energy solutions/energy alternatives Energy savings and green energy are the buzz words of the year, if not the decade and perhaps the century. Today’s homeowners are just beginning to become aware of energy solutions designed to reduce energy bills and free them from their dependence on fuel sources outside the home.
Energy savings and green energy are the buzz words of the year, if not the decade and perhaps the century. Today’s homeowners are just beginning to become aware of energy solutions designed to reduce energy bills and free them from their dependence on fuel sources outside the home.
Shopping for a New Appliance—Think Energy Star Whether replacing a broken washing machine or remodeling an outdated kitchen, the search for new appliances can be daunting.
Green Paint Trends Going Green is a movement that has affected all facets of our lives, according to Ruthanne Hanlon, design manager for PPG Porter Paints.
Exploring Green Interiors – Furnishing Your Green Home—Sustainable Furniture We have worked together to create a sustainable base for your home through past articles on building products and space planning. Now for the fun part—furnishing and decorating! What characteristics do you hunt for in your search for greener home furnishings?
exploring green interiors – new lead rules Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program I wanted to share some important information for homeowners who may be considering home renovations. Have you heard about the Environmental Protection Agency’s new “lead paint law” that went into effect on April 22nd? This law affects houses built prior to 1978—many of our homes! If you are considering home renovations, you may want to find out more. Here are the basics from the EPA’s website:
exploring green interiors – Energy Challenge I live in an historic district, Davidson County’s District 18, to be exact. We have been given a challenge, “Go Green, District 18,” to reduce our energy consumption by 5 percent by the end of 2010, therefore decreasing our carbon emissions and thus our carbon footprint. This challenge asks us to sign up for the NES In-Home Energy Evaluation. I was really excited to hear about the challenge and signed up with the initial run. NES mailed me an evaluation to fill out which asked me to identify the details of my inner home …
exploring green interiors – certifying sustainable homes – By Beth Haley Through this series of articles and products, it is my hope that you are beginning to feel a little more knowledgeable about sustainable and green building products, practices, processes, and goals. Our aim is to break down barriers of confusion on the subject.
exploring green interiors – composting—your garden will thank you! – By Beth Haley I remember shopping for my first home 20 years ago. On my priority list was a dishwasher, food disposal, yard for the dog, and different paint colors for each room—all the things you typically do not have as a renter! While I still have the same home (I remodeled it into my dream home), the dishwasher has been upgraded to a quiet Energy Star model, the dog has since passed away, different paint colors were replaced by a soothing creamy color throughout the house, the garbage cans …
exploring green interiors – future home design, per one interior designer by Beth Haley I was listening to a speaker a couple of weeks ago, Kim Rodrigue, as she spoke on change and our reaction to change. I found several notes inspiring. She reminded us that in the second half of the 20th century, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov wrote, “It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is, the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will …