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Tweet Green has gone main stream 2012 Earth Day is a day to celebrate all things earthy. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate freebies, contests and coupons in the name of improving your green home life. Here’s a sampling of some of my favorite promotions available for 2012: 1. Recyclebank- Rewards people with discounts and […]

Tweet One recent renovation project house was built the same year as the U.S. oil crisis, so you would think the attic insulation would be nice and beefy, right? Guess again. Turns out, the ceiling insulation only met ‘minimum code’ standard back in 1973 and hadn’t been upgraded since. In North Carolina, high efficiency residential […]

Tweet Do you want the ambiance of a fireplace but don’t have an existing fireplace or chimney? One option favored by green builders is an electric fireplace. They are pre-fabricated units sufficiently insulated to be installed safely within close range of walls or wood framework without requiring a masonry foundation. They also don’t require a […]

Tweet New bulbs, new standards push out Incandescents Starting January 1, 2012 new light bulbs must work more efficiently. Compact fluorescent (CFL), light emitting diode (LED) and some halogen bulbs, meet that requirement. 133-year-old incandescent light technology doesn’t because Mr. Edison’s bulb is an energy hog.  Less than 10 percent of the energy it uses […]

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Tweet Simply ‘Forget-About-It’, You’ll See Why… Here’s the next in our 12 part series to get home holiday breaks: As kids, we used to drive my dad wild by leaving a room without flicking off the lights. Not surprisingly, my kids adopted the same unfortunate habit which produced a similar effect upon me. We were […]

Tweet Save money, Save Energy, Stay Warm this Winter Enjoy your holiday but don’t forget to take care of yourself.  Here’s the next in this 12 part series: The temperature is dropping, too much to do, and when you finally sit down for a break, there’s an annoying current of cold air nipping at your […]

Tweet Before winter cold sets in, it pays to make sure that your gas heating system and appliances are working safely. Two main dangers of defective systems are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and fires. In Penfield, New York, a 54-year-old man died of CO poisoning one November. Prior to his death, the home’s CO alarms […]

Tweet When entertaining outdoors, you obviously want to create a comfortable setting. A combination of decks and patios don’t have to be elaborate to impress your guests, just well built. Besides they also add property value and expand the functionality of your home. Green builders favor more patio than deck surfaces because the low-maintenance brick, […]

Tweet The persistent beeping of an alarm under the floor woke us up at midnight the other night. We’d had a tremendously hot 101 degree day for the summer solstice and all of a sudden, we had a monster rain storm. What we found, was that


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