Adding water or energy efficient appliances can be more expensive, but how much more expensive is it? Is having a green home a luxury item? Maybe we should re-evaluate the messages of the green building movement.
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Do you want know how the City of Houston will grow? Are you curious abut our efforts to keep the city looking beautiful or green? The city has some websites for you.
Are you planning to spend money on your home this year? Is your project focused on improving you energy efficiency? Then there is the likely chance that you are going to take the wrong step.
My electric bill came in lower this past month, which caused me to reflect on all of my efforts to work on making my home more sustainable.
It is not enough to purchase a home with green features. To reap the benefits of such a home, you need to manage it with green principles in mind.
Most home builders are focusing on green elements in the home, which increases the price of the home. Passive features achieved through smart design does not cost more, and this can be the best green feature.
Are you keeping up with housing trends? If you are a seller, you may want to see what is driving up home prices, and will these factors effect your home.
Are we rethinking how our homes are built? We are delivering new standards, like advanced framing, but we are delivering new materials as well.
Many green home advocates may not be leading you to a the best green option.
I have been studying insulation lately, and how homeowners could improve their energy efficiency, but then I remembered moisture control.
Micro-CHP systems could be the direction that will shape the mechanical systems of our home.
A new idea on how to insulate your roof using nanotechnology.
Not really a new concept, but there is a new product being used for creating steel walls, and it may be coming to a home near you.
A summary with links to some articles that I have been reading on new ideas that can be applied in your home.
There is more to the name change, so what is a Microgrid?
Tankless water heaters are seen as a green option that will save you money, but this may not be the case.
Solar Water Heaters are making a come back as homeowners look for ways to reduce their energy bills.
Reducing energy around your home involves more than using energy efficient appliances.
A look at some news coming from the Mayor’s office on the greening of our city.
Looking into solar lighting for a home’s exterior, you will find there are more options now than you might believe.
This program has been in existence for a few years, but here is a new look at its potential.
How can you reduce utility bills to zero with green power options like solar and wind for the home. Is it practical for a home in Houston? Renewable energy may be in your future.
An expanded version of the post that I wrote for HomeFinder.com. I wanted to deal with some details for home inspectors and home buyers on this green building program.
Making your home green does not always mean replacing with green materials, but finding ways to make what you have last longer. This can be a challenge on a roof, but it is possible.
Why Are Attached Garages Energy Inefficient?: A how to improve your garage guide to reduce energy costs
A Houston home inspector looks at a step towards a green home conversion that a homeowner can take, when they have an attached garage.
Passive cooling is not part of our design methodology, but we can incorporate some ideas into our homes to reduce energy costs.
Smaller homes provide better energy efficiency due to less heating or cooling required, but you need to find ways to store your stuff in some creative ways.
Discussing air flow versus temperature to create comfort in a green home.
An overview of looking at your home’s air conditioning and how it can be turned green.
The first step in a green home conversion is thinking what you can reuse in the home.
The beginning of a series of post on the idea of how to convert your existing home into a green one.
Green from the Ground Up is a good background and overview of building green, and why this should be the way to construct your home.
Before I went out to perform some home inspections, I saw a claim for a green driveway. Once home, I checked into it further, and I think this may be something for me.
After having been on many home inspections, I feel that passive designs can be better for the home, but mechanical systems have their place; they just have to be thought out well.
Destroying to rebuild is not always the best option, and not really a green option.