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

Steps to Guard Against Indoor Air Pollution

By Jacques Touillon, AirBoxLab

Indoor air is polluted by volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. These gases are emitted into the air from products like pesticides, air fresheners, cleaning products, paint and paint remover, personal care products, appliances, furniture and building products, including carpet and pressed-wood floors, and more. Learn several steps to take to guard against indoor air pollution and how indoor air quality monitors can help.


Why Home Insulation Is Important Year-Round

By Paul Kazlov, Global Home Improvement

Home insulation can no longer be regarded as something homeowners simply put off as a vague way to be environmentally conscious. Insulating one’s home properly is the best way to cut down on those surging energy costs plaguing every homeowner.


3 Gifts Made from Recycled Materials

By Kari Klaus, Viva Green Homes

Gifting is more enjoyable when you know that the gifts you are giving are environmentally conscious and a lot of fun, plus the recipients will be totally in love. VivaGreenHomes.com released its annual eco-friendly gifts list this year with everyone in mind: men, women, children and pets.


10 Reasons to Build an Earthbag House

By Atulya K. Bingham

My earthbag home has liberated me from a mortgage. The technique has numerous benefits. Here’s my list of why anyone might want to think about an earthbag home.


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The Business of 'Greenwashing' (And We're Not Talking About Laundry)

By Kari Klaus, Viva Green Homes

Don't fall into the "greenwashing" trap when buying a new home. Gain tips on how to avoid it and insight into how one website is trying to safeguard against the real estate practice.


The Top 5 Things You Can Do to Your Home to Save the Planet

By Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot

There are five main areas of the home responsible for wasting the most energy. At the top of that list is windows, and one of the most effective ways to decrease your home’s carbon footprint is by replacing old, drafty windows with new, air-tight Energy Star-qualified windows.


Consider Fiberglass Windows as an Energy-Efficient Window Option

By Paul Kazlov, Global Home Improvement

This green homes blog post describes energy-efficient, fiberglass windows and the impact they have on energy costs in your home.


Four Benefits of Using Ground-Source Heat Pumps

By Ruth Barton

MOTHER EARTH NEWS explores the low environmental impact of using ground source heat pumps and three other benefits.



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