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Homeowners considering energy efficiency projects ask a lot of the same questions.

Watch out, Black Friday and Cyber Monday: there's a new shopping day in town.  Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to kick off the holiday season on Main Street because, "When we all shop small, it will be huge." There's real possibility behind this feel-good slogan: half of America's... Read more

Their assignment is to design an energy-efficient house for an imaginary client, but the Architectural Drafting students at Camden Hills Regional High School have plenty of questions about the houses their families really live in.

Thermostats haven’t ever made the most fascinating dinner conversation – until now.  The new Nest Learning Thermostat is beautiful, functional, and efficient, and since its developers founded their own company after working for Apple, it comes with the hipster-seal-of-approval.  After designing iPods, iPhones, and their software, these... Read more

Winter's coming.  Some of us have already seen a foot of snow, and there's no denying it: heating season is here.

On cold winter days, a ray of sun streaming into your house can be most welcome - a free source of heat. But what about in the summer, when those rays of sun and other, less-evident solar heat, seep into our already too-hot houses and become a costly nuisance?

The Home Star Retrofit Act of 2010 provides financial incentives for homeowners to increase the energy efficiency of their homes through substantive, effective improvements that save homeowners money, reduce our country’s carbon emissions, help to mitigate climate change, and put tens of thousands of Americans back to work.  There are two levels to the program: here's the long (Gold Star) and short (Silver Star) of it:


Case Studies

Matt and Christa knew that the home they had just purchased in the neighborhood they loved -- for the price they could afford -- was going to need a... Read More