Category: Housing

The Quest for Shade

The Quest for Shade

Maine, it appears, is no longer exempt from the warming patterns that made five of the last seven years the hottest on record. Two summers ago, I wrote about staying cool without air conditioning...

Wood Chip Mulch: A Boon for Gardeners

Wood Chip Mulch: A Boon for Gardeners

Even before the soil could be worked this spring, I indulged my impulse to dig – shoveling into a pile of wood chips that an arborist delivered last fall. The chips were sodden from...

Supporting Renewable Power

Supporting Renewable Power

Two-thirds of Americans want to “prioritize clean energy sources,” the Pew Research Center reports. But for energy consumers, deciphering the jargon of electricity generation can be disempowering. The federal Department of Energy website used...

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,...