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Dreaming of a green vacation? Try using FlipKey

January 17th, 2013

Come mid-January, who isn’t dreaming of a tropical vacation?…We’re talking about solar-powered, LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), foliage-roofed homes in popular vacation spots from Taos to Thailand, the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, Vermont to California.
You can find these gems at a new service called FlipKey, which sorts its properties

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Worried about toxic ingredients in cleaners? See our new improved list of the greenest products

October 3rd, 2012

When the Environmental Working Group released their scorecard on green cleaners last month, I sprang from my chair to check the label on the case of Ecover Limescale Remover that UPS had just delivered.

I don’t usually buy by the case, but this was the only way I could get this cleaner, which I adore because it transforms my shower door from an icky, opaque bacteria-generator into a sheet of glistening glass, without using toxic ingredients. Or so I believed.
Fortunately, my limescale remover skated by with a solid “B” on the EWG 2012 Guide to Healthy Cleaning. Whew!

But some of the other products I’m using did not make the grade, despite being sold as “green” or “natural” products.

That’s right. Amazingly, many green cleaners contain endocrine disrupters, suspected carcinogens, toxic ingredients with unknown effects and needlessly harsh ingredients, like sodium laurel sulfate, according to the EWG review of more than 2,000 cleaners .

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DOE Secretary Chu congratulates 2011 Solar Decathlon winners; defends funding for solar projects

October 3rd, 2011

Partisan fighting over the Solyndra bankruptcy remains at fever pitch in political circles, with Republicans blaming the Obama Administration for the loss of a government loan of $535 million, and Democrats retorting that the failed solar company was the exception in an otherwise strong renewable energy portfolio.

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Green builder Blu Homes raises $7 million

May 14th, 2010

Blu Homes uses energy saving and other green features in its homes.

Blu Homes uses energy saving and other green features in its homes.

Blu Homes, Inc. today announced it has raised $7 million from private investors. The company said the funds will be used primarily to support new product development, R&D and sales and marketing. Blu homes employ green features designed to create a healthy living environment with a reduced carbon footprint. The company uses low or no-VOC paints and finishes, recycled and recyclable materials, low-flow fixtures, energy star appliances, high efficiency heating systems and architectural characteristics that maximize passive heating and cooling.

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Solar Decathlon winners showcase cutting edge in green building

October 23rd, 2009

By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now

The US Department of Energy’s 2009 Solar Decathlon showcased the best in solar-powered home design as conceived by colleges students. Over 20 teams from across North America and Europe competed in this year’s competition.

1st Place Solar Home

1st Place Solar Home

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Greening in place, tips for retrofitting from LA’s Eco/Consulting US

August 6th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

New green homes can awe-inspiring, both for their groundbreaking designs and their show of techno-muscle. Those tubular daylights, state-of-the-art solar panels, sleek recycled flooring, dehumidifying HVAC systems, complex gray water reclamation systems, louvered light “shelves” and heat-reflecting metal roofs can leave the common homeowner gaping — and wishing.

The truth is most of us won’t be building a brand new green castle, at least not anytime soon — and perhaps there’s something to be said for the alternative; let’s call it “greening in place”.

Almost any home can become more energy friendly, and this “in fill” project can occupy a very important spot in the urban landscape: your own lot!

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Heal your “sick” house with a green retrofit

February 27th, 2009

By Harriet Blake

When a member of your family is sick, you probably call the doctor. But what about when your home is sick? Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters is probably not an option, but invisible house issues need to be dealt with.

A house might be considered “sick” if it never seems warm enough, cool enough or maybe has utility bills that are sky high.

That’s when you want to call in a specialist in sustainable home retrofitting. It’s a relatively new field, although bits and pieces of the industry have been around for a while, just not under one roof, so to speak.

Mike Rogers, senior vice president of GreenHomes America in Syracuse, N.Y. and Irvine, Ca., calls it one-stop shopping. And more and more companies are emerging that can handle the multitude of tasks required for a full home retrofit.

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FreeGreen Asks For Your Green House Ideas With $25,000 Contest

August 5th, 2008

By Julie Bonnin

If you’re in the market for a custom-built home, there really isn’t a reason not to build green. Who doesn’t want a smaller utility bill? Or to leave a reduced carbon footprint on your corner of planet Earth? FreeGreen, a web site with free green home designs, allows users to browse a listing of green house plans that range from strikingly modern to suburban friendly.

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