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DIY Air Conditioners – How to Make Your Own Cool Air

DIY Air Conditioners – How to Make Your Own Cool Air
September 7, 2010 5:00 PM The California Cooler The California Cooler is a revival of an old technology driven by an insight that's overlooked in these days of engineered indoor environments: Cool air keeps things cool. In the days before refrigerators, pantries in Northern California homes had outside vents that preserved perishables throughout cool nights. With this project, you can bring them back. Liquid-Cooled Car Seats Afraid your baby's seat is getting too hot? Dew Bucket: An Evaporative Drink Cooler Consider these two facts: Evaporation cools things, and bottles can't sweat like people. Portable Air Conditioner This is a $10 air-conditioner built around an ice chest. Garden-Watering A/C Air conditioners can dump hundreds of gallons of water each year. Homemade A/C The mastermind behind these instructions built an air conditioner to circumvent a rule in the office.

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NH Family & Friends Build Off-Grid House & Farm (NaturalNews) Living off the grid does not have to mean trading modern amenities and convenient living for an uncomfortable experiment in survivalism. A recent Natural Home & Garden piece tells the story of Chris and Anna Von Mertens, a New Hampshire couple that decided to build a modern, fully-functional, and wholly self-sufficient house and farm for their family -- and the best part about this story is the home's complete ability to power itself using solar energy. After living in San Francisco for many years, the Von Mertens decided they wanted to have children and start their own family. And since both Chris and Anna's families live in the New England area, they decided to return to the Peterborough, NH, area where Anna's family lives. But instead of going the conventional route and purchasing a typical home powered by the local energy company, the couple decided to build their own home powered independently by their own solar energy system. Sources for this story include:

How to Construct a Small Septic System Edit Article Edited by Tom Viren, Josh Hannah, James Quirk, Ben Rubenstein and 27 others Most private septic systems are made up of two parts: The holding and digesting tanks and the dispersal field. The system shown here is a small system, designed for limited use of by two people with no laundry and a small travel trailer. The concept is not the same as a larger system. The tank is much smaller than required and the design is missing some important items such as internal baffles and a qualified site assessment. Free Plans Several free plans by Owen Geiger are now available: Preview the Economizer House Plan here.Economizer House Plan PDF Solar Pit House PDF Preview the Solar Pit House plan here. esert Shelters PDF Preview Desert Shelters by searching this phrase in the built-in search in the right hand column.

Oldest Animal Life on Earth Found? - Scientists have discovered the world's oldest known animal fossils, dating to 650 million years ago. - The fossils, likely sponges, push back the fossil record for animals by about 70 million years. - The sponges existed before, and probably after, a severe "Snowball Earth" event that covered much of the globe in ice. Animals have been on Earth for at least 650 million years, suggest recently found primitive sponge fossils from South Australia.

12 Things You NEED To Go Off Grid NOW! What do you need to go off grid NOW? Do you think you’re ready to live off grid? Where are you going to go without money? Unless you’re planning on bugging out to the wilderness in Alaska or some other wild frontier with just the clothes on your back and a way to hunt for game and live off the land, you’re going to need money to buy the things you need to live off the grid.

Hanging Kitchen Herb Garden Doubles as Light Fixture June 3, 2013 by Robin Plaskoff Horton Landscape designer, Thibaut Delefortrie, and product designer, Eugénie Pfeil, combined creative forces to bring the garden into the kitchen, a collaboration that resulted in Klorofyll, a suspended light fixture that doubles as a hanging kitchen garden for growing aromatic herbs. Both functional and decorative, Klorofyll is part of the trend for growing one’s own, even if it’s just a few herbs, and also reflects consumer interest in personalization–users can decide how to use the product in a way that fits their personal lifestyle.

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