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Features by Christina Huh

Find creative cooling solutions

To control heat intake, and effectively, energy-consumption, consider covering windows that receive a lot of sun with semi-opaque polycarbonate...
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Build walls with dirt

When in construction mode, consider using pneumatically impacted stabilized earth (PISE), which is a nearly perfect building material. The...
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Alternate heating systems

There are alternatives to forced-air heating systems, particularly in mild climates such as California. Consider a grid-tied photovoltaic approach,...
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Virtually nothing that you buy is environmentally friendly, maybe friendlier but not something that Mother Nature would be happy about

Sustainability rests on maintaining the health of the world environment. Its health, like our own, depends on not over-stressing the system, which...

Practice saying, "I am acting out of my care for whatever," rather than "I need such and such" 

Caring is what makes us human. Actions coming from our caring in key domains of life produce authentic and satisfying behavior. Needs beyond...
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Always make a list before you go shopping and stick to it

Impulse buying fills your house with items that have only marginal value to you, and will more than likely end up in the bottom of your closet....

Lighten your wash loads

Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes or lower the water settings for smaller loads. This saves water and energy. Also, you can replace your...
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Build with straw bales

In places where heat-minimization is key, walls built with straw-bale insulation make a lot of sense. Not only is the product 100% natural, but...
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Live in your house for your entire life

When designing your home, think really really hard about how long you imagine you'll live there. And if you plan to live there for ages, design it...
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Supplant your lawn

Though ornamental lawns can be lovely, they often require serious maintenance and require lakes of water to stay verdant. Redesigning your front...
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