Eco-friendly products and simple solutions for a green home.
Published June 8, 2022 | Updated August 26, 2022
How the New Solar Tax Credit in the Inflation Reduction Act Works
The Residential Clean Energy Credit allows you to subtract 30 percent of solar costs off your federal taxes, through 2032.
45 Ways to Save More and Waste Less at Home
Quiz: Can Your Habits at Home Help the Planet?
CR’s Green Living Guides
CR's Green Choice
We’re evolving how we evaluate products to take the planet into account
"The environmental impact of products doesn’t begin and end inside our homes. With the expansion of our Green Choice criteria, we're looking at the holistic impact of an appliance on the environment."
Associate Director of Sustainability
Simple strategies for an eco-friendly yard
The Case for Battery Lawn Tools
Cordless electric mowers, string trimmers, and leaf blowers perform better than ever. And compared with gas-powered options, they’re kinder to the environment, too.
"Mulching lets you recycle the nutrients within your grass by feeding them directly into your lawn. It also reduces your carbon footprint, since those clippings don’t have to be collected and transported."
CR Test Engineer
Hitting the Road
More on the vehicle parked in your garage, driveway, or on the street
"EVs are best for the environment, but you can still reduce your impact with the right gas-powered car or truck. About a quarter of CR’s recommended cars earn the Green Choice designation, including midsized vehicles and even some larger hybrid SUVs and minivans."
Senior Director of Auto Testing
Keep Your Cool
A home’s two biggest energy expenditures? Cooling and heating, followed by water heating.
"A heat pump won’t be the perfect system for every home, but the technology is worth considering anytime you need to replace or upgrade part of your HVAC system—even in places with cold winters."
More Earth-Friendly Solutions
"You might be able to do away with garbage bags. If you compost food waste, use a garbage disposal, and recycle aluminum and glass products, what’s left should be innocuous enough to go straight into the trash bin."