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Sterilizing Indoor Air Quality Could Make Homeowners Sicker in the Long Run
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Sterilizing Indoor Air Quality Could Make Homeowners Sicker in the Long Run

It goes back to the age-old knowledge that kids growing up on farms develop less... More

Smart Thermostat from Lennox
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Smart Thermostat from Lennox

The icomfort allows homeowners to adjust indoor temperatures from anywhere in the... More

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Learning Thermostat

Nest Labs. The Nest Learning Thermostat monitors homeowner behaviors and preferences to create a customized heating and cooling schedule. More

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10 Common Failures in LEED for Homes Projects

Green rater's tips help building pros ace their final inspection. More

New + Notable
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New + Notable

20 products for green-built homes, including an electric-vehicle charging station,... More

Tamko Solar Attic Vent
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Tamko Solar Attic Vent

TAMKO’s Solar Attic Vent is a 20-watt solar panel that ventilates up to 1,600... More

Prestige Programmable Thermostat From Honeywell
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Prestige Programmable Thermostat From Honeywell

A high-definition, full-color touchscreen on the Prestige programmable thermostat... More

Performance Testing Essential for Verifying the Performance of Houses
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Performance Testing Essential for Verifying the Performance of Houses

Blower door, duct blaster, and other tests are a vital component of building science. More

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New Programmable Thermostats Make it Easy to Save

Baltimore Sun columnist Kevin Cowherd spoke for a lot of people when he wrote of his newly installed programmable thermostat: "We're afraid to touch [it]." His rant came shortly after he replaced his old mercury-filled manual unit, which had three settings -- heat, cool, and off -- and that he described as "round, the way God intended." His fancy new programmable thermostat can change the temperature in the house at least four times a day, but he can't figure out how to program the digital, rectangular box. He's not alone. Industry research indicates that up to 70 percent of people who buy programmable thermostats to save energy find it difficult to set them, so they don't. Instead of reaping the $150 a year the EPA estimates a programmable thermostat can save a household on heat and air conditioning, most people use the digital devices just like their old, mechanical models, which keep the temperature the same all day and night unless the homeowner moves the dial. For builders offering the units as an energy More

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