EPA Guide Ensures Healthy Air, Efficiency

The EPA recently published new, voluntary guidelines to help the home energy industry improve indoor air quality in conjunction with energy efficiency upgrades.  Designed as a companion to the DOE’s Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals (view), the new Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades (download) include Assessment Protocols to evaluate existing conditions, Minimum Actions to be taken during upgrade activities, and Expanded Actions to promote improved occupant health.

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By |November 27th, 2011|Categories: Air Quality, Energy Efficiency|0 Comments

Low Energy Homes, Green Home Appraisal, Neighborhood Green, + USGBC App Lab

LEEDing the way.
Couple builds a green desert home.
Is LEED-ND sustainability we can believe?
P+W launches hazardous materials database.
Part I: finding value in a green home appraisal.
Part II: finding value in a green home appraisal.
Massachusetts gets a […]

By |November 26th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you have a great day, enjoy the food, and share some memories with family and friends.  If you’re door busting, now’s the time to leap frog the inefficient stuff and buy things that are useful, durable, and resource efficient.  I’ve received notice in my email of some interesting Thanksgiving/Black Friday deals, so I’ll share the links in case you’re browsing online shops.

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By |November 24th, 2011|Categories: Weblogs|0 Comments

LEDO Offers Inventive LED Bulb Designs

This seems to be a busy week for LED bulb announcements. We’ve already seen a 20-watt, clear globe, filament-style bulb and a 40-watt A19 bulb that takes the shape of a standard frosted incandescent.  And now, LEDO has a series of three LED bulbs — Bulled Classic, Bulled Modular, Bulled Star — that provide the 60-watt equivalent, which is on par with the typical incandescent, but these bulbs use only 11 watts.

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By |November 23rd, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , |3 Comments

StarArc Creates New Green Wall Prints

Several months ago, I shared news of unique, green birth chart art by StarArc.  That company now has some new prints based on each customer’s primary astrological sun sign symbol as well as their moon and rising sign symbols.  Although I can’t shed much light on astrology, I can say the prints are made using a museum quality giclée printing process that utilizes environmentally friendly canvas, inks, and stretcher bars.  They come with a modern look, 35 color schemes, eight sizes, and pricing from $49.

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By |November 23rd, 2011|Categories: Modern design, Products|Tags: |0 Comments

Toshiba Unveils Traditional Looking LED

Toshiba recently announced a new A19 LED lamp that is shaped more like an incandescent than some of the other LED bulbs we’ve seen so far, excluding perhaps Panasonic’s LED with a filament appearance.  The new bulb is dimmable, available in 2700K and 4000K colors, outputs 450 lumens, and contains no lead or mercury.  The 40-watt replacement uses 8.4 watts and reaches full brightness instantly.

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By |November 22nd, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , |3 Comments
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