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Tall or Nothing

Is a one-story house more energy-efficient?

When it comes to energy use, are two stories better than one? Advice maven Ask Umbra explores the ups and downs of efficient housing.

Heavy Petting

How to green your pet’s life, from cat condos to dog toys

Advice-giver extraordinaire Umbra Fisk fetches answers for readers who are seeking greener options for Fluffy and Fido.

Shining Us On

Do this cleaning product’s eco-claims actually mean anything?

Wondering what "eco-friendly" and "natural" really mean on product labels? Advice maven Ask Umbra dusts off a few common terms.

Sweet Lowdown

Is sugar production still wrecking the Everglades?

A Floridian wonders if he should buy local sugar despite its wetlands-wrecking wreputation. Advice columnist Umbra Fisk says the answer is crystal clear.

Auld Lang Sign-off

Here’s what a year of green advice boils down to

What a year for burning questions! Advice maven Umbra Fisk reviews the top topics that had readers asking for eco-help in 2015 -- and reminds us all of a few ways to live greener.

Dispensing Wisdom

What’s the greener choice, bar soap or body wash?

When tubby time comes around, should you grab a bar of soap or a bottle of body wash? Advice maven Umbra Fisk says this is one question with a clear winner.

Dreck the Halls

How to get rid of Christmas garbage, from lights to mistletoe

Tis the season to be jolly -- and wasteful as all get out. Advice maven Umbra Fisk dispenses a few tips for what to do with your holiday trash.

Fit to Be TDI'd

Is lusting after a Volkswagen an environmental sin?

A reader is conflicted about whether to buy a new VW, what with all the recent emissions-evading sneakiness -- so advice maven Umbra Fisk suggests a few rules of the road.

Hot and Bothered

What is that freakin’ dial on my radiator?

A frustrated expat writes back home to Ask Umbra how his radiators work. Though she's no building super, she is a super-sleuth -- and she tracks down an answer to help him keep his cool.