Green Living

Confused about what green means? Find out how your personal choices can affect the world we live in. Whether you're dining or driving, we'll show you how to be more eco-friendly.


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5 Fall Green Cleaning Tips

From turning down the thermostat to learning how to compost, get your home prepared for the autumn season with green in mind.

5 Indoor Cleaning Tips

These simple indoor cleaning tips will help you keep your home clean from the inside out. Learn indoor cleaning tips at HowStuffWorks.

5 Indoor Home Winterizing Tips

Prepping your house from the inside is an important step in keeping your home safe and healthy during the cold months.

5 Ways to Lower Your Heating Bills This Winter

Staying warm and saving money should be on your winter to-do-list. Learn how to lower your heating bills and achieve these goals.

5 Outdoor Home Winterizing Tips

Get your outdoors prepped for the harsh winter with these outdoor winterizing tips. You and your pockets will thank us.

Can I make my landlord green my home?

Everything around you is going green from cars to laundry detergent. Unfortunately, your windows let in a draft and your heater pumps twice as hard. Can you force your landlord to fix it?

Top 10 Green Spring-Cleaning Tips

From going paperless to using all-natural cleaning products, take these steps and you'll have a healthy and clean home for spring.

Can installing a green roof save you money?

The initial costs of installing a green roof are much more expensive than the costs of other roofing methods. But a green roof could save you money -- while saving the environment -- in the end.

How Pottery Works

Have you ever gotten so mad at someone that you wanted to throw something? In the world of pottery, that's exactly what you're supposed to do.

How can soy reduce energy use in my home?

Just when you thought soybeans were grown mainly for soy burgers and hot dogs, products made from those lively legumes seem to be everywhere in the home and beyond. And it just may save you some green.

Ultimate Guide to Home Energy Audits

Home energy audits find the drafty cracks, power-hungry light fixtures and outdated appliances that make a home less efficient. Do energy audits make a difference, and can you do one yourself?

Can I stop getting junk mail?

Is there anything worse than an inbox clogged with spam? How about a mailbox stuffed with take-out menus, furniture catalogs and grocery store circulars? Once and for all, how can you stop junk mail from piling up in your life?

What's more sustainable, mass-produced or handcrafted furniture?

One of these chairs is not like the others, especially if it's built locally and made from materials that meet environmental guidelines. How can you tell the difference when you're furniture shopping?

How green is a self-contained composting toilet?

Do you think you're pretty green? Would you be willing to trade your comfortable flushing throne for a composting toilet? We thought not. But they might not be as bad as you think.

10 Ways to Greenify Your Home

If you've been overly saturated with green tips and all the green products on the market today, rest assured our tips are straightforward and truly environmentally friendly. You can toss the other ideas in the compost bin.

What is gray water, and can it solve the global water crisis?

As the world confronts a water crisis, more people are recycling gray water at home. Left over from bathing or washing clothes, gray water can be used to water your garden.

What's the one thing you can do to your home to save the most energy?

There are lots of ways to improve your home's energy efficiency, but the best thing to do is to make sure you have enough insulation to seal your home's "envelope."

Are ice blocks better than air conditioning?

Air conditioning with ice blocks is taking root among some of the world's most powerful companies. Learn how air conditioning with ice blocks works.

Painting Trim, Baseboards, and Wainscoting

Learn all about painting woodwork, including trim, baseboards, and wainscoting, in this helpful article.

Underwater Fantasy Quilted Wall Hanging Pattern

Dive into this easy-to-make wall hanging for your next quilting project -- you'll certainly be glad you did! Download the unique Underwater Fantasy Quilted Wall Hanging Pattern only at HowStuffWorks.

Watermelon Treat Quilted Wall Hanging Pattern

Watermelon Treat Quilted Wall Hanging Pattern is a delightful design that celebrates the joys of summer. Find the free quilt pattern along with helpful instructions in this article, only at HowStuffWorks.

How to Grow a Specialty Garden

Specialty gardens are easy to grow and maintain and can add beauty to your yard. We'll teach you about the different types of specialty gardens, including rock gardens, rose gardens, organic gardens, and water gardens.

How to Save Money on Home Energy

When you upgrade your heating and cooling equipment, major appliances, and windows, you are investing in energy efficiency. Learn tips on how to improve your home's energy efficiency and ultimately save money.

How to Make Your Home Energy Efficient

Once you've sealed and insulated the weak areas, routine cleaning and water conservation can further increase energy efficiency and save you even more money on your energy bills.

Home Energy-Saving Systems

When you work on your home to make it more energy efficient and less expensive to maintain, you must also consider safety issues. Learn about making safe adjustments to your home to save energy.