Green Living

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

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.


Small-House Kitchen Design Ideas

By Christopher James Marshall

Design ideas that compress a fully functional kitchen without compromising your culinary artistry.

5 Ways to Help Your Smart Home Heat and Cool More Efficiently

By Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot

Energy efficiency and smart home technology go hand-in-hand. Here are a few energy-saving home automation options you can implement in your own home.

Harvesting Civic Culture in a Neglected Filbert Grove

By Jan Spencer

This blog describes how neighbors are helping to restore a neglected filbert filbert grove on public property. The benefits go way beyond harvesting filberts. Building civic culture addresses virtually all of todays environmental, social and economic challenges. And, its a lot of fun!

Pringle Creek: A New and Improved Green-Living Option

By Kurt Jacobson

Learn about this green living subdivision in Salem, Oregon. Buy a move-in ready home or buy a lot and build your own.