Advice From Green Home Guide Staff

Green Retrofit Checklist

CFLs can be a huge energy saver and typically have a much longer life than other bulbs. Changing five of the most frequently used bulbs in your home can save you $100 per year on electric bills. More…

Interactive Tools

The Web is full of interactive tools that allow you to figure out just how green your home and lifestyle are, and to learn ways to boost your green credentials. Below are a few of our favorites. More…

Green Renovation Checklist

Before you hang the drapes, get those windows up to peak performance. Common leaks occur around windows, doors, and other wall penetrations. Plugging those leaks with weather stripping and caulk, a simple task for anyone, can reduce your energy bill by $100 or more. More…

Green Home Checklist

Whether you’re a homebuyer or a renter looking for a green home, how do you know if a home is truly green? What should you look for? More…

Incentives

Beyond the health and environmental benefits of living in a green home, many local and state governments, utility companies and other entities across the country offer rebates, tax breaks and other incentives for adding eco-friendly elements to your house. More…

Buyer’s Guide to Stains

This buyer’s guide summarizes the environmental pros and cons and durability of the three major categories of wood stains: natural oil, acrylic or urethane, and water-based. Use it to find the best stain for your specific project. More…

Choosing a Green Countertop that Works with Your Style and Your Life

Readers who have evaluated, installed and lived with green countertops share their advice about selecting a countertop material that works with your lifestyle. More…

Buyer’s Guide to Eco Stone & Tile

This buyer's guide will help you compare the environmental attributes of stone and tile materials. Use this summary chart to choose the best stone or tile material for your specific project. Links to green product directories and additional resources are provided below the chart. More…

Clear Finish Buyer’s Guide

This buyer’s guide compares and contrasts clear finish materials on their environmental and health qualities, and includes selection tips. Use it to find the best clear coating for your specific project. More…

About VOCs

Low- or no-VOC is synonymous with green paints and coatings. According to the EPA, VOCs can cause respiratory, skin, and eye irritation; headaches; nausea; muscle weakness; and more serious ailments and diseases. But what exactly are VOCs, and how can you reduce their impact on your project? More…