Environmental

Lynn Hoffman designs eco-elegant interiors

As Earth Day approaches, going green is on the minds of many. Enter Lynn Hoffman, the Stamford-based designer with experience 25 years strong in eco-elegant interiors. Hoffman has recently announced the debut of her updated website, lynnhoffmandesign.com. Hoffman’s portfolio is showcased on her upgraded site, revamped by DarrylO Web Design, in conjunction with Maida Design...
Build green, be happy! Part III

Build green, be happy! Part III

Happiness. This is what some may call the touchy-feely reason to build green. I get it. I have friends who need a lot of convincing; they just want to know the bottom line and only want to talk about the facts. How can I even bring something as ephemeral and vague as happiness into to...
Build green, stay healthy

Build green, stay healthy

In my last column, we talked about building to be energy efficient; this month we’ll discuss building to be healthy. Keep It All Out: The Awesome Building Envelope Here is a big plus. The more you adhere to the tenants of Green Building (like building a well-insulated, well-sealed, envelope) the less allergens and illness you...
Build Green: Save Money

Build Green: Save Money

What are we talking about when we talk about green building? We all know the basics: recycle, turn the heat down, install cfl light bulbs, use no-voc paint.  Many of us even know that the first, and best, thing you can do to make a house energy efficient is to add insulation and address air...

Scientist launches home energy efficiency videos

Larry Janesky, a building scientist, award-winning author, inventor and entrepreneur recently launched two videos to help promote awareness concerning home energy efficiency and its impact on our lives, finances, and communities. Janesky, a Connecticut Business Hall of Fame inductee, is also the owner of Dr. Energy Saver, Basement Systems and three other growing, nationwide contractor...
What kind of house do you drive?

What kind of house do you drive?

Is your house a Yugo or a Mercedes? Would you rather your house was a Prius? How about a Tesla? Before we talk about houses, let’s talk about cars. With cars it’s generally considered obvious: you get what you pay for. There are quality levels associated with cars brands and price tags. But what does...
The Green House Effect

The Green House Effect

Leslie and Bob Lawrence had lived in their “sweet 1954 Cape” for about a decade when the arrival of two children and the demands of modern life led them to decide, in 2007, to update and expand their Rowayton home. “There was no consideration for moving,” said Leslie, “as we love where we are. It’s...
Home Energy Audits: Boy, are they worth it!

Home Energy Audits: Boy, are they worth it!

They arrive promptly every month in your mailbox. However, many people will quickly tuck them away, conveniently forget where they are, or do whatever is possible to put off opening those inevitable utility bills. Well, fear no more. Homeowners in Connecticut are extremely lucky because of the many opportunities available for conserving energy and the...
New book profiles energy-independent homes across the country

New book profiles energy-independent homes across the country

Sheri Koones, an award-winning author from Greenwich, released this month her latest book “Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid: Your Path to Building an Energy-Independent Home,” published by Abrams. In the book, Koones profiles more than 30 of the most energy-efficient homes in the United States. The book is described as a “user-friendly guide” revealing...
Mile-A-Minute vine is spreading in state

Mile-A-Minute vine is spreading in state

Mile-a-minute vine, the fast-growing and rapidly spreading invasive plant now found in many Connecticut towns, continues to move throughout the state.  Fortunately, a tiny beneficial insect that feeds on this invasive vine is also following closely behind. This year, new populations of mile-a-minute were found in Groton, Madison, Middlefield, Milford, Old Saybrook, Prospect, and Stratford...
Four alternatives to consider before throwing out unwanted stuff

Four alternatives to consider before throwing out unwanted stuff

There are many ways to reuse or recycle items that are no longer of use to us in our homes. As residents of Connecticut, reusing or recycling these items can reduce the amount and toxicity of the garbage that is disposed in our state. Some alternatives to disposal that you should think about include: Fix...
Beware of barberry, a ‘scaffold for ticks’

Beware of barberry, a ‘scaffold for ticks’

Barberry is a vigorous and prolific plant — so fruitful, in fact, that the state has forbidden plant nurseries from selling varieties that seed too heavily. Although some less abundant barberry plants remain popular and legal among plant merchants, including the yellow, purple, dwarf, and pigmy varieties, the straight-green variety has been statutorily pulled off...