Today will be remembered by many as the day that rabbit ears disappeared: after a months-long delay, the U.S. has made the complete switch to digital television. Those with analog TVs that aren't plugged into cable or satellite system or an analog-to-digital converter box may have gotten a rude awakening this a.m. in the form of a scrambled TV screen. Ouch. 

If you've been affected by the DTV swap of '09 and plan on getting a new, digital-ready TV or a converter box in the near future (ie: tomorrow), take this break from the boob tube as an opportunity to peruse these mighty fine green home links collected from the world wide interwebs. And remember, don't trash your old TV. Recycle it.  

See you on Monday. 

Slate searches high and low for the best composter on the market. Included in the methodology: Ease of use, Greenness, Price and Yuck Factor.

The Wall Street Journal reports that a controversial new law in Austin, Texas, requires homeowners to conduct energy audits on their homes prior to selling them. The audits cost between $200 and $300 and the results must be presented to potential buyers. Similar laws exist in San Francisco and Berkeley.

Jetson Green gives us the inside scoop on Shift House, a home in Oregon that’s projected to be completed in September. When finished, Shift House will be one of only a handful of certified Passive Houses in the U.S.

The Los Angeles Times debuts Emily Green’s Dry Gardening column. Each week, Green tackles issues of water conservation and gardening.

The Guardian goes nuts for chestnuts … responsibly grown, local chestnut trees made to make doors and windows, that is.

Grist sits down for a chat with Jeffrey Hollender, the eco-entrepreneur behind the popular Seventh Generation brand of green household products. Hollender recently announced that he will be stepping down as company CEO to focus more on advocacy projects. Also chiming in: Chuck Maniscalo, a former PepsiCo executive who will be taking over for Hollender. 

TreeHugger lists “11 Eco Upholstery Textiles Revolutionizing the Global Market.”

Design Sponge likes the look of “Dirty Shelves.” These storage options from Re-Use Design are made from landfill-bound plywood and treated with low-VOC paints and finishes. I likey, too. 

The New York Times answers a lingering question: “What is co-housing?”  

Fast Company thinks you should be aware of "The 10 Most Creative People in Architecture." Will Alsop and Rem Koolhaas are among those who make the cut.

Greenopia retreats to the lanai with a post on how give your porch green flair with the help of decorative accents, furniture, plants and the like.

The San Francisco Chronicle scores big while furniture shopping at four notable thrift stores in San Fran. 

Photo: sondra r. perry

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

Playing catch up: 12 on 12
Chances are, you won't be watching analog TV this weekend ... a perfect reason to check out these green home news items.