Green Living

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

What Is a Net-Zero Home? Plus, How to Get One

By Kari Klaus, Viva Green Homes

Net-zero homes are very popular. What are they and how do you get one? Here are some tips.


How and Why to Choose Energy-Efficient Windows

By Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the amount of energy lost annually through windows costs consumers $35 billion. Heat loss and heat gain through and around windows accounts for between 10 and 25 percent of our heating and air conditioning usage, the largest consumer of energy in a modern home. Here are some ways to make sure your windows are as energy-efficient as possible.


Could Using an Air Compressor Reduce Your Carbon Footprint?

By James White

Air compressors can be used for just about anything on your homestead but they don’t have the best reputation for going green. Here’s what you need to know. These valuable machines are used in many factories, small businesses and even in homes, and making sure yours is efficient can cut down on emissions and your energy bills at the same time.


How to Find the Right-Sized Town for You

By Christopher James Marshall

The first question on the path to creating a sustainable homestead is: Where should I live? Find out how population and topography characterize a town and use a simple method to map your region and locate and research the right-sized town for your home.


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Why Tiny Homes Are Inherently Green (With Lilypad Tiny Home Tour)

By Jenna Spesard, Tiny House Giant Journey

Tiny homes are becoming more and more popular throughout the United States. This article explains why tiny homes are inherently green and offers an example of Anita’s 248-square-foot Lilypad Tiny Home, decked out with green appliances and sustainable materials.


Livable Space Design for Tiny Homes

By Christopher James Marshall

Designing a tiny home can seem like a Rubik’s cube challenge—finding ways to shift things around when needed and out-of-the-way when done. Find out how to integrate inside/outside rooms, single/multiple rooms, and built-ins and fold-outs into your tiny house design; plus learn about the “14 Basic Requirements of a Livable Home.”


How to Drought-Proof Your Home with Earthworks to Create Edible Abundance

By Joshua Burman Thayer, Native Sun Gardens

Utilize these simple earthworks systems to survive the drought and design storm water runoff to transform from a problem to an asset for your home! Let the Water work for you! Remember: “Slow it, spread it, sink it.”


Should You Replace Your Roof Before This Winter?

By Sommer Poquette

A damaged roof or a roof over 20 years old may need to be replaced. When doing so, there are several environmentally-friendly options to consider.



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