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DIY 1000 watt wind turbine. Simple DIY 200 Watt Wind Turbine Built From Household Materials. Awesome wind turbine can be made from simple materials and a little ingenuity.

Simple DIY 200 Watt Wind Turbine Built From Household Materials

The Zoetrope is “A low-cost, open source wind turbine” that you can build at home very inexpensively and with materials you can find at home and down at your local hardware store. It produces about 150-200 watts of electricity, and the plans are freely available under a Creative Commons license which means they’re free to use on your own project at home. The plans can be found here. The Zoetrope is a vertical-axis wind turbine made from common materials such as stove pipe, metal brackets, plastic sheet and a trailer hub. 35 Useful Life Hacks To Make Everyday Tasks Easier. The Homeowner's Guide to Alternative Energy. Do you ever watch the sun hitting your house, or the feel the wind rushing at your windows, and wonder just how hard it would be to harness all that energy?

The Homeowner's Guide to Alternative Energy

The timing has never been better for average consumers to start using alternative energy in their own homes. The technology is better than ever, more and more contractors specialize in installing green energy generators in homes and state and federal money will often help you pay for it. The key is to find out what type of green energy is right for you. “When you look at alternative energy choices for a home, the choice has a lot to do with geography, where in the country you are,” said P.J.

Stafford, co-founder of the eco-consulting firm Green Irene. Since sorting through the options can be confusing, many consumers hire consultants to visit their homes and offer customized advice. Since you might not be quite ready to call in a professional, here are some basics for getting the ball rolling. 1. How to build a Wind Turbine with a tread mill motor. How to Solar Power Your Home (Amazing Tutorial)

Image – © Elenathewise – fotolia.com Here’s a brilliant video tutorial on solar power installation that we had to share.

How to Solar Power Your Home (Amazing Tutorial)

The video is below our introduction to the topic. Our modern technology has ushered an era where living in homes conveniently powered by solar energy is not anymore a far-fetched or for-millionaires-only dream. With the advent of cheaper and more readily available solar technology, homeowners across the globe have started to realize what the sun’s energy can do for them and their household living.

Systems nowadays run with minimal intervention, except for battery maintenance for those battery storage systems of certain packages. Solar Water Heating Projects and Plans. Solar water heating systems have a good economic payoff, and are manageable systems to install or build as a DIY project.

Solar Water Heating Projects and Plans

Some of the solar water heating designs are very simple and low cost. You can save as much as $7000 by building your own system. There are just over one hundred projects with full construction details listed below -- all free. The projects range from simple batch heaters for warm climates through closed loop and drain back systems that will work in any climate. One of the systems is our own $1,000 solar water heating system that has provided a solar fraction in excess of 90% through our cold Montana winter. Hemmings Blog: Classic and collectible cars and parts. I’ve had a few days during the HMX build while I’m either waiting for parts or waiting for something to dry and had some free time.

Hemmings Blog: Classic and collectible cars and parts

I’m not exactly one to sit and watch TV when I have nothing planned, so I set out on another project. While I have electricity out to the garage now, heat has been an issue all winter long. Mattar graciously lent me his kerosene heater, which did an okay job of taking the bite off the chill. How To Make A Solar Heater. Using some easy to find materials, soda cans being the main one, you can make this really easy and simple solar heater.

How To Make A Solar Heater

Perfect for a crafty workshop, garage, shed…or anywhere that you want to get yourself free heat. Made for next to nothing it works off of the suns heat. Don’t worry about it being complicated…it’s really not at all. DIY fire making. BubbleWrap Window Insulation. Search The Renewable Energy site for Do-It-Yourselfers Installation Cut the bubble wrap to the size of the window pane with scissors.

BubbleWrap Window Insulation

Spray a film of water on the window using a spray bottle. Apply the bubble wrap while the window is still wet and press it into place. If you have trouble with the bubble wrap separating from the window when the film dries, you can try adding a little Glycerin to the water, but this probably won't be necessary. A few small pieces of double back tape can be helpful on really stubborn windows. The bubblewrap can be installed in the fall, and removed in the spring. When you take the bubble wrap down, put a small number in on the upper right corner of each piece of bubble wrap, and write down which window that number goes with on a piece of paper. Some places to get bubble wrap: Suggestion from Pat: "Bubble wrap small bubble and large can be had for free by contacting furniture retailers or rental shops.

. (2/27/07 -- see note below on reported bubble wrap life) DIY: Emergency Desalination still (salt water purification)