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Solar Socket

A solar-powered device called the Window Socket, which attaches to a windowpane via a suction cup, can charge cell phones even at night.


An innovative, easily duplicated house built in a foreclosure-heavy neighborhood in Washington, D.C., consumes 90 percent less energy than conventional homes, for a competitive price tag of $250,000.

Getting the Lead Out

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently redefined the “action level” for lead exposure in children.

Dishpan Plants

“Gray water” from household sinks, washing machines and showers could provide a new, low-cost source of irrigation for landscape plants that reduces their need for fertilizer.

Easy Does It

Try these green ways to clear sidewalks and driveways to get rid of winter’s white stuff.

Bunker Hunker

Could people someday live in an underground skyscraper? Maybe. A designer’s innovative plan would theoretically fill a 900-foot-deep, 300-acrewide crater left by the Lavender Pit copper mine, in Bisbee, Arizona.

Perfect Pools

Chlorine kills germs, but exposure to the toxic chemical causes side effects to skin, hair and lungs. Safe, refreshing options are available.

Mow, Mow, Mow Your Lawn…

Tired of logging laps around the lawn? Try these “green” tips to lighten the workload, pollute less and save money.

Find Out

Wondering whether a new community development is green? Download this hands-on guide, created by the National Resources Defense Council.

Boxing Day

Changing address? Check out this efficient alternative to traditional-style moving boxes.
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