Window inserts are a cost effective way to insulate your house. This review shares before and after thermal images, and a personal review of window inserts in the home.
Many people have been attracted to the increasingly popular idea of going small by either buying or building a tiny house. If you fit into this category, it is important to be as well-informed as possible about the tiny house trend, knowing what to look for in terms of sustainability, building materials, VOCs, efficiency, and […]
Electrical outlets are usually one of the last items in a house to be insulated with foam gaskets. Does this make a difference in overall heating efficiency? Yes, yes, and YES! If your exterior wall outlets are not insulated, they are little more than a hole in the wall leading outside. An easy way to reduce […]
We have collected nearly 50 tips and tricks for how to make your home more energy efficient. Tips for kitchen, bathroom, bedroom & beyond!
Today there are all sorts of different systems you can have installed in order to green your home and make it more energy and water efficient, but which ones give you the best bang for your buck? After all, your home is a serious financial investment and making it as energy and water efficient as possible […]
Living in a house made completely of sand, straw and water may sound like something from a third world country. However, cob buildings are beginning to reshape the mindset surrounding this method. There are many environmental, personal and financial benefits to building natural building with cob. These homes are surprisingly well cooled and heated in […]
Today Green Living Ideas features another post from our permaculture expert Jami Scholl. Check out Jami’s other posts about combating aphids and the best plants to grow in the shade. It all began with The Vertical Garden by botanist Patrick Blanc. He created art with plants on a vertical surface on the exterior of buildings, and […]
People are always looking for ways to cut energy costs on their homes. A popular and efficient way is to have a radiant barrier installation. A radiant barrier is a supplement to your home’s insulation that helps reflect or radiate away transferred heat. The barrier itself consists of a layer of thin aluminum film that […]
Habitat for Humanity is a great organization that works to create simple, decent, and affordable to low-income families around the world. And better yet, whenever possible, they build sustainable, energy-efficient and healthy housing. Check out the list of awesome green initiatives that Habitat for Humanity has been undertaking! Eco Village values and EmpowerHouses St. Croix […]
We not only celebrated Valentine’s Day, but the addition of a new furry green diva, Gracie Mae. GD Meg rescued Gracie Mae, who came up from Texas to Eleventh Hour Rescue here in NJ. Gracie Mae is a gorgeous 5-year old dog that is ALL love, wags and licks and only had one sneezing fit during the broadcast
Both green roofs and solar panels have their own set of unique benefits that make them well worth considering on their own, but these green technologies can also work together. Green roofs have been used for many decades and benefits including absorption of rainwater, improved insulation, mitigation of the heat island effect and many others […]
How one man converted his 271-sq-ft apartment into an urban treehouse masterpiece.
Taking an eco-friendly approach to remodeling not only helps to lessen your ecological footprint, but can also lessen the monetary strain on your wallet. Many of these remodeling ideas can be done by you, saving you even more money because you will not have to hire a contractor. Just take a look around your house and make note of the things that you would like to change. There is almost certainly a green way to make all of the changes on your list.
At the Intersection of Renewable Energy and Historic Architecture, A Wreck of Old Forms and New Ideas
The Soulard of St. Louis is one of the city’s oldest settled areas, featuring homes and business establishments built more than 150 years ago during the heyday of American westward expansion. The neighborhood is so historic, in fact, that it’s covered by both state and federal historic building legislation from end to end. That’s fine in most cases, and it has created a neighborhood with a distinctly “Americana” feel that most residents enjoy and want to preserve.
Help make Open Source Permaculture a reality, and give the gift of Permaculture to everyone!
Green Diva Lisa was out this week, so EcoKaren, captain of EcoEtsy and editor of this very blog, sat in as guest Green Diva. We had Green Dude Paul in the studio and we all had a pretty good time! Some surprising and disturbing news from green house expert, Chris Murphy of Smart Little House on how zero-VOC (Volatile […]