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Collecting rainwater now illegal?

Collecting rainwater now illegal?
(NaturalNews) Many of the freedoms we enjoy here in the U.S. are quickly eroding as the nation transforms from the land of the free into the land of the enslaved, but what I'm about to share with you takes the assault on our freedoms to a whole new level. You may not be aware of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties because, according to officials, that rain belongs to someone else. As bizarre as it sounds, laws restricting property owners from "diverting" water that falls on their own homes and land have been on the books for quite some time in many Western states. Only recently, as droughts and renewed interest in water conservation methods have become more common, have individuals and business owners started butting heads with law enforcement over the practice of collecting rainwater for personal use. "Utah's the second driest state in the nation. Related:  Eco Lifestyle

An Invisible Barn, Made With Low-Tech Trickery | Design NYC architecture firm stpmj came up with the idea to cover a barn in mylar. Can you see it? stpmj The designers created the Invisible Barn concept for the Architecture League's Folly Competition, which asks designers to come up with a building that's just for show. image: stpmj The designers created the Invisible Barn concept for the Architecture League's Folly Competition, which asks designers to come up with a building that's just for show. image: stpmj In the conceptual project, stpmj covered wood studs in mylar to create the mirrored effect. Though it's not actually a reality (yet), the idea is to blend the barn into its surroundings. By reflecting the woods around the barn, the focus is shifted from the built structure to nature. Cut-outs in the wood create floating windows, which is a totally trippy effect. If you’re looking to hide a barn in plain sight, here’s a fool-proof way to go about: cover it in mylar. Cut outs would allow the viewer to look at their surroundings.

Earth Star Primal Habitat Do the Math - Because We > Fossil Fuels. live between buildings micro housing With more and more people choosing to live in cities, there is less and less affordable housing available, meaning that some municipalities are trying out things like micro-housing or relaxed zoning laws to meet up with the demand. Of course, not all of these micro-developments have to sit on vacant land; Danish designers Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann have created a series of clever urban infill concepts that could occupy the residual spaces between buildings, yet remain lit with natural daylighting and looking surprisingly spacious. © Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann Titled "Live Between Buildings," the project proposes several designs sited in various cities like New York, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Helsinki and London. Coming in various configurations, the surfaces are all covered with transparent roof windows to let the maximum amount of light in. © Mateusz Mastalski and Ole Robin Storjohann The LIVE BETWEEN BUILDINGS project is a new way of living in the city.

Recycle your beer bottles. Welcome our new hexapod robot overlords! Despite all his rage, he's still just a widdle puppy in a cage Trust fall Follow your ambitions. A powerful message. The most sexed up man in history... Scale Models, the Secret to Great Homestead Construction - Maxwell's House If you’re setting out to build a cabin or building a shed, take the time to create a scale model first. It’s the single biggest advantage you can give yourself when it comes to saving money and getting a great finished result. The purpose of scale modeling is three-fold. First, it makes it easy to visualize the shape of the cabin, shed or barn you’ll end up with. Second, building a small version of your project lets you figure out the framing details and construction challenges you’ll face. And finally, scale models reduce the stress and uncertainty you might feel as you invest the time, money and energy into a full-size building. I built my first scale model in 1988. There are two main approaches to building a scale model. To learn more about scale model methods that might help you, check out Steve Maxwell’s video at

The Hexayurt Project: Free Hardware housing for the world Rope Bed It is not so much that Terafan figured out how to make a rope bed, but one was offered as a prize for the "Bed Sports Tourney" in the Shire of Crannog Mor, Atlantia. After winning the tourney and using the bed for a couple of years, Terafan decided that the original legs were too short, so he made new ones. The advantage of longer legs is that now lots of stuff, transport boxes, etc. can be stored conveniently under the bed, out of the way. Here are is a drawing of the bed with dimensions. Return to the Greydragon Furniture collection

Foldable Solar-Powered Geodesic DOM(E) Home Can be Erected Anywhere Imagine if you could pack your own Geodesic Dome, pop it up anywhere in the world and feel safe, sheltered and warm? Well, that dream could become reality if NRJA's design for a prefabricated, off-grid DOM(E) hits the market. The 120 square meter home features a self-supporting structure that is well-insulated to ensure the best living conditions, and it also boasts a small rainwater and solar collection system. The DOM(E) is an appropriate off-grid home for locations as far afield as the Namibian desert and Siberia since the unique construction and insulation provides a comfortable interior climate regardless of outdoor temperatures. Entirely self-sufficient, it has a small solar rooftop system on the house that heats hot water and a rainwater capture system. Related: Magical Dome House in Remote Thailand Constructed in Six Weeks for Just $8,000 Via Arch Daily

Journey to Forever 51 Amazing Uses for Baking Soda By Melissa Breyer - I don’t mean to sound seditious here, but I have a rebellious plan to combat the ills that many corporations are perpetrating in the name of fighting grime and germs. My main gripe is about the environmental pollutants from cleaning and personal care products that we wash down our drains and into our water systems, resulting in situations like the chemical triclosan (a pesticide added to many products as an antibacterial agent) being found in dolphins. So the simple plan is to encourage everyone to use baking soda in any of these 51 applications. Besides showing kindness to aquatic life, we can also protect ourselves from the array of toxins in household cleaning products. Conventional cleansers can expose us to multiple chemicals linked to asthma, cancer, and other documented health problems. So exactly how does baking soda fit into my scheme to make the world a better place? Personal Care 1. 2. 3. 4. Give yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub. 5.

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 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. 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. 2. 3. In many areas of the U.S., solar power is the most practical option. 4. 5. 6.

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