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…

45 Ways to Green the Not-So-New House

By U.S. Green Building Council

There’s a reason so many builders are leaning green these days. After all, who doesn’t want a home that’s healthier, keeps energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions in check, and doesn’t squander water and other natural resources? But you don’t have to build from scratch to turn your not-so-new house into a dwelling that’s eco-friendly and more economical to run. 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…

15 Green Projects for Under $500

By Jeanne Huber

Next to your refrigerator, your dryer is likely the biggest energy-guzzling appliance in your house. And while we wouldn't ask you to store your food in a vintage icebox, an old-fashioned clothesline is actually a pretty good idea. 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…

10 Ways to Beat the Heat

By David Dobbs

Cool down and save some cash. No, it's not your imagination—it definitely is getting hotter. The eight warmest years on record occurred over the past decade. But staying cool this summer doesn't necessarily mean you have to pay a fortune to keep the air-conditioning running day and night. More…

Keeping Warm for Less

By John D. Wagner

A comfy, cozy winter doesn't have to break the bank or be an energy drain. 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…

Green Stone & Tile Recommendations

Like all building materials, stone and tile products have both beneficial and negative environmental aspects. With respect to indoor air quality, people with serious allergies or other chronic respiratory ailments better tolerate stone and tile products because they release few, if any, emissions. More…