EPA reveals top 10 U.S. cities with most green buildings

Photo courtesy of Energy Star

Photo courtesy of Energy Star

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in most cities, commercial buildings are the largest source of carbon emissions.

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New efficiency Standards – good for consumers and the environment

The Dept. of Energy announced new federal energy efficiency standards for washers and dishwashers

The drive for greater energy efficiency has become part of our culture. So to is the growing awareness that water is a precious commodity we can no longer take for granted.

Manufacturers recognize that consumers are demanding better performing and less wasteful products. This resulted in 2010 in a gathering of oddfellows that under other circumstances wouldn’t have occurred.

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Could proposed new standards stop energy “vampires”?

Take a good look around any home and you’ll find them – those almost unnoticeable red, blue or yellow lights indicating that some appliance or electronic device is plugged in. That “vampire energy” drain happens even when you’re not around.

According to a 2008 study, unoccupied new homes in California used 117 watts before anyone had even moved in!

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Living green for 2011 – a retrospective

One of 2 pesticide-free products that help control and eliminate bed bugs

We’ve made it to an exciting new year. While 2011 was an incredible year. during that time I profiled a lot of fascinating products, books and stories. Here’s a look back at my top picks.

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Brighten your holidays with colorful energy efficient lights

LED holiday lights are a festive addition to any room

Now that it’s officially the holiday season, it’s time to pull out that holiday stuff that’s been tucked away all year. Before diving too deeply into decorations, you might want to update and replace those strings of incandescent lights you’ve been using.

This year, there are new and exciting options to consider – LED’s and solar lights.

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The Nest Learning Thermostat learns how to save energy from you

The Nest Learning Thermostat takes the guesswork out of programming

Programmable thermostats, while useful, can be incredibly complicated. So much so that around 90 percent of folks that have them don’t program them!

Created to be real energy savers, all the programmable thermostats on the market lost their Energy Star ratings in 2008 because, the EPA said, the devices tended to create consumer confusion and could lead to increased energy use, not savings.

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TAP insulation — green insulation plus long-lasting pest control

TAP Insulation – energy efficient, green and a safe pesticide too

It’s always a good time to think about home energy efficiency. These days, there are some innovative green options to consider with the more traditional choices.

Perhaps one of the most exciting of these is TAP Insulation. Made from recycled paper and a process that uses liquid natural borates, TAP insulation not only reduces energy loss and both indoor and outdoor noise, it’s a highly effective insect repellent.

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