Renovations and Remodeling

Energy Efficient Innovations

– Posted in: Appliances, Blog, Energy Efficiency Basics, Energy Efficient Lighting, Green Gab Podcast, Green Homes, Green Living, Home Performance, Homeowners, Renovations and Remodeling, Sustainable Green Practices
Energy Efficient Innovations

– as I was listening to the podcast for any final edits to Tony’s write-up, I had a vivid flashback on the topic of home control.  Do you remember the movie PillowTalk with Doris Day and Rock Hudson?  There is a scene in his “bachelor pad” where the stereo turns on, the lights turn off [...]

Resources and Materials-The Stuff our Homes Are Made of v2

– Posted in: Building Materials, Consumer Issues, Dream Green Home, Education, Green Gab Podcast, Green Homes, Green Living, Home Inventory, Home Maintenance Checklists, Home Performance, Homeowners, Projects, Renovations and Remodeling
Resources and materials for building sustainable homes

Once upon a time, people used the resources and materials around them and that is what there homes were made of. As the world has become a smaller place, materials used to build a house may come from anywhere and everywhere. Resources are a key part of the construction of the home. Home builders and home [...]

High Performance Homes at No More Cost

– Posted in: Building Sciences, Green Gab Podcast, Green Homes, Home Performance, Renovations and Remodeling

The goal of the Proud Green Home and Proud Green Building sites is to educate the entire marketplace – homeowners and building professionals in both the home and commercial building industry. The vision is to “inspire people to adopt these principles and convey logic of supporting high performance homes and buildings and benefits of doing so.” [...]

Being Comfortable in Your Home

– Posted in: Community, Consumer Issues, Dream Green Home, Education, Energy Efficiency Basics, Energy Efficient Lighting, Green Financing, Green Homes, Green Living, Home Performance, Homeowners, Projects, Renovations and Remodeling

Our new home has a HERS Index rating (yay!). We walked through a lot of homes where the sales person proudly exclaimed that the home we were visiting had a HERS rating of 64 (or 59 or whatever). And being a little cheeky, I’d ask “ok, so what does that mean?” Only a handful of [...]

Dreaming Your Home – How to Dream It, Plan It and Pay For It 2

– Posted in: Consumer Issues, Green Financing, Green Homes, Green Living, Homeowners, Renewable Energy, Renovations and Remodeling

Building or finding your dream home is a goal for many of us. However, it is key to understand not only how to pay for our dream home, yet also how to plan for it. It is possible for you to have your dream home and make it a green home…with a little planning. The [...]

Walk Your Talk

– Posted in: Building Sciences, Community, Consumer Issues, Dream Green Home, Green Homes, Historical Preservation, Renovations and Remodeling, Testimonials, Urban revitialization

As I listened (again) to the Green Gab podcast about Preserving History…with Kate Ewing, I was so struck by how much we kept coming back to talking about how our actions exemplified what is important to each of us. This “walk your talk” arises in all parts of our lives and now that I’m paying [...]

The Tools for My Home – Appliances!

– Posted in: Appliances, Consumer Issues, Dream Green Home, Green Homes, Green Living, Home Performance, Homeowners, Projects, Renewable Energy, Renovations and Remodeling, Testimonials

I love my appliances – they help me do so many things in my home – keeping and preparing food; as well as cleaning dishes, clothes and the house. I love it even more when they look great and perform well. Today’s appliances not only do their intended job, they can do it using less [...]

The Home Detective – Finding How to Get a Home to Perform Well

– Posted in: Air Quality, Building Sciences, Consumer Issues, Green Gab Podcast, Green Homes, Home Performance, Homeowners, Renovations and Remodeling

Gabbing with Kellye Markowski with Energy Smart Homes.  Kellye is a residential and commercial energy audit provider and project management.  She works independently and does not promote any products. Her goal is to help homeowners/residents reduce their energy and costs and know the best course of action for their house. She works with the true [...]

Dreaming Your Home – How to Dream It, Plan It and Pay For It

– Posted in: Consumer Issues, Green Financing, Green Gab Podcast, Green Homes, Green Living, Homeowners, Renewable Energy, Renovations and Remodeling

Dreaming Your Home – how to dream it, plan it and pay for it  Building or finding your dream home is a goal for many of us. However, it is key to understand not only how to pay for our dream home, yet also how to plan for it. It is possible for you to [...]

Breathe Well

– Posted in: Air Quality, Consumer Issues, Green Gab Podcast, Green Homes, Green Living, Homeowners, Projects, Renovations and Remodeling

Indoor air quality or the indoor environment applies to all of our homes – existing or new - and all of us can take immediate actions to breathe well in our homes. For me, the first steps were my choices of cleaning products. I switched to non-toxic, safer cleaners and even a few homemade ones. [...]