improved indoor air quality
A recent study by German carpet company suggests that its Cradle-to-Cradle-certified carpet might actually improve indoor air quality.
I think testing your home for radon is a good idea, and these dogs agree with me!
A newly “refurbished home” smells bad. It has been 3 months and the smells are still overwhelming. Some helpful suggestions.
Clear your home's air naturally for better health and well being.
Dan Chiras of The Evergreen Institute invites readers to attend a one-day conference on the future of building in Wichita, Kansas.
Broadening your understanding of mold and mildew in the house will help you to eliminate this hazard to health and home value.
There is an ideal relative humidity range for our health and that is somewhere between 35% and 55%. In modern life we have introduced many new sources of moisture into our homes. Daily showers, laundry, cooking and dishwashing tend to create concentrated bursts of humidity. Because conventional construction can tolerate very little increase in humidity without condensation/mold problems moisture from these sources must be mechanically sucked out of the home.
A reader living in a small apartment with no ventilation needs help figuring out how to improve apartment air quality.
"Green" cleaning products are awash with misleading labels and false claims. Always look for a third-party certification to assure you're buying the healthiest, most environmentally friendly cleaners.
Environmental journalist Simran Sethi goes through the process of rejuvenating her hardwood floors, and describes how to avoid harmful ingredients in cleaning products, such as volatile organic compounds, in the process.
Building homes using dangerous and impactful industrial chemicals--in the name of energy efficiency--is not sustainable or ecological, a green building veteran says. His Health-Based Building model is an important step forward for green design.
Most conventional paints and coatings emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which can contribute to poor indoor air quality as well as to smog. This overview includes a link to a product listing of healthier low-VOC, zero-VOC, and natural paints.
A University of Georgia study finds that common houseplants can remove toxins and improve indoor air quality.
Are you air aware? Learn how air quality affects your health during Air Quality Awareness Week.
Tips on how to protect children during Children's Health Month in October!
Tips on how to improve air quality while driving your kids to school.
You smell an odor in your home and suspect that it isn’t healthy. This article explains how to do some safe investigation in preparation for calling in an expert.
American Airlines is the greenest U.S. airline for the third consecutive year in Newsweek's Green Rankings List, an annual environmental ranking of the country's 500 largest publicly traded companies.
The Solar Impulse has made history as the first solar-powered airplane to fly across the North American continent.
Tips on how to use "best burn practices" at home to minimize wood smoke and protect your health.
Tips on how to save energy, water and fuel at home and on the road in 2013!
Green Builder Media’s Vision and ReVision Houses highlight energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, indoor air quality and great new green materials.
California architect Matthew Hofman gives a 1978 Airstream a good green makeover.
So many paint colors to choose from for Simran Sethi’s home, but one standard must be met: no VOCs or harmful chemicals.
The devil is in the details in a net zero energy home. Every single step in the design and construction of a home requires efforts to ensure airtightness. The top of the foundation is one detail that deserves special attention.
If you’re growing food in the house through the cold months, our readers can benefit from your experience. Have you had success at indoor gardening before? What did you grow? Share your tips and tricks!
Medicinal mushrooms can help ward off colds and flus this winter.
Put together your own mini-indoor garden with these clever ideas.
A California couple is hitting the road in a greened-up Airstream to share and gather lessons on living sustainbly.
The nation's largest community-owned solar array in Rifle, Colorado, will provide clean energy for up to 350 residents, who don't even need a roof to enjoy the benefits of renewable energy.
Here's how ceiling fans work, and how you can use them most efficiently.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has invented an air conditioner, the DEVap, that’s up to 90 percent more efficient than traditional ACs.
Captured rainwater off of roofs can save money and water use.
Growing lettuce and other leafy greens indoors with an aeroponic system in a south-facing window seems like a wise move, especially during this long, snowy winter. Here I will explain the basics of growing greens with an aeroponic system, starting off with the initial expenses and moving on to pH and nutrient solution. Then I’ll hope the sun provides enough life-giving rays long enough each day to grow some leafy greens.
Before space beneath your grow light is needed for onions and other early seedlings, fill it with baby lettuce grown in translucent clamshell salad containers.
By starting seeds indoors, you get a jump start on spring garden planting.
Pollution isn't just hurting our environment. It is a bigger cause of death in Southern California than motorized vehicles!
You can use a solar hot-air collector to heat your home with renewable energy. Here’s more about how they work.
An attic fan may not reduce your air conditioning costs, but a whole-house fan is a different story.
Otterbine Barebo Inc. expands their Air Flo 2 diffused air system product line by releasing 2-dome and 1-dome diffuser manifold options to the original 4-dome option.
Urban food forests and public gardens provide communities with an edible landscape for everyone to share. These public fruit forests are the new trend in urban agriculture and play an important role as sustainable local food systems in their communities.
Going to the beach? Get real-time info on Great Lakes beach water quality, weather and water conditions.
Learn the parts of a pond’s watershed and the differences between aboveground and belowground ponds to determine which pond type is the best for your property.
Home experiment reveals tomato seedlings started in water heated in a microwave do not grow well. How different are we from plants?
There are weeds in the pond, what to do and what to use. A description of what to do with pond weeds and how to manage them with the various pond weed tools available on the market and a description on how they work. In this article we do not discuss chemical treatments and stick to natural methods.
Productive urban landscapes, if managed correctly, can reduce pollution in local watershed.
Tips on how to be smart about salt this winter and protect water quality.
March 10-16, 2013 is National Groundwater Awareness Week and groundwater provides over 40 percent of U.S. population with drinking water. You can protect water quality at home by conserving water.
May is American Wetlands Month. Find out the many environmental benefits of wetlands and find out how you can help protect them!
Protect and enjoy our nation’s 70,000 miles of rivers during National Rivers Month.
Tips on how to protect water quality with phosphate-free cleaning projects during spring cleaning.
Tips on how to protect local wildlife and water bodies during the spring thaw.
Tips on how to calculate your nitrogen footprint.
Tips on how to improve lakeshore habitat conditions by reducing nutrient pollution.
Tips on how saving energy this fall and winter can help reduce nutrient pollution in water bodies.
Studies show air pollution in China can reduce a life span by up to 5.5 years.
From IBM to Sprint to Dell, companies are going green and even realizing they can save green too.
Cam considers the environmental implications of different forms of transportation and urges people to stop flying!
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.
Tips on how to help save fuel and money while driving.
Sometimes being off grid doesn't necessarily mean that you're green.
Cam dressed up as a bunch of blueberries for our local parade, and spoke to a group of university students about peak oil. Never a dull moment....
Clean air does not need to be expensive.
Get an introduction to Building Biology, the science and philosophy of healthy and ecological building that originated in Germany 60 years ago.
It was becoming pretty obvious the crowding and lack of light were real limitations to my mini garden. Then, the idea of a trough on the windowsill came to mind, combining a way to water all the plants uniformly and efficiently all at once. Great, now how to make this trough? Wood? Sheet metal? The choices all seemed expensive, clumsy, prone to leaking...then the light bulb went on in my head: gutters!
Tips for starting seeds indoors and a calendar for when to start your seeds indoors for a Zone 6 garden.
Starting flats of seedlings begins this year's growing season.
Propelling a vehicle with air or water is possible, but whether it’s practical is another story.
Plant life along small streams starts a food chain that stretches all the way to the ocean.
Rain gardens provide many benefits including filtering out pollutants and keeping runoff out of city storm sewers.
Because county health departments and public water systems check only for a few contaminants, homeowners are advised to test their own water, an inexpensive and simple solution for peace of mind.
Keeping your pond healthy and its inhabitant healthy can be a challenge, but knowing the basic steps to a healthy ecosystem can keep the pond alive for years, even reverse the aging process. Let’s look at two highly recommended tools for pond maintenance, aeration and beneficial pond bacteria.
Don't let the spring invasion by algae aggravate the enjoyment of your pond.
Cage culture of fish has several sustainable techniques to consider adapting for a more innovative approach.
Try these simple actions at home that can help reduce water pollution.
Tips on how to prevent soil compaction on your lawn and reduce water pollution!
Tips on how to dispose of pet waste properly for National Dog Day!
CHANNELLOCK, the leader in the design and manufacturing of high-quality pliers and hand tools, today unveiled its latest American-made tool – a fully redesigned, improved website.
Tips on how to take part in citizen science projects during the fall!
Tips on how to protect yourself form harmful algal blooms.
The new site features a number of enhanced browsing capabilities, starting with the homepage which allow customers to browse gloves by feature and job function.
Spot an algal bloom, snap a photo, enter to win great prizes!
Tips on how to save water at home and protect water quality during National Water Quality Month.
Tips on how to protect naturally-beneficial estuaries.
Tips on how to properly maintain your home's septic system.
Tips on how green roofs can benefit your wallet and the environment!
June is National Rivers Month! Help protect your local waterways with these simple tips.
Use a hand water pump to compress air for filling tires without electricity.
World Car Free Day is an annual international event to raise awareness about alternative transportation. Every Sept. 22, cities and towns around the globe recognize the negative impacts of car pollution and encourage walking or biking as ways to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Cam is handling this heatwave much better thanks to his solar-powered air conditioner!
Tips for limiting your exposure to pollen to help manage allergy symptoms.
One of the disadvantages of wind power is that the wind doesn't always blow. But in the future, new technology could make it easier to store wind energy.
Kingtec K25Z-4 will not only cut the spiralling out of control energy demand from the power-hungry air-conditioning unit of the world but it can also cut a struggling families electric bill significantly.
Tips for saving energy at home while trying to stay cool.
Air conditioning accounts for as much as 20 percent of the average homeowner's utility bill. These simple tips can help you reduce your mechanical cooling needs, meaning more money for you and better-quality air for the world.
The price of food and oil are interminably linked. We are seeing this in our trips to the supermarket: every time we go, it's more expensive. What's a body to do?
Discount pricing on all Morton buildings now through February.
The EPA will regulate perchlorate and other toxic chemicals--but you may want to consider water filters in the meantime.
A new film called 'Behind the Water' is an engaging story of the men and women searching to find clean water. The film takes viewers on a wild ride through some of the world’s most rural and restricted areas, many captured on film for the first time.
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It's easy to make your own air freshener spray. You'll avoid chemicals and delight in the fresh smell.
When the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 passes (as expected) this summer, be prepared by learning what to expect when you buy a water heater, heating system, air-source air conditioner or heat pump.
Ceiling fans help cool people naturally, and use a lot less energy than air conditioners. Use them to save on energy.
The work invovlve in tranforming a house that wastes energy into a house that's 50%-95% more energy efficient is called a "deep energy retrofit." We need to find ways to do more of these to save energy, money and the environment.
Americans are being asked to turn up the thermostat 3 degrees on June 21. If you find you don't notice the difference, why not keep it up? You will notice the difference in your electric bill.
The “Cash for Caulkers” home-retrofitting program, known as the Home Star program, is expected to pass the Senate this summer. The bill offers rebates for 13 different types of retrofits, including insulation and air and duct sealing
As demand for air conditioning continues to increase, discover how to reduce the impact it has on the environment.
Take a lesson from Southerners, who know a thing or two about keeping cool naturally. These homes take advantage of old-fashioned and cutting-edge passive cooling techniques to stay temperate even during hot Southern summers.
Learn details regarding winter chicken care including ventilation for a cozy chicken house, heat for baby and grown chicks, and recommended poultry books.
A National Resources Defense Council analyst calls proposed standards “the most important actions to clean up air pollution from dirty coal-burning power plants since the Clean Air Act was last updated in 1990.”
This home in the Florida Keys captures prevailing breezes and takes advantage of passive cooling techniques such as open walls and a reflective roof to keep its occupants cool and comfortable without air conditioning.
Matt and Kelly Grocoff keep cool in Michigan by taking advantage of their 110-year-old home's natural ventilation strategies. It's as easy as opening a couple of strategically placed windows.
I am especially concerned with the electricity hogs that keep us burning coal.
Ordering bees in January doesn't seem to make sense, until you understand that April is the cruelest month. Plus, if you order bees in January, and then you don't need them - that's just a reason to celebrate! Order early!