I don't know about you but I've just about had my fill on Halloween and the holiday hasn't even happened yet. Maybe I'm just crabby because I still haven't figured out my costume or found a matchless horror movie — eco-themed or otherwise — that's truly unsettled me (sadly, Piranha 3D isn't on DVD quite yet).  

With the doomed souls seeking shelter from ravenous zombies in Night of the Living Dead in mind, I thought I'd provide a safe hiding place from everything and anything Halloween-related and instead focus on this week's best non-sinister green home news items. Read on, if you dare. 

Design Milk admires Villa BH, a beautiful Dutch home built to accommodate both the environment and its elderly inhabitants. 

The New York Times chats with Eddie Ross, a man who knows a thing or two about flea markets. 

NPR confesses that caulk and insulation isn't very sexy in a report on the energy-saving, utility-bill-lowering, green-job-creating benefits of the Homestar bill (aka Cash for Caulkers). 

USATODAY tours several remarkable American eco-abodes in Oklahoma, California, Minnesota, and Michigan. 

Jetson Green dedicates a post to Deltec Homes, manufacturer of round, storm-resistant prefabricated homes that are popular in Canada. 

Re-Nest gives the inside scoop on "9 Visual Feedback Energy Management Products." 

The Los Angeles Times talks crafting with Jerri Blank Amy Sedaris, author of the soon-to-be-released "Simple Times: Crafts for People". Click here for my review of Sedaris's "subversive, hilarious take on the made-by-hand movement."

Rodale examines the latest report on VOC-emitting household products published by Anne Steinemann, a professor at the University of [skipwords]Washington[/skipwords] and "lead detective of the fragrance police."

The Guardian expounds on "the joys of urban beekeeping."

CNET reports that EnergyGuide labels will be appearing on televisions starting in 2011; fabulous news for all you energy-conscious boobtubers. 

On that note, The Wall Street Journal gets to the bottom of questionable green claims found on an increasing number of consumer products. According to a recent study, 95 percent of products promoting eco-friendly attributes are guilty of a bit of old fashioned fibbing, particularly those claiming to be BPA- and phthalate-free.

Natural Home provides a straightforward "Guide to the Basics of Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems."


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