Green Living

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

How I Prepare My Smart Home for a Hurricane

By Jennifer Tuohy

Smart home technology can help in many ways before, during and after any natural disaster. Here are some ways to control the home's climate, provide peace of mind, and know about and act on problems even if you’re hundreds of miles away.


Geothermal Heat Pumps: How We Installed Our Green Alternative to Fuel Oil Heating

By Allison Ehrman

Follow along as a couple in Northern Maryland researches the physical and financial requirements for installing a geothermal heat pump in their new country home.


Boat Builder Constructs Sailboat-Inspired Handmade Home

By Lloyd Kahn, Shelter Publications

From boat-building, Dean Ellis learned to work with metal. With this house overlooking a beautiful stretch of coast, he decided to build a metal-frame house. Learn how Dean used a unique curved steel method to construct a beautiful sailboat-inspired handmade home.


Considering a Tiny Home? 8 Things to Think Through

By Kayla Matthews

Without an understanding of local laws, homeowners with tiny houses can face zoning fines and in extreme cases, eviction.


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DIY Electricity Wind Turbine

Use a home built, DIY wind turbine on your property to create electricity from natural wind power.



DIY Algae Bioreactor from Recycled Water Bottles

Lessen your carbon footprint by building this DIY algae bioreactor capable of producing its own biofuel.


Eco-Friendly Shed Options

By Sally Coulthard

Keep your shed eco-friendly and check out this list to find out what type of materials to use when building a shed.



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