Solar and Green Home Ideas from Mother Earth News


Build your own new solar house or add energy saving features to your existing home with the help of these practical guides.

1,000+ Free Articles and How-To Guides on Green, Solar and Energy-Efficient Home Building and Retrofitting at  Mother Earth News has provided solid information on many topics related to sustainable living and natural building for several decades, and now many of these articles are available on-line. Here are just a few samples of their green building articles:

Go Solar and Save Big!
By Clarke Snell
Every homeowner needs to know that passive solar design results in huge savings on energy bills. This article is a great primer on passive solar design ideas for new and existing homes.

August/September 2006

All About Insulation
by Dan Chiras
Make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient with today's insulation options.
December/January 2002

Natural Swimming Pools
By Douglas Buege and Vicky Uhland
With a minimum of materials and without an arsenal of chemicals, you can build an idyllic water oasis right in your own back yard and thwart summertime's sultry dog days.
August/September 2002

Build a Simple Solar Heater
By Gary Reysa
This low-cost plan lets you turn any south wall into a source of free heat.
December/January 2006


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