Green Living

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

Get Money for Your Green Upgrades

By Lyra DeLora, Viva Green Homes

A fixer-upper’s guide to find money for residential energy efficiency upgrades.



How to Effectively Advertise a House With Solar Panels

By Lyra DeLora, Viva Green Homes

Hosting an open house for a property with solar panels is an excellent opportunity to establish yourself as your community’s expert in green homes, sometimes also known as eco-friendly or energy efficient homes. Here are a few tips to help set the stage for a successful sale, and possibly earn a new client or two.


How to Green Clean and Organize Your Fridge

By Sommer Poquette, Home Depot

This post contains some helpful hints for keeping food fresh and lasting longer, reducing waste, and keeping the refrigerator green, clean, and environmentally safe.


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Greening the Neighborhood: Common Ground Garden, Eugene, Oregon

By Jan Spencer

Neighbors in Eugene's Friendly Neighborhood turn a grassy and soggy unused street right of way into a thriving cooperative garden and landmark for building civic culture.


Removing Grass: Less Work, More Green

By Megan Wild

Learn about the pros and cons of removing grass from your property. While there are plenty good reasons why, it’ll be up to you to make the judgement.


Making the Most of Water on Your Property: Runoff, Drainage, and Irrigation

By Destiny Hagest

Water can be both a blessing and a nuisance, depending on how well-prepared you are for it. These common sense measures will help you take your property's unique characteristics into consideration as you build your homestead.


What Is a Passive House?

By Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot

For so long, the idea of building green has always come with substantial upfront costs and the promise of long-term payoffs. The concept of a Passive House is one that costs about the same as a regular house but eliminates the monthly power bill.



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