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14 Ways to Cut Costs in Every Corner of Your Home
Nearly every room in the house provides an opportunity to save money—if you know what to do. Check out our favorite cost-saving tips for your home, ranging from c...
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10 Houseplants to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Improve your home’s indoor air quality—and your overall mood—with an easy-to-grow houseplant.
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Wing It: 16 Approaches to a DIY Birdbath
Welcome feathered friends to your backyard with a DIY birdbath modeled after any of the following inspiring designs.
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18 Ways You're Accidentally Wasting Energy
You turn off lights when you leave a room, combine errands to stretch a tank of gas, and run only full loads in your dishwasher. Yet even if you're following the ...
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22 Effortless Ways to Make Less Trash
There's something rotten in America—and it's the trash! The average American creates 4 pounds of trash every day, and while that may not sound like a lot, it adds...
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The Best Homemade Stainless Steel Cleaner
Longevity and luster make stainless steel a popular choice material for appliances, countertops, and other fixtures. ...
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14 Things You Never Realized Are Reusable
These days, it seems everything is made to be thrown away. Disposables litter our kitchens, closets, laundry rooms, and bathrooms, and the barrage of trash shows ...
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13 Common Household Items You Can't Recycle
Americans are generally civic-minded and conscientious, and have for the most part adopted the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra popularized by the environmental mo...
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12 Genius Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Bottles
We all know that plastic isn't exactly eco-friendly, so if you want to do your part to protect the planet, the best course of action is to reduce the amount of pl...
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9 Smart Uses for Dusty Old Books
While the thought of destroying a hardcover tome might make some book lovers squirm, there does come a time when an old, musty, or damaged book may have outlived ...
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How To: Dispose of Dry Ice
Solidified carbon dioxide—better known as dry ice—is commonly used to freeze food or keep it cold longer than regular...
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5 Reasons Not to Buy Replacement Windows (...and Go with Window Inserts Instead)
A homeowner's to-do list can seem endless, especially come spring. Paint the exterior. Mow the lawn (again and again ...
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9 Signs Your Tap Water Might Be Contaminated
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “the United States enjoys one of the world's most reliable and safest supplies of drinking water.” Occasionally,...
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How To: Make Your Own Plant Food
If you want lush healthy houseplants and garden growth but aren’t thrilled about paying for costly commercial foods w...
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12 Secret Uses for Dr. Bronner's Soap
By now maybe you've seen Dr. Bronner's Castile soap in the personal hygiene aisle at your local grocery or health food store. While Castile soap isn't new—it's be...
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16 Insanely Clever Ways to Reuse Household Junk
Don't trash that dead telephone, scrap that torn sweater, or haul that lifeless bed frame to the junkyard just yet! As these functional and fanciful projects prov...
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The 10 Biggest Myths About Recycling
Recycling has become a common practice in the United States. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, as of 2012 Americans were recycling almost 35 perce...
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11 Things It's Illegal to Throw in the Trash
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generate more than 250 million tons of trash every year. We constantly toss food waste, paper products...
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How To: Make and Use Your Own Deer Repellent
Deer are delightful romping through the forest but can wreak havoc in a garden, decimating vegetables, fruit trees, l...
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How To: Mix and Use Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner
Wood floors add beauty and warmth to any home, but they do demand special care. Though there are plenty of commercial...
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10 Brilliant Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags
Despite our greatest efforts to minimize our use of plastic grocery bags by opting for reusable shopping bags, that pesky plastic always has a way of ending up in...
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Solved! What to Do About a Leaking Shower Head
Q. Lately, when I take a shower, more water drips and runs out from behind the shower head faceplate than comes out t...
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Built 270 Years Apart, 2 Homes Share 1 Big Thing in Common
Whether you live in a centuries-old charmer or a modern marvel, you share something in common with the owners of home...
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14 Clever New Uses for Old Newspapers
Reading the morning newspaper is a relaxing ritual for many people, but unfortunately, this admirable habit results in the waste of a lot of paper. Rather than si...
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How To: Make Homemade Glass Cleaner
We’ve all seen the bottles of glass cleaner vying for our dollars on supermarket shelves. But there’s an economical a...
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Step Inside a 1930s Beach House Revamped for the 21st Century
When its current owner first encountered this home on the shores of Truesdale Lake in Upstate New York, it was in a w...
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14 of the Best Plants for Your Drought-Tolerant Garden
Water conservation is at the forefront of gardeners’ minds in many parts of the country. Luckily, there are a wide variety of drought-tolerant plants that thrive ...
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9 Super Practical Products You Can Power with Sunshine
Who said solar was boring? These genius products, powered by nature's electricity, are bound to catch your interest. And because they run on sunshine they'll add ...
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11 Ways Landscaping Can Save You Money
August, the downhill slope of summer, is a great time to take stock of your landscaping—and its impact on your finances. This year, did you sink cash into expensi...
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Save Water, Energy, and Money with This One Swap
Believe it or not, showers use (and waste) more water indoors than any other single household activity or chore. In f...
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18 New Uses for Old Shoeboxes
Whether or not you have a slight shoe obsession, it seems that everyone has an abundance of old shoeboxes taking up space in the closet. Put those sturdy cardboar...
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14 New Uses for Old Candles
Aah, candles—whether you enjoy them for their soothing scents or simply for their ambience, these small luxuries have a place in almost every home. But after the ...
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How To: Make Your Own Grout Cleaner
No matter how hard you work to keep your kitchen and bathroom clean, they'll always look dingy if they're plagued by ...
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14 Sneaky Ways to Save Money on Your Water Bill
Owning a home is expensive: There are property taxes and mortgages, tiny repairs and big maintenance projects, energy costs and water bills. After all's said and ...
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Tour the First Home in Cleveland Built Without a Furnace
You are reading one installment in a 10-part series devoted to exploring Mitsubishi Electric ductless heating and coo...
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How To: Make Your Own Drain Cleaner
When your sink or shower drain gets clogged, it's pretty easy to figure out the cause. The perp is usually a disgusti...
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10 Weirdly Awesome New Uses for Old Appliances
Let’s face it, appliances don’t last forever. And when they bite the dust, we’re left wondering how to dispose of them. Here’s an idea: don’t! Instead, try one of...
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How Do Innovative Skylights Lead to Lower Bills?
There's been a lot of talk about light bulbs over the past few years. In 2012, after the new federal light bulb stand...
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Bob Vila Radio: What Is a Rain Garden?
Rain gardens are essentially natural or man-made depressions on the property, which the homeowner fills with a variet...
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Goodbye Grass: 13 Inspiring Ideas for a "No Mow" Backyard
Americans love our lawns but let's face it: Creating a perfectly manicured yard is time-consuming. Just think about all the weekend hours you've spent cutting, wa...
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Are You Spending Way Too Much to Operate Your Swimming Pool?
For those who are lucky enough to own a swimming pool, this is the best time of year. But as you soak in the sun, you...
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7 Real Reasons to Consider Fake Grass
Is your lawn getting to be a real pain in the… grass? If your relaxing weekends have been supplanted by the never-ending work of mowing, fertilizing, watering, an...
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10 Artful Uses for Old Frames
An empty picture frame is the quintessential blank slate. Sure, you can fill it with a photo of your dog, a poster, or a drawing. But why not take it further? Wit...
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Keep, Don't Kill: 9 Weeds to Welcome
One man's weed is another man's best friend. That's certainly true for many of the weeds that are found in backyards around the country. While some gardeners labo...
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7 Smart Ways to Save Water in the Yard
Essential for everything from bathing to eating, and from cleaning your house to maintaining your garden, clean water is one resource that is hard to go a day wit...
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8 Low-Cost Kits for a 21st-Century Log Cabin
Early American homes were rugged and rustic—the ultimate DIY project. Today, modern homesteaders can build a new house with the same frontier appeal by starting f...
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8 Dangerous Secrets Your Home May Be Hiding
Perhaps you have just moved into a new home. Or maybe you’ve lived in your house for a while and have started to uncover certain, shall we say, disturbing things ...
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Show Love to Your Leather Furniture
When our hands get dry and the skin cracks a bit, we quickly reach for the lotion. The same logic applies to leather ...
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How To: Get Rid of ANYTHING
A new year is a great time to get rid all the junk that is cluttering your home. But some things are easier to dispose of than others. Many charitable organizatio...
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The Right Way to Dispose of Batteries
Just think about how many different types of batteries exist. From non-mercury alkalines to lithium-ion rechargeables...
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What Makes the Ultimate Wall?
Homebuilding has only grown more sophisticated in recent years, with a far greater emphasis placed on energy efficiency. Though many elements of wall assembly hav...
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7 Incredible Uses for Salvaged Lumber
Mutual Adoration, the artist couple turned furniture makers, have a love for salvaged materials. Their work reflects a respect for their materials history, but wh...
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Pass on Grass: 7 Reasons to Landscape with Gravel
Lower maintenance lawns are becoming more and more popular. Finding ways to decrease the amount of grass in the yard can reduce your reliance on watering, chemica...
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10 New Uses for Old Dressers
The dresser is a sturdy staple of almost every bedroom, but daily wear and tear can put even the best one into disrepair. When it's time to for a new dresser, don...
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Today's Homeowners Rediscover the Benefits of a Root Cellar
Until fruits and vegetables were available year-round at the grocery store, the root cellar played a vital role in da...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Set Up a Home Recycling Station
If you live in one of the many municipalities encouraging—or even mandating—an effort to recycle, your day-to-day now...
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10 Energy-Wise Ways to Lower Your Pool Maintenance Costs
Whether you're building a new swimming pool or retrofitting your existing one, be proactive in pursuing the many new methods and technologies that can help you ke...
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Reinventing the Wheel: 10 Smart New Uses for Old Tires
Wheels have come a long way since their Stone Age introduction. No longer just for transporting objects from place to place, wheels have become a starting point f...
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Pro Tips: Saving on Remodeling Costs With Deconstruction and Salvage
Renovations, regardless of whether they are large or small, can be costly endeavors. You may, however, be able to rec...
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Choosing the Right Bulb (and Dimmer)
Up until recently, buying a light bulb was probably as routine for most people as buying a carton of milk. But new li...
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5 Ways to Make Your Lawn Care GREEN
Everyone wants a green lawn. Not only does it look good, it reflects a pride of home ownership that is undeniable. Bu...
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17 Creative Ways to Reuse Cardboard Boxes
While technology is constantly giving us new ways of doing things, there are some things that stubbornly stay the same. Take the good old cardboard box, for examp...
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The Appeal of Bamboo Flooring
Floors are an essential and important element in an interior design scheme. Small wonder, then, that the eye-catching...
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Homemade Fertilizer Makes the Grass Always Greener
Spring is near, and for many that means coaxing the lawn back into shape. Growing grass can be frustrating and reward...
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Bob Vila Radio: Thinking Green Year-Round
It’s easy to think green on Saint Patrick’s Day—in fact, it would be hard NOT to think green today! But with each pas...
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21 Ways to Spring Clean Your Whole House—Naturally
There's no better time than spring to give your home some serious deep cleaning. It's finally warm enough to wash your windows without freezing them shut, and now...
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Bob Vila Radio: Recycling Holiday Lights
The holiday season is rolling to an end, and you’ll soon be taking down your indoor and outdoor lights. Why not take ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Upcycled Designs
It’s always better to find a way to recycle or reuse an item than to send it to a landfill. Some creative designers o...
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Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For the Eco-Smart
From recycled, canvas mail sack iPad cases to an in-home mini aqua farm, we've gathered 11 green gift ideas for the earth-minded person on your holiday shopping l...
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The Black-and-White Benefits of Gray Water
It takes a whopping amount of water to sustain what many would regard as modest household usage. Imagine a family rou...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solar Shingles
When you think about solar power, do you picture bulky panels protruding from rooftops? If so, think again. With the ...
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Quick Tip: Carpet Recycling
 Did you know that if it's made of nylon 6, your old carpet can be recycled? Over 200 million pounds of old carpet is...
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Quick Tip: Reclaimed Wood Floors
 Reclaimed wood floors give new life to old timbers. Made from lumber recycled from demolished buildings, heart pine,...
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9 Creative Uses for Old Paint Cans
Wondering what to do with all those empty paint cans? See how others have cleaned and repurposed them into everything from smart storage to fun works of art.
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10 Handy Household Uses for Vinegar
If you think vinegar is just for salads, think again. Here are 10 practical and easy ways to improve your household with vinegar—from cleaning tiles to repelling ...
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9 Natural Ways to Kill Weeds
With numerous kid-, pet- and earth-friendly ways to rid your garden of pesky weeds, here are nine stand-outs to put to the test.
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Fresh Coat: 10 All-Natural House Paints
Make your living room green—even if it’s blue—by choosing an all-natural, eco-friendly house paint. Here are 10 of the best.
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Earthbound: 5 "All Natural" House Styles
This is nothing new: For thousands of years, people have been living in shelters made from earth-based building mater...
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Xeriscaping
New AttitudeThe typical U. S. household can use 40 to 60 gallons a day on average just to water lawns and gardens. Ab...
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Miami Beach's Newest Green Home Goes For Platinum
Almost everyone by now should be familiar with the phrase LEED-certified—a program developed by the U. S. Green Build...
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Brad Pitt's MAKE IT RIGHT Homes
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, bringing category-3 winds and tidal surges that de...
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Low-Flow Toilets 101
The Environmental Protection Agency says that an estimated 4. 8 billion gallons of water are flushed down the toilet ...
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Ways to Save Water in Your Garden
Water has now become one of the world's most precious commodities, so we all need to become more water-wise. However,...
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Green Home Innovations
Only a few years ago, environmentally sensitive home products were hard to find and even harder to afford. But as ene...
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Geothermal Heating Systems
Geothermal heat represents about two percent of the total heating market in the U. S. , with more than 1. 3 million s...
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Green Redesign
Great home style isn’t about having the newest, most expensive furnishings and accessories. Interior re-designers, or...
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Green Occupations: Educating Builders and Brokers
Defining Green Despite all the progress that has been made to educate consumers and home industry professionals on al...
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Green Homes—Creating a Project Plan
Before you plunge into a green home or remodeling project, take a minute to consider why upfront planning can be so i...
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Green Homes—Heating and Air Quality
Where to StartToday’s HVAC is more than just the equipment that heats, ventilates, and cools our home. It is the inte...
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Advanced Framing Techniques
With the increased emphasis on saving the environment and costs, there is renewed interest in “advanced framing” cons...
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Going Green and Keeping Clean: Outdoor Edition
A walk down any big-box store’s cleaning products aisle will tell the story: It’s evident by the noticeable increase ...
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Going Green and Keeping Clean: Indoor Edition
Searching for a cleaning product nowadays can be a complicated matter. All sorts of different specialized cleaners li...
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Easy Ways to Green Your Home
Every green-minded homeowner dreams of solar panels, high-efficiency windows and low-flush toilets. The reality check...
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Smart Water: Faucets, Heaters, and Systems
Consumers who are thinking about conservation, convenience, and green issues alike will find an enormous range of “sm...
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Nature Inspires Sustainable Solutions for the Home
Rather than trying to dominate or overrun nature, some companies are being inspired by it, and with good reason. Over...
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Check the Label: A Guide to Green Designations for the Home
What is a green home? While “green” has yet to be given a universally accepted definition, a green home would be defi...
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Green Machines: Eco-Friendly Electronics
The green movement is in full swing: from organic foods to energy-efficient appliances to greener cleaning products, ...
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Design a Green Home Office
As a freelance writer and book author, Linda Mason Hunter spends many hours holed up in her home office. It has all t...
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5 Keys to Understanding Geothermal Heat Pumps
There's been a lot of chatter about the energy-saving potential of geothermal heat pumps over the long term. Also kno...
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Aggressive Energy Savings of Passive House Design
More and more renovators, house hunters, architects and construction companies are paying attention to energy-saving ...
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House Tour: 1885 NYC Townhouse Goes Green
This renovated Manhattan townhouse proves once and for all that beauty and sustainability are not mutually exclusive.
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A Green Dream Townhouse
Back in 2005, when Paul Gleicher and his wife Lisa Sharkey began to gut-renovate their 1885 Manhattan townhouse, the ...
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4 Ways to Reduce Your Renovation Waste
Home renovation is big business. And if you think renovation generates a ton of construction work, just think of the ...
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Trending Now: Green Roofs
As you plan landscaping for your yard, consider the potential of bringing it to the roof. The benefits of reduced runoff, improved insulation and longevity may b...
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5 Incredible Examples of Sustainable Furniture Design from BKLYN Designs 2013
This year marked the tenth anniversary of BKLYN DESIGNS, an exhibition of contemporary design and furnishings held in...
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Assembly Required: 15 DIY Kit Homes
For those who've always wanted to build their own home, the prospect may now be more realistic than ever, thanks to a new wave of kit homes.
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Save the Bees, Save Yourself: The Anti-Allergy Virtues of Local Honey
Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? A natural remedy waits in your backyard: locally produced honey. To date, scie...
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10 New Uses for Old Doors
With imagination and elbow grease, you can transform that old door into a one-of-a-kind piece that's both useful and beautiful.
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Bob Vila Radio: Conserve Water
The demand for fresh water continues to grow, and the easiest way to meet that demand is simply to waste less of it. ...
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20 Ways to Support Earth Day This Year
Today of all days, take one step toward protecting the planet, and your monthly utility costs will benefit as well.
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Keep Off the Grass: 5 Alternatives to a Traditional Lawn
[bobsays_inset]Grass. It’s easy to plant, covers most types of terrain, and feels good under bare feet in the summer....
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13 Easy Ways to Repurpose Antique Armoires
With a little ingenuity, you can move your antique armoire into the 21st century without sacrificing any of the furniture's old-fashioned charm.
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Bob Vila's 50 Shades of Green
Standing in her kitchen, she knew the handsome stranger wasn't like the other men in her life, when he pulled her cl...
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It's All in the Flush! Low-Flow Toilets' High Impact
Average Americans are flushing money down the drain.  Oh, maybe not literally money—but most US homes still have one ...
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12 Ways to Put Your Home on an Energy Diet
Adopt one of these 12 home energy saving ideas and save money on utilities.
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Architect Stefano Boeri's Vertical Forest in Milan
In Milan, Italian apartment dwellers will soon have the chance to live in the middle of a forest, 20 floors up. After...
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15 Ways to Use Salvaged Wood in Your Home
These days, everyone tries hard to subscribe to the 3R’s— Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Home design is all over that trend, and has its own 3R’s— Recycle, Repurpose, Re...
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Bob Vila Radio: Insulation R-Values
Whether you live in a hot or cold climate, the most important area to insulate is your attic floor. This fully insula...
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MERV Ratings: What Do They Mean?
When we set out to build a new construction home, we had a lot of research to do. Having lived in NYC apartments for ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Water-Saving Fixtures
Showers account for more than a fifth of the water Americans use every day. You can conserve more of this precious re...
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Bob Vila Radio: Low-Flush Toilets
Did you know that you could save 20% on your water bill just by replacing your toilet? Most conventional toilets hog ...
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Eco-Friendly Flooring: 5 Ways to Go Green from the Bottom Up
60% to 70% of the homes in the U. S. contain carpeting made from nylon, polyester, or vinyl—materials dependent on no...
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10 Compost Bins for Backyard Gardeners
Composting is one thing... how you manage it is another. If you're searching for the best compost bin to help you turn scraps into gardener's gold, look no furthe...
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Bob Vila Radio: Irrigating Sustainably
Irrigating your yard can really be wasteful and expensive; clean water is a precious commodity, and not just in deser...
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Bob Vila Radio: Home Recycling Centers
By now we all know that recycling’s the way to go, but to get your whole family on board, you need a system that’s ea...
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Bob Vila Radio: Go Local
It’s a great idea to shop for green products, but don’t forget to factor transport into the true cost of what you’re ...
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Seattle Bans Plastic Bags at the Checkout Counter
In a bid to reduce waste and keep plastics out of the nation’s waterways and oceans, Seattle joins a growing number o...
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Fireclay Tile: An Inventive Company Flush with Green Ideas
For Paul Burns, Founder and Chief Ceramicist at Fireclay Tile, the deafening sound of crushing porcelain toilets is s...
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DuPont's Drive to Zero
In a major push to green its global operations, DuPont Building Innovations, the makers of Corian and Tyvek building ...
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12 Birdhouses We Love
House hunting for your fine feathered friends? Here are some fun designs to make or buy.
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5 Ways to a Greener Lawn
To achieve a greener lawn, you don’t have to layer on the artificial fertilizers and toxic pesticides. Using natural ...
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How To: Save Water at Home
Test Your Shower UsageShowers account for more than one-fifth of the water Americans use every day. We can conserve m...
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Quick Tip: Shopping for Green Products
Factor in Transportation It’s a great idea to shop for green products. Fortunately, they’re becoming easier to find. ...
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Quick Tip: Recycle Building Materials
Think Before You Toss Deconstruction is the new demolition. Instead of gutting a project and sending the whole sheban...
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How To: Make Kids Eco-Aware
The way to a young person’s conservation-conscious heart is through active learning—and maybe some candy. Kids love t...
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Earth Day 2012: Our Year in Green
Each year on Earth Day we pause to acknowledge and appreciate the majesty of nature and the gravity of the problems t...
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Shipping Container Homes
[bobsays_inset]Shipping container homes, also called storage container homes, offer a fast, green, and sustainable ap...
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7 DIY Recycling Centers for Small Spaces
Whether you're lucky enough to have once-weekly curbside service, or you have to transport your paper, glass, metal a...
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From Construction Site to Runway: The Loop Jacket
Final countdown to spring! Time to park the parka and whip out the windbreaker. Don’t have one or looking to buy some...
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Learning to Love Recycling
Thanks to a new crop of thoughtfully designed Rubbermaid recycling products, corralling kitchen recyclables has never...
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Is Your Swimming Pool Pump Up to Speed?
Living in the northeast and being a "pool-free" homeowner, I rarely think about the luxury enjoyed by countless homeo...
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Treecycling
With the fun and excitement of the holidays behind us, it's time to do what seemed unthinkable only a couple weeks ag...
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Quick Tip: LEED-Certified Means Green Building
What is LEED Certification? As green building hits the mainstream, you’ll continue to hear many new terms. One of the...
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Fighting Hunger—Can by Can
At the 19th Annual Canstruction Design/Build Competition—an art show and food drive benefiting City Harvest—some of N...
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The 10 Best Bird Feeders for Your Wintertime Yard
This winter, keep the birds happy and fed with one of these fully functionally yet delightfully decorative feeders.
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General Colin L. Powell Apartments, South Bronx
The South Bronx The South Bronx’s reputation conjures up violent street life in the shadow of menacing apartment tow...
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Quick Tip: Creating a Recycling Center at Home
Set Up an Easy Recycling SystemOn average, Americans recycle less than a third of our waste. If we doubled our effort...
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San Francisco Grabs the "Green" Crown
In a new survey sponsored by Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit, San Francisco outpaced 27 other major metro...
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Light Bulbs: The Shape of Things to Come
Despite what you may have heard—the incandescent light bulb is not going the way of the dinosaur.   "It will, however...
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5 Simple Ways to Save H2O at Home
Although roughly 75 percent of the Earth is covered with water, the reality is that less than 1 percent of that water...
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Planning for Soil Conditions and Setting the Footings
Bob introduces homeowner Howard Brickman. Steve Ivas, an environmental engineer, describes the area wetlands, which must be accommodated. Innovative building tech...
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Installing Galvalume Metal Roof and Solar Panels
Work is being done on the roof—laying Deck-Armor and installing metal roofing and photovoltaic panels. Bob talks with Jeff Wolf from GroSolar about the photovolta...
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Reviewing the Addition's Footprint and Garage Doors and Laying Down the Second-Story Floor
The new addition's footprint is essentially a whole other house, yet it will integrate visually with a matching roofline to the existing house. New technologies h...
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Touring a Designer Showhouse and Baby's Bathroom
In West Palm Beach, FL, the American Lung Association has sponsored a designer showhouse that highlights a healthy home. Bob’s house tour focuses on the baby’s ba...
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Tour an Affordable Green Apartment Building
Bob visits the South Bronx, NY, where Habitat for Humanity has partnered with private developer Les Bluestone to create a green oasis for low-income families that...
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Tour a Salvaged Home with the Latest Green Technologies
Architect Mary Kennedy and Bob tour her Georgian Colonial family home in Westchester County, NY. After a flood ruined the house, the challenge was to salvage and ...
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Tour an Earth-Bermed House in Upstate New York
Bob visits with architect Alan Shope who has built a unique earth-bermed house at his farm in Upstate New York.
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Installing Custom Shower Doors, Bath Hardware, and CO Detectors
Bob reviews the bathrooms, discusses the importance of carbon monoxide detectors, and highlights some fun touches in the basement, such as his mini wine cellar an...
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Discussing Water Purification and Touring the Kinetico Plant near Cleveland, OH
Bob asks about the benefits of water purification and tours the Kinetico plant just outside of Cleveland to find out how the quality of the water is improved.
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Removing Unwanted Junk and Debris
Bob discusses the best ways to discard debris and unwanted items before starting a renovation.
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Replacing the Gutters, Trimming a Tree, and Creating a Low-Maintenance Front Yard
Old gutters are replaced and external landscaping continues with the trimming of a tree, installing a front garden, and creating steps from recycled granite.
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Building an Energy-Efficient Florida Home
Bob meets with Bill Zoeller to discuss the ways this property will be 50% more energy efficient that a typical Florida Home.
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A Sustainable Yard and Landscape
Bob does a walkthrough of the finished Punta Gorda home. He discusses sustainable gardening, water conservation and low-maintenance plants. Then he joins Leslie...
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Installing Natural Bamboo Sliding Panel Shades
Cindy O'Reilly is on site with Bob to install the natural bamboo, sliding-panel shades.
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Sustainable Planting for Florida Landscape
Ken Micklow and Trent Culleny talk with Bob about native, storm-resistant gardening. Then Carm DiBella shows Bob an environmentally friendly termite protection s...
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Sustainable Landscaping in Florida
Angela Polo and Ken Micklow shows Bob how to work with native plants, discuses fertilizers and pest control. They also discuss how to plant to protect from high w...
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Ultra Low-Flow Toilet Installed
Lenora Campos shows Bob a Toto energy-efficient toilet.
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Installing Bathroom Fixtures
Bob meets with Lenora Campos of Toto USA, the largest toilet manufacturer in the world. Campos introduces Toto's Mercer line of residential fixtures, giving speci...
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Toto Low-Flow Toilet
Bob meets with Lenora Campos from Toto USA, a leader in water technology and the largest toilet manufacturer in the world. Campos introduces Bob to the dual-flush...
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Space Savings and Increased Effeciency With a Tankless Hot Water Heater
Robert Kirkpatrick from Rinnai joins Bob to explain the tankless hot-water system being installed in the Manhattan Brownstonel.
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Redwood Deck Installation and Tour of Vermont Organic Farm
Bob talks with Ron Holen from Georgia-Pacific as the finishing touches are completed on the redwood front porch deck. Bob also visits with farmers at Cedar Mounta...
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Kinetico Water Purification System and Gas-Fired Water Heater
Bob explains how the Kinetico water purification system works and reviews the A.O. Smith ProMax 75 gas-fired water heater.
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Photovoltaic Roofing Shingles Installed
Bob talks with Deane Evans (from the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing) and Ren Anderson (from the National Renewable Engergy Laboratory) about phot...
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Helicopter Tour of Reforestation Efforts on Mount St. Helens
Bob takes a helicopter tour of the major reforestation efforts underway on Mount St. Helens.
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Green Construction in Tuscon, AZ
Bob tours Civano, a housing development in which a variety of earth-friendly construction approaches have been utilized.
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Civano Development Model Home
Bob tours a model home in the Civano development, keeping his eye out for special features and decorating ideas.
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Blower Door Test
Janet MacIlvaine and George James (from the Department of Energy) show Bob how they conduct a blower door test.
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Marble Countertop Installation
Bob checks in with Greg Rockland, the plumber installing a marble countertop in the loft conversion unit.
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Energy-Efficient Boiler Installed
A high-efficiency Buderus boiler is installed, and Steve Offutt (from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) explains the national Energy Star program.
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Visiting the Yestermorrow Design Build School
Bob visits the Yestermorrow Design Build School in Warren, VT, which espouses a unique philosophy on architecture. Bob meets with students and discusses their pro...
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Malibu Beach House Demolition
The roof types of surrounding homes are discussed, together with the possibilities that exist for the project house. As roof demolition begins, Bob addresses the ...
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Environmentally Friendly House
Bob reviews the framing before heading inside to meet environmental specialist John Picard, who explains some of the features that make the Malibu beach house env...
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Combining Two Double-Hung Windows
Two recycled windows are used to create one large window. Once carpenter Bob Ryley demolishes the old frame, supports are installed to hold up the new combined wi...
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Recycling a Hardwood Floor
Flooring contractor Leo Boudreau shows Bob how to recycle hardwood flooring. First, the floor must be salvaged. A pry bar is used to lift and remove the wood, pie...
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Replacing the Toilet
Plumber Dan Macias replaces the old toilet with a new, high-efficiency model.
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Lowering the "Ell" Onto the Foundation
The crew lowers the recycled "ell" onto the new foundation with a crane.
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The Future of Building with Steel Shipping Containers
Bob talks with David Cross (formerly of Tampa Armature Works) about the future of home construction with steel shipping containers.
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