Archive for the 'Energy Saving' Category

Brad Pitt’s New Orleans recovery creates world’s ‘biggest green community’

A project helping New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina, fronted by Hollywood actor Brad Pitt, will build what's being dubbed as the 'largest and greenest community of single-family homes' in the world. The post-Katrina housing initiative Make It Right New Orleans has already built 13 homes that meet the highest standards of the US Green [...]

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White House to push for easier financing for home retrofits

U.S. homes waste a lot of energy, but who has the money to remodel? The White House is pushing for financing mechanisms to ease the burden. Joe Biden wants to remodel your home and help you figure out how to pay for it. The Vice President today unveiled Recovery through Retrofit (full report here), a [...]

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Rammed-earth homes looking better all the time

Because I grew up around the tract-home building industry, I’ve had a hard time wrapping my mind around anything other than 2-by-4s, sheer panels and drywall. But now that sustainability is becoming a life-and-death issue for our species, I find my mind opening. And this rammed-earth home in Napa, built for the owner of a [...]

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Do-it-yourself solar-powered fountain

After countless vain attempts to locate a solar-powered fountain similar to the one I stumbled upon at my local Home Depot, I’ve decided the better way is to find the components and assemble one myself. The elements are shown above: fountain + pump/solar panel = solar-powered fountain. Fountain: The fountains come from places like OSH, [...]

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L.A. builder wins national energy efficiency award

Los Angeles-based Pardee Homes received an Energy Value Housing Award last month at the International Builder’s Show in Orlando. The awards recognize builders who voluntarily incorporate energy efficiency in the design, construction and marketing of new homes. The word "voluntarily" is key for builders, who want to avoid more regulations and mandates. These builders are [...]

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Jay Leno’s on board with bird-friendly, neighborhood-friendly wind turbines

Got wind? I love the idea of harnessing that clean power. But when I found out that many wind farms are set in the paths of migratory birds and that the turbines kill scores of birds annually, well, my support of the technology dried up. Plus, those giant windmills are pretty much a nonstarter for [...]

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Shop — Bronze outdoor lamp – Energy Star rated

  Craftston Bronze ENERGY STAR 10 1/2" High Outdoor Wall Light The Craftston Collection of outdoor lighting offers classic good-looks from the Mission and Arts & Crafts traditions. This fluorescent outdoor wall light has earned the ENERGY STAR® rating for energy efficient operation.  Plus, it features an integrated dusk-to-dawn photocell for added efficiency. An aged [...]

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