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Insulation: Save Money and Gain Heat

By Loretta White
October 30, 2009
File under: Energy Efficiency, Green Building Techniques, Health Concerns, Heating Systems, Living Space, Natural Alternatives

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Insulation is the one of the best ways to save money on heating and air conditioning. Considering a third of a home’s annual costs are spent on heating, it’s worth spending a little on insulation to keep that heat inside.  In this series, I will focus on an array of cost saving solutions for effectively insulating your home. By following these tips, you’ll be able prevent heat loss and conserve energy without breaking the bank. You can even receive a 30% tax credit in certain areas.

Where to Start

Test your airflow  On a windy day, hold a lit candle or incense stick to these areas: …read more of Insulation: Save Money and Gain Heat here

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Green Gourmet Cooking

By Loretta White
March 16, 2009
File under: Energy Efficiency, Heating Systems, Living Space


Cooking on a cast iron, wood or coal burning stove creates a gourmet cooking experience that can’t be beat! The flavors are incredible and if you’re a cook, you know that the flavors are unattainable from regular electric or gas stoves.

They can also serve the duel purpose of heating too.

Most are dual fuel, and nearly all can burn grains and flavored woods like apple and hickory, which will add flavor to your meal.

The only thing that compares, is cooking on an outdoor grill during the summer. Whenever I get the chance to cook outdoors, I don’t need to think twice about it; it’s a breeze to create simple meals that are savory and aromatic. I can almost smell the food now! …read more of Green Gourmet Cooking here

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Gasification Boilers are all the Rage

By Loretta White
February 26, 2009
File under: Green Building Design, Green Building Techniques, Heating Systems, Natural Alternatives, Remodeling Green

Fired with recycled sawdust and wood shavings, these stoves will put you ahead of the others on the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” track.

Instead of using gas or gel fuel, these stoves burn scrap wood, grains and pellets. Most pellets are made from 100% recycled sawdust, but can also be made from wood chips, bark, agricultural crop waste, recycled paper or other organic materials.

Extremely efficient, dust free, smokeless with virtually free of toxins, today’s stoves burn much cleaner than older models. They’re easy to use and are better for the environment than gas, propane or oil furnaces. In addition, they are less costly to run. …read more of Gasification Boilers are all the Rage here

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The New Wood Stove

By Loretta White
February 23, 2009
File under: Green Building Design, Green Building Techniques, Heating Systems, Natural Alternatives, Remodeling Green


Wood stoves and wood burning systems come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, uses and price ranges. Some of the names they go by are pellet stoves, fireplace inserts, pot belly, cast iron, soapstone, etc.

Additionally, the assortment of fuels these stoves burn can vary, some are set up for dual or multiple fuels that can burn wood one day, and corn the next. Either way, knowing the different types of fuels and how well they burn is important.

The most common stoves burn wood and the general understanding is that these are installed in the cabin or cellar, and not utilized as a complete heating system. Now with new technology, these stoves are no longer a smoky and dirty proposition.

There are two basic categories; space heaters and central heating systems. Here I will be focusing on the space heater group. …read more of The New Wood Stove here

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Green Rooftops

By Lauren Mangion
January 29, 2009
File under: Cooling Systems, Green Building Design, Green Building Techniques, Heating Systems, Landscaping, Natural Alternatives, Remodeling Green


Have you ever considered landscaping your roof? With the threats and realities of climate change abound, green roofs may provide a valuable small step toward carbon absorption.

If you have a flat or low-sloping, load-bearing roof with access to sunlight, wind shelter and proper drainage, you may be a good candidate for a green roof.

The benefits of green roofs are many.

Environmentally, a green roof will purify the air, absorbing airborne toxins and pollutants and producing life-giving oxygen. …read more of Green Rooftops here

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