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3/13/2013
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.
2/25/2014
High efficiency air source heat pumps are proving their worth for cold climate heating and cooling.
6/21/2010
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.
9/30/2008
Here's why a heat pump might be a good choice for your home.
1/8/2013
This clever basement sump pump is designed to keep water out of your home during hurricanes and other severe storms.
4/2/2010
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.
5/3/2013
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.
5/28/2013
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.
5/1/2014
Why manual water pumps are making a comeback and how to select the right type for a homestead.
4/30/2010
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.
9/4/2012
Impress your guests with fresh pumpkin pie, warm from the oven.
1/21/2014
Love of family, love of tradition, love of pumpernickel bread — need I say more?
11/14/2008
It's true! You really can pump water to a higher elevation using nothing but water power.
9/4/2012
Small pumpkins or squash make great individual bowls for serving these easy soups.
9/4/2012
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.
6/19/2013
A unique contest challenges people to hand-pump more water in one minute than a 64-year-old grandmother can.
1/24/2008
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.
12/18/2013
Bread baker Heather Alf shares her experiences baking quick breads. She includes a quick and healthy easy banana bread recipe.
9/29/2010
Whatever you do in your garden or flower beds, the most important thing is to have fun taking care of what you are growing.
9/4/2012
Learn how to make gnocchi using pumpkin or squash purée.
10/30/2012
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.
7/15/2008
Cleaning up an old water heater just requires two simple tools.
10/13/2011
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.
9/9/2011
There's a curious surprise on this fall pumpkin!
9/24/2012
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.
10/8/2010
Adjusting the timing of your water heater could help you increase energy savings.
2/25/2013
Unit helps homeowners heat more space while slashing high hot water bills
4/23/2014
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.
3/9/2014
This blog teaches readers how to make homemade Greek-style yogurt.
1/20/2014
How to make a quick, healthy dessert on Three Kings Day.
1/3/2014
Includes two recipes to enjoy over the holidays along with time saving tips.
7/7/2011
A simple, practical and easy option for priming seasonal water systems.
7/7/2011
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.
6/13/2012
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.
11/29/2010
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.
12/21/2011
Make a pie from your own pumpkin puree, using a from-scratch pie crust!
8/24/2010
Weatherization Program Nearly Doubles Payback in One Easy Step with GE's new GeoSpring™ Hybrid Water Heater
7/7/2010
The GeoSpring hybrid water heater from GE continues its impressive run of firsts.
10/1/2010
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.
12/14/2007
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.
10/10/2011
After only a few nights with a wood stove in the tipi, I've become happily addicted to warmth I have to work for.
8/19/2009
You can use a solar hot-air collector to heat your home with renewable energy. Here’s more about how they work.
10/24/2011
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.
8/10/2009
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.
11/21/2013
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.
8/28/2012
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!
6/18/2012
Heat Recovery innovator produces a safe hot water heating system kit for wood stoves.
3/18/2011
Cam has always enjoyed playing with water. Now he lets his solar-powered pump do some of the work!
3/5/2014
This post informs readers on the advantages of using whey in baking. It includes a recipe for whole wheat sandwich bread.
9/28/2012
Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center in Taylor, Arizona celebrates national homesteading month with a display of solar ingenuity.
10/22/2013
Getting ready to carve a jack-o-lantern masterpiece? Learn how weather impacts the pumpkin harvest
10/22/2012
Tips on what to do with leftover pumpkins during the autumn season.
10/29/2008
Create your own virtual - or real - jack-o'-lanterns this Halloween season.
10/24/2011
Facts on the links between weather and pumpkins and what you can do with leftover pumpkins.
11/26/2013
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.
12/11/2013
Using up CSA produce is often difficult, but I found a fun and easy way to do it.
10/25/2012
The U.S. Department of Energy released a set of pumpkin-carving stencils celebrating Halloween through alternative energy.
2/25/2013
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.
12/28/2007
Here are a few talking points that can help peacefully resolve home heating arguments.
10/2/2009
Once built, this window-mounted heat grabber should give you years of dependable service.
11/26/2008
Find the right type of insulation for a Solar Heat Grabber from MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
3/26/2010
The energy a PV system will produce during its lifetime far exceeds the amount of energy it takes to produce the PV system
6/26/2014
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.
12/30/2012
A good idea that could work for wildfire mitigation.
10/31/2011
One of the realities of country life is having to get your septic tank pumped every few years.
8/2/2014
Use a hand water pump to compress air for filling tires without electricity.
11/16/2010
Simran Sethi starts dreaming of spring gardening, with the goal of renewing her efforts to grow real food.
8/16/2010
Simran Sethi teams up with two neighbors to "grow food, not lawns."
4/6/2012
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.
4/20/2011
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.
2/11/2009
Siegers Seed Company is attempting to patent and own a common cucurbit gene for warty pumpkins, and gardeners who know better are disappointed.
5/12/2011
Have some fun in your garden this year and grow something giant!
7/30/2011
Squash vine borers send me over the edge, and it isn't pretty.
2/17/2012
A brief description of our experience with a masonry heater.
6/11/2013
One of the easiest ways to bask and rejoice in the gifts of nature is to make and use a solar wall heater.
7/8/2008
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.
8/30/2010
The tankless water heater new design adheres to our corporate philosophy of practicing the Three Rs; of Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.
10/7/2008
This great recipe offers a new way to enjoy pumpkin.
10/6/2010
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.
1/28/2013
Even after 15 years, Cam still loves heating his home with wood that he cuts himself.
2/27/2009
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.
10/1/2008
Here are the pros and cons of using south facing windows for home heating, rather than solar collectors.
4/24/2012
Cam describes the zen-like state he achieves while splitting firewood.
10/5/2011
The Gourmet Butcher explains the best ways to re-heat red meats.
3/31/2009
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.
7/20/2011
Prestyl USA’s customizable infrared art panels prove efficient, ecological & elegant.
1/27/2011
Tulikivi provides a “green” cost-effective heating solution because it uses less wood to heat the same space than with a traditional wood burner.
5/16/2012
How big a woodlot would I need to heat my home with wood for the entire winter?
9/3/2011
September is here and I'm expecting the weather to break!
2/23/2013
Heating with wood in a cast iron stove.
5/20/2009
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.
8/26/2011
Things that come to mind while watching my husband and son work in this heat.
7/18/2013
Selecting the location for the Bob-White Systems’ micro dairy barn.
7/26/2013
Why we chose to build the Bob-White Systems barn we did.
8/20/2013
Choosing cows for the Bob-White Systems micro dairy.
8/5/2014
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.
8/8/2014
How installing a pipeline milking system can help dairy farmers of all sizes make the most of their valuable time.
2/28/2012
BioSafe Systems, LLC is the manufacturer of sustainable and environmentally responsible disease control solutions.
6/15/2012
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.
1/16/2013
In this blog we share someone else's story about old fashioned home made ingenuity concerning deep well pumps that operate without electricity.
9/9/2011
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.
6/29/2011
Steve shares an approach he installed at a friend's place for easing the burden of priming seasonal water systems
11/25/2009
Find out what types of federal tax incentives are available for homeowners who install renewable energy.
10/8/2013
Steve explains a little about why he chose to install reclaimed cast-iron radiators, including a video tour of his installation.
2/24/2014
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.
3/31/2014
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
12/27/2013
A blog about the joys of wood heat that covers comfort, energy savings, ecology and history of the trees and sustainable harvesting
4/8/2014
Unforgettable Fire's Kimberly and Katydid wood stoves are heating solutions for any and all spaces.
4/25/2011
Cam loves growing his own heat!
8/5/2011
Find out how to enter our Solar Giveaway.
12/29/2010
Providing the firewood to heat his home has become a pleasurable hobby for Cam Mather.
12/20/2010
Being in control of your own home heating.
11/10/2011
Cam hates to see good scrap wood go to waste and so he cuts it into kindling and has even started selling it!
1/16/2013
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.  
12/29/2010
The Snail, the winner of Electrolux Design Lab 2010 Competition, saves both energy and space by heating food with magnetic induction.  
12/9/2011
Cam describes how the seasons progress through one messy task after another at Sunflower Farm.
7/31/2008
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.
11/6/2013
Heat Holders keep in the heat in your feet.
6/17/2014
How having a rhythm and routine assists in accomplishing difficult tasks.
6/17/2014
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.
10/8/2011
How I have gone full circle from coal heat, heat pump to wood heat.
8/3/2011
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.
7/18/2011
This describes how older individuals can take steps to keep themselves cool on very hot days.
1/18/2010
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.
9/21/2012
Energy-efficient home comfort product makes central HVAC systems and auxiliary heating and cooling appliances more effective.
7/2/2012
Watering 800 berry plants and 300 peach trees is essential in this oppressive heat!
6/11/2012
Heat Holder thermal socks are the perfect gift for dads on the go.
12/3/2008
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently released a report discussing Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and its possibility as an energy solution.
5/11/2012
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.
9/20/2012
A chainmail fillet glove revolutionizes a cook's potato-peeling technique. Plus, get recipes for potato and pumpkin curry soup and toasted pumpkin seeds.
10/31/2008
Happy Halloween! Now pop open a pumpkin beer.
10/31/2008
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.
6/6/2010
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.
11/26/2008
Happy Thanksgiving! Want a new vegan dessert to serve at Thanksgiving? Try the Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Pie from the Web site Care2 Inc.
1/28/2011
Steve Maxwell, Canada’s Handiest Man, provides tips on splitting firewood for home heating via woodstoves or fireplaces.
8/20/2013
In “The Root Development of Vegetable Crops” botanist John E. Weaver meticulously illustrates the complex layers of vegetable root growth.
2/16/2012
Building a vibrant local community through local economics and rural culture.
1/20/2012
Permaculture is a holistic, integrative design for a sustainable future: registrations now open for D Acres' 2012 Permaculture Design Course!
8/25/2011
Micro Dairy Industry Leader, Bob-White Systems, Launches E-Commerce Site.
3/22/2013
Bike-share systems are popping up in cities across the Midwest as bike sharing becomes a more popular transportation option.
6/14/2011
Custom Curve is the first glass window system with a structurally engineered framework that follows the curved wall of the yurt.
11/28/2012
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. 
3/19/2014
The basics of using a woodstove to heat your home.
6/30/2014
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.
3/31/2014
The best way to start a fire in your woodstove.
1/15/2014
Keep your greenhouse above freezing during short cold periods without paying for a heater.
4/29/2009
Having a “green home” means lots of different things. What does it mean to you?
6/15/2010
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.
6/23/2009
Let's dream a little dream of green home improvement, without worries about funding.
6/17/2011
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.
2/9/2011
Cam readily admits to being obsessed about his use of energy.
1/28/2011
Cam describes why his method of harvesting firewood from his woodlot is the most sustainable way.
10/31/2011
Learn how to sharpen your chainsaw properly with a file and guide
10/30/2012
Find out whether a wood pellet stove is right for you, and discover the best stove to buy.
12/12/2013
With winter beginning, these homesteaders are starting winter off cozy in their cabin.
10/3/2013
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Associate Editor Thaddeus Christian discusses the best firewood for your wood-burning furnace so you can enjoy wood heat all winter.
3/6/2014
Taking a bath in the winter takes a little more planning at our off-grid, no-plumbing home.
5/29/2014
Make your home more energy efficient with Indow Windows Shade Grade.
7/25/2011
Tips for saving energy at home while trying to stay cool.
7/5/2011
Elmira Stove Works offers distinctive, superior quality appliances with its innovative line of Fireview cookstoves.
10/27/2010
Traditional Appliances Make a Comeback
3/24/2011
B&R Automation announces partnership to serve renewable energy industry in US and Canada.
10/28/2010
The EcoAire is designed to be installed in much the same fashion as a window air conditioner and just as easily.
8/8/2011
Tips to help wildlife beat the heat with fresh water.
7/25/2011
Cam is handling this heatwave much better thanks to his solar-powered air conditioner!
7/31/2011
This posting will discuss the relationship of weather and climate and how global warming affects this relationship to trigger climate change
8/1/2011
Tips on how to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
12/2/2010
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.
6/21/2012
A lesson learned in not counting your chickens before they're hatched
1/27/2012
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.
2/6/2013
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.
9/12/2011
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.
4/29/2013
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”).
11/18/2011
Steve explains how one practical guy invented a way to burn pellets efficiently without an expensive pellet stove
7/2/2012
We're lucky to be able to live the way we do, even when we feel like we're melting
2/13/2011
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.
1/4/2012
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!
10/11/2011
During the exceptional heat & drought in Texas this summer BeeWeaver worked hard to just keep hives alive... no honey, no divides.
7/18/2012
Describes a method of protecting tomatoes from excessive heat using a sunscreen, vermicompost tea, pulling blighted leaves.
1/10/2013
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
9/27/2012
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.
1/26/2013
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
1/16/2012
A "how to" for building a hoop-style greenhouse using PVC pipe and plastic sheeting.
12/9/2010
Simran Sethi explains her bathroom-remodel goals to conserve water.
3/14/2012
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.
1/5/2012
Wood is our source of heat for the winter, as are sweaters and hats!
1/22/2013
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.  
2/8/2011
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.  
12/17/2010
Simran Sethi writes about choosing eco-friendly paints, tiles, and other aspects of her renovated bathroom.


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