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Do One Thing And Save On Your Energy Bill

Do One Thing And Save On Your Energy Bill

As rising energy costs continue to put strain on homeowner budgets (especially as we head into cooler months), saving energy is not only a great idea for the planet — it will help you save money, too. Luckily, saving energy is a lot easier than it sounds. In fact, there’s […]

Why You Should Go To A Really Really Free Market

Why You Should Go To A Really Really Free Market

This past weekend we had the chance to check out our city’s monthly summer Really Really Free Market — as in, yes, everything really, really is free — and we’re digging this latest urban trend. Really Really Free Markets are communal spaces where anyone can bring anything to share — […]

Quick Ways To Lower Energy Costs

Quick Ways To Lower Energy Costs

Happy Earth Day! Although when I was younger, we had a saying — “Every day is Earth day.” Kinda true, right? We talk a lot about going green here at C&H — materials, best practices, energy efficiency — but sometimes, making changes for the better can seem a little overwhelming. […]

Reduce VOCs In Your Home

Reduce VOCs In Your Home

When you hear the term VOC, you probably think of paint, right? Us, too. But the truth is that volatile organic compounds can be found in other substances besides paint. And you want to minimize them because they release gases into the air, which then contribute to air pollution. Yuck. […]

Want An Easy Way To Go Green? Try A Boost Box!

Want An Easy Way To Go Green? Try A Boost Box!

There’s no denying it–going green is all the rage these days. But when it comes to making your home an environmentally friendly, energy efficient machine, it can be tough to know where to start. Sure, there’s the little things, like swapping your lightbulbs for CFLs, or recycling, or choosing low- […]

Unexpected Ways To Lower Your Energy Costs

Unexpected Ways To Lower Your Energy Costs

You probably know all of the common ways to reduce your energy consumption: regularly check for water leaks, keep lights off when not in use, don’t leave unused appliances plugged in, keep your HVAC filters clean. But what about sneaky ways that you could be losing energy without even knowing […]

USGBC Announces Top 10 States For LEED Buildings

USGBC Announces Top 10 States For LEED Buildings

Who doesn’t love lists? To-do lists, top 10 lists (especially the David Letterman variety) — they’re informative and entertaining. So we’ve added a new list for your reading pleasure. The U.S. Green Building Council recently released their list of the top 10 states (including the District of Columbia) that have […]

How An Energy Audit Can Save You Big Bucks

How An Energy Audit Can Save You Big Bucks

We’ve talked about energy audits before here at C&H–they’re a great option if you want to gauge your home’s energy efficiency. Audits also provide an ideal starting point if you’re planning on making your abode more eco-friendly. Energy audits focus on a few main areas, including air leaks, heating and […]

White Roofs Can Reduce Energy Costs

White Roofs Can Reduce Energy Costs

Painting building roofs white is a movement that’s slowly catching on in big cities. A light-colored roof reflects light, rather than absorbing it, a function that can significantly reduce energy costs. And when air conditioning use is decreased, the amount of carbon emissions released by the units falls, too. White […]

Ohio’s First Passive House: An Interview With Andrew Kline

Ohio’s First Passive House: An Interview With Andrew Kline

Back in the fall we shared with you the first Passive House in Ohio. Recently, after news that the house had been successfully completed and sold, we were able to sit down with Green Generations’ President Andrew Kline to take a closer look into everything that goes into a Passive […]

Greenbuild 2010 Recap: Rainwater, SIPs and LEDs

Greenbuild 2010 Recap: Rainwater, SIPs and LEDs

We’ve been looking forward to the 2010 Greenbuild Expo in Chicago for a few months now and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The show keeps growing year after year and not only are the numbers of exhibitors increasing but attendance is rising and you could certainly feel the buzz and energy […]

TOTO Double Cyclone Flush Toilets and EcoPower Faucets

TOTO Double Cyclone Flush Toilets and EcoPower Faucets

TOTO is well known for creating stylish toilets that have multi-functions such as the washlet. They were on hand Greenbuild this year sharing their latest innovations, two of which we found fascinating. Their eco-power faucets and double cyclone flushing system. TOTO EcoPower Faucets The EcoPower faucets are engineered to require […]

Clean Up Yard Waste With Compostable Lawn Bags

Clean Up Yard Waste With Compostable Lawn Bags

With autumn drawing to a close, it’s time to address the arduous task of cleaning up all those gorgeous fall leaves strewn about your yard. However, many waste management companies and municipalities are requiring that yard waste be bagged before being disposed of … which means you have to go […]

Certainteed Gypsum Drywall Doubles as an Air Cleaner

Certainteed Gypsum Drywall Doubles as an Air Cleaner

Hoping to start a revolution in drywall, the Certainteed AirRenew gypsum board cleans the air by capturing indoor formaldehydes and other aldehydes and converts them into inert compounds that remain within the board. The drywall also includes M2Tech, a water-resistant core and mold-resistant paper face that provide protection against moisture. […]

Recycling Tips for America Recycles Day

Recycling Tips for America Recycles Day

Did you know that the 13th annual America Recycles Day is coming up? According to Earth911.com, it’s “the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the U.S.” By visiting their website you can find activities in your area spanning the whole weekend prior to America […]

Hover House Unites Indoor, Outdoor Living

Hover House Unites Indoor, Outdoor Living

Going green has never been so stylish thanks to Hover Houses, created by Glen Irani Architects. The third in the series (pictured above), built on the Venice Canals in Los Angeles, continues a trend of “maximizing outdoor living environments by structurally ‘hovering’ the building envelope above the land,” according to […]

Ohio’s First Passive House

Ohio’s First Passive House

There’s a real-life green building trend coming to life in the Miami Valley. A brand-new local green construction company, Generation Green Building, is in the process of constructing Ohio’s first Passive House. According to the website, The Yellow Springs Passive House is nearly 1,800 square feet and encompasses three bedrooms, […]

The Lowdown on LED Light Bulbs from Home Depot

The Lowdown on LED Light Bulbs from Home Depot

Home Depot invited us to check out their lineup of LED light bulbs which we’ve been wanting to investigate since watching an episode of This New house that profiled some offerings from Philips Lighting. Blake who has been a Home Depot Associate for 6 years and is a member of […]

Is Residential LEED Certification Worth The Cost?

Is Residential LEED Certification Worth The Cost?

As green building practices continue to influence builders and contractors, many commercial buildings are now striving for LEED certification in order to designate a project’s sustainability. Residential certification is growing more slowly, however, as homeowners try to determine if the cost is a worthwhile investment. Most of the cost of […]

KC Shipping Container Home Is Eco-Friendly

KC Shipping Container Home Is Eco-Friendly

Debbie Glassberg, a Kansas City resident and toy designer, has been the talk of the town since construction began on her modern, eco-friendly home made entirely of steel shipping containers. The building process began in early 2009 after the containers arrived from China, with Glassberg and her boyfriend serving as […]

Can Earthships Solve Haiti’s Housing?

Can Earthships Solve Haiti’s Housing?

This is one way to solve a housing crisis. Using discarded tires and bottles to create walls of a home. Architect Michael Reynolds has applied this green building construction technique to more than 1,000 homes and thinks it will be the answer to rebuilding Haiti. He calls his homes “Earthships” […]