Insulate Your Garage Door For $40 Or Less

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Insulating my garage door has been on my list of things to do for a couple of years. We live in the high desert so experience mild winters, with a few snowy days and some days with sustained 60 mph winds, and deathly hot summers, when every day is sunny with some days of sustained 30-40 mph winds. … [Read more...]

19 Amazing Cob Pizza Oven Project Ideas

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This article isn't really about how to build a pizza oven, although you will find links to documents with complete instructions. There are many articles about building with cob and many places to find everything you need to know about using cob - which is one of the easiest building materials you … [Read more...]

20 Fire Pit Ideas – With Instructions And More

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Fire pits are the latest craze in backyard updates. However, above and beyond being trendy, fire pits are also great backyard resource for cooking and heating. An addition that can be used year after year for not only entertaining, but as an auxiliary place to cook and keep warm. In other words, … [Read more...]

Solar Water Heating Basics Explained

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Lots of homeowners are moving towards sustainable energy. Knowing the basics of solar water heating is a valuable skill to have. It doesn't matter if you are part of the tiny house movement or looking to save costs on your water heating bills. There is a solar water heating solution for you. This … [Read more...]

Geothermal Energy Basics Explained

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Geothermal energy has long been known as an effective method for supplementing, or replacing, traditional energy sources. In recent years, geothermal energy interest has taken off as it has become a practical method to supplement a home's energy. Basically, the system of pumps and plastic pipes … [Read more...]

Free Hot Water For Your Tiny Home

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For those of you enjoying the tiny home lifestyle, free hot water may come as a bit of a surprise. Even if you are not on board with the small dwelling craze, this one genius tip could help you create your own free hot water for absolutely nothing. One of the greatest things about this fast moving … [Read more...]

Electric Dryer Modification | How To Run Your Dryer On Free Energy

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You can easily modify your electric dryer to save energy by using heat from an outside source. Electric dryers are designed to generate their own heat, and expel it through a vent to the outside of your home. With energy costs rising and many folks looking to save some money, we often overlook … [Read more...]

Build A Solar Food Dehydrator

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You can make a very nice solar food dehydrator in a weekend with just a few items.  The time it takes you to build it will depend on your skills and how fancy you want to make it.  Just look around YouTube or Google Images and you will see examples that show workmanship nicer than many homes in the w … [Read more...]

What If Your Residential Heating System Ran On Compost?

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What if you could heat your house all winter for free, heat your household water for free, and cook with free gas most of the year?  Sound to good to be true?  Well, it's not!  And you can get almost everything you need to complete this project for free or next to nothing.  Build your own res … [Read more...]

Using Kudzu As A Renewable Energy Alternative

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Kudzu (known in some parts of the United States and most other countries as Japanese Arrowroot) is a group of plants from the pea family that are native to parts of Asia.  Much like the common pea plant, it climbs and coils as it grows.  Unlike the common pea plant it climbs and grows and coils like … [Read more...]