Green Living

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

First Steps for Installing an AC Unit

By Ashley Morse, The Cooling Company

Installing central air is not a simple task, so having all the information you need is important. Installing ceiling fans, energy-efficient curtains, and maintaining the cleanliness of your unit will keep this project economical and environment-friendly. Learn the building codes and safety measures you need to get started installing an AC unit.


How We Purchased an Older Rural Home and Transitioned to Self Sufficiency

By Paul Kuenn

In 1987, my fiancé Jude purchased a 1960s house surrounded by grass within walking distance of city center. Faced with a tight budget, we started with interior repairs, added extra insulation in the attic and dug a small garden in the backyard. Looking back, this would be considered “bliss”. Here’s how we transitioned over three years to self-sufficient, nearly off-grid living.


Setting Up a Solar System and Debarking Logs

By Manuela and Frank Mueller

How do you decide what size of solar system you really need and how to install a ground mount system? Frozen bark on trees and the questions how’s the best way to debark them?


Meet the ‘Sisters on the Fly’ Mobile Living Gang

By Lloyd Kahn, Shelter Publications

Over the years, Sisters on the Fly has blossomed into a terrific organization that empowers women of all ages, backgrounds, and life experiences to come out and camp together in a safe, generous, and joyful way. The key components of this “gang” are our trailers, which have been restored, modified, gussied-up, and decorated to the nth degree, often with fabulous murals to greet our fellow travelers with.


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Why We Ditched Everything to Build Our Dream Log Home in Remote Nova Scotia

By Manuela and Frank Mueller

Having had a nice home, income and finally being able to “sit back and enjoy” was not as satisfying as we thought, so we sold everything to move to the woods of Nova Scotia to start our new adventure: building our log home using solar energy and living off the grid.


What You Need to Know About Asbestos in the Home

By Jacob Lunduski, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Find out what prospective homebuyers and owners need to know about the asbestos. Information will be provided on the use of asbestos, where you can find it, when and how it is harmful, and things you should do to ensure your natural health in your own home.


The Good and the Bad About Earthships

By Matthew Smith, Fortified Roofing

The introduction to earthships was in the 1970s, built with tires, glass bottles, and cans. With minimal construction waste and offering an off the grid lifestyle, this is certainly a great eco-friendly home that can benefit the society if made commercial. But like most things in life, these sustainable homes have their advantages and disadvantages. We explore some of them here.


A Snowboarder’s Hand-Built Cabin of Stone, Glass, and Steal

By Lloyd Kahn, Shelter Publications

Mike Basich has a passion for building that is only equaled by his passion for snowboarding. His cabin is located on 40 acres about three miles in the backcountry near the Donner Pass, and during the winter, is only accessible by snowmobile, snow cat, or on snow shoes. The first time I went out there, he put me on the front of his snowmobile, stood up behind me, and proceeded to blast through the wilderness at 50 MPH, floating like a snowflake.



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