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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.

Parallel Chord Pallet Trusses

By Owen Geiger 

If you have access to small diameter trees and wood pallets, and live in an area not restricted by building codes, then this truss design is one good low cost roof option. If you do all the work yourself, these trusses are virtually free.

Rig Up a Rainwater Catchment System

By Tracy Dahl

Profit from rainy days with a system that will collect and store your rainwater for future use on the homestead.

At Home with Natural Plasters

By Michael Henry

Apply earthen plaster to your walls for a beautiful, breathable finish that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the environment.

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.

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.

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