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Green Clean a Front-Loading Washing Machine

Front-load washers can occasionally gather an odor, but Sommer shares some eco-friendly tips to keep washers green, sparkling clean, and free of smells.

Choosing Natural Building Materials for Improved Indoor Air Quality

You might think building a green home automatically means you’re building one with good indoor air quality. That’s not necessarily the case. There’s no guarantee eco-friendly materials are also low in pollutants. And what you put in your home after construction can have an enormous impact on air quality. Here are three ways to ensure the air you’re breathing inside your home is as good as — or better than — the air you’re breathing outside.

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Green Patios, Walkways & Driveways of Porous Pavement and Pervious Concrete
Consider one of these innovative and attractive options instead of old-fashioned concrete.

Install Your Own Windows
Reduce the cost of new windows by putting them in yourself.

Eco-friendly Roofing Options 
Choose from a variety of durable and environmentally friendly roofing materials.

Serious Energy Savings With Passive House Design
If you’re dreaming of a home that’s the ultimate in energy efficiency, take a look at the Passive House standard.

Your Green Dream Home: First Things To Consider
Before you hire a contractor or start building, read this expert advice.

Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Home Improvements that Pay Off
Here are some commonly agreed upon suggestions for relatively easy and low-cost home retrofitting projects.

Go Solar and Save Big
Every homeowner needs to know that passive solar design results in huge savings on energy bills.

Essential Advice for Owner-Builders
Here’s what you need to know about building codes before you build a house.

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS DIGITAL ARCHIVE: 2005

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ATTRACTING WILDLIFE TO YOUR BACKYARD

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If you are one of the millions of people with allergies or asthma, this unique book shows you how to avoid plants that trigger allergies and create a garden that protects you by trapping pollen and cleaning the air around you. This revolutionary approach combines the best of horticulturist Thomas Ogren’s previous books—Allergy-Free Gardening and Safe Sex in the Garden—into a full-color guide, including hundreds of new and updated plant listings and photographs.

Ogren’s innovative system for combating allergens is based on the crucial matter of plant sex. By replacing troublesome male plants in your yard with pollen-blocking female “pollen screens,” allergy sufferers can reduce or eliminate their symptoms. More than 3,000 plant listings are included, accompanied by an easy-to-use allergy ranking scale of 1 to 10. With many new pollen-free plants to choose from, as well as clearly marked “worst offenders” to avoid, this is the ultimate resource for home gardeners and professionals alike who want to build healthy, safe and beautiful gardens that everyone can enjoy.

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