Green Homes

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

Buying, Selling and Marketing Green Homes: The New MLS for a New Generation of Sustainable Building

By Kari Klaus

Marketing green homes has been limited to few websites with outdated listings that cost the seller or agent an arm and a leg to list. As a homeowner who had invested a lot of money in a green remodel of my own, I was perplexed as to how I was going to show off all the features of my home in a normal MLS listing. With years of research and development, I created a very innovative way to buy, sell, and market sustainable homes.

5 Things a New Fridge Can Do for the Good of the Planet

By Jennifer Tuohy

The decision to replace an old refrigerator should not always be made based only on how well it is functioning. New Energy Star models have many energy-saving and cost-saving advantages that can make that decision much easier.

A DIY Natural Cleaner for Stainless Steel Appliances

By Sommer Poquette

I wanted a DIY natural cleaner for stainless steel appliances, because I don't use all those terrible chemical-filled products that I was tricked into buying 10 years ago. How do I clean without the name brand products that promise to make life easy and clean your stainless steel products? Let me tell you my secret.

7 Tips for Living Large in a Tiny House

By Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton

Living in a tiny house is good for the environment and for the wallet, but requires a lifestyle shift for the inhabitants.


Transforming a Suburban Property: Removing a Driveway

By Jan Spencer

Taking out a driveway and reclaiming automobile space can be one of the most rewarding projects on the suburban frontier. Replacing it with a walnut tree, blackberries and a storage shed with edible landscaping over the roof is even better.

Is Your Home Safe from Radon?

By James White

Learn about the dangers of radon in the home and what can be done about it.

Fuel Your Fire with Dried Citrus Peels

By John Atwell

How convenient that citrus is a winter fruit! Their peels, when dried, make great kindling for your fire.

Build a Greener Future with Earth-Sheltered Homes

By James White

Learn about the different types of earth-sheltered homes and why you should consider digging in the ground to find your next residence.

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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.