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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 62.0° F  A Few Clouds
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Doin' the airtight thing

She counted windows and measured walls. She flipped on fans. She felt the floor. Laura Paprocki walked through my house with the eye of a building science specialist. After loading in several pieces of technical equipment, including one that looked like an air-travel case for a shotgun, she methodically hunted down signs of energy inefficiency. It didn't take long to find them. >More
 Green tips for renters

People are trying to do their part to make sure their dwellings are environmentally friendly. But this can pose a challenge for apartment dwellers, due to the little control they have over the building. Megin McDonell, program director of the Tenant Resource Center, says she finds renters are concerned about the environment, especially when it comes to weatherizing and energy savings. >More
 Pets pitch in

Carbon footprint is a phrase tossed around fairly frequently to get people thinking about the extent of their environmental impact. People aren't the only beings with carbon prints, though. Pets consume plenty, too, leaving carbon pawprints all over the earth. Like people, they eat, have toys, need space, and, occasionally, demand luxuries. Fortunately, the greening of pet ownership is possible. Following are some tips to reduce your dog or cat's carbon footprint to be less clown-sized, even if they won't stop acting like clowns. >More
 How green are my beans

I love green beans. And purple and yellow. I love them in their pods, or, months later, dried and cooked. Beans are easy to grow, and even though the experts will tell you otherwise, you can grow "Southern" beans in the Madison area. Green beans are a good source of carbohydrates, and a moderate source of protein, dietary fiber, vitamin C and beta carotene, with small amounts of calcium and other trace nutrients. Because they fix nitrogen they're good for the soil too. If grown right, they'll yield plenty in a relatively small space. >More
 The road to recovery

There comes a time in every sofa's life when it has to shape up or ship out - and here in Madison that often means shipped out to the curb for rebirth on a student porch. But there is another option: upholstery. >More
 Emphasis: Spring 2008

The lightweight yet sturdy bowls, utensils, and boards from Bambu are simple, elegant and beautiful, and made out of renewable materials. Cutting boards are made from 100% organically grown bamboo, sustainably harvested and free of fertilizers or pesticides. >More
 Trust your sheets

Satara carries organic cotton sheets, blankets, and other bed linens, in addition to 100% organic cotton-and-wool mattresses. >More
 Fair rugs

Your best bet is to buy solution-dyed area rugs made of organic materials like wool, cotton or jute. The processing is easier on the earth, and off-gassing isn't a problem. >More

Bunglalow Pros, Unearthed, Mums, IKEAhacker >More

Where to find a healthy alternative for DIY wall texturing. >More
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