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Haiku Fans: Poetry in Motion

The dog days of summer have arrived. Temperatures are in the triple digits and air conditioners are working hard, maybe too hard. A good ceiling fan can help. While AC does a good job of removing humidity and lowering the air temperature in the house...

August 3, 2017

The Bright Future of Solar Has Arrived

By TreeHouse Home Performance Consultant, Ayaz Husain A question I get often from customers is, “If I buy solar panels now, won’t they be out of date in the next few years because of advancements in the technology?” They often point to the flat scr...

July 6, 2017

5 Home Technologies That Can Save You Water and Money

Conserving water has a major impact on your home’s performance, and with affordable new technologies you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to make a change. We should know. Texas regularly has severe droughts (including a record-breaking one only three...

June 22, 2017

Introducing the Tesla Powerwall 2

The Tesla Powerwall is perhaps the most substantial innovation in home energy in the past decade. Last year, TreeHouse launched the Tesla Powerwall 1 into the Texas market and participated in a huge milestone on the journey to 100% renewable energy b...

March 17, 2017

Flare Cookware: A More Efficient Way to Cook

When most of us think of energy efficiency, we think of common solutions like LED light bulbs and smart thermostats. But at TreeHouse, we’re always looking for new and creative ways to reduce our energy consumption. One area that we’re proud to now h...

December 10, 2016

Solar Power 101

Earlier in Home School, we looked at insulation and air sealing as a key first step in making your home function more sustainably and efficiently. If this process of weatherization is the foundation you can build upon in reducing your energy bills an...

November 2, 2016

Catching Rays

With the Powerwall, Tesla brings the fuzzy, sci-fi concept of home energy storage into sharp focus. Elon Musk is undaunted by the planet’s most complex challenges. To combat rising atmospheric carbon levels, which are meaningfully changing the chemi...

August 8, 2016

Insulation & Air Sealing 101

Welcome to Home School, a place where we can learn about ways to make our homes sustainable, healthy, and beautiful. We are starting this educational series to empower people with knowledge to improve their homes. We at TreeHouse understand the perva...

August 5, 2016

Visionaries

Four decades in, the co-directors of Austin’s Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems are still blowing minds and breaking new ground. It’s difficult to convey all the many, positive ways Gail Vittori and Pliny Fisk III have influenced Austin...

August 1, 2016

Poetry in Motion

After reinventing the ceiling fan, Big Ass Solutions challenged its designers and engineers to develop a line of household comfort products that function as one big, beautiful, intelligent system.Welcome to Haiku Home. The ceiling fan, once a marvel...

July 25, 2016

When it rains it stores

Austin sees on average 32 inches of rainfall each year. That means you could collect 28,800 gallons of water throughout the year! That not only saves you money on water bills, but it also helps to preserve this natural resource. Talk about a win-win....

June 3, 2016

Quick and Easy Ways to Reduce Your Impact

This week we’re celebrating Earth Day! And reducing your impact on the environment isn’t nearly as hard as you think. We’ve put together 30 quick and easy ways to reduce your impact today.Switch your fluorescent bulbs to LED light bulbs. They last fo...

April 20, 2016

Easy Energy-Saving Tips for your Home

Austin summers are notorious for high energy bills. But as we approach Central Texas’ hottest days, TreeHouse is here to help you get ready. We’ve got some easy and affordable tips that can help reduce your energy bills and lead to a better-performin...

March 16, 2016

5 Steps to a Healthier Home

Improving the health of your home doesn’t have to be a lengthy or expensive process. We’ve mapped out five simple steps you can take to make your home healthier and happier. Filter Your Water Did you know that bottled water often contains more contam...

February 21, 2016

Resolved: A Healthy Home

Health is one of the core values of TreeHouse. The beginning of the year is a time when many folks take a moment to evaluate their lives, review the previous year(s), plan for the year ahead, and make “resolutions.” This year, we’d like to put having...

January 12, 2016

Oil and Water Don’t Mix

You may have heard that water is the new oil—scarce, precious and locked away in large underground deposits. But those making the comparison are often speculators hoping to get rich by drilling and pumping water to feed our state’s expanding populati...

October 8, 2015

New Baby, New World: Smart Home Technology for the Nursery

We live in a brave new tech world with tons of new products arriving every day. They all offer certain benefits, but with so many arriving on the scene, it can be hard to decide what’s best for the new family member you’re introducing to the world. T...

September 23, 2015

Fire – Solar Power

Fire in the Sky Early on a clear morning, two hikers climbs to the top of a rocky overlook above the Colorado River. The bridge that crosses the river is just beginning to fill with cars – a slow trickle that will slowly turn into a steady flow of co...

June 1, 2015

Smart Home Technology: Fan to Limit A/C Use

From the workplace to our own bedrooms, Americans are addicted to over-air conditioned spaces – a habit that’s not only financially wasteful, but bad for the environment, too. Meanwhile, air movement – once a pillar of good building design – has be...

May 18, 2015

TreeHouse Is First Retailer To Sell Tesla Home Battery

AUSTIN — Texas startup TreeHouse will play a pivotal role in getting Tesla’s just-unveiled home battery to market. The maker of the premium electric car has chosen TreeHouse as the first retailer authorized to sell its groundbreaking home energy stor...

May 4, 2015

9 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality at Home

Air is the most basic component of our health. The best of us can’t survive more than a few minutes without it (please don’t try). The quality of outdoor air and its pollution gets lots of attention in the media. According to the EPA, however, indoor...

April 20, 2015

Indoor Air Quality Part 1: Causes and Effects

Air is the most basic component of our health. The best of us can’t survive more than a few minutes without it (please don’t try). Have you ever walked into a friend’s home, or your own, or a restaurant or store, and noticed that something in the air...

March 5, 2015

Winter is Coming: 4 Ways to Prepare Your Home

Hey, Austin, believe it or not winter is coming. Here are four areas to look at to get your central Texas home winterized, efficient, and in good shape for the colder, darker months to come. What Does Your House & The NSA Have in Common? Leaks...

November 2, 2014

Water – Every Drop Counts

Wendell Berry, the great American man of letters & conservationist, has made the observation that one of the most important tasks facing modern, American society is the identification of those things which possess “absolute value.” A thing posses...

August 25, 2014

The Ideal Roof by TreeHouse

At TreeHouse, we believe every home should be healthy and high preforming, from the top down. Roofing materials are often not top of mind, but the benefits of an ideal roof can make a world of difference in not only the aesthetics of your home, but y...

April 8, 2014

Why Smart Building?

At many outdoor leadership schools, including one where I took a month long course, they teach something called “The Rule of 3s.” The Rule of 3s, simply put, is a way of understanding the relative importance of what human beings need to survive at th...

October 19, 2011