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

By Maria Trimarchi

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.

By Elizabeth Abbess

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.

By Emilie Sennebogen


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.

By Kathy Price-Robinson

Home energy audits find the drafty cracks, power-hungry light fixtures and outdated appliances that make a home less efficient.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?

By Stephanie Watson

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?

By Josh Clark

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?

By Molly Edmonds


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.

By Molly Edmonds

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.

By Josh Clark & Sara Elliott

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.

By Josh Clark

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."

By Josh Clark


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.

By Jacob Silverman

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

By Fix-It Club

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.

By Zolton Cohen

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.

By Zolton Cohen


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.

By Zolton Cohen

Periodic cleaning and regular maintenance is the best way to improve your home's energy efficiency. For example, cleaning your refrigerator coils and your water heater's tank maintains maximum efficiency. Learn about home energy efficiency.

By Zolton Cohen

What is "energy"? Where does it come from? How do we pay for it? Learn the answers to these questions, and find out how to live more efficiently in your home.

By Zolton Cohen

As energy prices rise, most homeowners are concerned about keeping heating and cooling costs down. Many simple steps can help reduce your energy usage. Learn how to keep those energy bills under control.

By Walter Curtis


Designing a woman's closet can be tough. There can be too many clothes and accessories for a limited space. That's why it's important to implement a good design. Learn how to design a woman's closet.

By Debra K. Melchior

Believe it or not, vinegar is a kitchen's best friend when it comes to cleaning. Vinegar can clean practically anything, and even help with restoration and maintenance. Learn how to clean your kitchen using vinegar.

By Christine Halvorson

Kitchen countertops have to be able to handle anything, from a paring knife that veers off course to spilled grape juice. Fortunately, regular cleaning will keep them up to the task. Just follow these guidelines.

By Editors of Consumer Guide & Natalie Kilgore

How many solar cells would I need in order to provide all of the electricity that my house needs?