Green Homes

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

Considerations For 'Going Green' at Home

By Paul Kazlov, Global Home Improvement

Making the commitment to going fully green at home is huge, however there are certain things you should know first, such as what it truly means to go green, your home's energy expenditure, and your carbon footprint.


Better Wood Heat: Rocket Mass Heater FAQs Answered

By Destiny Hagest, Permies.com

Wood is one of the oldest forms of heat, and throughout the millennia, has been used to keep mankind toasty and defrosted. However, now that we’re an older and (presumably) wiser race, we’re seeing how inefficient and unsustainable this form of heat can be. Rocket mass heaters and rocket stove technology offers the solution, and puts affordable, efficient heat within reach of us all.


Using Rainwater in the Laundry Room

By Linda Holliday, Well WaterBoy Products

Rainwater cleans clothes better than does hard well water and can be used in electric washing machines.


How to Choose the Greenest Outdoor Grill

By Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot

Summertime is prime grilling time. But there are ways to make your barbecue greener and cleaner. This article compares the eco-friendly attributes of various grill options: gas, electric, charcoal, and pellet.


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Harness the Power of the Internet to Conserve Water in Your 'Smart' Garden

By Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot

The smart home has a companion: the smart garden. It's now possible to harness the power of the internet to foster better gardening and, at the same time, help conserve energy.


Senior Cohousing Provides Community Assistance with Living

By Charles Durrett

Instead of assisted living, or managing a large home without help, cohousing creates a small neighborhood of independent individuals who all do what they are able in order to maintain a mutually beneficial and enjoyable community.


How to Create Green Garage Storage

By Megan Wild

Creating garage storage often requires going out to buy new plastic storage containers. Here are a few ways to make your garage storage green.


Light Straw-Clay Building Coming of Age in North America

By Paula Baker-Laporte, FAIA

This past year has been a hallmark year for the advancement of Light Straw-Clay building. The publication of our new book The EcoNest Home and the latest edition of Franz Volhard’s book Light Earth Building translated into English, and the inclusion of Light Straw-Clay Building in the International Residential Code has made this beautiful form of construction accessible to more people than ever before in modern times.




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