Cermides, associate editor | September 8th, 20099 comments
If you have an electric water heater, you can disconnect the heating elements because you won’t need them. And if your water heater is gas-fired, you can shut off the gas supply. This module will heat water more efficiently than any gas or electric water heater.
MikeGuertin, editorial advisor | August 27th, 200919 comments
Heard of TimberSil? Wondered how it's different than ordinary pressure treated lumber? Mike Guertin tried it out on a 900 sf deck last year and reports on what it is, how it handles and the upsides and downsides.
Green isn’t an upgrade, it’s the way quality builders build houses, but builders who are trying to move toward building greener, more sustainable homes often say that they hit a lot of resistance with their customers. Selling green, they say, is tough because it costs more. . .
MikeGuertin, editorial advisor | May 18th, 20092 comments
Many driveways are oversized to provide extra room for backing and turning and parking for occasional guests. Excess pavement often overwhelms a small lot and increases storm water runoff. On a recent project I used blacktop pavement for the high traffic area with Turfstone ™, a green pervious paving alternative around the perimeter for extra swing room when turning and extra off-street parking.
In this NEWSWEEK Q&A, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman criticizes America's passive attitude towards energy, how we got lazy about change, and why we're "dumb" for thinking that switching to compact fluorescent bulbs will solve the problem.