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7 Ways to Turn Your Rural Home Into an Eco-Friendlier Place of Living

Simply moving to a rural area and getting away from city life does not automatically turn your property green. To truly make a difference that means more than just living in the country, consider these seven elements when you build your rural green home.

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Are Solar Panels Worth the Investment for Your Home?

My neighbors have solar panels. Each time I drive up our driveway those panels glare back at me with judgement. ...

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7 Eco-Conscious Ways to Heat Your Home This Winter

There are more than a few eco-friendly ways to heat your home, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the more popular alternatives to help you think sustainably and keep your home warm this winter.

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Which Energy-Efficient Improvements Offer the Best ROI?

Transforming your home into an energy-efficient space doesn't have to break the bank. Here are a few energy-efficient home improvements that offer the best bang for your buck.

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Slow Soak: Guide to Managing Water on Your Land

“Anything we can do to slow runoff down gives us more of a chance to soak it into the ground,” says Kyle Wright, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services water quality specialist for Texas.

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5 Questions You Need to Ask Before Leasing Your Property for a Solar Project

Here are the top five questions landowners should be asking before leasing or selling their property for a solar project.

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Along Came a Hero: A San Juan Trout Stream Is Reborn

High in the San Juan Mountains, nestled under 14,000-foot peaks, lies one of the most picturesque, clear-running trout streams you could ever imagine. This stretch of stream in the San Juans is a perfect example of what was and what could be.

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Harnessing the Sun: A Solar Energy Primer for Farmers & Ranchers

Solar technology helps a Texas couple embrace efficiency and self-sufficiency on their ranch.

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Green Upgrades to Your Home That Will Attract Prospective Buyers

Studies have shown that green homes sell faster and sell for more than comparable non-green properties, particularly in areas with high energy prices.

Thinking of Going Off-Grid? Here’s How to Pick the Best Property

Secluded, sustainable, self-sufficient: going off-grid’s been the ultimate American dream since the days of Thoreau. But these days, getting away from it all is obviously a bit trickier than just packing up and moving to a cabin in the woods. Here’s what to look for when you start shopping around.

Red Fox: History, Habitats & Habits

If you live in any of the lower 48 states, Canada or Alaska, at least one of the five North American fox species is your neighbor.

No Land. No Water

The statewide rains in August ensured that Texas, with 75.25 inches, had just enjoyed the wettest 24-month consecutive period in its history. While the life-giving moisture was needed and welcomed, it muddied the memory of 2011, when Texas, with an average of 14.18 inches, struggled to survive its driest year ever.

Listing of the Week: Wind Farm Opportunity in East Kansas

According to the American Wind Energy Association, over a quarter of in-state energy in Kansas is produced through wind power. This 152-acre multi-use parcel in Coffey County, Kansas, presents an opportunity to add to the existing count of almost 2,200 turbines in the state.

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New Report: Hurricane Storm Surge Could Damage Almost 7 Million U.S. Homes

With the arrival of this year’s hurricane season, a new report from CoreLogic estimates that over 6.8 million U.S. homes are ...

Gas and Oil Gone Green

Gas and Oil Gone Green: A Guide to Conservation Easements

Written By Jim Sullivan, Land Conservation Consultant with Forever Forests LLC. Did you know there are ways to balance oil ...

Sustainable Sites

A Look at the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES)

The central message of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®) is that any landscape—whether the site of a large subdivision, a shopping mall, a park, an abandoned rail yard, or even one home—holds the potential both to improve and to regenerate the natural benefits and services provided by ecosystems in their undeveloped state.

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Water Conservation in Texas

You don’t have to sit in a Texas coffee shop very long until the conservation turns to oil or water. ...