heat pump systems
A 3-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
High efficiency air source heat pumps are proving their worth for cold climate heating and cooling.
When the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 passes (as expected) this summer, be prepared by learning what to expect when you buy a water heater, heating system, air-source air conditioner or heat pump.
Here's why a heat pump might be a good choice for your home.
This clever basement sump pump is designed to keep water out of your home during hurricanes and other severe storms.
Senator Bernie Sanders’ new bill would promote installation of 10 million new rooftop solar energy systems and 200,000 solar hot water heating systems in the United States in the next decade.
A 3-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
A three-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
Why manual water pumps are making a comeback and how to select the right type for a homestead.
Michael Morley is posting regular updates about his progress building a unique green home with structural insulated panels (SIPs). Here he talks about HVAC work and installing windows.
Impress your guests with fresh pumpkin pie, warm from the oven.
Love of family, love of tradition, love of pumpernickel bread — need I say more?
It's true! You really can pump water to a higher elevation using nothing but water power.
Small pumpkins or squash make great individual bowls for serving these easy soups.
Cooking pumpkin for pie is as easy as, well, pie! Make your own homemade pumpkin purée with this simple recipe calling for either pumpkins or squash.
There are many different ways to bring solar power into your home. Here's a quick overview of the different ways people use solar energy, with links to related articles and plans.
A unique contest challenges people to hand-pump more water in one minute than a 64-year-old grandmother can.
Bread baker Heather Alf shares her experiences baking quick breads. She includes a quick and healthy easy banana bread recipe.
Learn how to make gnocchi using pumpkin or squash purée.
Why confine this fall favorite to the pie plate? Pumpkin’s fragrant flesh lends itself to an assortment of sensational eats, from simple pumpkin pudding to more adventurous pastas and pastries.
Cleaning up an old water heater just requires two simple tools.
Whatever you do in your garden or flower beds, the most important thing is to have fun taking care of what you are growing.
A humble homegrown pumpkin yields delicious seeds and tasty pies. Meanwhile, a beautiful and fancy dessert squash disappoints and is thrown to the dogs. Recipes ensue.
These varieties of winter squash and pumpkin are fantastically sweet. Ask for them at farmers markets and grocery stores that feature local produce, or try growing them yourself next year.
There's a curious surprise on this fall pumpkin!
Adjusting the timing of your water heater could help you increase energy savings.
Unit helps homeowners heat more space while slashing high hot water bills
A simple, practical and easy option for priming seasonal water systems.
For the last week we had no propane and as a result I have had to cook all of my food on an electric skillet. Holy week usually involves a lot of baking in preparation for Easter Sunday.
This blog teaches readers how to make homemade Greek-style yogurt.
How to make a quick, healthy dessert on Three Kings Day.
Includes two recipes to enjoy over the holidays along with time saving tips.
Sales for Simple Pump, a hand-operated well pump, have tripled compared to the same time last year, as word about its versatility, reliability and durability have spread.
Jessica Kellner, editor of Natural Home & Garden, is beginning research on electric in-floor radiant floor heating products as an efficient method of heating the new nursery.
Make a pie from your own pumpkin puree, using a from-scratch pie crust!
Weatherization Program Nearly Doubles Payback in One Easy Step with GE's new GeoSpring™ Hybrid Water Heater
The GeoSpring hybrid water heater from GE continues its impressive run of firsts.
It’s fall time and Halloween is just a week away. That means there are pumpkins everywhere. Not only are pumpkins great for carving, but they are also great for eating as well.
You can use a solar hot-air collector to heat your home with renewable energy. Here’s more about how they work.
You can use the power of the sun to heat water for your home using manufactured solar hot water systems or one you build yourself.
Radiant floor heating may save energy in the average home, but for especially well insulated new houses, here's why it's probably not your best option.
When it's cold outside, who doesn't love a cozy fireplace or woodstove? Wood heat is a comfortable way to warm your home, and there are many reasons it's a practical choice, too.
After only a few nights with a wood stove in the tipi, I've become happily addicted to warmth I have to work for.
While it may seem like an easy fix or prevention method, septic system additives, generally used to kill bacteria, aren’t as effective — or safe — as you would hope.
Although forced air is the most common form of home heat in North America it is far from ideal. This article explains why Building Biology regards the masonry heater as the ultimate heating system for health, comfort and ecology.
Heat Recovery innovator produces a safe hot water heating system kit for wood stoves.
Homesteads are attempting to provide longer grazing times by dividing pasture into paddocks. The difficulty of getting water to each paddock can be solved by a windmill with underground pipes. No electric is needed--just wind!
Cam has always enjoyed playing with water. Now he lets his solar-powered pump do some of the work!
Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center in Taylor, Arizona celebrates national homesteading month with a display of solar ingenuity.
This post informs readers on the advantages of using whey in baking. It includes a recipe for whole wheat sandwich bread.
Our quest to make pasture egg collection more efficient.
Homegrown, homemade pumpkin pies are becoming the starting event to the holiday season. This year we turned 8 winter luxury squash into pumpkin pie mix.
Using up CSA produce is often difficult, but I found a fun and easy way to do it.
The U.S. Department of Energy released a set of pumpkin-carving stencils celebrating Halloween through alternative energy.
Getting ready to carve a jack-o-lantern masterpiece? Learn how weather impacts the pumpkin harvest
Create your own virtual - or real - jack-o'-lanterns this Halloween season.
Facts on the links between weather and pumpkins and what you can do with leftover pumpkins.
How to build a small and super-efficient masonry heater out of fire bricks.
Tips on what to do with leftover pumpkins during the autumn season.
FCX Oil-Fired Condensing Boilers, designed and manufactured by Geminox, provide a reliable and efficient alternative to non-condensing boilers. FCX Boilers feature a steel, non-condensing primary heat exchanger coupled with a stainless steel, condensing secondary heat exchanger.
Here are a few talking points that can help peacefully resolve home heating arguments.
Cam Mather tries out a battery-powered chainsaw at his off-grid homestead in Ontario.
Try these DIY methods to help warm up a cold basement.
Once built, this window-mounted heat grabber should give you years of dependable service.
Find the right type of insulation for a Solar Heat Grabber from MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
Use a hand water pump to compress air for filling tires without electricity.
The energy a PV system will produce during its lifetime far exceeds the amount of energy it takes to produce the PV system
Many of us are seeking to discover a lifestyle in which not all of our needs are provided through the medium of monetary exchange. Don’t let misconceptions about what is necessary to a family-size farmstead discourage you in the search for that small rural acreage, reasonably priced, where you can begin to realize your dreams.
A good idea that could work for wildfire mitigation.
One of the realities of country life is having to get your septic tank pumped every few years.
This great recipe offers a new way to enjoy pumpkin.
Pancakes made with pumpkin powder, an easy gluten-free breakfast dish.
One of the easiest ways to bask and rejoice in the gifts of nature is to make and use a solar wall heater.
Siegers Seed Company is attempting to patent and own a common cucurbit gene for warty pumpkins, and gardeners who know better are disappointed.
Heating water with the sun is no longer an option on the Hawaiian islands. A bill was passed in Hawaii that requires all new homes to install a solar water heater in order to receive a building permit.
The tankless water heater new design adheres to our corporate philosophy of practicing the Three Rs; of Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.
Have some fun in your garden this year and grow something giant!
Squash vine borers send me over the edge, and it isn't pretty.
The Obama administration announced yesterday that it will place solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the White House roof by spring 2011.
My own special recipe for Pumpkin Maple Butter using organic pumpkin and Canadian maple syrup.
A brief description of our experience with a masonry heater.
Simran Sethi starts dreaming of spring gardening, with the goal of renewing her efforts to grow real food.
Simran Sethi teams up with two neighbors to "grow food, not lawns."
Even after 15 years, Cam still loves heating his home with wood that he cuts himself.
Prestyl USA’s customizable infrared art panels prove efficient, ecological & elegant.
Weatherizing your home saves you money. Just a few simple changes can greatly reduce the amount of energy your home requires to stay comfortable. Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence fills you in on how to weatherize your home and collect stimulus money.
Here are the pros and cons of using south facing windows for home heating, rather than solar collectors.
The Gourmet Butcher explains the best ways to re-heat red meats.
Have you found helpful ways to cut your energy use at home? Whether it's turning down the thermostat or installing new light bulbs, tell us what you've done to conserve energy and how well it's worked.
Cam describes the zen-like state he achieves while splitting firewood.
Otterbine Barebo Inc. expands their Air Flo 2 diffused air system product line by releasing 2-dome and 1-dome diffuser manifold options to the original 4-dome option.
If you want to live independently, it's always good to have backup because no one else is coming to the rescue. This is how we did it.
How big a woodlot would I need to heat my home with wood for the entire winter?
September is here and I'm expecting the weather to break!
Last December, the Quimby family paid $1,100 to heat and power their Winthrop, Maine, farmhouse for the month. Something had to be done. Jeld Wen, manufacturer of energy efficient doors and windows, came to the rescue.
Things that come to mind while watching my husband and son work in this heat.
Heating with wood in a cast iron stove.
Tulikivi provides a “green” cost-effective heating solution because it uses less wood to heat the same space than with a traditional wood burner.
Selecting the location for the Bob-White Systems’ micro dairy barn.
Why we chose to build the Bob-White Systems barn we did.
Choosing cows for the Bob-White Systems micro dairy.
Bucket milkers offer small and micro-dairy farmers affordable and reliable system for milking cows. Here are my basics for how to use a bucket milker on a micro dairy.
How installing a pipeline milking system can help dairy farmers of all sizes make the most of their valuable time.
BioSafe Systems, LLC is the manufacturer of sustainable and environmentally responsible disease control solutions.
The Roots and Culture Tour is an incredible opportunity for all those interested in working towards a more sustainable and just food system to dive into the local food system in the small and amazing Talamanca Region of Costa Rica.
What you need to think about to prepare your cows, barn, feed and yourself for the cold weather.
Feed and hay management tips to get through winter.
Finding time to make improvements on a small dairy is difficult but making a few improvements as the seasons change can often make a micro dairy or any size small farm more efficient. Here are 7 steps to help you prepare your barn for the cold winter months.
Helping your cows transition from fall to winter can be easy to do. Here are five steps to consider when the cold weather starts settling in.
As farmers, we know the importance of creating a milking environment that is clean and healthy for the animals. In Part 2 of Making Clean Raw Milk, we outline the steps needed to milk your cow or goat in a manner that keeps it clean.
Four easy steps to guide small dairy farmers to filter, chill and clean properly to ensure delicious, farm-fresh milk, yogurt or cheese every time.
Steve shares an approach he installed at a friend's place for easing the burden of priming seasonal water systems
Pretty much everything I own got soaking wet with the Mama Earf's recent rain bender in Virginia. But on the bright side, I got to see the genius behind the tipi structure firsthand.
In this blog we share someone else's story about old fashioned home made ingenuity concerning deep well pumps that operate without electricity.
Find out what types of federal tax incentives are available for homeowners who install renewable energy.
Steve explains a little about why he chose to install reclaimed cast-iron radiators, including a video tour of his installation.
The invention of clear window glass allowed the ancient Romans to trap solar energy to enhance their gardening techniques to grow vegetables out of season and exotic non-native plants in Rome. A thousand years later, empire builders in Europe rediscovered the trapping of solar heat with clear window glass so they as well could enjoy the foreign plants in their own back yard and grow native vegetables throughout the year.
To see how much solar heat could be trapped by glass, Horace de Saussure, in 1767 built a solar hot box that consisted of several glass sheets covering an insulated box. Solar heat accumulated in the solar hot box, reaching temperatures far above the boiling point of water
A blog about the joys of wood heat that covers comfort, energy savings, ecology and history of the trees and sustainable harvesting
Cam loves growing his own heat!
Find out how to enter our Solar Giveaway.
WiseWay Pellet Stove is the first and only EPA-certified and UL-listed non-electric pellet stove on the market today. This pellet stove eliminates the need for electricity by using a gravity-feed natural draft to accomplish a high efficiency rating of 75 percent. It’s capable of heating up to 2,000 square feet and able to hold a fire up to 31 hours on a 40-pound bag of pellets. The stove is also mobile home approved.
The Snail, the winner of Electrolux Design Lab 2010 Competition, saves both energy and space by heating food with magnetic induction.
Have you thought about adding more insulation to your home to reduce your energy bills? Here are some good places to go for more information.
Being in control of your own home heating.
Providing the firewood to heat his home has become a pleasurable hobby for Cam Mather.
Cam describes how the seasons progress through one messy task after another at Sunflower Farm.
Cam hates to see good scrap wood go to waste and so he cuts it into kindling and has even started selling it!
Unforgettable Fire's Kimberly and Katydid wood stoves are heating solutions for any and all spaces.
How having a rhythm and routine assists in accomplishing difficult tasks.
In order to maintain an internal body temperature of 98.6 F, the body perspires or sweats. As the sweat evaporates off the skin it cools the body. The trouble starts when the humidity is so high that the air is saturated with moisture and sweat drips off of you rather than evaporating. My method for avoiding Heat Stroke is called Getting Grounded in the Garden.
How I have gone full circle from coal heat, heat pump to wood heat.
If you’re a market gardener battling the heat, you’ll want to check out these great tips for keeping yourself and your crops cool.
This describes how older individuals can take steps to keep themselves cool on very hot days.
Do you have a woodstove or pellet stove at home? We’d like to hear more about your experiences with woodstoves and any tips you may have for heating with wood.
Energy-efficient home comfort product makes central HVAC systems and auxiliary heating and cooling appliances more effective.
Heat Holder thermal socks are the perfect gift for dads on the go.
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently released a report discussing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and its possibility as an energy solution.
Watering 800 berry plants and 300 peach trees is essential in this oppressive heat!
Heat Holders keep in the heat in your feet.
A chainmail fillet glove revolutionizes a cook's potato-peeling technique. Plus, get recipes for potato and pumpkin curry soup and toasted pumpkin seeds.
Happy Halloween! Now pop open a pumpkin beer.
Roasted pumpkin and squash seeds are a yummy, healthy treat. And it's easier than you think. Here's how to roast squash and pumpkin seeds in just four easy steps.
Happy Thanksgiving! Want a new vegan dessert to serve at Thanksgiving? Try the Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Pie from the Web site Care2 Inc.
Part of gardening is knowing what to do with your veggies after you've grown them. Here, we will examine what to do with those pie pumpkins this upcoming Fall.
From switching out light bulbs to bundling up your water heater, environmental journalist, Simran Sethi, shares some simple and stress-free tips on how to save energy in your home.
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, provides tips on splitting firewood for home heating via woodstoves or fireplaces.
The basics of using a woodstove to heat your home.
Here at Deer Isle Hostel, Maine, we use a compost pile built with local, natural materials and a 100-foot water pipe to create a steaming hot shower.
The best way to start a fire in your woodstove.
Keep your greenhouse above freezing during short cold periods without paying for a heater.
Having a “green home” means lots of different things. What does it mean to you?
Henry Red Cloud moved back to the Pine Ridge Reservation 12 years ago and started looking into renewable energy. Since then he has started a solar heating system company and a renewable energy training center to serve the Native American community.
Let's dream a little dream of green home improvement, without worries about funding.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems rely on the earth’s constant underground temperature of 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit to provide comfortable indoor climates. The technology works in any size or style home, in nearly any setting on earth.
Cam readily admits to being obsessed about his use of energy.
Cam describes why his method of harvesting firewood from his woodlot is the most sustainable way.
Learn how to sharpen your chainsaw properly with a file and guide
Find out whether a wood pellet stove is right for you, and discover the best stove to buy.
With winter beginning, these homesteaders are starting winter off cozy in their cabin.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Associate Editor Thaddeus Christian discusses the best firewood for your wood-burning furnace so you can enjoy wood heat all winter.
Taking a bath in the winter takes a little more planning at our off-grid, no-plumbing home.
Make your home more energy efficient with Indow Windows Shade Grade.
Traditional Appliances Make a Comeback
B&R Automation announces partnership to serve renewable energy industry in US and Canada.
Tips to help wildlife beat the heat with fresh water.
Cam is handling this heatwave much better thanks to his solar-powered air conditioner!
This posting will discuss the relationship of weather and climate and how global warming affects this relationship to trigger climate change
Tips on how to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
This posting discusses how the oceans stores heat and transports the heat to warm colder parts of the planet. The posting uses El Nino as an example on how warm ocean water can have a diverse effect on the climate in different regions of the planet.
A lesson learned in not counting your chickens before they're hatched
Smooth out the temperature range in your greenhouse by adopting one of these strategies for heating greenhouses.
The EcoAire is designed to be installed in much the same fashion as a window air conditioner and just as easily.
Elmira Stove Works offers distinctive, superior quality appliances with its innovative line of Fireview cookstoves.
Tips for saving energy at home while trying to stay cool.
In “The Root Development of Vegetable Crops” botanist John E. Weaver meticulously illustrates the complex layers of vegetable root growth.
Building a vibrant local community through local economics and rural culture.
Permaculture is a holistic, integrative design for a sustainable future: registrations now open for D Acres' 2012 Permaculture Design Course!
Micro Dairy Industry Leader, Bob-White Systems, Launches E-Commerce Site.
Bike-share systems are popping up in cities across the Midwest as bike sharing becomes a more popular transportation option.
Custom Curve is the first glass window system with a structurally engineered framework that follows the curved wall of the yurt.
Chicago has decided to convert its entire garbage truck fleet to electric trucks from Motiv Power Systems, making it the first city in the U.S. to have a zero-emission fleet.
Spring has been slow to arrive in the Green Mountain State. But there are signs of spring in Vermont and that means preparing your Micro-Dairy for the change in seasons. Bob-White Systems' Steve Judge shares more tips to transition a Micro-Dairy into spring.
This is the last of a series in home and energy options available to us. It is a short summary of all of the choices we have when designing a new home on or off grid that will benefit your energy use.
Talking about carrying in the red roofing tin the old fashioned way due to a broken golf cart and some very muddy conditions. The refrigerator root cellar continues to prove itself as an experiment that seems to be working so far.
Rancho Margot in Costa Rica is completely off the grid and constantly closing the circle. Nothing is wasted on this self-sufficient ranch, where everything is considered a resource--including methane from the compost ovens.
Steve explains how one practical guy invented a way to burn pellets efficiently without an expensive pellet stove
When you get home, go to your hot water heater, remove the cover and turn it down to 120 degrees (sometimes labeled “hot” as opposed to “very hot”).
We discuss the role of ocean currents in preventing a runaway thermal imbalance on our planet. We also discuss the impact on the climate when the ocean currents are shut down or reverse course.
During the exceptional heat & drought in Texas this summer BeeWeaver worked hard to just keep hives alive... no honey, no divides.
Describes a method of protecting tomatoes from excessive heat using a sunscreen, vermicompost tea, pulling blighted leaves.
We're lucky to be able to live the way we do, even when we feel like we're melting
When one of her goats starts looking for love for the first time, and hollering her little head off, Angela has to do some quick thinking to keep her precious pets from becoming that night's dinner!
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
Steve Judge of Bob-White Systems in Vermont offers his Micro Dairy expertise in this blog series on how to start and manage a Micro Dairy, from farm and barn planning to selecting dairy cows, goats and sheep to daily operations and being profitable.
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
A "how to" for building a hoop-style greenhouse using PVC pipe and plastic sheeting.
Simran Sethi explains her bathroom-remodel goals to conserve water.
After the kidding is over, we take good care of our girls! And, the babies need to be bottle fed, so here are the instructions on how we feed our kids.
Those who garden know that weeding is often essential to growing good vegetables or fruits. In a forest, sunlight too is a limiting factor. By knowing which tree to cut and which to leave, forest health can be improved. Cutting for firewood can serve as an incentive to "weed" on the ultra-perennial scale.
Wood is our source of heat for the winter, as are sweaters and hats!
Urban food forests and public gardens provide communities with an edible landscape for everyone to share. These public fruit forests are the new trend in urban agriculture and play an important role as sustainable local food systems in their communities.
Scott Davis’ “Solar Projects, Big and Small” video offers inspiration for both solar energy enthusiasts and folks who are just curious. Tips and advice pertaining to solar energy can be found at the Yahoo! group Simply Solar, and you can make your dream project a reality with Gary Reysa’s instructions.
Simran Sethi writes about choosing eco-friendly paints, tiles, and other aspects of her renovated bathroom.