Net Zero Homes and the Future of Energy Consumption

Net Zero Homes and the Future of Energy Consumption

By Erin Vaughan In 2008, the Department of Energy issued a challenge to homebuilders: design more efficient living spaces. Accordingly, they launched a stringent new set of criteria for energy-saving homes, designed to foster design innovation and drive new building techniques. Specifically, the DOE’s Builders Challenge program focuses on the net zero home, or DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, a high-performance structure that generates at...

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How to Keep Warm this Winter (Without Freezing Your Wallet)

How to Keep Warm this Winter (Without Freezing Your Wallet)

By Deborah Lansing Winter is a beautiful, almost magical time of year. However, as the seasons change and the temperature drops, it can be difficult to keep a house warm – that is, without cranking up the heat. The cold winter months often mean heavy energy use, which is a drain both on natural resources and on your bank account. But there are steps you can take to mitigate this and keep warm in winter without freezing your wallet....

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