Search The Renewable Energy site for Do-It-Yourselfers Installation Cut the bubble wrap to the size of the window pane with scissors. Spray a film of water on the window using a spray bottle. 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) Installation: Click pictures to enlarge: Double Bubble (added Nov 15, 2007) Payoff
How To Make Natural Homemade Hand SanitizerPlease Share This Page: Google + stumbleupon tumblr reddit If you are a first-time visitor, please be sure to like us on Facebook and receive our exciting and innovative tutorials on herbs and natural health topics! Photo – WellnessMama.com One of the most common methods of transmission of colds, flu and other bugs is through the hands. In the past, chemical-based sanitizers have really become popular and highly in demand most especially when flu season is about to start. We found a great recipe for a homemade hand sanitizer using much more benign ingredients like aloe vera gel, grapefruit seed extract, tea tree essential oil, cinnamon essential oil, rubbing alcohol and distilled water. Considered as one of the most powerful essential oils, tea tree oil is probably one of the most potent ingredients of our homemade hand sanitizer. Cinnamon oil, which is known to be fragrant and warm, is actually capable of killing bacteria.
Make Your Own Storm Windows - Do It YourselfTired of your single-pane and leaky windows, but can’t afford to replace them? Here’s an easy way to dramatically improve the performance of your windows and reduce damaging condensation without spending much money: Make removable interior storm windows using wood casing, window film, and foam tape. First, acquire some wood-trim molding. Contractors often throw out scraps of this material. Determine whether you want the interior storm window to fit inside the existing window casing or on top of it. Cut the wood to length with 45-degree angles at each end, with the thick edge of the trim to the outside. Cut a slot in the pointed end of the trim, deep enough to make the spline work, but not so deep you cut through the finished face of the inside corner of the frame. Put the frame pieces between the nails again and glue the splines in place. Last, determine the best thickness of foam tape to use. Mark Clipsham Ames, Iowa
Scoundrelle's Keep - DO IT NOW: Guide to Proper Bra Fit and Measuring because Victoria Secret and La Senza and whatever are full of shit and you are definitely wearing the wrong size ok? ok - DO IT NOW: Guide to Proper Bra Fit and Measuring because VictorHomemade Coconut ButterLately I have been OBSESSED (that needed all caps for sure) with coconut butter. I eat it by the spoonful, put it in smoothies, bake with it, drizzle it on fruit, use it as a sandwich spread, saute veggies with it and more. Coconut butter is made up of the kind of fat that is good for you and your heart (just like avocado). Coconut butter is not coconut oil and surprisingly tastes much different. The taste reminds me of a candied coconut and let me just say it is freaking amazing. Not only is this unbelievably good it is also the easiest thing to make and you only need one ingredient... 5 cups of shredded unsweetened coconut (do not use coconut flakes or "reduced fat" shredded coconut, it will not work) * * I purchase already shredded unsweetened coconut in bulk from my local natural grocery store. Place the coconut butter into a container with a lid and store at room temperature. Enjoy :)
Cheap/Free Window InsulationBubble glazing Whenever financial aspects take precedence - availability of resources seems to be a disincentive for progress in sustainability and conservation. When we can afford more – we simply waste more, without even admitting for consideration that Earth is a system of limited resources. The opposite direction on the other hand – aiming to improve quality of life while accepting severe limits to every resource including money – seems to be one of the greatest incentives for creativity and innovation. It is a part of human nature – we don’t even begin to invent things unless we really need them and we don’t think about ways of conserving resources unless their supply becomes limited. Bubble glazing idea emerged from a pressing need to become more comfortable in winter combined with severe budget restrictions. Double glazing is expensive, heavy and does not really represent a good value for money. For details please read the full article.
34 Unexpected Ways Coffee Grounds Can Make Your Life BetterNatural Insect Pest Control: Safe, Non-Toxic Methods & SolutionsWasps Eartheasy has a separate page about natural wasp control. See Natural Wasp Control Moths Cedar chips in a cheesecloth square, or cedar oil in an absorbant cloth will repel moths. Homemade moth-repelling sachets can also be made using any of the following: bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, cloves, eucalyptus leaves, lavender, pepper corns or wormwood. Dried lemon peels are also a natural moth deterrent - simply toss into clothes chest, or tie in cheesecloth and hang in the closet. Natural attractant pheromones have been developed for controlling moths, and are now available as clothes moth traps and pantry moth traps. Earwigs Diatomaceous earth is a safe and effective way to control earwigs in the home. To trap earwigs, spray a newspaper lightly with water, roll it up loosely and secure with a string or rubber band. Another method to trap earwigs is to take a shallow, straight-sided container and fill it half full with vegetable oil.
Cool Water + Pipes + Fan = DIY ACWhen life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When life gives you an apartment with no air conditioning, you grab some supplies and make your own air conditioner. A clever Flickr user did just that and documented his project with annotated pictures. Starting off with a regular oscillating tabletop fan, he wrapped copper tubing in a spiral around the front and back of the fan. Flexible plastic tubing connects the copper coils to the reservoir below so that the fan can still oscillate. Fish tank pumps cycle cold water up, through the coils, and back down.
16 Foods That’ll Re-Grow from Kitchen ScrapsBy Andy Whiteley Co-Founder of Wake Up World Looking for a healthy way to get more from your garden? Like to know your food is free of the pesticides and other nasties that are often sprayed on commercial crops? There’s nothing like eating your own home- grown vegies, and there are heaps of different foods that will re- grow from the scrap pieces that you’d normally throw out or put into your compost bin. It’s fun. Just remember … the quality of the “parent” vegetable scrap will help to determine the quality of the re-growth. Leeks, Scallions, Spring Onions and Fennel You can either use the white root end of a vegetable that you have already cut, or buy a handful of new vegetables to use specifically for growing. Simply place the white root end in a glass jar with a little water, and leave it in a sunny position. Lemongrass Lemongrass grows just like any other grass. Within a week or so, new growth will start to appear. Celery, Bok Choi, Romaine Lettuce & Cabbage Ginger Potatoes Garlic Onions
Weatherize This: Draft StoppersFor my kick-off “Weatherize this” post — a series of posts I’ll be publishing about affordable DIY weatherization accoutrement — I focused on caulk, not the most titillating topic. While caulking around windows and doors is a vital way to conserve household energy and save on heating bills, talking about it is, well, as exciting as watching caulk compound dry. Today, I’m highlighting a home weatherization must-have that performs a similar role as caulk — keeping warm air and cold air out — but has more appeal to arts and crafts enthusiasts than to construction-oriented fix-it fanatics: the humble, beloved, and often animal-shaped draft stopper. Draft stoppers, also called draft dodgers and door snakes, are tube-shaped objects of various lengths made with fabric (often excess/scrap fabric) and filled with some kind of insulating stuffing. You’ll most often find them placed against the bottom of closed doors or on window ledges to block pesky winter drafts from entering a room.