Green Homes

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

The Earth Shelter

By Douglas Stevenson

The "Earth Shelter" at The Farm Community in Tennessee combines the geothermal properties of the earth with solar design to produce a very energy efficient home.


Is the Future of the Fridge a Connected One?

By Jennifer Tuohy

New Energy Star standards not only raise the bar for energy efficiency in refrigeration, but they also introduce, for the first time, the idea that putting Wi-Fi into a fridge can help with energy savings.


Weighing the Switch to LED Lighting

By Sommer Poquette

When choosing light bulbs for the home, a close look shows that the most eco-friendly choice - LED light bulbs - can also result in the greatest long-term cost savings.


How Your Business Can Go Green Without Going Bust

By James White

Learn about five easy ways for companies to help the environment by implementing a few simple changes to their building and operations.


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Bamboo Flooring: The Green Alternative for Your Home

By Julie E. Smith

How bamboo differs from hard-wood flooring and why it's a wonderful green alternative.


Buying, Selling and Marketing Green Homes: The New MLS for a New Generation of Sustainable Building

By Kari Klaus

Marketing green homes has been limited to few websites with outdated listings that cost the seller or agent an arm and a leg to list. As a homeowner who had invested a lot of money in a green remodel of my own, I was perplexed as to how I was going to show off all the features of my home in a normal MLS listing. With years of research and development, I created a very innovative way to buy, sell, and market sustainable homes.


5 Things a New Fridge Can Do for the Good of the Planet

By Jennifer Tuohy

The decision to replace an old refrigerator should not always be made based only on how well it is functioning. New Energy Star models have many energy-saving and cost-saving advantages that can make that decision much easier.


A DIY Natural Cleaner for Stainless Steel Appliances

By Sommer Poquette

I wanted a DIY natural cleaner for stainless steel appliances, because I don't use all those terrible chemical-filled products that I was tricked into buying 10 years ago. How do I clean without the name brand products that promise to make life easy and clean your stainless steel products? Let me tell you my secret.