Green Homes

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

More DIY Homebuilding Tips

By Carole Coates

If you're a first-time homebuilder, the author has some tips for you based on her own homebuilding experience.

5 Winter Projects to Help You Get Ready for Spring

By Bobbi Peterson

Take a look around your house and see what spaces need your attention. Here are a few things you can do to get your house ready for spring.

4 Ways to Upgrade an Old Homestead

By Bobbi Peterson

Country living does not mean an outdated lifestyle. You can live comfortably and well with a modern standard of living that benefits yourself, your family and the environment

Reflections from a Debt-Free Homestead

By Lloyd Kahn, Shelter Publications

What we’ve learned in 40-50 years building a house, gardening, raising chickens, and installing solar power? I’ve learned that self-sufficiency is not attainable. It’s like perfection — you never get there.


Rethinking Refrigeration: The Benefits of a Smaller Fridge

By Jennifer Tuohy

A great way to simplify your kitchen while making your home more sustainable is by using a smaller refrigerator. Here are some ideas to help make that happen.

How to Speed up Your Home's Improvement Projects

By Megan Wild

Working with a contractor can be a long, drawn-out process that can negatively impact your wallet and the Earth. Here's how to speed it up.

Small Homes Are Just the Right Size

These homeowners downsized their lives to inhabit hand-built spaces that are easier and cheaper to maintain.

Use Fish for Natural Mosquito Control

By Anna Twitto

Set up an outdoor fish tank to reduce your local mosquito population.