Cyndee and Tony love being in control of their own power and never having to worry about rate increases and outages in south-central Colorado. Solar panels, a wind turbine and a wood-fired boiler keep them plenty warm and happy.
When the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 passes (as expected) this summer, be prepared by learning what to expect when you buy a water heater, heating system, air-source air conditioner or heat pump.
Laurel chronicles the tale of her hot water heater meltdown—and the quest to get a tankless water heater.
Jessica is beginning research on electric in-floor radiant floor heating products as an efficient method of heating the new nursery.
To address consumers' growing desire to save money and be environmentally conscious, GE is launching GeoSpring, the first hybrid electric ENERGY STAR-qualified water heater manufactured in the U.S.
A California architect gives a 1920s cabin more space and better views--without disturbing the riparian area it sits on.
If the DEA can't tell the difference between hemp and marijuana plants, says a former Kentucky governor, how can it distinguish between powdered sugar and cocaine? Hempsters: Plant the Seed is a must-see movie that gives pro-hemp activists a voice.
In Bethel, New York, a developer that has specialized in large luxury homes is building modest houses to appeal to a younger crowd--more anecdotal evidence that smaller homes are here to stay.
If night sweats are causing you to lose sleep and costing you more on your air-conditioning bill, consider a Bedfan.
A new bulletin (A-151) describing the full line of Bell & Gossett lead-free potable water products is now available at www.bellgossett.com.
This recipe can warm you up on a cold night in December or nurse you back to health when your next head cold strikes.
Heat illnesses are serious business, but they are also easily preventable. Read on to learn more.
The Geothermal Exchange Organization provides geothermal heat pumps to help reduce heating costs during this brutal winter.
Eschew corporate goods and instead choose handmade gifts for everyone on your list this holiday, using these excellent Etsy shops as a jumping-off point.
Writer Julia Normand reclaims the weathered wood doors from a Quonset hut on the edge of her Alaska homestead to decorate her living room wall and create a living history memorial to her husband’s family history in fishing.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse describes the HRV (heat recovery ventilation) unit and insulation installation for the NewenHouse Kit Home.
Jeld-Wen's new Custom Wood line combines character with energy efficiency in windows and doors made from salvaged, reclaimed wood. It's the best of all possible worlds.
Guest blogger Sonya Newenhouse tests the performance of her new Passive House by not turning on the heat—and enthusiastically reports that you can comfortably live furnace-free in Wisconsin in the winter.
Get a creative nightstand without spending a lot of money by repurposing thrift store finds and old items around the house into functional but cheap bedside tables.
Enter Natural Home’s Go Solar Giveaway to win a solar hot water heating system from Sunward.
Enter the Go Solar Giveaway Sweepstakes for a chance to win a solar powered hot water system valued at over $10,000.
Hipcycle.com offers new upcycled products for spring 2012
Vermont Natural Coatings, manufacturer of high performance naturally derived whey-based wood finishes, recently introduced new Heirloom Wipe-On PolyWhey, a durable, safe furniture finish with the look and feel of traditional hand rubbed finishes.
The Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Act establishes tough formaldehyde emission standards for household products made from composite wood.
Reform of chemical regulation would give the EPA a strong hand in which products get to consumers, and a new Senate bill limits formaldehyde levels in composite wood products.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews the newest styling tools from Pure Heat Tools. The Pure Heat Tools Wet-to-Dry Flat Iron is lightweight, made of recycled materials and is minimally packaged in recycled cardboard.
Chris Larson's Asheville, North Carolina, home--already a superb example of smart, passive solar design--gets even better with the addition of solar hot water collectors.
With a little do-it-yourself effort, wooden shutters found at flea markets and antique stores can turn into shelves, room dividers and other home décor.
Originally developed in Holland, DuChateau Floors feature antique reproduction hard wax oil floors that reflect styles from centuries ago.
The Windfall reclaimed wood engineered panels are Douglas Fir and Hemlock Fir raw material harvested from demolition sites in the Pacific Northwest, and given new life as decorative panels for interior design.
Choosing natural, environmentally friendly flooring is an easy way to keep your home healthy. Choose natural linoleum, cork, sustainable wood, natural wool carpet or tile.
A ForestEthics report calls out the American Forest and Paper Association-backed Sustainable Forestry Initiative label for not protecting forests.
Consider the environment when choosing deck materials. Here’s a breakdown of your options.
Natural Home guest blogger John Patrick explains why he and his wife, guest blogger Rebecca Selove, designed their sustainable Tennessee farmhouse for passive solar gain and a 5.17-kilowatt photovoltaic system. John and Rebecca are building their sustainable Tennessee farmhouse home to LEED Platinum standards.
Napoleon Fireplaces provides some helpful tips to consider when preparing your fireplace for the winter season.
The U.S. Green Building Council may revise its LEED rating system standards, which currently award points only to Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood products.
The U.S. Green Building Council singles out the Forest Stewardship Council as the only trusted wood certifier.
Half a lemon and coarse salt is all you need to keep wood cutting boards looking their best.
Building a deck can be a challenge, but building with being “green” in mind can be an even bigger challenge. Learn what to look for and what questions and considerations to have when researching and selecting the best green building materials for a deck.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Richardson shares how she built her home's front porch from salvaged wood—and how she finds beauty in flawed materials.
When choosing summer sunglasses, look for products that are both stylish and environmentally friendly. Eco-conscious companies iWood and Kayu both offer trendy lines of sunglasses made using sustainable materials and methods. These sunglasses also offer 100 percent protection from harmful ultraviolet rays that can damage eyes.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove recounts the unexpected expenses she faced while building her sustainable Tennessee farmhouse. Selove is building her green dream home to LEED Platinum standards.
Natural Home guest blogger Rebecca Selove explains why she chose Southern Forest Initiative-certified wood for the framing lumber of her sustainable Tennessee home that she is building to LEED Platinum standards.
Indoor air pollutants can cause a number of health problems. Breathe easier by removing or remedying these four sources of indoor air pollution.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson discusses Starbucks’ progress in making its coffee cups recyclable.