Green Homes

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

Fossil-Fuel-Free Cooking

By Paul Scheckel

Gas range or induction cooking? The speed and efficiency revealed. Because I’m off-grid, induction will be my go-to cooking method when sunshine is ample, offering an option for fossil-free cooking!


Cob, Straw Bale or Earthbag: Which Is the Best?

By Atulya K Bingham

Earthbag, cob and straw bale are three very popular natural building techniques, but which should you choose, and why? Here’s a checklist for every new natural builder.


Install a Solar Gate Opener to Save Energy and Money

By Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot

An automatic gate opener is a great example of how simple and convenient it can be to use solar panels to power all of its tools and equipment. You can also get a 30% federal residential tax credit toward the cost of a new solar powered gate opener, accessories and installation, as long as you do it before December of this year.


3 Home Projects to Install Environmentally-Conscious Upgrades

By Paul Kazlov, Global Home Improvement

There quite a few home improvement projects to help increase your energy efficiency including updating your home's floors, bathroom, as well as your water system.


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Net-Zero Energy Homes for the Masses

By Kari Klaus, Viva Green Homes

If you were to rank sustainable homes primarily based on their energy efficiency, Zero Net Energy homes would rank extremely high. They’re pretty cool — and complicated. Top U.S. home builder PulteGroup moves into the eco-friendly homes market by providing Zero Net Energy homes to the masses.


What Is Passive Cooling and What Can You Do to Make It Work for You?

By Dan Chiras

Passive cooling is natural air conditioning. By reducing a home’s internal and external heat gains, with clever techniques like properly positioned shade trees, houses can be completely cooled without using a mechanical air conditioner.


How to Choose Eco-Friendly Decking

By Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot

Building an eco-friendly deck involves many considerations. Choosing the right material is certainly one of them, but other factors are also involved, including climate, location, and budget. This post reviews the important factors.


The Growing Economy of Salvaged Urban Wood

By Megan Offner, The Wood-Mizer Team

Megan Offner of New York Heartwoods is salvaging downed and damaged city trees to redirect material from our waste stream, decrease greenhouse emissions, and fuel the demand for local wood products.




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MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Sept. 15-17, 2017
Seven Springs, PA.

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!

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