Green Living

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

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!


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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.


Women in Sustainability and Social-Impact Tech Companies

By Kari Klaus, Viva Green Homes

One significant way for women to enter the tech industry is by harnessing sustainability and social impact as the mission, while tech is the tool. Here are some tips on where to begin and how to enter the tech industry if you are a non-technical founder.


Utilizing Outdoor Space for Small Homes

By Anna Twitto

When we built our 700-square-foot cabin, we knew we’d be somewhat space-challenged. In anticipation of that, we invested in a large wraparound deck attached to the house, with the idea of spending much of our time there when the weather is nice. A front porch or deck can function as a great space extension for a little house.


Think Green AND High-Performance Building

By Paul Wood, Shelter Works

High-performance building can be incorporated with green building to ensure homes meet even more goals for their owners. Learn about high-performance homes and two ways to achieve your desired outcome.



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