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Green Buildings Provide Nearly $6 Billion in Benefits to Health and Climate Finds Study

Posted by Mel Smith, Editor

Mar 13, 2018 10:09:46 AM

Green buildings save you money on energy, but what about the other benefits? A recent study found that within the US, every dollar spent on green building saves an additional 60 cents in health and climate benefits.

Did you know buildings can deliver billions of dollars' worth of public health benefits, including fewer hospitalizations and reduced climate impacts? A new study says that's the case – if they're energy efficient buildings.

Experts at Harvard University examined a subset of green-certified buildings over a 16-year period in six countries: the U.S., China, India, Brazil, Germany and Turkey. Known as HEALTHfx, the study found nearly $6 billion in combined health and climate benefits.

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Win a Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller and Fool Your Neighbors Into Thinking You Have a Green Thumb

Posted by Mel Smith, Editor

Feb 26, 2018 3:29:00 PM

Controlled with your smart phone, Rachio's hub takes the guesswork out of gardening. Submit an Entry Below.

Many of my friends complain that they can't keep plants alive. Well, I'm an experienced gardener, and I can tell you in most cases, the problem is inconsistent watering. Plants, including lawns, can't take the shock of the drought-flood see-saw.

Rachio's Smart Sprinkler Controller solves this conundrum. It's highly tested, and EPA WaterSense-certified, to greatly reduce water waste. The phone app shows you in real-time how much water you have used, as well as giving you alerts for seasonal weather changes. Why water if it's raining? It installs easily too.

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Win a WeMo Lighting Dimmer and Simplify Your Smart Routines

Posted by Mel Smith, Editor

Jan 22, 2018 9:49:10 AM

Controlled from your smart phone, these gadgets require no hub, of their own, making them flexible and hassle-free.

One of the most appealing aspects of the WeMo line of smart products is that they don’t try to do too much. The light dimmers are part of a small suite of products from Belkin, designed for DIY installation without a lot of reading of manuals.

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