affordable green homes

Give the Gift of a Connected Home for the Holidays

– Posted in: Consumer Issues, Green Gab Podcast, Green Homes, Green Living

Today, we’re gabbing with Tony Pratte, the director of builder relations at the Sound Room. We’re talking about how a connected home is a great way to control your energy use, be environmentally aware, and increase safety for homeowners. These devices also make great gift options for others or yourself. What Is a Connected Home? [...]

4 Green Benefits of Switching to LED Lighting

– Posted in: Blog, Consumer Issues, Green Gab Podcast, Green Homes, Green Living, Renewable Energy

Today, we are gabbing with Tyson Taussig with Lighting Inc. about LED lighting. LED stands for light-emitting diodes, and these LEDs were originally used for computers, cars, and other electronic components. It’s only been recently that LEDs have become commonly used for home and office lighting. And the benefits of switching to LED lighting are [...]

Green as You Go – Paint by Numbers

– Posted in: Blog, Green Gab Podcast, Green Homes, Green Living, Renewable Energy

“The whole idea of green can be done one choice at a time” which is basically what Marla’s book Living Green Effortlessly: Simple Choices for a Better Home, is about. Marla and Tony agree that it’s not just about radical “tree-hugger” kind of stuff but everyday simple choices. Tony wants folks to know that making simple changes can [...]

A HERO for Home Upgrades

– Posted in: Blog, Green Financing, Green Homes

The HERO Program – Home Energy Renovation Opportunity is a form of PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing with the Missouri Clean Energy District. The program offers homeowners a form of financing for energy efficient home upgrades which is paid back via their property taxes. Once a homeowner contacts a contractor in the program, the [...]

Can’t Manage It Unless You Measure It

– Posted in: Blog, Green Gab Podcast, Green Homes, Green Living

Wistar Wood, of WegoWise Inc., explains that Wego” stands for water, electric, gas, and oil.” WegoWise is a web-based, company that track a property’s utility data, mainly water, electric, gas and oil, and they do it wisely; hence the name WegoWise. Wistar goes on to explain to Marla that the company’s intuitive software platform provides [...]

Greenbacks for Your Greener Home

– Posted in: Blog, Green Living

One of the first questions I almost always get asked about green homes is “doesn’t it cost more?” It comes as a surprise to most people that not only does a green or greener home often not cost more than a traditional built, remodeled or upgraded home, it will usually save money over time and [...]

GREEN BUILDINGS INTERNATIONAL

– Posted in: Blog, Building Sciences, Community, Consumer Issues, Green Homes, Green Living, Renovations and Remodeling

The Oklahoma US Green Building Council offered Green Business Boot Camp – an update and review of the many benefits and programs of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). I’ve been a LEED AP (accredited professional) for 8 years now yet had not recently gone through an update of what all USGBC has been working [...]

Mainstream Green – A Conversation with Marla and Sheridan Foster of Elemental Green

– Posted in: Blog, Green Homes, Green Living

Sheridan Foster founder of Elemental Green, interviews Marla Esser Cloos originator and host of the Green Gab Podcast about her award-winning book, Living Green Effortlessly: Simple Choices to a Better Home. Sheridan highlights the practicability of Marla’s book and discusses the affordability of going green. Marla, a National Association of Homebuilders masters certified green professional as [...]

Building Hope and Supporting Leaders of the Future

– Posted in: Blog, Events, Green Homes, Green Living

In their continued recognition of the role of women in the industry, the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders), celebrated Professional Women in Building (PWB) Week, by looking back to PWB’s first president, Hope Bettilyon, and the scholarship named in her honor.  In 1949, Mrs. Bettilyon, the wife of a Salt Lake City home builder, organized the [...]