Use this magnifying lamp to illuminate anything that requires a bit of extra magnification: needlework, knitting, or emergency first aid! The bulbs are CFLs and the lense, used by medical professionals and spas alike, will help you zoom in on small images.
Save energy and lower your carbon footprint with this stylish compact fluorescent bulb that's specially designed to work in sconces and chandeliers. Bulbs measure 4.3 inches and produce an average of 8,000 hours of warm white light (3,000 Kelvins) over their lifetime.
Equivalent to a 50W incandescent bulb, these ENERGY STAR qualified bulbs are great for large surface areas, both inside and out. They’re set to shine for 8,000-10,000 hours, eight to 10 times longer than similar incandescents.
Want a replacement for your dimmable light bulbs? Look no further. These CFLs fit most standard medium base bulb fixtures, replace your energy-wasting 100W bulbs, are ENERGY STAR qualified, and warranted for 5 years.
Save energy—and money—with these low-priced (3 for $3.99) Ikea Sparsam compact fluorescent bulbs. Ikea claims its bulbs, which are specifically designed for table and standing lamps, last six times longer than regular incandescents (about 6,000 hours) and use 80 percent less electricity. Sparsam bulbs are available in Ikea stores only.
Lumiram's Ecolume line of compact fluorescents come in five wattages (15 W, 20 W, 23 W, 25 W, 3 Way) and several different designs, including spiral. Bulbs emit full-spectrum natural light, according to the company, making them good for use anywhere in your home.
Great for flood lights, these bulbs use 75 percent less energy than 65W incandescents, saving $82 per bulb. Its color is warm and it lasts four times as long as standard bulbs. All n:vision bulbs are ENERGY STAR qualified.
Replace your regular 60-watt incandescent light bulbs with these 14-watt CFLs. Measuring 5 inches, they provide the same amount of soft white light as 60 watt incandescents (often slightly more) and last at least five times longer (about 8,000 hours). Sylvania claims one compact fluorescent bulb pays for itself after only five months.
In addition to their carbon offset offering, 3Degrees is a leading national supplier of Green-e Certified RECs sourced from a variety of renewable energy technologies, including wind, biomass, geothermal, solar, low-impact hydro, landfill gas, and biogas. Use the footprint calculator to get started on your green energy path.
Purchase some green tags for yourself, or buy some as a gift for a friend! This countrywide service draws power from wind, solar, and low-impact hydro power systems (you can even choose which form of energy to support). This company is Green-e certified.
Use the carbon calculator to estimate how many green credits to purchase in order to offset your power usage. Green Energy Choice provides RECs (the White Fence Green service) to virtually anyone across the US.
Purchase some green tags for yourself, or buy some as a gift. This nationwide service draws power from wind, solar, and low-impact hydro power systems (you can even choose which form of energy to support). NativeEnergy is Green-e certified.
With both family (9,000 kWh/year) and individual (3,000 kWh/year) Green-e certified plans to choose from, you’ll find something that fits your power needs. Monthly fees range from a low $5 to $15 and new subscribers can opt to receive gift cards for a variety of green products and services.
Sterling Planet offers renewable energy certificates in every state, and even provides a quick breakdown of current dirty energy sources in your area. The credits are sources from wind, hydro, geothermal, and bioenergy.
This ENERGY STAR-qualified programmable thermostat features a touchscreen.
This inexpensive programmable thermostat is ENERGY STAR compliant.
Creative Energy Technologies offers several aerators, including this 1.5 gpm model. It's designed to deliver a strong spray while minimizing water usage. A 0.5 gpm model is also available for even more water conservation.
USA Landlord offers a wide assortment of faucet aerators for kitchens and bathrooms. This one, recommended for bathrooms, offers a flow rate of 1.0 gpm. It also features dual threads (male and female threads) that should fit most faucets.
This aerator comes in 0.375 gpm, 0.5 gpm, or 0.7 gpm models, allowing you to cut water use by 80 percent or more. Features a vacuum booster valve that boosts the intensity of the aerator stream flow by 2.5 times over conventional aerator streams.
From floor to shower and everywhere in between, Earth Friendly's line of biodegradable cleaning products are free of enzymes, phosphates, chlorine, cocamide DEA, DEA, petroleum, and alcohol, and are scented with natural oils like tea tree and lavender.
Ecover's specialized floor soap contains natural linseed oil, but they don't stop there. From dishes to laundry to shower to counter tops, check out Ecover's line of eco-friendly cleaning products.
This all-natural line of cleaning products combines the power of plant- and vegetable-based ingredients with pure essential oils for their cleaning properties and aromatherapy health benefits.
Seventh Generation products use plant-based cleaning agents making them nontoxic, free of unpleasant fumes, petroleum, and dangerous chemicals. They are biodegradable, vegan, and cruelty-free.
These ultraconcentrated products add up to powerful cleaners when mixed with water. A mere 16 ounces becomes 48 gallons of a versatile cleaner that's nontoxic and biodegradable.
Goodwill sells donated goods in more than 2,000 retail stores. As of 2006, Goodwill stores had sold more than 2 million items received from more than 58 million donors.
Aura paint is low-VOC (although EcoSpec paint offgases fewer VOCs than Aura). EcoSpec paints have limited colors, whereas Aura offers the full spectrum of Benjamin Moore colors. Aura paint is thicker than standard latex paint, but costs nearly twice as much.
This low odor, no-VOC formula can be applied in occupied rooms without causing a disruption. It comes in Eg-Shel, Flat, and Semi-Gloss finishes and can even be used in baby's room.
With both interior and exterior Green Seal Certified paint and locations in both Canada and the US, this environmentally friendly paint company supports local communities and promotes environmental and social values.
Ecobroker.com listings include some green properties. Not all are certified but you can search for specific green features, including "ENERGY STAR Certified Home", with the site’s comprehensive search engine. EcoBroker provides education and certification for real estate agents who want to specialize in green properties.
ENERGY STAR homes are at least 15 percent more energy efficient. The ENERGY STAR website offers listings to find home builders, lenders that offer energy-efficient mortgages, utilities that offer special incentives to buyers, and home energy raters that can verify the energy efficiency of a home.
Green Communities is a green building program that encourages builders to create affordable green housing. The organization offers grants, loans, tax-credit equity, training, and technical assistance.
This site lists homes by state and country, as well as by attributes such as small homes, natural homes, and solar homes. The site also includes lists of green realtors, builders and architects.
Billed as the Green MLS (Multiple Listing Service) for homes and eco-friendly developments, this company reviews each listing in an effort to eliminate false green claims. Home buyers can search for homes by city, state, or country.
Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) does not list green homes for sale. Instead, it certifies home energy raters, who are trained to inspect and verify the green features and performance of a home you are considering.
LEED for Homes is a rating system that promotes the construction of high-performance green homes. LEED homes undergo inspection and performance reviews by independent inspectors. The USGBC's website offers a list of certified homes.
Modern Green Living enables consumers to find newly built green residences and green home professionals throughout the US and Canada. Find green architects, builders, remodeling experts, interior designers, realtors, and building consultants by state or zip code.