Green Homes

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

The Earthbag Root Cellar, Part 1

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

We're using earthbags and straw bales to construct an efficient, cost-effective, and roomy earthbag root cellar.

A Tale of Two Green Homes

By Leigha Dickens

There are multiple philosophies that describe what characterizes a green home, but all have low energy loads in common.

How I Made My Home Lighting Smart and Sustainable for Less Than $500

By Jennifer Tuohy

From choosing affordable floods for the bedroom remodel to switching out the oven-hood incandescent, Jennifer details how much it cost to light her house sustainably, as well as forecast her long term savings.

Building Biology: Creating a Healthy Indoor Climate

By Paula Baker-Laporte

There is an ideal relative humidity range for our health and that is somewhere between 35% and 55%. In modern life we have introduced many new sources of moisture into our homes. Daily showers, laundry, cooking and dishwashing tend to create concentrated bursts of humidity. Because conventional construction can tolerate very little increase in humidity without condensation/mold problems moisture from these sources must be mechanically sucked out of the home.


Keep Your Kitchen Organized With a Shower Caddy

By Tammy Bennett

A shower caddy works to hold sponges, soap and other cleaning materials in the kitchen as well as the bathroom.

Use Insulation ‘Pillows’ to Lower Heating Costs

By Brandy Anderson

You can place insulation pillows in foundation vents to ensure proper ventilation and lower heating costs during winter.

How to Make Air Conditioning More Energy Efficient

By Ruth Barton

As demand for air conditioning continues to increase, discover how to reduce the impact it has on the environment.

'Build It with Bales' Offers Instruction on Building Straw Bale Homes

By Alec Weaver

Learn how to build a straw bale home by downloading this free guide.