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

How Eight Homeowners Save Over $12,275 on Energy

How do they do it? By putting power-saving technologies to work inside their homes. You can do the same

Keep Mold From Taking Hold

Mold spores are a problem anywhere it's humid, but in post-Katrina New Orleans, the scourge was hard to beat; here's how the owner of the TOH TV NOLA project did it

How to Recycle Your Old Carpet

Government and industry efforts help you keep the carpet out of the landfill

Eco-Friendly Holiday Decorations

Deck the halls with these stylish and recycled, all-natural, eco-friendly items

The Recycled, Repurposed, Nontoxic House

How one couple remodelled and expanded a 1940 cottage with their children's future in mind

Car That Doubles as a Backup Generator for Your House

A California utility develops a plug-in hybrid that keeps the house lights on for you

Salvaging the Good Stuff

When an old house faces demolition, a deconstruction crew offers an alternative to the landfill: Unbuild it piece by piece to preserve and recycle its period materials

22 Little Ways to Go Green

Here are some low-stress steps to take around the house to reduce your carbon footprint, create a healthier home, and lower your monthly bills to boot

5 of the Best Nontoxic Cleaners You Aren't Using

The question is why? After all, they're within reach-right in your kitchen cupboard.

Solar Hot Water

A brilliant way to cut as much as 80 percent off your water-heating bills


How to Install Radon Mitigation

In this how-to video, This Old House host Kevin O'Connor discovers an effective method of clearing radon from a home.


How to Choose a Carbon Monoxide Detector

In this how-to video, This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey examines various types of carbon-monoxide detectors

Green Roofs

Who says your garden has to be on the ground? An environmentally friendly trend grows—on rooftops.


S4 E21: Energy Efficiency Special

Richard installs an instantaneous water heater. Roger shows how proper planting of deciduous and evergreen trees can help reduce heating and cooling costs. Tom insulates the walls of a Victorian. Tom demonstrates how to add fiberglass insulation to an attic.

Planning a Green Remodel

Tackling any redo is difficult, but making it an eco-friendly one adds to the challenge. Here are some lessons learned from TOH TV's newest project

Green-Home Resolutions

Giving up carbs and quitting smoking are hard. Saving money, conserving energy, and making the world a better place are easy

Recycling Vintage Registers

Put decorative relics of turn-of-the-century central heating to reuse in your house


It's not only nasty, it's dangerous—to you and your property. Learn how to prevent and combat mold.

Creating a Safe, Healthy Playroom

Playrooms made with healthy, fun, durable, eco-friendly materials

The Cleaner Cleanup

Asbestos, lead, and mold: How to responsibly rid your house of three major health and environmental hazards

Clean the Air in Your House

The stuff you breathe inside your home might be as filthy as an L.A. smog storm. Here's what you can do about it

Central Vacuums

In-wall piping yields cleaner rooms and clearer air

Invisible Peril

Why you may be breathing poison gas from your garage—and what to do about it

Earth-Friendly Flooring

10 options for the eco-minded remodeler

Recycling Paint Thinner

Don't throw out your paint thinner after a single use

Heads-up on Hazardous Waste

General tips for proper disposal

Breathing Easier

Simple, low-cost ways to make the air in your home cleaner and healthier.