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Green Living

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

Should We Be Unplugging Our Electronics?

By Naquela Pack

Unplugging your electronics may provide you a little cost savings on your next utility bill.


Why We Chose to Dig a Well and Use ICF Construction

By Ron Melchiore

We share why we chose to have a dug well versus drilled and why we chose an ICF constructed house over standard stud style.


Home Waste-Reduction Options: Beyond Recycling or Donating (Video)

By Kari Klaus, Realty Sage

Here are 5 simple and clever tips to repurpose a majority of our household waste, like food, clothes or furniture.


Living Well and Wise, Episode 3 – Natural Building

We revisit a past episode, where Chris McClellan (aka Uncle Mud) discusses how to build a home out of natural materials and the legal nuances that come with these structures.


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Earthbag Construction

By Kaki Hunter and Donald Kiffmeyer

Follow the steps to build an earthbag structure using dirt from your yard for an environmentally friendly building option.


Whimsical Home Building with Lightweight Concrete

By Lloyd Kahn, Shelter Publications

If you’re looking for a home-building material that will last several hundred years, that you can maintain easily, and that uses mostly locally available materials, lightweight concrete fits the bill.


6 Ways to Get Sanitation, Personal Hygiene Products on a Budget

By Kayla Matthews

Check out these six budget-friendly ways to access home cleaning products and personal hygiene items when everything in the grocery store is sold out.


Save Money With an Energy-Efficient Furnace

By Dan Chiras

Investing in a new, energy-efficient furnace may save money in the long run, especially with increasing fuel costs. Includes examples of savings in different climates, features that make gas and oil furnaces efficient and the importance of getting the right size furnace to optimize performance.



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