Green Homes

The ins and outs of green construction and natural building, with specifics on solar design, home insulation and more.

Things Get Easier One Step at a Time

By Christopher James Marshall

Dream big, build a small house or make home improvements, and enjoy the benefit of every task when you tap into your Zen of Building.


Experience Cordwood Home Living Before You Build at These Bed and Breakfasts

By Richard Flatau, Cordwood Construction Resources

Are you thinking about building a cordwood home or cottage, but are not quite sure if it's worth all the effort? Why not first spend some time in a cordwood home? There are several places where you can enjoy vacation time in a Cordwood Bed and Breakfast.


5 Affordable Interior-Design Ideas that Incorporate Salvaged Materials

By David Glenn

Using new design ideas in your home will help you create an aesthetic that is all your own, but you don’t have to go out and dump your bank account into new items. You can make some great updates to your home using recycled or salvaged pieces for very cheap. This article explores five design ideas anyone can do for a dime by incorporating recycled materials that will make your home look amazing.


Step-By-Step Construction for Owner-Built Small Homes

By Christopher James Marshall

Estimating the work load and minimizing re-work is the key to happy owner-builders of small homes. The basic steps are similar wither you build a straw-bale, stick-frame, or masonry structure, all must be completed within the relatively short building season.


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What Is a Net-Zero Home? Plus, How to Get One

By Kari Klaus, Viva Green Homes

Net-zero homes are very popular. What are they and how do you get one? Here are some tips.


How and Why to Choose Energy-Efficient Windows

By Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the amount of energy lost annually through windows costs consumers $35 billion. Heat loss and heat gain through and around windows accounts for between 10 and 25 percent of our heating and air conditioning usage, the largest consumer of energy in a modern home. Here are some ways to make sure your windows are as energy-efficient as possible.


Could Using an Air Compressor Reduce Your Carbon Footprint?

By James White

Air compressors can be used for just about anything on your homestead but they don’t have the best reputation for going green. Here’s what you need to know. These valuable machines are used in many factories, small businesses and even in homes, and making sure yours is efficient can cut down on emissions and your energy bills at the same time.


How to Find the Right-Sized Town for You

By Christopher James Marshall

The first question on the path to creating a sustainable homestead is: Where should I live? Find out how population and topography characterize a town and use a simple method to map your region and locate and research the right-sized town for your home.




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MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.

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