Category: Housing

Slowing Vampire Energy Loss

Slowing Vampire Energy Loss

Halloween is approaching, bringing a night of ghosts and ghouls – or at least bored teenagers bearing shaving-cream. The phantoms on your doorstep may not be real, but indoors you are likely to encounter...

Choosing Greener Homes

Choosing Greener Homes

If you haven’t lived in an energy-efficient home, you don’t know what you’re missing. The benefits that green buildings offer – lower operating costs, healthier indoor air, greater comfort, and the satisfaction of a...

Anticipating Climate Refugees

Anticipating Climate Refugees

At first, all eyes were on Hurricane Harvey. Then attention turned – momentarily – to the wildfires raging out West before riveting on Hurricane Irma. Cascading natural disasters in a warming world raise the...

The Great Promise of Tiny Homes

The Great Promise of Tiny Homes

“Life started feeling very much like a double-edged sword – to be working so much to pay for a house we don’t own, are never at, and don’t have time to enjoy because all...

Mud Season Solace

Mud Season Solace

I have a bowl of paper whites, Of paper-white narcissus; Their fragrance my whole soul delights, They smell delissus. E.B. White, “Window Ledge in the Atom Age,” 1946   Winter may finally be over,...

Beating the Heat without AC

Beating the Heat without AC

It’s been a summer to savor—with an abundance of sunny days, dry air and invigorating breezes. The searing heat waves afflicting other parts of the country and globe can seem like shimmers of a...

Less Lawn, More Food (and Wildlife)

Less Lawn, More Food (and Wildlife)

The lawn at our house is disappearing nearly as fast as delectable desserts do. Our half-moon metal edger has a big appetite. It nibbles back turf to enlarge perennial beds. It carves around the...

Right-sizing Our Homes

Right-sizing Our Homes

From food and beverage portions to vehicles, we’re a nation with a penchant for super-sizing. Our homes have succumbed to this trend – with the average new home size growing from 983 square feet...