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Articles by Carl Seville


Clay tile roofing, as seen here on the historical Phillips house in Bartleville, Oklahnoma, is a green roofing choice. (Photo: Mary R. Vogt /morguefile.com)

Replacing Your Roof With a Greener Roof

Posted by Carl Seville | Aug 01, 2012

Time to replace your roof? Think about making decisions that will help out with energy, last longer, and be lighter on the planet. First and foremost, your roof has to keep the water...


This is a gray water treatment system. Photo courtesy of Carl Seville.

Gray Water Systems: Good Idea or Bad Mistake?

Posted by Carl Seville | Jul 16, 2012

Most of us realize that water is a scarce resource and are looking for ways to use less of it in our homes. We need water to drink, for cooking, cleaning, flushing toilets, and, unless...


Leaving the TV and lights on when you are not in the room will cost you. (Photo: Michal Zacharzewski/sxc.hu)

7 Electrical Use Mistakes That Will Cost You

Posted by Carl Seville | Jul 09, 2012

It is remarkably easy to waste electricity in our homes. Reducing some of this waste requires replacing inefficient equipment, but much of it can be solved by low or no-cost changes,...


The Nest learns when you're home and when you're away. Photo: Nest.com

Cut A/C Costs with a Programmable Thermostat

Posted by Carl Seville | Jun 25, 2012

The 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), commonly referred to as "the energy code", requires at least one clock setback thermostat be installed in a new home. Setback...


The decorative rammed earth wall that the author discusses.

Rammed Earth: It's Not Cosmetic

Posted by Carl Seville | Jun 21, 2012

Rammed earth, an ancient construction technique, uses soil, sand, and sometimes a little Portland cement, compressed into forms to create thick, solid, and often beautiful structural...


CFL bulbs can save you money. (Photo: Claudio Jule/sxc.hu)

CFL vs. LED Lightbulbs: The Great Debate

Posted by Carl Seville | Jun 11, 2012

Unless there is some big action by conservatives to repeal Bush administration legislation that requires more efficient lighting, many old incandescent bulbs (or lamps) will become...


Is your central air conditioner ineffective? These tips could help you to troubleshoot. (Photo: morguefile.com)

Top 4 Things That Interfere With Central A/C

Posted by Carl Seville | Jun 07, 2012

Plenty of people who run central air conditioning systems in Houston (and other cities where hot weather dominates the calendar) complain about how their air conditioning doesn’t...


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Air Sealing Tips for Hot Humid Climates

Posted by Carl Seville | May 23, 2012

Since we’re heading into the summer, and it may well be a hot one this year, it’s a good time to look at home improvements that can help save energy and make your house...


This room has plenty of natural light. No need to turn the lights on in here.

Electrical Tip: Automatic Switch Options

Posted by Carl Seville | May 17, 2012

One of the biggest causes of excessive energy use in homes comes from the amount of electrical equipment, lighting, and electronics we have, and how often it is left on when not needed....


The Grocoff's zero net energy house. Photo by the author, green building consultant Carl Seville.

Checking Out a Historic Net Zero Energy Home

Posted by Carl Seville | May 10, 2012

When planning my visit to Michigan to see my daughter graduate college, I took the opportunity to invite myself to spend the night at an over 100 year old net zero energy home renovated...