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It’s no secret that being green is not always so easy. Though it requires active effort and conscious living, minimizing your usage of natural resources can help both the planet and your wallet. Now, one company wants to further incentivize people to cut back on their energy consumption.

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A Zero Energy House That Truly Pulls Its Weight

This ecologically savvy tilted house in Norway produces more energy than it consumes.

We’re always looking for ways to be more energy conscious, but what if your house already did the legwork for you? This tilted, ecologically savvy model dwelling near Larvik, Norway, actually creates more energy than it consumes—a “plus house,” it’s called. Brought to life by the combined creative genius of the Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings and design firm Snøhetta, the zero energy house was created as both an exercise in eliminating greenhouse gases emitted by buildings as well as a stage for increasing understanding of “plus houses” and their potential impact.

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Why It's Time for You to Demand a Smart Meter

Developing a smart grid would save consumers money and conserve energy. But utility companies are dragging their feet.

Smart people want to save energy: It keeps utility bills down and is good for the planet. A smart grid, which gives feedback to both consumers and electricity producers on how much energy is being used and when it’s most in demand, can help make those energy savings happen. But smart, profit-motivated utility companies don’t all share the goals of smart people. Right now, they have more control over when and how the smart grid will develop, and they’re losing interest in moving forward.

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