Advice From Green Home Guide Staff

Choosing Kitchen Countertops: Our Top Picks

Countertops are often kitchen showpieces, speaking to the style and environmental sensibilities of the homeowner. And because we prepare our meals on them, their environmental and health effects are intimately linked with our daily lives. More…

Buyer’s Guide to Green Insulation

This buyer’s guide compares and contrasts eight insulation materials (eg, cellulose, cotton, fiberglass, foam, etc) on their environmental and health qualities, and includes application tips. Use it to find the best insulation for your specific situation. More…

Choosing the Best Insulation Delivers Energy Savings

In-depth reviews of Cellulose, Cotton, Fiberglass, Foam, and Mineral Wool insulations. Helps you choose the best insulation for the job so you can boost the energy performance of your home and lessen its environmental impact. More…

Buyer’s Guide to Green Countertop Materials

This buyer’s guide compares and contrasts countertop materials on their environmental and health qualities, and provides selection tips. Use it to find the best green countertop material for your home. More…

Creating a Green Kitchen: From Resource Planning to Maintenance

The kitchen is the home’s work center and a top resource consumer. You can mitigate many of the kitchen’s environmental impacts—and provide a healthier environment for your household—by following these recommendations for the design, materials specification, construction process, and use of your kitchen. More…

Selecting Green Paint

In-depth comparisons of latex, natural, and oil paints. This overview covers the environmental and health impacts associated with most types of paint on the market. More…

Creating a Safe, Healthy Room for Your Child

The emerging medical science of pediatric environmental health is finding that children are more susceptible to environmental hazards than adults. You can reduce the risks your children face with careful attention to their nursery’s design, materials, and maintenance. More…

Navigating the Flooring Thicket: Find the Greenest Way to Meet Your Needs

In-depth reviews of flooring materials -- Bamboo, Stone, Cork, Ceramic & Glass, Tile, Wood, Linoleum, Rubber, and Carpets & Rugs. Your choice of flooring will affect everyone in your home for decades and have substantial impacts on the environment at large. More…

Choose the Best Countertop Material for Your Home and the Environment

In-depth reviews of green flooring materials -- Concrete, Laminate, Paper, Plastic, Stainless Steel, Stone, Recycled Glass (Terrazzo), Ceramic Tile, Glass Tile, Wood. More…

Making Your Bathroom Healthy, Efficient, and Comfortable

The bathroom is one of the most resource-intensive rooms in the house. As the largest user of water and a major energy consumer, it’s a great place to target to reduce your home’s environmental impact. You can have a healthy, resource-efficient, and comfortable bathroom; below are the most significant steps you can take toward reaching this goal as you remodel. More…