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Cool Things: Ecobee Home Thermostat

Every now and again we come across a product that impresses us so much that we’re compelled to blog about it. Enter: the ecobee home thermostat. We’re sure you’ve heard of Google Nest, which seems to be the most well-known smart thermostat. Over time, we’ve come to prefer ecobee’s digital thermostat for a variety of […]

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Cool Products: Biodegradable Gloves

We are always keeping an eye out for new “green” products that we may want to use on job sites and we just found these cool biodegradable gloves that will be great for ANY dirty job – inside or outside the home. We know what you’re thinking – gloves?  How could they make a disposable […]

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The Story Behind a Newton Accessory Apartment: Appliances

For some homeowners, remodeling a kitchen and choosing appliances means going “bigger” – double ovens, 6-8 burners on the stovetop, or adding a steam oven or warming drawer. In the case of our accessory apartment, bigger doesn’t mean better. Instead, we chose appliances that are not only appropriately sized for the space and amount of […]

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Evolving Lighting Technologies and OLED

Residential designers and builders agree that lighting is one of the most important elements in how homeowners feel in their space. Lighting technology has been evolving since the invention of the incandescent light bulb. With an eye toward sustainability and budget-friendly products, CFL (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) and then LED (light emitting diode) technologies took the […]

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Heat Pump Water Heaters are Efficient and Save Money

Water heaters aren’t something that many of us spend much time thinking about…until there’s an emergency and a bit of a flood in the basement if you have a tank heater. However, from an energy efficient perspective, there’s actually been a lot of progress in water heaters. According to U.S Department of Energy, water heaters […]

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Cool Products: Faucets of the 21st Century

Lately, there seems to be a lot that’s “new” about faucets. That might seem strange to you. It’s a faucet – water comes out, end of story, right?  In fact, there is a little more to it than that as technology has become more prominent in the kitchen…right down to the once-simple faucet. Touchless Faucets […]

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Cool Products: The Galley Kitchen Workstation

    I recently attended a “Lunch and Learn” at Designer Bath in Watertown on kitchen workstations. Sponsored by The Galley, these products turn the humble sink into a powerhouse food prep, serving and clean-up station.  Especially when paired with a two-burner induction cooktop, they save steps, control messes and up the ante in a kitchen. Sizes range from […]

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Cool Products: Shipping “Pyramids”

It’s not often, in fact never, that we’re so impressed by the packing materials used to ship that we practically ignore the item we purchased. But there’s a first time for everything! We had some items shipped to us recently and were intrigued by these cardboard “pyramids.”  How on earth could these little cardboard “hole-y triangles” […]

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Cool Products: Low Energy Usage Light Bulb

We saw this when trolling the aisles of a home improvement store: a low energy usage light bulb that uses “new” technology. It’s not LED – instead, it’s based on Nikola Tesla‘s AC coil technology that dates back to 1891! These are different than LED (light emitting diode) bulbs, because the Tesla technology (not to be confused with Tesla […]

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Cool Products: Making the Most of a Smaller Home

The steveworks logo is green for a reason…and it’s not because our name is Greenberg. Or, at least, not completely. We’re always looking for more energy efficient building products and techniques. In fact, I went to the combined ABX 2017 and Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston recently and came away with info on […]

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