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Massachusetts Bill Would Require Home Energy Assessments Prior to Sale

A Massachusetts lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require an energy assessment and an energy performance label for all single-family homes when they are put up for sale. The bill, S. 1983, was introduced by Senator Eric P. Lesser and has been referred to committee, the senator’s communications director, Ryan Migeed, said. Although several cities around the U.S. have similar requirements, Massachusetts would apparently become the first state to make a disclosure about energy performance a condition of sale. A similar requirement was included as an amendment to an energy bill the Massachusetts Senate considered last year, but it…

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Eco-Chic: 6 Favorite Finds from Ikea’s April Collections

This month, Ikea introduces two new collections for spring—Tänkvärd, as well as their April releases—inspired by natural materials, self-care, and sustainability. As usual, the high-design, low-budget offerings don’t disappoint (and many are made from the trendiest material of the spring: bamboo). Here’s what we’re coveting, including three woven lamps we all want. Above: All of us on the Remodelista team are admiring the trio of Knixhult lamps, available as pendant light ($39.99), floor lamp ($49.99), and table lamp ($24.99). All three are designed with minimal waste in mind, woven using the darker types of bamboo that are usually discarded. Above: The…

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An Innovative Financing Tool That Makes Energy Efficiency Affordable

Energy upgrades like adding attic insulation can help consumers save money. Too often, however, homeowners can't afford this type of work. [Image credit: Clean Energy Economy / CC / Flickr] This post originally appeared at Ensia. For customers of the Roanoke Electric Cooperative in rural North Carolina, high energy costs are much more than a pesky bill or a grudging expense. “We’re one of the poorest areas of the nation,” says Curtis Wynn, the cooperative’s president and CEO. “We have a lot of low-income individuals who are our members and, quite frankly, a major portion of their monthly budgets are…

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What a Difference a Garage Door Makes

What a Difference a Garage Door Makes 3 × Convincing Craftsman Convincing Craftsman Photo courtesy of CLOPAY To get the same look with less maintenance, consider wood-look garage doors. They appear authentic because the steel door has a stained woodgrain paint finish topped with overlays molded from actual wood pieces to reproduce the texture and grain pattern they emulate. These garage doors come in several factory-finished stain colors to complement other stained exterior woodwork. Walnut is shown in the above photo; you can choose from Medium, Dark, or Slate. Many Clopay® garage doors feature the insulation benefits of Intellicore®, a proprietary…

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For Renewable Energy Advocates, the Tide Turns in Maine

After enduring eight years of Republican Governor Paul LePage, renewable energy advocates are breathing a sigh of relief as his Democratic successor settles into office. The state is deeply divided over a 145-mile power line that would slice through Maine’s pristine northern forests to deliver hydro power from Quebec to users in Massachusetts. But Governor Janet Mills, who took office in January, is helping to reverse the chilly reception given wind and solar energy by LePage and has pledged to push Maine toward 100% renewable energy by mid-century. Mills has lifted a moratorium on the development of wind energy that…

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A Two-Week, $1,000, 500-Square-Foot Rental Overhaul by a Design Student in Bushwick, Brooklyn

This just in: what might be the most ingenious, scrappy rental renovation we’ve seen. It came in from Kristina Line, a 25-year-old Norway native studying art and architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (she’s taking her exams this spring) and her partner, Anton Bak, from Copenhagen, a spatial designer at the Royal Danish Academy (who also works at cabin start-up Klein). The pair put their studies to the test when Line landed a coveted internship with Danish designer Søren Rose Studio in New York City but found that her loft apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn—in a former textile factory—lacked…

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