Mother Earth Living

Can This Home Be Greened? A Pennsylvania Pick-Me-Up—Completed!

Our eco-experts helped Joe Keleher make his 1920s Dutch Colonial home energy-efficient. Now he's saving $150 a month.

After peeling away layers of old carpet, Joe refinished his home's original wood floors with linseed oil and black tea.
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By making our experts' recommended improvements, Joe doubled his home's efficiency.
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"If my home is happy and healthy, so am I." —Joe Keleher
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Joe's driveway tilts toward his house, directing rainwater to an already unstable foundation.
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Joe stopped basement floods by replacing crumbling foundation bricks and installing a sump pump.
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Joe saved money by tackling many projects himself.
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