Jeff McIntire-Strasburg has been blogging a greener world via sustainablog since 2003! Technology Published on April 14th, 2014 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg Renewable energy = high upfront costs… right? Yes, if you’re paying someone else to put your system together for you. Now, that seems like kind of a no-brainer for most of us: I certainly don’t feel like I know enough to build my own solar panel array or wind turbine. DIY: Concrete Picture Frame Remember Ananda? We loved her planters so much that we asked her to join our contributor team! You are going to love the creative projects she has up her sleeve! Give her a warm Remodelaholic welcome! Hello to all the fabulous readers at Remodelaholic! How To Build A Compost Bin Setting a nice ambient in your home implies a lot of things, some hard some easy. A beautiful interior design helps greatly, but what can you do when you feel that’s not enough? Surely, a fire lit at the right time can do miracles in terms of mood and atmosphere.
Build a Rustic X Coffee Table Hey hey! Happy Monday! Thanks so much with your patience with the site this morning. We are growing (it's a good thing!) and are due for a server upgrade, but ALWAYS know keeping the site up and running fast is super important to me, and we are working very hard to improve the user experience of this site. DIY Automatic Chicken Feeder by Rebecca Nickols After the chicks had moved outside into their coop/run, I realized that it was time to purchase a larger feeder and waterer. We looked at automatic or treadle feeders online and came up with this option. It’s rain and rodent proof, holds about 6 pounds of feed and it’s basically an awesome contraption. During the construction, we questioned if the chicks would weigh enough to operate the treadle.
Build this open source DIY wind turbine for $30 Getting started with home wind energy projects can set you back a pretty penny if you buy a finished product, but if you're a little bit handy and don't mind scrounging for materials and getting creative in the garage or backyard, you can try your hand at building one of these DIY wind turbines for about $30 in materials. After all, it is #iheartrenewables week! We've previously covered Daniel Connell's open source concentrated solar collector plans, but now he's back with another great DIY renewable energy project, a vertical axis wind turbine based on the Lenz2 lift+drag design. Connell's design calls for using aluminum lithographic offset printing plates to catch the wind, which he says can be obtained cheaply (or possibly even free) from an offset printing company, and a variety of hardware and a bicycle wheel. "The turbine uses the ~40% mechanically efficient Lenz2 lift+drag design.
Upcycled Suitcases Into Shelves Here are the things I needed for this project: Vintage suitcases1×10 woodPainter’s tape and scrap paper (for templates)2 1/2” screws (big ones)3/4” screws (little ones)LevelJigsawTable SawElectric drill with a screwdriver bit The hardest part – emotionally, that is – is that in order to get this look, you DO have to cut innocent luggage in half… How to Build a “Hoop House” Glides Open and Closed If you’re fond of growing vegetables in your own yard, you will be searching for ways to keep them safe from pests and bad weather. In the same time, vegetables need sun and fresh air. But how can you combine the both? Introducing the vegetable garden hoop house that glides open closed. With a bit of ingenuity you could also manage to make such a feature for your garden.
50 Things You Should Stop Buying & Start Making As a society, we have become over-reliant on “ready made” products. We have lost the ability to make things from scratch. Rather than blend up some peanuts to make delicious, tasty and fresh peanut butter, we’ll spend many dollars on a jar from the store that contains artificial preservatives, unnecessary packaging and that simply lines the pockets of huge, unethical multinational corporations. Aside from foods, you can also make your own personal care products, beauty and make up products, cleaning products and home accessories that taste, work or look better than store bought, without the harmful chemicals and toxins and free from excessive, earth damaging packaging. Foods Homemade Ketchup – This ketchup won’t brake the bank, tastes better than the real deal and contains no added sugar – so it’s nutritionally good for the whole family.
How To Make Hot Pepper Cream For Arthritis And Joint Pain Please Share This Page: Google + stumbleupon It's solar solar! New process uses sun's energy for producing photovoltaic materials True energy independence requires that we can manufacture the systems that collect solar or other renewable energy while using only those same renewable sources of energy. Researchers at Oregon State University therefore celebrate their breakthrough in producing solar energy materials with the power of the sun. Even better, the process offers time saving and cost benefits over current processes. © Oregon State UniversityThe new process relies on a continuous production process. Solar power heats materials in a continuous flow micro-reactor to generate a photosensitive ink which can be used to print thin film solar panels. Compared to current manufacturing methods, which are mostly batch processed, the continuous flow approach saves time -- producing materials in minutes that might take half an hour to several hours by traditional methods.
Big Spring Environmental Big Spring Environmental is a waste management and recycling company in Huntsville, AL. We gathered the below ideas to help others create something from trash instead of just throwing it out. These ideas are not our own and the ideas and images came from the links below.
A guide to building an off-grid rocket stove sauna The rocket stove fire brick chamber stands on a stone slab [see No.2] which was later buried in pea gravel [No.3] forming the floor of the sauna. This will allow water poured on the stove, to make steam, to drain out of the base of the sauna to the ground. Just as flexible branches were used by the Lakota people to form the dome of their sweat lodges so too does the SunDog sauna [No. 4] but rather than using skins this lodge uses woven straw dipped in clay slip (a clay paste with the consistency of thick cream). The straw was woven [No.5] rather like a wattle to create insulation and a substrate to add layers of cob [No.6] and finally clay plaster [No.7]. Below (left) you can see how the door frame was built into the structure of the cob using a simple T joint. The whole sauna is protected from the rain by a simple roundwood frame with roof.
Creative Organizational Solutions for Life It’s almost the end of the school year and I sit here staring at a giant pile of artwork from my daughter’s last year in preschool. What do I do with this mess?!? Er, I mean the beautiful masterpieces she creates on a daily basis… I’ve actually developed a system that I think works like a charm! For each child you have, go to the store and buy a bin that holds a large number of hanging file folders.