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Have you heard all the buzz about “smart homes”? Today, we want to share with you a new product which was just introduced to the market. It is a garden irrigation system which allows you to set up, remotely control and monitor your garden watering. We know, you have been using a timer for your [continue reading...]

too hot at home overheating

So your home gets too hot and you are looking for ways of addressing the challenge. But how can you do it without installing another appliance and tapping for more electrical juice into the grid? My fellow Acterra, Green@Home volunteer – Tom Kabat presented this on the forum and it was too good not to [continue reading...]

passive solar Greenhouse design

What if you had your own grocery store attached to your house? And what if that grocery store saved you money on both produce and energy? Well, imagine no further; the day is upon us. A passive solar greenhouse, like the most famous one in British Columbia, could make endless, fresh produce a reality – [continue reading...]


Any energy efficiency minded home owner knows – maximizing natural daylight in key areas of the house not only lowers the electrical load but also brings enormous comfort and emotional wellbeing. When I lived in California I loved that blindingly clear bright sky but the winter nights would be so long I often wished for [continue reading...]

solar salesman secrets

I started a part time job at SunGevity in 2013. We were not even trained in the knowledge about leasing vs. buying. Mostly 20 year old kids trying to “get a date” purveying the people at Lowe’s for SunGevity – a total exploitation of the people to only offer the average 5-7% savings for something [continue reading...]

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Residential rooftop solar leases have had a good run in the market, and why shouldn’t they…? They require no money upfront for systems that cost thousands of dollars while the financial and emotional reward is immediate. Problem is (and we’ve seen it before), when a business model is built to benefit only the companies while [continue reading...]


Ever forgot to turn off your AC or cooled the living room while working in the garage? Wish your home was already cool before you got there without leaving the AC on all day? You can purchase a brand new smart AC or look into tado° Cooling, an internet connected appliance which turns any “dumb” [continue reading...]

samso island

Have you ever heard of a Danish island called Samsø? Neither had I, but you’d like it. The island is known for its strawberry picking, potatoes, and the tiny little fact that they are completely Carbon Neutral.  Naturally, this little island off the coast of Denmark has started to attract global attention. It doesn’t look [continue reading...]

SAFE solar fence4

A fence that protects your property and the environment? Seems we just covered a piece of an innovative engineering called Energy Fence (aka Thermosolar fence) which makes use of the solar, air source, and ground source, to produce energy via a heat pump, and now there is this… S.A.F.E fencing system that combines the functionality [continue reading...]


NIST House looks and feels like a regular house but actually it is a state of the art Net Zero Energy residential test facility; a 2,700 square foot lab at the campus of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in Gaithersburg, MD. Yes, a true energy nerd’s paradise. Folks who built it believe “Nothing [continue reading...]