Green Homes

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

Neighbors Work Together on the Suburban Frontier

By Jan Spencer

Greening our homes, neighborhoods and communities depends on friends and neighbors working together. This blog will show and tell several examples of friends and neighbors greening the neighborhood.


How to Choose an Eco-Friendly Rug

By Jennifer Tuohy

Indoor air pollution can be even worse than outdoor. For this reason, choosing eco-friendly floor coverings is essential to a healthy home.


How to Clean Outdoor Rugs the Naturally Effective Way

By Sommer Poquette

The outdoor rugs that line my garage and mud room get filthy and need a good cleaning every now and again, a cleaning that usually goes beyond just vacuuming. But this cleaning can be done in an eco-friendly way, without the use of harsh chemicals.


Wood Foam May Be the Answer to Eco-Friendly Insulation

By James White

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research in Germany have developed a new type of insulating foam.


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A Roundup of 24 Eco-Friendly Patio-Decor Ideas

By Sommer Poquette

It's never too early to think spring. And it's a good time now to plan for an eco-friendly patio by thinking about how household items can be smartly repurposed and upcycled into useful patio décor.


Make 9-Volt Batteries Last as Long as Possible

By Derek Purdy

Here’s how to use every last drop of charge from 9-volt smoke detector batteries.


Window Treatments for Saving Energy in Your Home

By Sommer Poquette

Windows can be responsible for up to 40 percent of heat loss in a home. One way to achieve both cost savings and energy savings is by installing the right window treatments.


Icicles: How We Stopped Them and the Heat Loss that Caused Them, Part 2

By Adam D. Bearup

Most ice build up on roofs in the winter time are caused by specific circumstances. This project that we just completed had ice build up from the day it was built. Although the builder did a good job of insulating, he missed one key element, which you will read about here.




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