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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…

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…

Take Steps toward a Poison-Free, Natural Lawn

By Sherri Osaka

Lawns have gotten a lot of bad press lately—and not undeservedly. They use a tremendous amount of water and gasoline, and they pollute streams and other water resources with herbicide- and pesticide-laced runoff. But it doesn’t have to be that way. More…

Sustainable Landscaping Saves Water, Cuts Environmental Risks

By Tom Ash

Studies by public agencies across the country show home landscapes waste as much as 50 percent of the water used outside. In addition, residential application of pesticides per acre is typically 20 times that of farms, according to the EPA. More…