Category: Green Living

5 Essential Steps for Designing and Building a Modern Energy-Efficient Home

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21 Aug

Environmentalism has become so much more than a pastime topic in recent years – it has become a global movement and a priority for millions of homeowners trying to aid the preservation of the natural world. But building and designing an energy-efficient home goes even beyond conservation and preservation, and allows you to make great financial savings over the long…

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7 Gadgets you must have in your home

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25 Jul

We live in a time where everyone is incredibly busy, so getting the most out of your time means that you have to live efficiently. That’s where home gadgets come in extra handy! With modern technology evolving at such a fast pace, we have seen an impressive array of gadgets that ease the way you live and help you get…

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Top Tips to Save on Your Home Air Conditioning Bill

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24 Jul

Looking for ways to save on your monthly bills? One of the best options is to cut down that hefty summer electric bill. But rather than replacing all your windows or reinsulating your entire home, you can start with these simple tips to save on your air conditioning. 1. Shade Yourself Almost 30% of the heat in your home comes…

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3 common questions about insulation, answered

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22 Oct

No matter whether you live in New York or Newport Beach, the right insulation is key for ensuring that your home is both comfortable and energy-efficient. By reducing heat flow, high-quality insulation can minimize the amount of energy you use to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. That translates to lower heating bills and significant savings…

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Selecting the Right Kind of Replacement Windows for Your Climate

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29 Aug

One thing that Long Island and the tristate area homeowners are often surprised to learn is that not all replacement windows are created equal. These days, most people understand that they should look for home remodeling products that are energy efficient, and the Department of Energy's ENERGY STAR program has become widely recognized as the industry standard. However, the problem…

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How to Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen for Your Home

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22 Aug

One of the most popular trends in kitchen remodeling is designing kitchens that are intended to be eco-friendly. This has far reaching implications because a so-called "green" kitchen can limit household waste, help conserve natural resources, reduce the burden on landfills, and is a responsible investment into the home. So, what exactly goes into designing an environmentally friendly kitchen? In…

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17 Home Improvement Trends in 2011 and Beyond

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01 Jul

My passion for social media exposes me to world of visual information on a daily basis. Thus, I was pleasantly surprised when I came across a Home Improvement Trends for 2011 infographic from www.elocalplumbers.com, loaded with insight from 50 contributors on trends they see within the home improvement industry for this year and beyond. Let's take a look at what…

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Project of the Month: McDonnell’s new Modular home

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06 Aug

This month's featured project is a modular build that Alure Home Improvements constructed in East Northport, NY. What is modular construction? Modular construction is a more resource-efficient way of building. The actual home is split up into several sections, or boxes that contain bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. that are built off-site. This means the boxes are built in a quality controlled…

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Top 10 Summer Energy Saving Tips

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03 Aug

1. Install light colored blinds on east, south and west facing windows to reflect heat out. 2. Turn the thermostat for your air conditioner up by 2 degrees. 3. Seal tightly around window AC units. 4. Replace central air conditioning filters. (more…)

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Top 10 Ways To Save Energy In Your Home

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03 Aug

1. Change all light bulbs in the home to Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs aka CFL's 2. Replace appliances that are not Energy Star rated 3. Car pool as much as possible. Saves money on gas, wear and tear on your vehicle, oil resources, and reduces all the negative environmental impact associated with driving 4. When exiting any room (house, office, etc.) turn off all lights 5. Change your existing thermostat…

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