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Greener, cleaner bathrooms save water, time and money
(BPT) - If you’re considering a green home renovation, or building an eco-friendly house, you’ll likely put a lot of thought into heating and cooling, as well as kitchen appliances. But don’t overlook the value of greening your bathrooms, too. Environmentally-friendly bathrooms ca... More >>


4 easy upgrades to make your home more water-efficient
(BPT) - Low rainfall and lack of snow melt, along with record high temperatures have contributed to the worst drought California has seen in decades. In fact, some studies suggest it’s the worst the state has seen in 1,000 years, but California isn’t the only state suffering extremely d... More >>


Tips to make your next DIY home improvement as green as possible
(BPT) - If you’re thinking about making your next DIY home improvement project “green,” but aren’t sure how to achieve a balance of eco-friendly and affordability, there’s good news. It’s now easier than ever, especially when you do the work yourself with rented ... More >>


Teach your children to recycle their old phones and tablets
(BPT) - It’s that time of year when millions of students will be shopping for back-to-school and purchasing the latest technology and electronic devices. Many of these popular items like smartphones, tablets and laptops use rechargeable batteries that contain materials that are potentially ha... More >>


Help the environment by reducing your water use today
(BPT) - The temperature isn’t the only thing rising during the summertime – your outdoor water use is probably rising as well. And, unfortunately, so can water waste.If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone. US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research shows that homeowners ... More >>


Mother Nature knows best: How natural elements in the home make you healthier
(BPT) - When it comes to health and wellness, the design of your home may prove to be just as important as your diet, sleep habits or exercise routine. This is the premise behind biophilic design – the idea that incorporating natural elements into your home, such as wood or plants, can actual... More >>


See solar power in a new light this summer
(BPT) - With sunny summer months right around the corner and energy bills continuing to rise, more and more Americans are making the switch to solar powering their homes. In 2014, the U.S. added more than 186,000 individual residential solar installations, according to GTM Research. As a result, mo... More >>


Empower your kids to be tree heroes this summer
(BPT) - Climbing trees, laughing around a campfire, counting fireflies or just taking in the aroma of the morning dew — these are some of the childhood memories that last a lifetime. It is easy to take for granted our outdoor adventures and natural resources; this is why it is so important to... More >>


Heat your home without wasting energy this season
(BPT) - If you’re interested in living a greener lifestyle, perhaps you’re already trying to reduce your energy usage as much as possible. Maybe you ride your bike to work, unplug your electronics when they’re not in use, use fans during warm weather and avoid wasting water.Saving... More >>


4 steps toward greener living
(BPT) - Living a greener lifestyle isn’t just about conserving natural resources, it’s also about saving money. Whether you’re renovating your existing home, or building from the ground up, you can create a home that’s more efficient, cost effective and “green.”1... More >>


How to make Labor Day last year-round
(BPT) - Labor Day doesn’t have to be a sign of the end of the summer season. Rather, it’s America’s opportunity to take an extra day of rest and relaxation and continue soaking up the warmth of summertime. With the sun shining bright, here are some ways to extend summer well into ... More >>


Green your space this fall
(BPT) - Fall signals the end of summer and the beginning of vibrantly colored leaves on the ground, pumpkin patches and refreshingly cooler temperatures. Early fall is also the perfect time of year to complete home improvement projects — the weather is mild, and you can clear your home of clu... More >>


Save water - and money - in the most budget-draining room in your house
(BPT) - Certain home appliances and features have a reputation for being energy and money wasters; everyone knows the air conditioner draws more electricity and old, leaky windows boost utility bills. But are you aware of the room in your home that uses – and wastes – the most water?Ame... More >>


The 5 most important things you never knew about your shower
(BPT) - You use it to get clean, refresh, relax or get invigorated, but how much do you really know about your shower? Did you know that the average shower lasts eight minutes in America, or that the shower is the third largest source of water use in the average American home? With conserving water... More >>


5 smart upgrades to bring your home into the future
(BPT) - From school to work to travel, technology has changed virtually every aspect of life in the United States. In fact, 64 percent of American adults own a smartphone, and more than half of them use their smartphones almost exclusively for banking and to get health information. There’s no... More >>



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