Great DIY projects and building plans for anyone who can swing a hammer.
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- Kit Homes Guide
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- Rammed Earth House
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- Build a Cider Press
- Solar Food Dehydrator
- Wood-Fired Earth Oven
- 3 Easy Benches
- Build Long-Lasting Gates
- Homemade Tomato Cages
- Inexpensive Cold Frame
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Prefabrication offers a simple path to the green home of your dreams, and in her latest book, Prefabulous author Sheri Koones highlights the many ways of using prefabrication to create almost-off-the-grid homes: houses that are not only environmentally friendly but often operate at nearly zero annual energy cost.
Taking energy from the grid when necessary and returning any excess energy produced, almost-off-the-grid homes function on a fraction of the energy required by most houses, and additionally are more comfortable, healthier, quieter inside, and far cheaper to operate. As energy costs continue to rise, the almost-off-the-grid house proves its worth.
Prefabulous + Almost Off the Grid profiles more than 30 of the most energy-efficient homes in the United States, and this hardworking guide reveals how homeowners can achieve similar results with floor plans, the latest, most efficient technologies, and multiple images of the exterior and interior of each home.
Heat Your Home for Free is a collection of classic articles exclusively from Mother Earth News that shows how simple solar systems can heat your home, garage, shop, barn, commercial building — just about any structure with a south-facing wall. The heat comes from solar energy, and it’s free. Best of all, this e-handbook shows how you can design, build and install solar-powered heating systems yourself! We’ve compiled our best articles on do-it-yourself solar heating, from the early days of the magazine right up to the present. 47 pages.
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