Category Archives: Green Living

Vertical Living Wall at 64 Oak Street

Spotlight ON: Serena Crowley, Homeowner & Architectural Designer

Serena Crowley, an architectural designer in CA, Chicago, CT & London) was on the hunt for a new house in New Canaan and William Raveis agent, Hannelore Kaplan was tasked with the job.  (The two have a great friendship they’ve developed over the years in New Canaan).  She discovered that this gorgeous home at 64 Oak Street (only a 10 min walk from the train station) was to be made into a multi-family condo and showed the exterior to Serena.  They contacted the owners, a couple that had lived there since the 1940’s, and together they made an offer.

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Emerson Green, A Fresh Approach to Mindful Living

Almost every American has been urged to do their part in saving the planet. We recycle, we reuse, we try to make a difference in the world, one plastic bottle at a time.  We’ve heard of celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt installing solar panels atop their houses to produce efficient and environmentally safe energy, but many lack the time and money to make such an enormous change.  Enter Emerson Green, an affordable and “green” neighborhood in every sense of the term.  Marketed and sold by the Knox Team at William Raveis Real Estate, these homes feature eco-friendly design and responsibly sourced materials.  Homes that are built to last your family and our planet.  Come home to a connected, community-focused neighborhood that hearkens back to a simpler era – and looks forward to a sustainable future.

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July 20, 2016

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How to Tackle Pesky Summer Bugs

At last. It’s warm. The sun is shining and our winter of snow and ice is a distant memory. But now, you have a different problem to contend with. They’re small, and pesky and make you want to move out immediately. That’s right. Bugs. Continue reading

June 1, 2015

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Your Best Summer Backyard

We can now (unofficially) say that summer has begun! Starting now, you’re probably going to be spending a lot more time in your backyard. Why not make it your best backyard ever?

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May 26, 2015

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Life Hacks for Surviving Winter in the Northeast

If you live anywhere near the Northeast, you know that the past month has been filled with snow, snow and more snow. It seems like it has barely let up the past few weekends. However, you can survive the snow! We know you can. So, we’ve rounded up some of the best winter life hacks that the Internet has to offer.

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February 9, 2015

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Tips for Buying Home Heating Oil

Google is my friend. Whenever I start writing a blog post, like this one, inspired by my mom (HI MOM!), I always start by doing a Google search on the topic. It’s just a good research practice—to see what else has been written on a topic you’re writing about. A topic like, for example, heating oil.

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December 8, 2014

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The Pure House: A High Performance Home

The Pure House makes sense. Its purpose is to maximize comfort levels while minimizing or eliminating its energy footprint.

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October 8, 2014

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September is Mold Awareness Month

September is officially Mold Awareness Month, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA states that mold creates “toxins that cause asthma, respiratory infections and chronic sinus problems.”

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September 9, 2014

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8 Tips on How to Keep Cool This Summer

There are plenty of ways for you to keep cool this summer without having to pay the price of keeping your air conditioning on all the time. Most people think the only way to stay cool is to keep the AC on blast, which also runs up your bills for the month, but this is not the case. Here are a few easy steps to

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July 7, 2014

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A New Take on Construction: The Pure House

This summer, the first Pure House residential home will be constructed in Westport, Conn. This high performance home will feature world class building science on the outside and chemical free materials on the inside.

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June 13, 2014