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Very Cool: Heat Pump Water Heaters Save Energy and Money

A new NRDC study shows that water heaters that use high efficiency heat pump technology—the same process that keeps your refrigerator cold—can cut the amount of electricity used to heat water by half or more, saving significant amounts of energy and money on your household electricity bills.

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Trendy Times: The Top Ten Ceramic Finishes for 2017

As we approach the end of another year, designers are thinking about what the most popular trends will be among consumers as they design homes for 2017. When it comes to tile, the hottest trends for 2017 offer buyers a number of unique finish options for any kind of style, from "gritty chic" to "rustic modern."

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Roofing Showdown: Metal vs. Asphalt

The roof is one of the most important surfaces in a home, perhaps even more essential than the exterior walls. It must look good, be long-lasting, and protect residents from all types of weather. Still, a roof is one of those things that many consumers don't think about until there is a blizzard, hail storm, or rainstorm.

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The Next Big Thing: Healthy Homes

When Meritage Homes began to ask its average buyer, a 36-year-old mother of three, how it could create better value in 2009, the subject of health kept coming up. Moms were worried about kids with allergies and concerned about soaring child asthma rates. They'd read that environmental toxins could disrupt children's hormone development and watched HGTV shows about people building houses that promote wellness. They said they had enough to think about without having to worry about mold, offgassing, and radon.

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Spray Foam Insulation Is Not a Cure-All

Spray foam insulation is a great product. Homes insulated with it can be some of the most efficient and comfortable homes built. I've been in plenty of homes insulated with spray foam and can tell you that, when done well, those homes are airtight and comfortable. I’ve also seen homes where the spray foam was a waste of money.

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Benjamin Moore Selects 'Shadow' as its 2017 Color of the Year

On Wednesday, Benjamin Moore revealed its 2017 Color of the Year at an event in the Stephan A. Schwarman Building of the New York Public Library. A bold step south from last year's choice of "Simply White", "Shadow" is a rich amethyst that is anything but neutral.

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Appliance Makers Try to Keep Their Cool...

Over the weekend, a treaty was approved that aims to phase out the use of hydrofluorocarbons, which provide the vehicle through which heating and cooling are exchanged, in HVAC equipment and appliances starting in 2019. Makers of this equipment now face the daunting task of finding replacements.

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7 home tech products to upgrade right now

Curbed's Daniel Scheffler takes a look at seven new smart home products that are compatible with Apple's new Home app, which was released with Apple's iOs 10 update earlier this month.

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The interior trends you'll be loving in 2017

Just splurged on some marble and copper homewares? You may want to stop reading. While it seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the new year, trend forecasters and designers are already thinking well into 2017 – and there's a big shake up of interior trends predicted.

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12 home design trends to watch in 2016

Although the International Builders' Show focused largely on millennial homebuyers, the event also featured several sessions addressing design trends for all levels of the housing market, from starter homes to luxury properties.

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