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Castile Soap

Five Cool Uses for Castile Liquid Soap That You Might Not Know

Known for their mildness, Castile soaps were developed 300 years ago in “La Castilia” region of Spain by artisans that brewed natural liquid soaps from a mixture of olive and coconut oils and herbs. The master soap makers at Vermont Soap […]

Green Sheets, and How to Clean Them

Bamboo paper towels are eco-friendly and are reusable. (

Jessie Haas

If you need new sheets and can afford it, invest in organic cotton, linen, bamboo, or eucalyptus tencel. Invest is the right word, so choose what’s likely to be the most durable; probably linen, a very strong fiber […]

Majestic Trees

Photo courtesy of David Fried

David Fried

After having some intense dental work one recent morning when it was 21 below zero, I took a walk down the block. The snowy path went through an opening in a tall fence. There it was. One of the biggest trees I have ever […]

Parking Lot Solar

A Perfect Solution for Schools and More

George Harvey

Solar panels over a parking lot at the Intel site in Ocotillo, Arizona (Intel Free Press, Flickr,

One great idea for solar systems is to put them up over parking areas. This has lots of advantages, including not just generating electricity, but […]

Profile School Is Now 100% Solar-Powered

An aerial view of the 344kW solar array at The Profile School in Bethlehem, NH which provides 100% of the school’s electrical needs. (Photo: Jack Bingham of Barrington Power).

George Harvey

We got word in December that the solar array for the Profile Jr.-Sr. High School in Bethlehem, NH had been […]

New York’s Commitment to Electrify Homes

NY State Capitol (Flickr/Jim Bowen)

Advocates working to get fossil fuels out of buildings celebrated the bold commitment made January 5th by New York State Governor Hochul to electrify 2 million homes by 2030 and called on her administration to follow through on funding to make it affordable for any building to […]

The Critical Path to Advance Embodied Carbon Building Codes

From The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

The climate crisis requires an all-out effort to reduce energy use and related emissions. Buildings need to be a serious part of this effort. The construction industry alone accounts for 5% of global energy use and 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Its emissions […]

NH Energy-Efficienency Policy

The New Hampshire State House in Concord. (Wikimedia Commons/Jared C. Benedict)

NH Energy-Efficiency Policy Passes Through the Crucible

Sam Evans-Brown

It may not have much else going for it, but 2021 was the year in which we learned that energy efficiency truly can be a winning political issue.

On […]

High “Performing” Energy Down Under

Nathan Mascolino, P.E. (standing), with students (clockwise from left) Cassandra Pelkey, Nicholas Tibbets, James Weishaar, Anna Noble, and Elinore Vranjes. (Photo by Scott A. Sabol)

Scott A. Sabol

Vermont Technical College’s (VTC) Architectural Engineering Technology program and Renewable Energy program both include a senior capstone project, wherein students apply […]

Enormously Efficient

The exterior of the house has been restored beyond its original splendor and is blanketed in custom details rendered in wood, metal, glass, copper, and paint. Behind the beauty is a meticulously designed, efficient, healthy home.

Drey Ward and Nate Gusakov

When people think of efficient design and green building, they often think […]