Green Homes

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

Home-Insulation Considerations for Spring

By Uma Campbell

According to the Department of Energy, many Americans are leaching up to 30% of their heated or cooled air through leaks, cracks or poor insulation. While you can hire a professional to perform a complete home energy audit, homeowners can conquer this important task themselves by following some simple guidelines, especially when it comes to checking and/or adding additional attic insulation if necessary.


Reader Roundup: DIY Composting Toilets

From the MOTHER EARTH NEWS community

Before you set up your own DI composting toilet, read the experiences of several folks who have successfully — and happily — lived with simple bucket toilets.


How to Set Up a Bathroom Recycling Station

By Sommer Poquette, Home Depot

Recycling in the home shouldn't be confined to the kitchen. The bathroom can be a haven for recyclable items too. This post shares some ideas on setting up a recycling system for the household bathroom.


How to Make a Living Roof (Even in a Hot, Dry Climate)

By Atulya K Bingham

The first time I saw a living roof, I knew I wanted one. Unfortunately, I live on the Mediterranean where summers are hot and dry. Here’s how to make a living roof that sometimes dies.


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Book Review: My House of Earth

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, Be the Change Project

This new book by veteran natural builder Conrad Rogue of House Alive natural builders is a treasure of technique and philosophy.


10 Tips for Heating With Wood

By Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton

Learn to choose the right-sized wood stove, manage your firewood and light, and maintain quality fires to heat your home with wood.


4 Ways to Remain Eco-Friendly During Winter

By Paul Kazlov, Global Home Improvement

Winters can be brutal, especially on our homes when it comes to our energy costs. Winter tends to drive up energy costs but there is a way to prevent that from happening this winter including eliminating drafts, smart thermostats, and more.


5 Steps to Turn Your House into a Smart, Energy-Saving Home

By Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot

There are many ways to save energy in the home and one of the most efficient is the right use of home automation. Here are the top five ways you can use home automation to turn your house into a smart, energy-saving abode.