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Infographic: Smart Ideas to Save Money, Help the Environment on Earth Day
Nest Thermostat E smart thermostat. Image: Nest.

Infographic: Smart Ideas to Save Money, Help the Environment on Earth Day

From our colleagues at CopyPress, here's a timely infographic for Earth Day 2019, where you can learn about some great tips for saving money and helping to save the environment. These include recommendations for switching to LED light bulbs and smart thermostats, tips on water…

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Preventing Environmental Hazards with Connected Home Tech
Smart home tech, such as the Nest Protect Smoke + CO Alarm shown here, can enable real-time detection and alerts for smoke and carbon monoxide events in the home. Image: Nest.

Preventing Environmental Hazards with Connected Home Tech

Americans spend an average of 90% of their time inside, where pollutants can be up to five times more concentrated than they are outside, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These pollutants, such as mold or carbon monoxide (CO), pose health risks ranging…

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Are Smart Homes Normalizing Energy-Efficient Living?
A multitude of energy- and resource-efficient smart-home technologies are becoming mainstream in today's homes, thereby normalizing energy-efficient living. Image: Brian Babb on Unsplash.

Are Smart Homes Normalizing Energy-Efficient Living?

Smart and sustainable homes can offer excellent energy efficiency, curbing energy and resource waste on a global scale. A variety of technologies and applications promote efficiency in smart homes, with light bulbs, thermostats, window coverings, sprinkler controllers, solar photovoltaic systems, and much more. Although the…

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Infographic: Passive Housing | A Smarter Way of Living 

Passive housing is fast becoming one of the most sought-after types of accommodation as homeowners realize the energy-saving (and indeed bill-reducing) and sustainability potential of this fascinating concept. In a passive house, a steady, comfortable temperature is maintained in every room, so you won’t go…

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6 Best Smart Irrigation Controllers to Keep Your Lawn Happy
Skydrop Arc Controller. Image: Skydrop.

6 Best Smart Irrigation Controllers to Keep Your Lawn Happy

As the temperatures creep up during the long days of summer, lawns grow thirsty. Even though you might have the best intentions to keep your lawn properly watered and looking lush and green, busy work schedules and family activities can derail you from those plans.…

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Smarter dehumidifiers for a healthier home
A dehumidifier, such as the portable hOmeLabs unit shown here, can go a long way toward making your home a healthier place. Image: hOmeLabs.

Smarter dehumidifiers for a healthier home

Outside the temperatures are soaring, and its possible the humidity level in your home may be increasing as well. There are many issues that can manifest themselves due to high humidity in the home, so figuring out how to control it protects your valuable investment.…

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Infographic: Energy Efficient Home | The Basics
The infographic Energy Efficient Home: The Basics goes far behind the basics of building an energy efficient dwelling. Scroll into it below. Image: Blinds 2 Go.

Infographic: Energy Efficient Home | The Basics

In a comprehensive infographic on the green or high-performance home, the creative and editorial team behind the Energy Efficient Home: The Basics infographic below have most assuredly gone far beyond the basics. From our colleagues at the UK-based company Blinds 2 Go, the illustration covers…

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4 Indoor Air Quality Monitors for a Healthier Smart Home
As the adage goes, you can't manage what you can't measure. That rings true in your home, where smart devices like the uHoo can help you measure and then improve air quality. Image: uHoo.

4 Indoor Air Quality Monitors for a Healthier Smart Home

Do you often wonder why you sneeze a lot indoors or find your allergies flaring up? It could be because there’s room for improvement regarding your home’s interior air quality. There are smart home accessories for almost everything, including those that monitor air quality. Here are…

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10 Smart Works with Nest Gadgets That Go Easy on Your Budget
The Google Home Mini speaker offers broad voice activation compatibility with Nest and Works with Nest products. Image: Digitized House Media.

10 Smart Works with Nest Gadgets That Go Easy on Your Budget

So you’ve invested in some Nest-branded smart home products and want to make your abode even more connected. Fortunately, you don’t have to break the bank to meet your goal. Get started with this helpful list of 10 budget-friendly gadgets from various companies that offer…

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Austin Cool House Tour 2018 a study in smart design
Carter Design Associates and Tensegrity, LLC, exterior shading. Image: Leonid Furmansky.

Austin Cool House Tour 2018 a study in smart design

For residents of Austin, Texas, the 22nd annual Cool House Tour is an opportunity to take in the latest in high-performance residential architecture, encompassing both new construction and remodels across single- and multi-family configurations. These are, well, cool houses that incorporate smart design from the…

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ENTR smart door lock extends colour palette with black version
The ENTR smart door lock is available Europe-wide in a new black version. Image: ASSA ABLOY.

ENTR smart door lock extends colour palette with black version

ASSA ABLOY built their award-winning ENTR smart door lock to blend seamlessly with European contemporary smart home design. Now, the product is available in a new black colour, as well as the original white, to complement any colour scheme. Installing an ENTR lock requires no…

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Sights and sounds: 2017 National Drive Electric Week in Austin

https://youtu.be/ketaycdph0M Organized by Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association, the 2017 edition of National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) was a rolling, week-long, multi-national series of 288 or more locally-organized events aimed at promoting electric vehicle (EV) adoption and awareness. In the…

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Austin Energy lights up E Source Forum with Electric Drive award
Austin Energy Electric Drive launch event.

Austin Energy lights up E Source Forum with Electric Drive award

On the heels of their March 2017 Electric Drive event, utility provider Austin Energy lit up the 2017 E Source Forum by winning the Best Event/Experiential Marketing award at the annual conference—an energy-saving mecca of sorts for electric or natural gas utilities and large business customers…

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TreeHouse opens its emerald aisles to Dallas
TreeHouse Dallas opens its doors.

TreeHouse opens its emerald aisles to Dallas

The antithesis of the typical big-box home improvement store, green retailer TreeHouse officially opened its doors in metropolitan Dallas on June 2, in a groundbreaking new building designed out of the gate to produce more energy than it consumes. But achieving the goal of being…

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Austin green gems: 2017 Cool House Tour venue preview
Image courtesy of Leonid Furmansky + Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture.

Austin green gems: 2017 Cool House Tour venue preview

The month of June in the city of Austin, Texas, can be blistering hot, as the sometimes-moderate temperatures of spring yield to an often-oppressive summer climate where the thermometer can climb toward or inch beyond the century mark. And it is no coincidence that the Cool…

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The Emerald Aisles of TreeHouse: Part 3
TreeHouse Dallas clerestory windows

The Emerald Aisles of TreeHouse: Part 3

High clerestory windows are a common design detail on residential and commercial structures. But in the architectural case of the under-construction metro Dallas store for green retailer TreeHouse, clerestory windows are not merely details, they are applied in five massive, building-wide swaths below the building's…

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