Green Living

solar energy in Maine

Sunny Side Up

Green Living

What do Mainers need to consider if they want to harness solar energy to power their homes?

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Greenhouse Effect

House Tour

It’s nearly impossible not to feel good in Luke and Sarah Cellier’s passive-solar home above the Back River in Georgetown.

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Straight-Up Advice for Downsizers

Sponsored Content: Endicott Home Furnishings

Small-space experts Ross and Christine Endicott of Endicott Home Furnishings candidly deliver their top five tips for downsizing.

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tiny home

So You Want to Live in a Tiny House?

Home Building

They’re cozy, efficient, economical — and, in Maine, the subject of much haggling over zoning and building codes. Here’s how to prevent your tiny house from becoming a big headache.

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Eco-friendly home

Lean and Green

Home Building

Architect Harry Hepburn shares eco-friendly design ideas for the budget-conscious homeowner. Photo by Trent Bell As a college student studying in England, Harry Hepburn marveled at the ways in which pioneers of the high-tech architecture movement, such as Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, incorporated energy efficiency into their modern steel-and-glass buildings. Post-graduation, Hepburn was eager […]

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Lessons from the Louvre

Ask a Lighting Pro

If you’ve invested in a beautiful piece of art, you want to display it in the best possible light. Here are examples from our store of Tech Lighting’s Georgi lamp mounted on track and “monopoint” canopies.

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Portland living room

Get Off the Hot Seat

Green Living

Six years ago, Ross and Christine Endicott stopped selling furniture containing toxic chemicals; now the state is following their lead. In August, Maine became the first state in the nation to ban the use of flame-retardant chemicals in residential upholstered furniture. By wide margins in both the House and Senate, state legislators rejected chemical-industry lobbyists’ […]

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Understanding LED Light Bulbs

Ask a Lighting Pro

If you haven’t already, now’s the time to embrace this new technology — unlike previous innovations, this one is here to stay.

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Passive House residence

Passive-House Pioneer

Home Building

GO Logic’s Matthew O’Malia talks about building houses you can heat by baking cookies. Photo by Josh Gerritsen When he first heard about Passivhaus, Germany’s rigorous energy-efficiency building standard, architect Matthew O’Malia thought, “That’s crazy: a foot-thick wall, all this insulation in the foundation, and triple-glazed windows? That seems like overkill.” At the time, O’Malia […]

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