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The ins and outs of green construction and natural building, with specifics on solar design, home insulation and more.

Green Clean a Front-Loading Washing Machine

Front-load washers can occasionally gather an odor, but Sommer shares some eco-friendly tips to keep washers green, sparkling clean, and free of smells.

Choosing Natural Building Materials for Improved Indoor Air Quality

You might think building a green home automatically means you’re building one with good indoor air quality. That’s not necessarily the case. There’s no guarantee eco-friendly materials are also low in pollutants. And what you put in your home after construction can have an enormous impact on air quality. Here are three ways to ensure the air you’re breathing inside your home is as good as — or better than — the air you’re breathing outside.

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Green Patios, Walkways & Driveways of Porous Pavement and Pervious Concrete
Consider one of these innovative and attractive options instead of old-fashioned concrete.

Install Your Own Windows
Reduce the cost of new windows by putting them in yourself.

Eco-friendly Roofing Options 
Choose from a variety of durable and environmentally friendly roofing materials.

Serious Energy Savings With Passive House Design
If you’re dreaming of a home that’s the ultimate in energy efficiency, take a look at the Passive House standard.

Your Green Dream Home: First Things To Consider
Before you hire a contractor or start building, read this expert advice.

Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Home Improvements that Pay Off
Here are some commonly agreed upon suggestions for relatively easy and low-cost home retrofitting projects.

Go Solar and Save Big
Every homeowner needs to know that passive solar design results in huge savings on energy bills.

Essential Advice for Owner-Builders
Here’s what you need to know about building codes before you build a house.

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Spinning is experiencing a resurgence of interest as it moves in a contemporary direction away from its traditional past. The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn provides a new generation of crafters with all the information they need in one accessible package, starting with tools and equipment, types of fibers, and spinning techniques, and moving on to making, processing, and finishing off a skein of yarn. Included are actual recipes for making many types of yarn, such as boucles, worsteds, flecked and chunky yarns … all shown in full-color, close-up and detailed photos. Instructions for a small group of projects to use the yarn you make are also included. Last but not least, learn how to go commercial, with valuable tips on realistically pricing your goods, accepting commissions, selling at craft fairs or on the internet, and more.

A must-have reference and source of inspiration for new and experienced spinners alike, The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn provides all the know-how to get started, perfect your skills, or take your spinning to the next level.

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POLE BUILDING/SHOP/GARAGE E-PLAN

  • Width: 28'-0" Depth: 40'-0"
  • Building height - 19'-6"
  • Roof pitch - 4/12
  • Ceiling height - 14'
  • Two 10' x 10' overhead doors
  • One 12' x 12' sliding door
  • Designed for easy maintenance
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Designed for easy maintenance, this multi-purpose building stands 28 feet wide and 40 feet tall, complete. E-plan includes complete list of materials and step-by-step instructions.


Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


System information: 733KB, load times may vary.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$250.00

SLEEP & RELAXATION: A NATURAL AND HERBAL APPROACH E-HANDBOOK

One in three Americans doesn't get enough sleep. This e-handbook provides practical, safe, and simple home remedies to help you relax naturally and sleep better.

In these pages, you will find relaxation techniques, self-help strategies for sound slumber, herbal therapy and 10 herbs for sleep and relaxation. Also includes recipes for herbal baths and herbal pillows. 36 pages.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

Mother Earth News Wiser Living E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today!

$9.95

LARGE POOLSIDE STRUCTURE E-PLAN

  • Width: 20'-0" Depth: 22'-0"
  • 2 Full Baths
  • Standard Foundation - Slab
  • Building height - 13'-5"
  • Roof pitch - 6/12
  • Ceiling height - 8'
  • Two dressing areas both with shower and toilet
  • Covered area ideal for snack drink bar
  • Storage area accessible to outdoors for lawn and pool equipment
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


System information: 1.20MB, load times may vary.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$175.00

GROWING THE BEST ROOT CROPS E-HANDBOOK

Root crops produce large yields in limited space, and most are easy to grow. They are some of the first vegetables harvested in the spring, and some of the last in the garden come winter.

This e-handbook will briefly describe how to grow and use the best root crops including beets, carrots, celeriac, parsnips, spring and winter radishes, rooted parsley, salsify, scorzonera, turnips and rutabagas. Topics discussed include soil preparation, seed sowing, pest control, harvesting, storage and kitchen preparation for each root plant. 32 pages.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

Mother Earth News Wiser Living E-Handbooks are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start reading today!

$9.95