Style and Sustainability; Photos From the Summer '18 Sustainable Fashion Show

We partnered with The Regeneration magazine, Reeves Reed Arboretum, Green Summit, and Sustainable Fashion Stylist Lauren Engelke to explore the many different facets of ecofashion and to bring the latest sustainable fashion designs to the Reeves-Reed runway in Summit, New Jersey.

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Americans Are Staying Home More. That's Saving Energy. Except At Home.

We're spending more time at home; a lot more. Virtual corporate networks, video streaming services, social media, and online shopping are steadily increasing the amount of time we're spending in our living rooms and home offices.

This nesting is yielding an unexpected benefit; Americans are saving energy. A recent study published in Joule estimates that between 2003 and 2012, our time at home has increased by more than eight days per year, and the associated reduction in travel (one minute of car travel is 20 times more energy intensive than time at home) and other activities is saving an estimated 1.7 trillion BTU's of energy each year.

 

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How Rain Gardens Work [And Why You Need One]

Gardening isn't just about planting flowers anymore.  

In fact, your garden has taken on an enormous amount of responsibility over the past decade.  

We know that fresh organic produce grown in your garden can lower your exposure to chemicals and save you money at the grocery store.  

We've also recently learned that incorporating the the right mix of flowers can help prevent the extinction of pollenators.  

Now, your garden can also help you lower the likelihood of a flooded basement, fight pollution, and replenish groundwater supplies. 

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Insulation: An Ideal Improvement for Home Sellers

Before selling a home, owners usually want to create a comfortable atmosphere in the house that exudes happiness and efficiency. This may require a few home improvements to confirm that the home meets buyer expectations. The good news is that adding insulation in the attic and home exterior is often an excellent choice with a good return on investment.

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Project Spotlight: The Episcopal Church at Princeton University | Procter House

The Episcopal Church at Princeton University's Procter House has been the home of both the Chaplain and the Chaplaincy since its purchase in 1928.  Located on the corner of Dickinson Street and University Place in Princeton, the Procter House is directly across from Princeton University's Foulke Hall.  

In addition to its private residences, Procter House serves students from Princeton University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Westminster Choir College at a variety of services and events.  

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5 Important Reasons To Get A Home Energy Audit

A home energy assessment, also known as a home energy audit, assesses how your home loses or wastes energy and what measures you can take to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. An assessment will show you problems that may, when corrected, will have a dramatic effect on your home’s overall comfort and will save you significant amounts of money over time.

 

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New Jersey Insulation Incentives

Get up To $4,000 in cash-back rebates and up to $15,000 in incentive financing to install today's energy-efficient products in your home.

Apply up to $19,000 worth of financial incentives towards improving the comfort of your home while lowering seasonal heating and cooling costs.  Cash-back incentives in the amount of $2,000, $3,000, or $4,000 help you save money and extend your home improvement dollars.  Incentive financing totaling $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000 give you comfortable payment options to meet your needs and your budget.

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$1.3 Million Worth of Home Improvement Incentives Uncovered for Summit Homeowners

The program, dubbed the Summit Home Energy Insight program, easily accomplishing its goal of performing one hundred home energy audits, delighted its 100th participant with a gift basked comprised of energy efficient products.  

To date, the program has helped residents of Summit uncover more than $1.3 million dollars worth of incentives available through the New Jersey Home Performance with Energy Star program for home improvement upgrades.

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Summit Home Energy Audit

Recently Beth Lovejoy, Chair of Summit, New Jersey's Environmental Commission, had a home energy audit performed on her home as part of The City of Summit Home Energy Insight Program.  

Beth was kind enough to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and share her experience with us;

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