Smart Window Film by Heliotrophe that Block Heat and Light

Heliotrope Smart Window Technology

Windows are one of the least energy efficient elements in a building.   Heliotrope Technologies seeks to change the “smart window” technology market to increase energy efficiency through the transmission of heat and light with the use of its specialized film.

Solar Power Demand Expected to Grow to 4.3 GW in 2013

US Solar Demand

According to the latest edition of NPD Solarbuzz North America PV Markets Quarterly, the demand of solar PV power (photovoltaics) in the U.S. will increase with about 20% compared to 2012. Much of the growth is thanks to California, Arizona, New Jersey and North Carolina – where 70% of the growth has taken place.

Eco Friendly Laminate Countertop Makeover

Rust-Oleum countertop transformation

One of my readers asked me how can she makeover her 1980’s  laminate countertop without disposing of it.   To add on a layer, she asked me how can she make this transformation eco-friendly.  I love the way she thinks. Don’t you? Honestly with all the great green countertops out there, it would be just […]

Green Concrete: Limestone Building Exterior Made of Beer Bottles

Building Made of Beer Bottles

One Million bottles of  beer on the wall. One Million bottles of beer on the wall.  Take one down, crush and spin it around, then there is… Okay, you get the picture.  In fact, Realm of Design used 500,000 beer bottles to create the limestone looking green concrete facade of their Nevada 30,000 square foot manufacturing […]

Green Building at its Finest at the Ford Rouge Factory

Ford Rouge front

When Ford knocked on my door to visit their headquarter in January, I hemmed and hawed  not because of Ford, but who wants to go to Detroit in January?  Can you say bone chilling? (Been there, done that.)  But they knew how to get a green building geek girl wobbly at the knees and beg for me.  Wave […]

World’s Largest Community Solar Farm Moves Forward

Westmill Solar Park Community

Welcome guest poster, Mathias Aarre Maehlum,  with part 2 of his recent community solar garden post: The idea of community-owned solar farms has been around for quite some time. Homeowners who aren’t eligible for solar panels because they don’t own their own roof or live in an apartment building, still have the chance to invest […]

Furnace Replacement: Save Some Green with Higher Efficiency

Heating System Replacement

Welcome Guest Poster, Allan Lake, owner of Good Guys Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing.  He  provides some food for thought about whether it is time to replace your heating system: As a homeowner, deciding when to replace your furnace is one of the largest purchasing decisions you’ll have to make. This post will look at the main […]

What Is a Community Solar Garden?

riflesolararray

Welcome guest poster, Mathias: According to National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), only 1/5 households in America are suitable for residential solar panel installations. 4/5 households do either not have sufficient space or have shading issues, which simply means that solar panels are not feasible. Luckily things are about to change. In just a few years, community-owned […]