Budget ECO

How to Use a Reclaimed Window to Build a New Cabinet

There are many uses for reclaimed windows in the home. Although the most obvious is simply to install an antique window into an existing opening, you might want to turn to more creative options. Few uses are as charming and practical as the window cabinet described here.

A KITCHEN REVOLT – RECYCLED APPLIANCES TO THE RESCUE

My kitchen was out of sink. A while back, I was convinced my appliances had gathered around the triangle conjuring up ways to drive my family crazy. The collapse of the appliances ran the gamut from deranged to deceased…all in one agonizing week. Here are the sorted story highlights and how it led me on a path to find a sustainable option for a major appliance purchase.

How to Make Your Home Net Positive on a Budget

John Livermore remodeled his home to make it produce more energy than it used. In addition to the dramatic energy savings, he zeroed out his home’s carbon footprint, stopped paying energy bills, increased comfort, improved his family's health, and became the first renovated home in Massachusetts to produce more energy than it uses. Best of all – you can do it, too!

How to Find Reclaimed Home Building Materials

Did you know that building a 2,000 square foot home creates up to 8,000 pounds of waste? And, despite the fact that about 85 percent of it could be reused or recycled, most of it is ending up in landfills. It's a staggering, shameful waste. Fortunately, reclaiming, reusing, and recycling is becoming more common in the construction and renovation industry.

18 Inexpensive Sustainable Homes Almost Anyone Can Afford

According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost of having a new house built in the U.S. was $305,372 in 2016. Clearly, this cost can vary A LOT depending on what choices you make, and there are A LOT of choices when you decide to build a custom home. If you're looking for a less expensive, easier to design, and more sustainable home, check out these 18 alternatives.

20 Tiny Home Manufacturers to Match Any Budget

Downsizing to 100 to 500 square feet has become much more than a fad. And it's not much of a surprise since it increases simplicity, economic freedom, and sustainable living. Whether you want to buy or DIY, we’ve got you covered.

Pop-Up House: The Affordable Passive House

Four days and a wireless screwdriver are all you need to build the structure of a Pop-Up House. The house, compiled of insulating blocks and wooden panels, delivers affordable thermal insulation like you’d never believe. Low cost, recyclable and passive, the Pop-Up House has all of the qualities of tomorrow's homes.

10 of the Cheapest Eco-Friendly Upgrades for Your Home

While many eco-home maintenance projects can cost a pretty penny, the good news is you don't need to do all of them at once to reduce your home's eco-footprint. Even better, there are steps you can take that can make a big impact for relatively little money.

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