The Daily Green, ahem, enlightens readers with seven factoids about energy-efficient lighting. Brian Clark Howard, TDG editor and author of the just-released book Green Lighting, addresses everything you always wanted to know about CFLs (but were afraid to ask). 

Jetson Green marvels over the smog-eating capabilities of Auranox roof tiles from MonierLifetile. According to the manufacturer, a 2,000 square foot roof covered in the tiles can eliminate the same amount of N0x that a car spews when driven 10,800 miles. The tiles were first featured this summer on a previously mentioned prototype home (pictured above) in Lancaster, California. 

TreeHugger films eco-architect extraordinaire Michelle Kaufmann chatting up a whole bunch of fellow green building luminaries — Peter Yost, Eric Corey Freed, etc. — at last week's West Coast Green conference. 

The Independent brings word that 200 homes in Oxfordshire, UK, are now running on renewable gas that's produced by ... wait for it ... human sewage. According to The Independent, "the 'end to end' process from lavatory to gas grid takes around 20 days and the average person produces the equivalent of 30 kilos of dried out sewage-sludge per year."

The San Francisco Chronicle dishes out DIY advice on how you can create your very own Anthropologie-esque decorative displays at home. 

The Los Angeles Times reports on California's newest semi-secret gardening trend: homegrown medical marijuana. Reads the article: "Just as California has seen a rise in small-scale backyard vegetable gardeners in recent years, marijuana activists and growers cite a similar, if much quieter, rise in medical marijuana patients growing pot for themselves."

Re-Nest conjures up "5 Ways To Use A Coat Rack (Other Than the Obvious)" including holiday card holder, plastic bag dryer, and pendant lamp display-er. 

Contemporist tours the "lean and green" — not to mention nautical themed — Ormond Esplanade House in Melbourne. Love those black and red porthole windows. 

ReadyMade gets its slideshow on with a look at BigPrototype's nifty getaway home constructed from used shipping containers. 

The Washington Post asks: "Are American homes more energy efficient? The sobering answer: "not exactly." Despite the rise of efficient home appliances and eco-awareness, average American homes still require the same amount of energy as they did in the early 1970s thanks in part to bloated sizes and the rise of power-draining auxiliary gadgets and gizmos. 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Playing catch up: The missing links 10/8/2010
Miss out on the week's big eco-home news? No problem. I've got you covered with stories on smog-eating roofs, sewage-powered homes and a semi-secret home garden