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

Straw Bale House in the City, Part 1: Designing to Code

By Adam D. Bearup, Hybrid Homes

Straw bale home building requires a unique set of considerations when applying for building permits. When a developer asks this author to design a straw bale home in Michigan, he must work with the city building permitters and inspectors to educate on straw bale, and hits a few brick walls in the process.


Repurpose Common Household Items

By Carole Coates

Sometimes we overlook the best household tools, because they were created for some other use. Here I share some ideas for giving new life to old objects by repurposing and reusing them in unique but practical ways.


90-Day Extreme Green Challenge: Family of 6 Tries Tech-Free Living

By Kerry W. Mann, Jr., HomesteadHow

We’ve decided we are going to give up all of our electricity, appliances, smartphones and more. We are going to fully convert our entire home to a non-electric homestead.


Live a One Earth Lifestyle with These Resources

By Jan Spencer

Gaining a better idea about the ecological and social footprint of our personal lifestyles can be useful to motivate us to downsize. A One Earth Lifestyle survey can tell us how many earths would it take for everyone on the planet to live that lifestyle. Discovering the results can be a jolt. This blog explains the meaning of a one earth lifestyle, suggests an on line place to take the survey and the blogger shares his own one earth survey results.


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Tiny Homes and Intentional Living

In this episode, we will be discussing alternative housing and considerations to make when going tiny!


Smart Shopping to Reduce Trash

By Shai Su

Try shopping smarter with these tips to help you find the best places to buy groceries without wasteful packaging.


A Couple's Decision to Build a Tiny House on Wheels

By Mary Beth Duda and Russell Mullin

Why would a young couple want to live in a tiny home on wheels? Learn about what compelled Russell and Mary Beth to start building a tiny home to call their own.


Going Green: What Should You Do with Your Old Phone?

By Jennifer Tuohy

With technology moving as fast as it does, it’s not uncommon to feel like your two-year-old smartphone is obsolete. But disposing of it properly is important. Here are “three Rs” to keep in mind when disposing of your old device.



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