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PEDAL POWER TOOLS / PEDALIERS OUTILS. Comment fabriquer une yourte soi-même en 7 jours. What Do Off Grid Homes Look Like? Here are 5 Examples. So we know what it takes to live off grid and how you generate off grid power, but what does living off grid look like?

What Do Off Grid Homes Look Like? Here are 5 Examples

It might be a surprise to some, but some off-grid homes are totally indistinguishable from other houses in the neighborhood (except for the lack of power lines and electricity meters). Above is the Van Geet Off-Grid Home [pdf], sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Agency. Near Denver, Colorado, the home takes advantage of 300 days of sun to produce lots of its power from a couple of solar arrays, and the home's careful siting makes the most of passive solar and daylighting to minimize the energy needed to run the home. Does it look "off grid" to you? Off grid with straw bales in the UKThis straw bale double-wide mobile home, built by Richard and Carol Atkinson of East Yorkshire in the UK, uses solar, wind and solar hot water, in addition to a host of green building materials. Planning and Building a Greenhouse. Adapted from Fact Sheet 645 - University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service, David S.

Planning and Building a Greenhouse

Ross, Extension Agricultural Engineer, Department of Agricultural Engineering Careful planning is important before a home greenhouse project is started. Building a greenhouse does not need to be expensive or time-consuming. The final choice of the type of greenhouse will depend on the growing space desired, home architecture, available sites, and costs. The greenhouse must, however, provide the proper environment for growing plants. Location The greenhouse should be located where it gets maximum sunlight. Build a Geodesic Dome Solar Greenhouse to Grow Your Own Food (Slideshow) 3 Easy DIY Greenhouses for Under $300. © Angela Davis It’s seed-starting season and spring is just around the corner.

3 Easy DIY Greenhouses for Under $300

If you’re looking to start seeds indoors and realize that you don’t have enough windows space to sprout seeds indoors, or don’t want to raise your electrical bill by installing grow lights, building a greenhouse from recycled and salvaged items might be the solution you need. 1. The Window Frame Greenhouse Probably the most popular examples of DIY greenhouses you’ll find on the Internet. The best time to salvage windows for this garden project is during construction and remodeling season where you live. . © Michael Taeuber Here's another window frame greenhouse, this one by Michael Taeuber, who created an Instructable to demonstrate how to build a greenhouse from old windows for his plants. 2. Adam J. Fyall - Southwestern Sunflower. Greenhouse EffectPAGE 3 of 4 of 3 Construction, continued Now it was time to start adding the sheeting.

Adam J. Fyall - Southwestern Sunflower

The 10-foot width of the rolls is enough to cover the top, with enough overhang to attach to the PVC with the duct tape. Notice that I am working comfortably in my shirtsleeves on a 65-degree day in the middle of November. Why am I building this greenhouse anyway??? Here you see the structure with the roof and rear panel sheeting. Now I had to build the door and finish the front façade. Like I always say, "work harder, not smarter". The plastic sheeting was taped to the PVC and stapled to the lumber. The straw bale used in my glorious autumnal porch display was acquired with the greenhouse specifically in mind. I bucked hay for two years while in college. Cheapest DIY Rain Barrel (that works better than most) - Alex's Hobby Site.

So I found a way to build an effective rain collection barrel for around $40.

Cheapest DIY Rain Barrel (that works better than most) - Alex's Hobby Site

All parts were purchased at the local Ace Hardware store. I used a trash can (32 gal) for easy cleaning and construction. A 55 gal blue barrel could be adapted for increased water needs. 1 trash can with lid2 plastic downspout extenders (accordion style), fitted to the size of your downspout1 bulkhead fitting1 boiler drain valve1 tube silver gutter sealant At first I tried silicone to seal the seams, but it wouldn't stick the the trash can material. Since using Seamer Mate, I found the Lowe's version. This stuff has a million waterproofing uses, and what great adhesion! Urban Greenhouse - Alex's Hobby Site. Please feel free to email any questions to

Urban Greenhouse - Alex's Hobby Site

I'll be more than happy to help you out. Greenhouse From Old Windows. My Garden Tour Recap – Slideshow. Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video) Growers in colder climates often utilize various approaches to extend the growing season or to give their crops a boost, whether it's coldframes, hoop houses or greenhouses.

Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video)

Greenhouses are usually glazed structures, but are typically expensive to construct and heat throughout the winter. A much more affordable and effective alternative to glass greenhouses is the walipini (an Aymara Indian word for a "place of warmth"), also known as an underground or pit greenhouse. First developed over 20 years ago for the cold mountainous regions of South America, this method allows growers to maintain a productive garden year-round, even in the coldest of climates. Bamboo Fence - Alex's Hobby Site.

Here is how I built a fence out of bamboo.

Bamboo Fence - Alex's Hobby Site

With a few tools and some cheap supplies, this fence cost me next to nothing save a ton of work! My 30 foot fence cost about $20, including gas money, but I had to work my ass off to get the "free" bamboo because it was growing on the side of a cliff. If you can find someone who has a lot of bamboo that is easily accessible by car (not a lot of carrying), cutting, trimming, and assembling it is relatively easy work if you don't mind that sort of thing. If you set your mind to it you can do the project in a weekend. A thirty-foot fence required about 230 stalks of bamboo, each averaging about 1" to 1.5" diameter.