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Cooking with Glass at the Arc House

Posted by Juliet Grable

Nov 4, 2016 9:20:12 AM

Efficient, flexible, and powerful, Miele’s induction cooktops show why the technology is a popular choice for today’s green homes.

Miele’s ceramic glass induction cooktops are available with a stainless steel frame, or they can be flush-mounted for seamless integration into the countertop.

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Which Appliance Is the Energy Hog in Your Home?

Posted by RESNET

Dec 29, 2015 12:08:00 PM

High utility bills are a major concern for many American households today, and it should come as no surprise that appliances account for a major portion of those bills.

Which appliance is guilty of being your home’s energy hog? Hawaiian Electric was wondering the same thing, so they did a study (based on the annual energy usage for a family of four, and a cost per kWh of $0.34); here are the results:

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6 Ways to Save Energy in the Kitchen

Posted by RESNET

Jul 7, 2015 11:33:00 AM

The kitchen is the heart of every home, but also one of its main energy consumers.

REDUCING ENERGY usage in the kitchen can be easier than you think, and it doesn’t always mean replacing all your appliances with ENERGY STAR ones! Here are 6 ways you can save energy in the kitchen.

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Three Efficiency Upgrades for Kitchens and Baths

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 8, 2015 12:59:30 PM

There are several easy targets for improving the efficiency of kitchens and baths that don’t require opening up walls.

This 22 cubic foot refrigerator from Amana represents decades of efficiency-driven innovations, including foam insulation with low global warming potential. http://bit.ly/1KUpyG4

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Kitchen and Bathroom Design With Staying Power

Posted by Suchi Rudra

Jun 3, 2015 3:02:00 PM

Truly green kitchens and baths include design elements that will stand the test of time. These projects should age in place along with their owners, while at the same time optimizing energy use and water efficiency.

HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE both sustainability and design that can weather ever-changing trends in a kitchen or bathroom? It’s not easy, and it also depends on whether you’re designing a remodel or a new construction project.

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How to Plan an Energy Efficient Home Renovation

Posted by RESNET

Jan 21, 2015 10:30:44 AM

If you’re going to renovate your home this year, consider taking the energy efficient route. Start by contacting a RESNET Home Energy Auditor or Rater for an energy audit or rating to determine where and how your home is losing energy. If you opt for an energy rating, compare your home’s before and after HERS Index scores to see the difference that energy-saving measures can make.

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Can Black Friday Be Green?

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Dec 16, 2014 3:26:08 PM

We are done with Black Friday and Cyber Monday but not the most consuming season of the year. It may be a little late for Black Friday, but are there ways to make this consumer season green? I say yes. And so does Green America.

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How to Maximize Your Fridge’s Energy Efficiency

Posted by RESNET

Nov 19, 2014 12:32:37 PM

Now here’s a question for you: which kitchen appliance is always on the go, provides a bright light in the deep dark of night and gives you what you need when you need it? Your refrigerator of course! And as the hardest working appliance in the kitchen, there are a few things you should know about how to keep it functioning in the most energy efficient manner:

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Upgrading to a New Appliance is Often the Greenest Choice

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Nov 17, 2014 12:00:00 AM

I'm often asked whether replacing an appliance is worth the cost--both in real dollars and in potential reductions in environmental impacts. The answer is yes to both.

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How Long Do the Parts of a House Last?

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jun 20, 2014 6:49:00 PM

A FEW YEARS BACK, I wrote an article called "Building Blind," that exposed some major flaws in the way products are installed in new homes, with no regard for how one product limits the lifespan of another. For example, putting thin asphalt felt (tar paper) under clay roof tiles means you will have to remove those tiles when the paper fails in about 20 years, whereas the tiles might have lasted for centuries.

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Which Appliances Have the Highest Energy Costs?

Posted by RESNET

Jun 18, 2014 7:33:00 PM

Appliances that are not operating in an energy efficient way can be one of the reasons for your high energy bills. If you’re wondering which appliances cost the most money to run, here’s a list of the top five:

1.    Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system comes in at number one on the list. Up to 44 percent of the typical American homeowner’s utility bill will go towards their HVAC costs. According to ENERGY STAR, once your HVAC system has hit the 15-year mark, you’ll probably have to look into upgrading to an energy efficient version. If replacing your HVAC system is not feasible, here are some steps you can take to help your system work more efficiently:

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How Energy Efficient Are ENERGY STAR Appliances?

Posted by RESNET

Jun 2, 2014 10:32:00 AM

IN A TYPICAL AMERICAN HOUSEHOLD, appliances account for 21 – 25% of the utility bill. One way to reduce this cost is by replacing older appliances with energy efficient ENERGY STAR models.As you're deciding when it makes sense to replace an appliance, you will naturally want to know how much money you can save. To figure that out, you need to know just how energy efficien appliances are thatt are ENERGY STAR qualified? Here are some short, simple numbers to ponder. One figure jumps out right away. Replacing and old clothes washer with an Energy Star model provides the fastes savings reward of any major appliance.

1. ENERGY STAR Qualified Dishwasher

  • Costs less than $35 a year to run.
  • 5% more energy efficient than a non-qualified model.
  • Saves 15% more water than a non-qualified model.
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Choosing the Right Power Strip

Posted by RESNET

May 22, 2014 4:15:00 PM

The modern home is packed with electronics. From TVs to DVD players and gaming consoles, these gadgets, which are so much a part of our lives, also cost us money in terms of energy consumption. In fact, they can add up to nearly 10% of a home’s monthly electricity bill. One of the reasons for this is that many of these products aren’t actually turned off when not in use; instead, they’re on standby, which means they’re still drawing power. They become what are known as “energy vampires”. An advanced power strip can solve this problem, but choosing the right power strip is key to maximizing energy savings.

Similar to conventional power strips, APS are designed primarily to deal with home entertainment areas and home offices. They prevent electronics from drawing power when not being used. APS come in a variety of types to suit different requirements.

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