Green Homes

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

Is Your Water Heater an Energy Hog?

By Sommer Poquette

One of the largest energy expenses in a typical home is its water heater. Here are some ways to assess the efficiency of your water heater and decide whether a replacement is needed and if so, what type it should be.


3 Green-Building Materials That Will Change Construction

By James White

These three major developments in green-building materials are bound to change lives and climates all over the world.


4 Eco-Friendly Countertop Options for Every Budget

By Sommer Poquette

Choosing a countertop for a kitchen remodel involves many considerations. One of the most important considerations is eco-friendliness. Here are some of the best eco-friendly countertop options available on the market today.


How To Turn a Tablecloth into a Rug

By Jennifer Tuohy

An eco-friendly and also budget-friendly way to search for a new rug can actually be very simple: the search can start right at home. Here is a way to re-purpose an old tablecloth into a new rug.


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Learn About DIY Natural Building at the Oregon FAIR

By Darles Eaton, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

Ever thought about designing and building your own space? Darles Eaton will walk you through thoughful design, best materials and lessons learned.


First LEED-Certified Home in Alaska Is Up For Sale

By Kari Klaus, Viva Green Homes

What it's really like to buy, sell and market a green home.


Guide to Green-Roof Options for Your Home

By James White

Are you ready to make your home or living space greener? Now is the time to get started; look up and think about how you could give back to nature, starting with your roof.


Try a New, Improved Swamp Cooler

By David A. Bainbridge

Using loads of energy to stay cool? Consider an efficient cooling unit called an indirect evaporative cooler, an advanced version of a “swamp cooler.”




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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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