Green Archive

Saint Patricks Day
Saint Patrick’s day is characterized by the color green. So, today is the perfect day to talk about another permutation of what green can mean to home improvment – eco-friendly products! *** A lot of people will be wearing...
clean energy wind power turbines
The nature of home energy will change in upcoming decades as sustainability and efficient grids becomes a priority. What are some residential energy options? *** After decades of debate, a climate agreement was reached last month. There is now...
2016 buildings illustration
Here’s a building and home improvement retrospective for building projects in 2015. Have you been inspired for 2016? These are some ideas to run with. *** It’s the end of the year, and time for reflection and anticipation of the...
Embroidery quilt
Window quilts are a low-tech solution to energy efficiency in a high-tech 21st century, cutting your energy bills and save you money. Here’s how to get started. *** I was visiting a friend last week. A large expanse of...
winter window covering drapes
High quality window coverings will keep warm air from transferring to the outdoors through the glass.  Here are ways to balance style and energy efficiency. *** Window coverings, or window treatments, have always been a vital part of room...
cork oak tree
Cork is an incredibly versatile material, including for use as insulation. Here’s how cork insulation is made, and why it’s the ultimate green choice. *** All insulation has some earth friendly properties in the way it stops or reduces...
spray foam insulation
Are plant based spray foam insulations environmentally friendly? You may be surprised by the answer. *** In my quest for an environmentally-friendly building insulation, I came across this short video of my friend and the former publisher of Mother Earth...
house clouds sun cardboard cut outs
How can you use the sun’s path over the winter to make your home warmer? Take a look and see how you can use passive solar energy to heat your home for free. *** Now that the sun is dropping...
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All insulation is green, but cellulose has more eco-friendly properties than most. Here is a breakdown of the energy efficiency advantages it presents. *** Insulation, by its nature, is eco-friendly. It saves energy by preventing airflow through walls, floors,...
composting in countertop
My friend wrote to brag about her new stylish food-scrap collecting bin in her kitchen, and  got me thinking about the messy topic of compost and food waste. *** Compost is a fascinating topic, but not one we tend...
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In the 21st century home, we’re rethinking land use, food production, and home economies. How do these converge? Well, here’s a great example. *** In Lincoln, Nebraska, a quiet, dirty little revolution has taken hold. Spurred on by climate-change...
modern adobe brick building
Adobe brick building is thousands of years old. But, it’s modern too. Here are some ways to use earthen bricks to build energy efficient and sustainable homes. *** Adobe construction is an ancient building method dating back to at...
seasons trees illustration
Winterizing in late summer and into fall helps you seal up and insulate your house to keep energy bills low. Here are some of the common trouble spots. *** Before it gets cold, winterize your house. Yes, it’s easy...