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It’s Not Hard To Be Green

DIY. So last year. Now it's GIY. As in green-it-yourself. And just like DIY projects, there are plenty of easy GIY weekend home improvement projects that will save energy and money and add value to your home.

Energy Savers

With the volatile economy Americans are looking for ways to lower energy bills and extend natural resources and many Americans are interested in options that will help reduce dependence on foreign oil as well.

Repowering America?

Part of President Barack Obama's economic plan is to create a federal renewable portfolio standard that would require 25 percent of American electricity to be derived from renewable sources by 2025. It would create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in renewable energy, but some say it is not enough.

Avista rate cut was cold comfort

The last few months have been a roller-coaster ride for most Avista customers, but watching our heating bills reach new heights has been anything but fun. Although Avista teased us by lowering the cost of natural gas recently, only a handful of us splurged with that extra $3 per month before being smacked by news that despite recent rate hikes, Avista made another request for even higher rates next year.

Boxer pushes energy measure

WASHINGTON – Sen. Barbara Boxer on Tuesday announced that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee would draft a new climate bill that would help consumers avoid higher prices and create new jobs in clean energy. “We all understand the urgent need for action, and this is a great way to reinvigorate the economy,” Boxer said as she outlined the principles she wanted included in a bill to limit and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Gregoire outlines green-jobs plan

More than 47,000 Washington workers have “green jobs,” far more than estimated and twice the goal set by state officials for 2020. But Gov. Chris Gregoire said Thursday that Washington can go much farther, and used the findings to rally support for Green Jobs and Climate Action legislation that would dedicate $455 million to transportation and housing projects that would reduce energy use and foster clean-energy technologies.

The Importance of an Energy Audit

Even with soaring energy costs, home inspector Mark Cannella finds that many homeowners still don't understand the value of a home audit.