Home Improvements

April 7, 2010
Cheap energy has brought us ugly light—ceiling lamps that flatten rooms by casting out every shadow. Yet before the invention of the lightbulb, people found inventive and...
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February 25, 2010
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February 19, 2010
Composting not only reduces the waste stream and minimizes the production of greenhouse gasses, it produces nutrient-rich humus, a key ingredient to any sustainable agriculture,...
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December 30, 2009
Old houses are often treasure troves of lumber that is both stronger and more beautiful than what's milled today. But once it's been crushed and packed into a dump truck, long...
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November 13, 2009
As winter nears and the nights take on a chill, you may find yourself dreading the arrival of your energy bill. Driving that bill down, however, just requires taking a few steps...
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October 15, 2009
More elegant than air conditioners, ceiling fans are finding their way back into rooms as a cost-effective way to cool. Heating and cooling are responsible for 40 percent of all...
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October 5, 2009
Working with electricity is daunting at first. It's easy to think, "I have no idea how this works, and I'll probably get shocked." And nobody with an ounce of common sense would...
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January 9, 2009
Take a look at your windows rather than out them if you want to save energy at home. Approximately one-third of a home's total heat loss usually occurs through windows and doors....
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November 6, 2008
As the temperature drops, it's time to prepare for winter heating bills. Heating accounts for a whopping 28 percent of the average home's energy use. Before you turn up the...
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