Households use about a fifth of the total energy consumed in the United States each year and generate 21 percent of the nation's carbon dioxide emissions, according to the US Department of Energy. With growing concerns about climate change, government subsidies for renovating existing homes to a higher standard are rolling out as never before. Whether homeowners are looking at extra insulation, new heating equipment, or even solar panels, it's easier -- and more economical -- than ever to lower monthly utility bills by a third or more. Here's how to get started. [Read more]
Take advantage of rebates and free audits to make your home eco-friendly and cut utility bills. (Illustration by Katy Lemay)
In 1995, NYU PEDIATRICIAN Sulachni Chandwani, MD, evaluated an emaciated seven-year-old girl who had arrived at Bellevue Hospital with an unusually severe case of chickenpox. "Her immune system was so ravaged, we decided to test for HIV," she says. The test led to a positive diagnosis for the girl, a younger sister, and their immigrant mother, who, until then, never knew that she had the virus and had passed it on to two of her three children at birth. That very ill little girl became a regular patient. Today, she works part-time and is herself the mother of a healthy, uninfected two-year-old. [Read more]
When you ask them directly, 50 percent will identify other issues as more important than HIV, from losing a parent to witnessing someone shot on the street.
ARAVAIPA CANYON, Ariz -- Late July is monsoon season here. The sky is overcast and slanting gray rain obscures our destination: the Galiuro Mountains, where the clear, rushing waters of a perennially running creek have cut an 11-mile wilderness gorge known as Aravaipa Canyon. [Read more]
The creek in Aravaipa Canyon is fed by an underground aquifer. (Hal Malde/The Nature Conservancy)
Thirty years ago, book editor Norma Roche and her then-husband decided to look at a house for sale in Northampton's Laurel Park, once a Methodist revival camp during the populist religious movement of the late 19th century. They liked what they found: more than 20 acres of woods and grassy open space surrounding an enclave of about a hundred charming, ramshackle cottages -- none alike -- strung together along winding lanes for a sense of closely shared living. The price was $7,500. "My husband and I thought, wow, we could own a house," she says. "So we bought it." [Read more]
The cottages in Northampton's Laurel Park retain the charm of its roots as a Methodist revival camp. The densely packed homes offer history and character to people looking to avoid cookie-cutter communities. (Photograph by Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
AMHERST, Mass. -- In 1859, businessman Leonard M. Hills and his son, Henry, opened a straw-hat business next to the new railroad depot, a half-mile from town.
A few years later, the pair built twin Italianate mansions overlooking their factory. The architect had recently designed a similar showplace across the street for the brother of Emily Dickinson, the reclusive poet. [Read more]
In the spring of 1968, a team of medical workers in East Pakistan successfully treated critically ill adult cholera patients with an oral solution of salts, water, and sugar, demonstrating for the first time that intravenous fluids were not necessary to save patients with life-threatening diarrheal disease. Since then, oral rehydration therapy, as it became known, is estimated to have saved 50 million lives. [Read more]
The 4,200-square-foot Tuttle Farm House was moved from its previous site to the Hills estate in Amherst. (SAMUEL MASINTER/AMHERST COLLEGE)