Green Home

Green Home - a tour of our home, how we built our eco-home, plus information on solar electric systems, green home products and books.

Green Building

Common Sense Homestead Open House Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. until 4 p.m.

ICF Construction – What You Need to Know About an ICF Home

8 Things You Need to Know About Rocket Mass Heaters

What You Need to Know About Masonry Heaters for Radiant Heat

Aging in Place – Making Your Home Livable for a Lifetime

Solar Thermal

Solar Water Heating Basics

Passive Solar Heating Basics

Getting Started with Solar Cooking

What's the Best Solar Cooker?

Solar Electric (Photovoltaic)

Solar Energy Questions and Answers, Pros and Cons

What is Solar Clipping? (Pros and Cons for Your PV System)

Solar Electric Basics

3 Types of Home Solar power & How to Mount Your Solar Panels

Solar Site Check – analyzing your location

Designing Your Solar Electric System – getting the most out of your available space

How Much Energy Will a Solar Electric System Produce?

Emergency Power Options for Your Home- Gasoline Generators Versus Battery Backups

Surviving Without the Grid – Emergency Backup Power

LuminAID Solar Powered Lights

Building Our Home

Part 1 – Brainstorming

Part 2 – Finding land and an Energy Star Builder

Part 3 – Passive Solar, Radiant Heating and Attached Greenhouse

Part 4 – ICF, HVAC and Plumbing

Part 5 – Floor Plans

Part 6 – the Deck, Cabinetry and Woodwork

Part 7 – Masonry Stove and Passive Solar

Part 8 – Eco- Friendly Flooring

Green Cleaners

6 Ways to Get the Musty Smell Out of Clothes and Towels

Best Odor Eliminators for the Refrigerator, Freezer and Carpets and More

How to Remove Blood Stains from Fabric

Natural Stove Cleaners

How to Remove Hard Water Buildup from Faucets and Showerheads

Do It Yourself Laundry and Household Cleaners

Natural Cleaners – How to Make Your Own Safe Cleaners

Non-Toxic Pest Control

Natural Spider Repellents – 8 Ways to Get Rid of Spiders

How to Get Rid of Fleas (Non-Toxic, Pet Safe Options)

Natural Mosquito Repellents That Work (Plus Plants That Repel Mosquitoes)

9 Tips to Get Rid of Fruit Flies, Plus the Best Homemade Fruit Fly Trap

The Best Ways to Get Rid of Mice in Your House and Garage

How to Get Rid of Ants Naturally

Deer Fly Control and Deterrent Tips to Keep Biting Flies Away

The Ultimate Guide to Natural Pest Control in the Garden

Duck Pest Control – Working with Ducks in the Garden

Non-Toxic Home Pest Control – Avoid the Risks of Neurotoxic Pesticides

Keep Your Pantry Pest Free – 7 Green Pest Control Tips

Non-Toxic Personal Care Products

Easy, Non-toxic Homemade Deodorant

Super Easy Hard Lotion Bar Recipe

How to Make Perfume with Essential Oils – Blends for Stress Relief & More

15 Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings – For Mosquito Bites & More

Home Repair and Recycling

Chair Repair – Fixing a Loose Back on a Wooden Chair

Battery Recycling – How to Recycle Batteries Safely

Green Products and Books

Pillowcases to Reversible Tote Bag Upcycle Project

10 Easy Herbal Gifts to Enjoy Now, Plus One Gift That Lasts All Year Long


No More Dirty Looks

Slow Death By Rubber Duck


Solar Emergency Gear

Portable Clothes Washer Review and Comparison – What Works

Proteak Cutting Board Review

Prairie Pin Pouch Handmade Clothespin Bag

Kevin’s Quality Clothespins -The Best Clothespins You’ve Ever Used

Herbalix Deodorants

Made-On Skin Care Products

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