Are Compressed Earth Blocks the Sustainable Building Material We’ve Been Looking for?

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Compressed earth blocks are an ancient building material and technique. Buildings made with compressed earth blocks have stood for centuries—millennia even—there’s no question that these structures are durable. But, why are they making a come back? Could compressed earth blocks be the sustainable building material that we’ve been looking for all along? As people are […]

Energy-Efficient Appliances Pay Off with Green Rebates

Energy-efficient appliance rebates

Maybe you have been contemplating some changes around the house but you haven’t found the time, or you don’t know exactly what to do. Before you tackle any other home improvement project, consider making a few improvements that will make your home more energy efficient and get you the green stamp-of-approval from the government.

Save Energy With These Green Tips for a Cool Summer

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The energy used in an average home costs more than $2,200 a year and contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than a typical car. With summer and the high costs of cooling right around the corner, use these tips from the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce both energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions by one third. “By […]

6 Eco-friendly Options for a New Roof

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When it’s time to replace the roof on your house, know your options. There have been many improvements in eco-friendly roofing materials and other sustainable roof styles are coming back into vogue among green builders. On the flip side, the asphalt shingle roofs found on many homes now may be leaching chemicals into rainwater run-off […]

Turn Over a New Leaf, Pick up the Yard Nature’s Way

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Green as she was in so many other ways, my grandmother’s manner of leaf disposal such a waste. Even today, depending on where you are, you see people needlessly destroying a tremendous natural resource. If your idea of “leaf pick up” means you rake them into the street or into cans and burn them, or […]

School Fundraisers Go Green to Raise Money

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Does your school need to make some money? What if we told you that your PTA or school club could earn money by being green? Think about it: you would not only be helping your school community by fundraising, but also our planet by recycling! “Green fundraisers” are becoming very popular and as a result […]

Winter Garden: How to Prepare for the First Frost

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The crisp afternoon air of fall has arrived and  the sun is just starting to set a little bit earlier each day. Before we know it, winter will be here and with it the first frost. This means that it’s time to get to the business of preparing for the cold. Have you given any […]

First Home Certified Emerald Under Green Building Standard

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RGB Custom Builders of East Stroudsburg, Pa., has built the first home to be certified to the Emerald level of the National Green Building Standard rating system. Builder Bob Brown’s home scored a total of 724 points in the six categories of the standard, which include energy, water and resource efficiency, indoor environmental quality, lot and site development […]

How to Make Your Own Napkins Using Old Fabric

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Cloth napkins are being recognized as the eco-friendly, less wasteful choice for our tables. And they are not hard to make from old material you may have around your house. Here are some ideas on how to make your own cloth napkins. Start with these possible sources of old fabric to see what you may […]

Sustainable Types of Home Flooring: Environmentally-Friendly from the Ground Up

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You shouldn’t let a bunch of tree-hugging environmentalists just walk all over you unless, of course, you are environmentally friendly flooring. Sustainable flooring is rising in popularity among the different types of flooring on the contemporary home flooring market. We’re not surprised. The assorted types of flooring that comprise the “environmentally friendly flooring” group make […]