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Solar Shingles Offer an Easy Way to Appease Anti-Solar Homeowner Associations

Posted by Amanda Seale, Guest Contributor

Aug 18, 2015 5:19:14 PM

For clients or homeowners thinking about solar, but uneasy about the panel "look," even the most basic solar "shingles" can make the PV option a better one.

Solar panels are an easy way to make a positive environmental impact all while saving on your electricity bill. The problem for many homeowners is the chunkiness of the product. People who live in housing developments and have to deal with a rather particular homeowners association may opt to delay their solar dreams.

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Smaller Refrigerators in Europe Point Up the Broken U.S. Food System

Posted by Kevin Henry, Guest Contributor

Aug 15, 2015 7:33:01 PM

According to this appliance expert, gigantic refrigerators in the U.S. don't mean we're eating better, simply that we have a outdated hoarding mentality when it comes to food.

Growing up in the 1950s, and living in the shadow of nuclear war, we shopped as if we were stocking up for the fall of western-civilization. Eggs, bacon, breakfast cereal, milk, coffee, assorted fruits and a few vegetables as well as cans upon cans of corn and peas. My mother would rotate them from time to time…I remember years later, in the mid-80’s, finding cans of corn dating back to the Kennedy administration.  

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Dow Styrofoam Raises Recycled Content to 20 Percent

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Aug 14, 2015 6:10:08 PM

The company's efforts to improve sustainability have now been validated by UL Environment.

Rigid insulation board is one of those building products that's heavily front-end loaded with regard to its environmental impacts. It comes at a high initial environmental cost, but then reduces CO2 pollution for the life of the home. And Styrofoam extruded polystyrene foam is one of the best known, best selling brands.

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EPA Disaster: Lessons Learned from Toxic Sludge

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Aug 13, 2015 12:04:54 PM

EPA’s recent reclamation disaster in Colorado shows us why regulation and oversight is so desperately needed.

For the second week in a row, the EPA is making national news. This time, the headlines aren’t touting a progressive policy that will accelerate climate action—rather, they’re exposing an environmentally noxious mistake made by the EPA that will affect lives and livelihoods along the Colorado River Basin.

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Cut Energy Costs When Buying a New Home

Posted by RESNET

Aug 11, 2015 1:29:45 PM

Buying a new home means more than just paying the mortgage; it also means paying the energy bill.

IT'S IMPORTANT to take energy efficiency into account when looking at properties. Here are some factors to consider that will help you cut energy costs when buying a new home.

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