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From materials and products to clever, everyday practical information, read on to learn more about green home living.

Brookline Asbestos Detective

Tom Silva and a hazmat expert put their heads together before work begins

Best Air Purifiers to Get You Through Allergy Season

Some people love the warm weather that comes with spring. But allergy sufferers dread this time of year. Here are a few doctor-approved home air purifiers to help you through the season

Yes, You Should Test for Radon—Again

Turns out it’s still a threat. Here’s what to do

10 Summer Fixes

Easy ways to improve your home during the summer

How to Get Rid of Mold

Tips to help you clean up smartly and safely

How to Get Rid of Germs

Want to learn how to trap and zap germs this flu season? We asked Dr. Amy E. Kirby, a public health expert at Emory University, to translate the latest research into practical tips that can keep germs at bay, and put your mind at ease

19 Easy Home Upgrades for April

Simple ways to improve your home this month

How to Safely Get Rid of Unwanted Household Items

How to toss or recycle household materials in need of special treatment. Note: Be sure to check your local laws before proceeding


S14 E4: Home Energy Special

Richard and Kevin investigate Germany’s energy efficiency. Kevin and Ross head to Texas to install a residential wind turbine in Texas.

14 Fast Fall Fixes

Service smoke alarms, drain the water heater, fertilize the lawn, drain and store hoses, PLUS other things you've got to get done before cold weather kicks in for good.

Moving In After Mold

This summer's flooding has destroyed thousands of houses, from Indiana to Texas. The rebuilding process starts with mold remediation

What's Inside Your Glade Fragrance Plug-in?

It's hard to make "scents" out of the recent Glade fragrance-ingredient disclosures

Is There Hidden Mold in Your Home?

A new documentary shows the prevalence and dangers of mold toxins in our living spaces

Cleaning Tips for Tricky Spots

Address the annoyingly tough-to-reach places with these smart strategies


How to Install an Electronic Air Cleaner

Improving indoor air quality with This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey


How to Clean Up Attic Mold

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows a professional approach to eliminating dangerous fungus outbreaks in the home

Little Ways to Save Big on Your Heating Bill

Installing a programmable thermostat is only one step in making your home more energy efficient

Upgrades That Slash Energy Costs

Once drafty and underinsulated, a New England house gets a state-of-the-art efficiency makeover

How to Handle Household Products Safely

Learn the best way to reduce your use of certain household products, as well as the proper way to dispose of those you no longer need

How to Install a Green Roof

Cut energy bills and reduce the strain on the environment with a roof covered in sedums

Surprise Spring Cleaners

Vinegar and baking soda aren't the only alternative household cleaners you can find in your pantry to fight against dirt

15 Ways Your Home Can Make You Infertile

Doctors can't explain what's wrong for about 10 percent of couples who can't conceive, and some experts suspect the culprit is where you'd least expect: in the home

100-Year-Old Cottage, 21st Century Remodel

How one family is turning their 1910 house into an energy- and resource-saving pilot project

Cleaning Up Lead, Asbestos, and Other Hazards

When an inspection revealed a handful of household hazards, the owners of this TOH TV project house tackled the cleanup for a healthier home

13 Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home

Here’s how to root out the invisible irritants that turn your home into a sick house and banish them for good.

Small Efforts Get Renovation 5-Star Green Rating

By adding together all the little ways a renovation can consider eco-friendliness and energy savings, one modest bungalow earned top honors from the country's oldest green building program

72 Easy Upgrades for a Healthier Home

Our room-by-room guide will have you breathing easier in no time

5 of the Best Nontoxic Cleaners You Aren't Using

From wine to grease stains, use these simple and nontoxic household cleaning solutions that are likely in your kitchen pantry.

Better Score for Energy Use

A new evaluation tool looks at more than just green building materials when deciding if a house is energy efficient

EPA's New WaterSense Labeling

Water-efficiency specifications for new homes have finally arrived from the EPA

How to Flu-Proof Your Home

Show winter illnesses the door by keeping the house as germ-free as can be. This Old House has some time-honored tips for making your house a healthy home

Health-Conscious Kitchen Cabinets

Why a pediatrician mom chose nontoxic kitchen cabinets for her young family's vintage home