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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A unique contest challenges people to hand-pump more water in one minute than a 64-year-old grandmother can.
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.
Whatever you do in your garden or flower beds, the most important thing is to have fun taking care of what you are growing.
Cleaning up an old water heater just requires two simple tools.
Unit helps homeowners heat more space while slashing high hot water bills
There's a curious surprise on this fall pumpkin!
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.
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.
Adjusting the timing of your water heater could help you increase energy savings.
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.
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.
A simple, practical and easy option for priming seasonal water systems.
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.
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.
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!
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.
After only a few nights with a wood stove in the tipi, I've become happily addicted to warmth I have to work for.
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.
Heat Recovery innovator produces a safe hot water heating system kit for wood stoves.
The GeoSpring hybrid water heater from GE continues its impressive run of firsts.
Weatherization Program Nearly Doubles Payback in One Easy Step with GE's new GeoSpring™ Hybrid Water Heater
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.
You can use a solar hot-air collector to heat your home with renewable energy. Here’s more about how they work.
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.
Make a pie from your own pumpkin puree, using a from-scratch pie crust!
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.
Cam has always enjoyed playing with water. Now he lets his solar-powered pump do some of the work!
Simran Sethi teams up with two neighbors to "grow food, not lawns."
Simran Sethi starts dreaming of spring gardening, with the goal of renewing her efforts to grow real food.
Facts on the links between weather and pumpkins and what you can do with leftover pumpkins.
Tips on what to do with leftover pumpkins during the autumn season.
Create your own virtual - or real - jack-o'-lanterns this Halloween season.
Getting ready to carve a jack-o-lantern masterpiece? Learn how weather impacts the pumpkin harvest
Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center in Taylor, Arizona celebrates national homesteading month with a display of solar ingenuity.
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.
Find the right type of insulation for a Solar Heat Grabber from MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
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.
The U.S. Department of Energy released a set of pumpkin-carving stencils celebrating Halloween through alternative energy.
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.
One of the realities of country life is having to get your septic tank pumped every few years.
A good idea that could work for wildfire mitigation.
The energy a PV system will produce during its lifetime far exceeds the amount of energy it takes to produce the PV system
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.
Even after 15 years, Cam still loves heating his home with wood that he cuts himself.
Cam describes the zen-like state he achieves while splitting firewood.
The Gourmet Butcher explains the best ways to re-heat red meats.
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.
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.
Prestyl USA’s customizable infrared art panels prove efficient, ecological & elegant.
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.
Siegers Seed Company is attempting to patent and own a common cucurbit gene for warty pumpkins, and gardeners who know better are disappointed.
Tulikivi provides a “green” cost-effective heating solution because it uses less wood to heat the same space than with a traditional wood burner.
Things that come to mind while watching my husband and son work in this heat.
September is here and I'm expecting the weather to break!
Heating with wood in a cast iron stove.
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.
How big a woodlot would I need to heat my home with wood for the entire winter?
The tankless water heater new design adheres to our corporate philosophy of practicing the Three Rs; of Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.
A brief description of our experience with a masonry heater.
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.
One of the easiest ways to bask and rejoice in the gifts of nature is to make and use a solar wall heater.
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.
This great recipe offers a new way to enjoy pumpkin.
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.
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.
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.
Being in control of your own home heating.
Providing the firewood to heat his home has become a pleasurable hobby for Cam Mather.
Cam loves growing his own heat!
Cam hates to see good scrap wood go to waste and so he cuts it into kindling and has even started selling it!
Cam describes how the seasons progress through one messy task after another at Sunflower Farm.
The Snail, the winner of Electrolux Design Lab 2010 Competition, saves both energy and space by heating food with magnetic induction.
Find out how to enter our Solar Giveaway.
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.
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.
Heat Holder thermal socks are the perfect gift for dads on the go.
Energy-efficient home comfort product makes central HVAC systems and auxiliary heating and cooling appliances more effective.
How I have gone full circle from coal heat, heat pump to wood heat.
Watering 800 berry plants and 300 peach trees is essential in this oppressive heat!
This describes how older individuals can take steps to keep themselves cool on very hot days.
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.
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently released a report discussing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and its possibility as an energy solution.
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.
Heat Holders keep in the heat in your feet.
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.
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, provides tips on splitting firewood for home heating via woodstoves or fireplaces.
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.
Happy Thanksgiving! Want a new vegan dessert to serve at Thanksgiving? Try the Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Pie from the Web site Care2 Inc.
A chainmail fillet glove revolutionizes a cook's potato-peeling technique. Plus, get recipes for potato and pumpkin curry soup and toasted pumpkin seeds.
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 Halloween! Now pop open a pumpkin beer.
Custom Curve is the first glass window system with a structurally engineered framework that follows the curved wall of the yurt.
Micro Dairy Industry Leader, Bob-White Systems, Launches E-Commerce Site.
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.
Bike-share systems are popping up in cities across the Midwest as bike sharing becomes a more popular transportation option.
Permaculture is a holistic, integrative design for a sustainable future: registrations now open for D Acres' 2012 Permaculture Design Course!
Building a vibrant local community through local economics and rural culture.
In “The Root Development of Vegetable Crops” botanist John E. Weaver meticulously illustrates the complex layers of vegetable root growth.
Cam describes why his method of harvesting firewood from his woodlot is the most sustainable way.
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.
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.
Cam readily admits to being obsessed about his use of energy.
Having a “green home” means lots of different things. What does it mean to you?
Let's dream a little dream of green home improvement, without worries about funding.
Traditional Appliances Make a Comeback
The EcoAire is designed to be installed in much the same fashion as a window air conditioner and just as easily.
B&R Automation announces partnership to serve renewable energy industry in US and Canada.
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.
Cam is handling this heatwave much better thanks to his solar-powered air conditioner!
A lesson learned in not counting your chickens before they're hatched
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.
Tips to help wildlife beat the heat with fresh water.
This posting will discuss the relationship of weather and climate and how global warming affects this relationship to trigger climate change
Find out whether a wood pellet stove is right for you, and discover the best stove to buy.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Associate Editor Thaddeus Christian discusses the best firewood for your wood-burning furnace so you can enjoy wood heat all winter.
Learn how to sharpen your chainsaw properly with a file and guide
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.
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.
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.
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”).
Steve explains how one practical guy invented a way to burn pellets efficiently without an expensive pellet stove
During the exceptional heat & drought in Texas this summer BeeWeaver worked hard to just keep hives alive... no honey, no divides.
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're lucky to be able to live the way we do, even when we feel like we're melting
Describes a method of protecting tomatoes from excessive heat using a sunscreen, vermicompost tea, pulling blighted leaves.
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.
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.
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
: Everything you need to know about avoiding problems when you build or remodel your own house. Learn from the mistakes of others and make fewer of your own.
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.
A "how to" for building a hoop-style greenhouse using PVC pipe and plastic sheeting.
Wood is our source of heat for the winter, as are sweaters and hats!
Simran Sethi explains her bathroom-remodel goals to conserve water.
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.