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Homeowner Robert Phipps Says Neighbor's Solar Panels Are Blinding

There are plenty of environmental and budgetary benefits to installing solar panels on your roof, but there could be one health drawback: permanently blinding your neighbor. Robert Phipps, a homeowner in England, claims that the glare of the sun off of the solar panels on his neighbor's home is so bright that his entire... Continue Reading »

Green Real Estate: Homes Made Mostly From Recycled Materials

There are all sorts of ways to make your home greener: adding solar panels, using passive solar designs or even just making sure your insulation is airtight. But if you want to take it a step further, there's nothing more environmentally friendly than making your home out of recycled materials. From the down and dirty to... Continue Reading »

Solar Ready Roofs: California's New Homebuilding Standard

The California Energy Commission this week unanimously approved a new set of building guidelines that have some of the strongest energy efficiency standards in the nation. In addition to the more typical updated regulations regarding window insulation, lighting, and air-conditioning systems, the new guidelines will require... Continue Reading »

7 Green Home Trends: From Baby Steps to Extreme Updates

By Erika Riggs Recycling is one thing, but a composting toilet? That's when you know you're taking the going-green trend to its, um, "natural" conclusion. While many homeowners and builders are beginning to make changes to homes to incorporate eco-friendly products and materials, these are just the bud of the going-green... Continue Reading »

Green Homes: Which Is the Greenest of Them All?

Green homes are hot commodity these days, especially as concerns over global warming mount. But eco-friendly means something different to different people. Sally Deneen of our sister site,, reports on the controversy. Steven Glenn of Santa Monica lives in "the greenest house on the planet," BusinessWeek... Continue Reading »

Gisele's Earth-Unfriendly Home, Shame on This UN Ambassador

Oh, Gisele. Do you really think your bewitching genetics give you a free pass? Model Gisele Bundchen would like you to believe she's doing her part to save the planet. She is, after all, a U.N. goodwill ambassador and offers some environmental tips on her website. Even her personal blog welcomes you with the headline... Continue Reading »

Home Fencing System Saves You Money

"Good fences make good neighbors," goes the line from Robert Frost's poem The Mending Wall. In the case of EarthSure's S.A.F.E., a good fence also makes an eco-friendly neighbor. S.A.F.E. stands for Solar Alternative Functioning Energy, and if you've been contemplating a new fence or adding solar to your home -- or both... Continue Reading »

For DIYers, Solar Panels Come to Lowe's

Many homeowners have shied away from solar panels because of their cost and complexity. But the the sunlight-catching panels are starting to come down to earth. Home improvement retailer Lowe's recently began selling ready-to-install solar panels on the shelves at some its California stores, making it one of the first... Continue Reading »

How to Choose a Solar Panel System

Have you ever thought about putting solar panels on your roof? Now might be the time to do it. Prices for solar panels have plummeted, and industry experts anticipate a continued decline.The culprit is an oversupply of silicon, an essential component of most solar panel systems. "Raw silicon that used to be $450 bucks per... Continue Reading »

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