Green Living

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

Two Stories About Building Resilient Communities and Bio-Regions

By Jan Spencer

These are two recent stories I have been a part of. One, the North American Permaculture Convergence. The second is creating a Neighborhood Watch group on my street that can lead to a more ambitious set of actions on the street. Learn how to start these initiatives of your own.


Adventures in Composting Human Waste into 'Humanure' Fertilizer

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, Be the Change Project

Recently I came across a spate of comments about “humanure,” or the composting of human waste. I thought I would share the experiences of our friend, Gus, in California who has been creating humanure compost for over 5 year


How to Green Clean Your Kitchen After a Remodel (with Natural Dish Soap Recipe)

By Sommer Poquette, Home Depot

A kitchen remodel or big kitchen renovation means lots of cleaning afterwards. This post provides some pointers for cleaning the green way to ease environmental impact while also saving time and money.


5 Ways Hiring an HVAC Professional Can Save You Money

By Adrienne Z. Milligan

Have you wandered the aisles of your local home improvement store trying to determine what you need for your home’s air conditioning or furnace? If you are unsure about what is wrong with your equipment, get a professional’s opinion or you could be spending money unnecessarily.


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Building with Physical Limitations

By Anna Twitto

Living with injury is a constant struggle for everyone, especially someone aiming to homestead. Even a simple thing such as getting a sack of chicken feed out of the car can be a problem, and we often ask a neighbor for help with that. Here is what to do when health issues interfere with building the home of your dreams.


Considerations For 'Going Green' at Home

By Paul Kazlov, Global Home Improvement

Making the commitment to going fully green at home is huge, however there are certain things you should know first, such as what it truly means to go green, your home's energy expenditure, and your carbon footprint.


Better Wood Heat: Rocket Mass Heater FAQs Answered

By Destiny Hagest, Permies.com

Wood is one of the oldest forms of heat, and throughout the millennia, has been used to keep mankind toasty and defrosted. However, now that we’re an older and (presumably) wiser race, we’re seeing how inefficient and unsustainable this form of heat can be. Rocket mass heaters and rocket stove technology offers the solution, and puts affordable, efficient heat within reach of us all.


Using Rainwater in the Laundry Room

By Linda Holliday, Well WaterBoy Products

Rainwater cleans clothes better than does hard well water and can be used in electric washing machines.



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