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How to Properly Dispose of Worn-Out HVAC Units

With professional maintenance and routine care, manufacturers typically estimate a 10-15 year lifespan for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. So, when the time comes to replace your home’s malfunctioning or outdated model, give some thought not only to making room for the new unit, but also disposing of the old HVAC unit responsibly. Familiarize Yourself […]

January 21st

Six Smart Home Technologies For Safer, Greener Seniors

Smart home technology often seems like something out of The Jetsons – but it’s a fast growing industry, with equipment that can control all elements of daily living. Modern seniors are looking to age in place and reduce their environmental impact. Let’s explore the smart home technologies that make aging in place easier – and greener – […]

June 11th

End-of-Summer Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

Welcome to steamy August, when the last thing you want is for your air conditioner to conk out on you — especially with this summer’s record temps across t he country. Whether you rely on a window unit or central air, easy A/C maintenance tips will keep the cool air flowing when you need it. We asked the pros for easy ways to ensure your system is running through Labor Day and beyond.

August 28th

Save Money and Resources with Natural Home Cooling

Air conditioning is one of the most energy-intensive items we use around the home, particularly since we usually don’t actually need it to get by. Using natural cooling techniques in your home rather than constantly running the central A/C is one of the easiest ways to go green and save green.

July 18th

What is Life Like Without an Air Conditioner?

For the past two weeks, talk about the weather has been a very, very hot topic. (Godawful pun, forgive me.) For good reason. Here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri, daytime temperatures have been in the mid 90s consistently, peaking as high as 100°. Nighttime temperatures have brought little to no relief. On top […]

August 11th

A Little Label Distrust Could Make You a Better Consumer: Going Beyond Certifications to Choose an Eco-friendly Air Conditioner or Heater

Does anyone besides me see a contradiction in terms in the phrases “eco-friendly products” and “eco-friendly consumer?” Of course, there are times when we all need to shop for certain items. But sometimes I think that the main reason for the plethora of green certifications and standards for consumers is to give us permission – […]

February 21st

Five for Friday: Great Green Blog Posts for the Week (7/2/10)

Up until now, I’ve been keeping an eye on green blogosphere trends through the usual suspects — Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz, etc. —  and extrapolating… not exactly precise, but it worked with my current set-up. I finally dug into Regator, a service that I discovered through Problogger‘s weekly “Blogosphere Trends” posts, and see how this […]