Green Homes

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

What Is OLED Lighting: And How Is It Different from LEDs?

By Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot

By now, most people are aware of the impact of LED lighting, which has become a key factor in the energy-use revolution over the last decade. But the technology has evolved even further. Now we have organic light-emitting diodes, or OLEDs. This article explores the new technology and highlights differences with traditional LEDs.


A Tucson Couple Builds Houses of Mud and Straw

By Lloyd Kahn, Shelter Publications

The Steens live on a 40-acre homestead 70 miles southeast of Tucson (15 miles by crow-flight from Mexico) and at the end of a dirt road. Bill and Athena use their homestead to host a series of workshops on straw bale building, natural wall finishes (main ingredient mud), earthen floors, clay ovens, and harvesting and cooking agave and prickly pear.


Indoor Air Quality and Your Health

By Paul Scheckel

Our homes are closed up tightly against winter and full of people and pollution generating activities like cooking and cleaning. A growing body of research indicates that poor IAQ leads to physical health problems and reduction in cognitive function. Reducing the air leakage of your home also is one of the best things you can do to improve its energy efficiency.


Green Cleaning for a Healthy Home

By Anna Twitto

Simple, effective tips for cleaning without a multitude of harsh chemicals.


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Meet the Mobile, Off-Grid Tiny Solar House Traveling Across America

By Michael Chance, Chance Marketing Group

What happens when a passion for solar energy gets combined with enthusiasm for traveling, facilitated by the small-house movement? Enter the Tiny Solar House, a mobile marketing campaign that gives people a first-hand example of the practicability of living in a home powered by solar.


Choosing an Eco-Friendly Artificial Tree

By Sommer Poquette, Home Depot

For some, allergy or other considerations preclude the purchase of a real Christmas tree. Although no artificial tree is 100 percent eco-friendly, there are definitely choices you can make that will lessen the environmental impact. Here are some things to consider.


2016 Eco-Friendly Gifts Under $65

By Kari Klaus, Viva Green Homes

Gifts for adults, children and pets. Natural, healthy, recycled and organic.


The Importance of Insulation

By Anna Twitto

A few years ago, we rented a charming house on stilts that was situated on a hillside, with a large wraparound porch/balcony. We had a breathtaking view of the valley below, and the landlord boasted of the house being eco-friendly. We soon had the chance to test this last claim. A well-insulated home is an energy-efficient home: Learn from these lessons.