Sustainable home improvements

Sustainable home improvements

Buildings (and their construction) account for 38% of all global energy-related CO2 emissions according to the UN Environment Program. Yet we often don’t realize what a large impact our homes have on our environmental footprint. That’s why I became a LEED Green Associate. So I can share the most up-to-date ways you can make your home greener, healthier, and more comfortable. I cover home electrification, roof solar systems, energy conservation, indoor air quality, and other sustainable home tips.

The guide to sustainable home improvements & maintenance

Did you know that about 40% of all energy used in the United States goes to heating and cooling buildings according to Energy.gov? And buildings account for 38% of carbon dioxide emissions according to the Environmental and Energy Institute. Plus, buildings use 12% of total water consumption. Sustainable living really does begin at home. Our …

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SunPower: Everything you need to know before you get a solar or storage quote

SunPower is one of America’s oldest solar company’s, and now they also offer residential solar energy storage batteries. It’s also the solar company I get asked about the most. So here you’ll find answers to all the questions you might have about SunPower’s solar panels* and energy storage before you even get a quote. The …

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Solar energy expert: 3 questions to ask every solar company

Thinking about getting solar panels installed but not sure where to begin? EnergySage solar expert Anna Hagadorn has some great tips. Here are three questions to ask every solar company, and what to look for when evaluating solar proposals according to Hagadorn. What’s the price per watt? This is like the price per sq ft …

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Easy green home ideas for eco-friendly homeowners

Buildings (and their construction) account for 38% of all global energy-related CO2 emissions according to the UN Environment Program. Yet we often don’t realize what a large impact our homes have on our environmental footprint. And when we do, it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that we need a brand new modern home in …

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The ultimate solar home guide for a single-family residence

If you do a quick search for home solar it’s easy to get overwhelmed with options and confusing estimates. So in this solar home guide, I explain what a solar home is, the answers to basic solar questions every single-family homeowner should know before shopping for solar panels, and how to find a solar company …

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The benefits of an induction range versus a natural gas range

My husband and I decided to go all-electric in our 1960’s San Jose ranch-style fixer-upper a while ago, as mentioned in our previous post about our sustainable home improvement plans. Although we’ve already done other projects to make our home more ready for an all-electric future, the induction range was our first intentionally purchased electric …

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Home electrification: Why cities are phasing out natural gas

You’ve heard of electric cars, but what about all-electric homes? Maybe not. Home electrification doesn’t exactly get as much press as Tesla. But cities in the Bay Area (and around the world) are phasing out natural gas and phasing in all-electric appliances. Diane Bailey, Executive Director at Menlo Spark in Menlo Park California, explains why. …

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