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January, 2014

The Green Countertop Dilemma - Resolved!
Tips For Saving Water At Home
California 2013 Building Energy Code To Become Effective
Air Sealing For Better Health And Comfort
Incandescent Bulbs Going Away
Controlling Chemicals at Home
Disaggregating Utility Bills
The Green Countertop Dilemma

The Green Countertop Dilemma - Resolved!
About a year ago, I finally did the deed: tackled the partial kitchen remodel that had been a twinkle in my eye for nigh-on 25 years. It was partial because of resource constraints - I didn't want ... read more
Tips For Saving Water At Home
2013 was a record low year for rain fall in California. The Governor has just declared a drought emergency, and is asking for voluntary reduction in water use by 20%. Besides California, there are ... read more
California 2013 Building Energy Code To Become Effective
The California Energy Commission started issuing building energy efficiency standards (codified in Title 24, Part 6 of the California Code of Regulations) since 1978. Updates are made periodically ... read more
Air Sealing For Better Health And Comfort
Air Sealing is often talked about in the energy circle. But for most people air sealing is still an unfamiliar term. I remember once at a community green event a gentleman was proudly said ... read more
Incandescent Bulbs Going Away
The US Department of Energy's energy efficiency regulation to phase out the incandescent light bulbs reached its last milestone with the turn of the new year. As of Jan 1, 2014, the 40W and 60W ... read more
Controlling Chemicals at Home
Cigarette smokes, nitrous oxide from combustion appliances and residues from wood burning stoves are known to increase asthma symptoms. See how these can be avoided. ... read more
Disaggregating Utility Bills
The first thing to improve home energy performance is to understand energy usage by examining the utility bill. While the bill is complicated, a home energy consultant can help you decipher it. ... read more
The Green Countertop Dilemma
During a visit to Eco6Design in Half Moon Bay, California, I was drooling over all the fabulous "eco" options for countertops. Serious eye candy! Vetrazzo, Fireclay Tile, Stone Age, IceStone, Fuez. ... read more

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