Green Homes

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

8 Steps to Cut Out Wasted Energy in the Kitchen

By Jennifer Tuohy

If you are looking to make your home more eco-friendly, there is no better place to start than in the kitchen. Here are 8 simple ways to save energy in the kitchen.


Transforming A Suburban Property: Early Projects

By Jan Spencer

Transforming this suburban property has been one of the most satisfying and creative adventures in my life. No need to go anywhere. Making big changes was the plan from the beginning, 15 years ago, when I bought this quarter-acre property with a modest 1,100-square-foot mid-fifties suburban house. If I reincarnated as a house and suburban property, this would be it.


Evaluating the Best Options for Energy-Efficient Cooking

By Jennifer Tuohy

Although cooking is not as big of an energy-drain in the home as other things, there are still ways to do it in an energy-efficient way. This article describes some of the best ways to cook sustainably.


How to Build a Low-Cost DIY Yurt from Sticks, String and Mud

By Kiko Denzer

This variation on the (endlessly adaptable) traditional Mongolian yurt design was inspired by the work of master yurt builder, educator, and homesteader Bill Coperthwaite (who was also a neighbor and friend of the Nearings). This low-cost yurt design combines basketry, wattle and daub, and basic lashing (similar to skin-on-frame boats). Not much more than a glorified tent, this DIY yurt made from sticks, string and mud makes a very comfortable, durable and beautiful tiny house, studio, or meditation space.


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Suburban Permaculture Transforms Neighborhoods

By Jan Spencer

“You don't have to move to live in a better neighborhood.” Half of all Americans live in suburbia. It’s true that suburbia is on the receiving end of a lot of social, economic and environmental criticism with much of that criticism well deserved. While some of these criticisms may be justified, at the same time, suburbia offers enormous potential to become a critical new frontier for deep changes in our culture and economy through principles of suburban permaculture.


Clear the Air: Learn How Often to Change Furnace Filters

By Dan Chiras

A reader wonders how often to change furnace filters to keep the air clean in her home. Learn the frequency with which homeowners should replace a furnace filter.


The Earthbag Root Cellar, Part 1

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

We're using earthbags and straw bales to construct an efficient, cost-effective, and roomy earthbag root cellar.


A Tale of Two Green Homes

By Leigha Dickens

There are multiple philosophies that describe what characterizes a green home, but all have low energy loads in common.




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Aug. 5-6, 2017
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