Energy Efficiency Tricks to Stop Your Energy Bill from Haunting You [Infographic]
October 31, 2013, 9:30 a.m. by Matt Hickman
We all know that drafty windows and poor insulation are often the culprits behind paranormal activity in older homes. In celebration of National Energy Action Month, Energy.gov shares a handy infographic on how to easily rid your house of energy-draining 'spirits.'
Rapper-turned-home-renovator goes Amish for new show
October 22, 2013, 9 a.m. by Matt Hickman
In his latest home improvement adventure for the DIY Network, renaissance man Vanilla Ice moves to Ohio's Amish country to learn some old-school renovation techniques.
Murder houses, marauding rats and Martha [Weekend link clump]
October 19, 2013, 6 p.m. by Matt Hickman
This week: Historic homes with gruesome backstories, a Washington state woman wages war against rodents and Martha Stewart pays her respects to American crafters. Plus: Bjarke Ingels gets a West Coast commission.
Stigmatized mansions and stunning tree escapes [Weekend link clump]
October 11, 2013, 11:50 p.m. by Matt Hickman
This week: A beautiful arboreal weekend retreat in Kazakhstan, butterfly-filled wallpaper from France and the fine art of selling homes where bad stuff has happened. Plus: the never-ending growth spurt of the American refrigerator.
Price of budget-friendly LEDs to drop further with Energy Star certification
October 8, 2013, 8 p.m. by Matt Hickman
In terms of quality, performance and appearance (it kind of looks like an incandescent!), the budget-minded Cree LED Bulb can't be beat. Now, thanks to Energy Star qualification, the best affordable LED on the market is even cheaper.
Nest Protect: A smoke detector with added smarts, less shrieking
October 8, 2013, 6 p.m. by Matt Hickman
Realizing that many folks put their lives at risk by disconnecting perpetually chirping/wailing smoke detectors, Nest Labs develops a super-brainy alternative that can be controlled via smartphone or the wave of a hand.
Is Nest Labs plotting to bring smarts, sexiness to smoke detectors?
September 24, 2013, 8:30 p.m. by Matt Hickman
If the rumors are true, the Nest Learning Thermostat may be getting an equally beautiful and brainy younger sibling in the form of a dramatically revamped household smoke detector called Protect.
The afterlife of old buses, prisons and SROs [Weekend link clump]
September 20, 2013, 5:14 p.m. by Matt Hickman
This week: A prison in Colorado, a public transit bus in Israel and a down-and-out hotel in Chicago all get the adaptive reuse treatment. Plus, a massive eco-district in Portland breaks ground.
Solar gain: 5 states where PV panels can earn homeowners extra green
September 3, 2013, 8 a.m. by Matt Hickman
California, Hawaii, Arizona, Maryland and Delaware come out tops in new rankings that examine the profitability of residential solar power from state to state.
How to hurricane-proof your house [Infographic]
August 20, 2013, 2:15 p.m.
Forget the tape and focus on other protective measures like locks, shutters and a clear lawn.