between what’s green and what isn’t lies in the details. For example, recycling is a good idea, as is reusing raw materials rather than using virgin ones. However, the current process we use to recycle is flawed in many ways. For one thing, two separate lumbering […]

Kitchen & Bath Tidbits – Dishwasher Cleaning/Maintenance

Ever feel like your dishwasher just isn’t cleaning like it used to? Finding residue after a wash? We found some great DIY tips at www.homerepairtutor.com. (Take a moment to visit the site and check out photos/video, too.) Remove and unclog spray arms. Refer to your user manual or look online for tips on removing. Once […]

10 Design Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make in Your Kitchen Design

A lot of life happens in the kitchen. No matter how different our lifestyles may be, a lot of activity revolves around the kitchen: Cooking , preparing a quick snack, eating breakfast or a 3-course dinner with family or friends. Not only do we socialize in the kitchen, getting together with family and friends over a […]

10 Hottest Green Design Materials

As the Earth gets warmer and energy gets more expensive, “high-efficiency,” in all its forms, is the grand designation of the 21st century. Cars, appliances and now entire homes have made the jump into the “green” realm, and eco-living doesn’t stop with solar panels, tankless water heaters and double-paned glass. Aesthetics are going green, too. […]

6 Ways to Cool Off Without Air Conditioning

Having an air conditioner is a near-must in climates where months-long heat waves are a summer norm. (We’re fanning our faces with you, Houston and Atlanta!) And with that comes an equally scorching energy bill. Even in regions with gentler climates, homeowners can still experience enough hot days in a row to nearly go mad.It […]

How to Choose Green Flooring

Two of the most common flooring materials — carpet and vinyl — pose risks to ­the health of the environment and your home. About 70 percent of floor covering in the United States is carpet, mostly made from nylon [source: Green Living Ideas]. Why is that a problem? Nylon is petroleum-based, so its manufacture represents […]

Strategies & Benefits for Going Green in the Bathroom

Redoing a bathroom is a big project, but going green can make it seem even bigger. With new terms to learn (e.g., VOCs, off-gassing) and new products to consider, it can be hard to know where to start. These tips can help you plan your strategy to ensure that you get the green bathroom you […]

Kitchen Remodel 2018

Spring into Green Renovations

Here in New England, spring marks the beginning of warmer temperatures, longer, lighter days – and also the start of construction season! A sure sign of spring is seeing trucks lined-up outside of your neighbor’s homes as remodelers approach their busy season. With the pick-up in the economy, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry […]

12 Great Kitchen Styles — Which One’s for You?

Sometimes you can be surprised by the kitchen style that really calls to you. The proof is in the pictures. Style is easier to recognize with your eyes than with words: You know it when you see it, and the photo that inspires you most can often surprise you. Think you know your kitchen style? […]

How to Make the Most of Your Existing Space

Feeling squeezed into your current home? You have three basic options: buy a bigger house, build an addition or do more with the space you already have. From Kitchen to Kitchen Lounge Today’s kitchen is a place where the whole family tends to congregate. While Dad cooks, the kids do their homework at the island […]