How Washington Ruined the Top-Loading Washing Machine
The top-loading washer continues to disappear, thanks to the federal government's obsession with energy efficiency. (The Wall Street Journal)

Long Island Utility Pushes Green Home Remodeling Program
The Long Island Power Authority is joining with Energy Star to offer rebates for homeowners who remodel their houses to be more energy efficient. (The Long Island Press)

Former Architect to the Stars Now Touts Green Building Future
Although John Picard once designed energy-hogging homes for Hollywood stars, he was put off by the homes’ wastefulness. (The Wall Street Journal)

Miles-Per-Gallon Concept Touted for Homes
A coalition of environmentalists, green builders, and energy-efficiency experts have argued that it’s time to make Energy Performance Scores mandatory, as a way to help consumers, reduce energy costs, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. (Sustainable Life)

Mike Holmes Named Keynote Speaker for NAHB Green Conference
HGTV home improvement star Mike Holmes will serve as the keynote speaker for the May 1-3 event in Salt Lake City. (Building Online)

Blu Homes Launches New Prefab Houses
The modular home maker has unveiled a highly efficient, steel-frame home that will cost homeowners 50% to 70% less to operate than a conventional home. (Inhabitat)

KB Home Receives EPA’s Highest Honor
The production home builder has been recognized as a 2011 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award, the agency’s highest honor. (American Banking News)

Magazine Features 10 Most Innovative Companies in Energy
SolarCity, GE among top firms on Fast Company’s list. (Fast Company)

Xcel Energy's Solar Rewards Program Back On
The utility will fund another $97 million in incentives for home and small-business solar installations over the next year. (Clean Energy Authority)

Bill to Restrict HOA Bans on Solar Panels Passes Texas Senate Committee
The legislation would require homeowner associations to permit solar panels unless they stick off the home’s roof, loom above a fence, or turn into an eyesore. (The Dallas Morning News)

Wind Turbine Installations May Rise 20% in 2011
Capacity to produce electricity from the wind may rise by 40 gigawatts in 2011 from 294.4 gigawatts at the end of last year, according to an industry lobby group. (Bloomberg)

Solar Power's Outlook Grows Brighter in Pittsburgh Region
In a city meteorologists call one of the cloudiest in the U.S., technological advances, coupled with rising energy prices and a bevy of incentives, are selling people on the benefits of solar power. (The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)