Environmental Archive

10 Trends Driving the Next Decade of Home Design

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Over the next 10 years, expect functionality, accessibility, and sustainability to be major themes guiding the look of homes. That could include everything from embracing healthier building materials and furnishings to homes that...
March 28, 2016

Real Christmas Tree vs. Fake: Which Is Really Greener?

In 2012, consumers purchased 24.5 million real and 10.9 million fake Christmas trees, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Which are more environmentally friendly? Help homeowners answer that question by tweeting a free article, “Real Christmas Trees vs....
December 12, 2014

7 Tips for an Eco-Friendly X-Mas

LED lights use at least 75 percent less energy than conventional holiday decorations, according to Energy Star. That saves the average family about $50 on energy bills during the holiday, says Avital Binshtock of the Sierra Club in San...
December 20, 2013

Real Christmas Tree Sales Top Fake

In 2012, consumers purchased 24.5 million real and 10.9 million fake Christmas trees, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Which are more environmentally friendly? Help homeowners answer that question by tweeting a free article, Real Christmas Trees vs....
December 1, 2013

It’s World Toilet Day! Can You Stage a Toilet?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine The United Nations bestowed Nov. 19 as “World Toilet Day 2013.” Sure, toilets get their own special day too. After all, believe it or not, you’ll spend around three years of your life...
November 20, 2013

The Housing Supply Is Looking Greener

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Green building is moving into the mainstream. About one in five homes — or 20 percent — built last year were “green,” according to a study by McGraw Hill Construction. What’s more, researchers...
July 1, 2013

Financing Green Remodels: The Ins and Outs of Energy Efficient Mortgages

By Mark Scheets, Guest blogger What is an Energy Efficient Mortgage? Energy efficient mortgages (EEMs, sometimes known as “green mortgages”) are loans that allow home owners to finance energy-efficient upgrades for their current home or in a new home...
June 10, 2013

New Years Resolutions for Home Renovations That Can Save Money

By Ken Torrino Every year, when January rolls around, we make a resolution regarding our diet or spending to live out a better year.  So often we let the needs of our home slip through our mind, but a...
January 14, 2013

7 Ways to Save On Energy Costs this Winter

By Ed Michelson, HomeVestors of America Inc. Saving money on energy costs is always a good investment. With winter fast approaching, it is that time of year when families must determine how much they want to spend on energy...
December 31, 2012

The ‘Prius Effect’ on Home Sales?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine More studies are showing the power of green on boosting sales prices. In the most recent study, University of California researchers found that green-certified, single-family homes sold for $34,800 more — or 9...
October 8, 2012