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Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity is an organization that provides simple, sturdy homes. Learn how energy efficiency is a key factor in building these homes.

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Green home construction

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More builders are offering sustainable choices in new home construction. Find out what's available and how it impacts the earth and the bottom line.

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Choosing energy-smart products

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When building your new home, don't forget about the importance of energy-conserving products like furnaces, air conditioners and appliances.

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Structural insulated panels

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Structural insulated panels, also called SIPs, foam-core panels or stress-skin panels, are significantly more airtight than stud walls.

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Trombe wall

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Using the sun's stored energy to heat your home reduces your conventional energy consumption.

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New home comfort issues

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Our four-part series explores how to handle comfort issues in a new home.

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Turning a barn into an energy-smart home

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A century-old barn gets the ultimate makeover - with lots of energy-smart technology.

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Building an energy-smart house

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Hear from real homeowners and builders who made energy efficiency a priority.

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Energy efficient kitchen remodel

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This kitchen remodel features a new window, energy-efficient lighting, new appliances and side-wall insulation.

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