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12/18/2011
How a wood-fired hot tub allows us to live better on less energy.
3/15/2011
Three nuclear reactors in Japan have been destroyed by a 9.0 earthquake.  Radiation levels are on the rise.  The world watches helplessly, wondering if escaping radiation will eventually find its way to them. Are we not witnessing in Japan the dark side of nuclear energy? It is not that hard to see this happening in United States, is it?
1/16/2012
If you begin tomorrow, you can be soaking in fresh, 103-degree water by the evening.
9/24/2010
How much energy does it take to travel? Can we collect this from the vehicle while we are using it?
8/18/2008
Share your simple living ideas to help those in need.
8/17/2009
You can't just hit the ground running when you make the transistion from rat race to homestead. There are lots of lessons to be learned. What wisdom can you share with the homestead hopefuls?
5/11/2009
What skills are you learning in hopes of saving money?
2/3/2012
How we had to adjust to a smaller home, the isolation and quiet.
1/1/2013
In this blog, I challenge readers to abandon the typically new year's resolution and embarking on a New Year's Revolution. Read it and see if you'd like to join me on what could be an exciting and profitable new venture.
1/19/2013
We all have a rule book inscribed in our minds that dictates how we and others should act. Though handy at times, it often becomes a liability, a huge liability. See why in this blog and what you can do about it.
2/21/2013
We all have dreams but why is it that some are so lucky that they come true?
7/29/2011
“For anyone considering downsizing, or considering a small starter home, we say just do it!” Linda Bolton says. “We promise you won’t miss a thing living in a thousand square feet or less. You’ll just have smaller headaches.”
8/1/2012
Many of us hold convictions about others and the world around us that are so wrong that they seriously misguide us, even rob us of happiness and contentment. Don't believe everything you think. Question your beliefs and discover the truth.
9/2/2012
One of the most powerful lessons I have learned in my life is the power of love to create happiness and harmony. Let your life and your interactions with others be goverened by your love for others. Make preserving and fostering love a goal.
10/28/2012
Much to our chagrin, many things we believe are true are dead wrong. Things we believe about other people, health, medicine, renewable energy, and the environment are wrong. Start digging and you'll see and you will start living a smarter life.
11/11/2012
One of the big barriers to personal happiness is a nagging sense of inferiority. It starts early in life and plagues many of us throughout out lives, poisoning relationships and robbing us of happiness. Here's how to start erasing those feelings.
11/11/2012
One of the big barriers to personal happiness is a nagging sense of inferiority. It starts early in life and plagues many of us throughout out lives, poisoning relationships and robbing us of happiness. Here's how to start erasing those feelings.
11/11/2012
One of the big barriers to personal happiness is a nagging sense of inferiority. It starts early in life and plagues many of us throughout out lives, poisoning relationships and robbing us of happiness. Here's how to start erasing those feelings.
4/22/2009
Can you live on less? See how far you can make $20 go for a week or a day.
11/19/2012
Many people believe that their values define who they are. Unfortunately, many of our values don't translate into action. To live a fruitful, peaceful, and productive life, meld your values and actions. You'll be happier and content -- whole.
9/8/2012
In this political season, politicians often define people by their differences, creating strife and even outright contempt among people with opposing political views. Truth is, we have a great deal in common; it is our commonalities that bind us.
10/14/2011
Cam shares six important lessons that he has learned from his chickens.
1/28/2013
OK,I'm giving no hints as to why you should think like a chemist...Read it and see for yourself. At the very least, you'll be entertained by a crazy new way of thinking about life.
9/8/2010
SunRay Kelley’s Gypsy Wagon is an exciting, sustainable home on wheels built from a camper vehicle.
10/25/2011
We finally build somthing!
2/13/2013
How packing snow against your house can add R-value to your insulation - and subtract energy costs.
4/4/2013
There are two situations which do not require you to be heating your home: when it is warm and when you are not at home. Since it is still a bit chilly outside, you may want to consider setting up a routine of turning down the set temperature on your thermostat when you head out in the morning and when you go to bed.
4/26/2013
Replacing a task that uses electricity with one that does not is a no-brainer when trying to save on your energy bill — and air drying is one of the easiest ways to go.
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”).
12/29/2011
Has the "magic" energy solution been discovered?
2/2/2012
We settle in for a long winter's work.
2/13/2012
Instead of learning new tricks, we devise new ways to do the same old tricks.
6/6/2012
Our humble abode begins to take shape.
9/7/2012
We bring power from the array inside the building and put it to work.
11/27/2010
A question about our future.
8/29/2011
Let's stop for a minute and think about what we are doing!
6/4/2010
Save energy and resources and reduce waste when traveling by dumping all your trash in one receptical.
7/9/2012
Nitrogen-fixing winter cover crops can save you money on fertilizer next year.
5/4/2011
Cyndee and Tony love being in control of their own power and never having to worry about rate increases and outages in south-central Colorado. Solar panels, a wind turbine and a wood-fired boiler keep them plenty warm and happy.
7/21/2010
With WASHDROPS™, consumers can wash everything from vehicles and patio furniture to aluminum siding, conserve water, a precious resource, and be environmentally responsible.
8/17/2011
Today, resourceful homeowners are creating more space without moving walls. One innovative solution uses heavy-duty sliding door hardware to show how a vacation home benefits from more efficient floor space.
3/27/2012
Future factors set a high standard for sustainable products and activities
4/9/2011
Are you a modern homesteader with pioneering women in your lineage? My great grandmothers were all pioneers, but our lives could not be more different.
2/14/2013
By observing the birds and wildlife we learn valuable lessons to apply to our lives.
6/8/2011
My old wabi-sabi home stood witness to celebration, sorrow, our children’s first words and fumbling first steps, dinners shared at the end of each day. It provided all that a home could and should, and now it's my lesson in non-attachment.
11/4/2011
Western civilization is totally dependent upon cheap and abundant energy. Three quarters of the petroleum we burn in our engines is imported. Could it be cut off suddenly? Without cheap and abundant energy, our way of life would collapse. If we value our freedom and independence, we should not be relying on foreign petroleum. We should be making our own energy. 
5/20/2012
Comparison between old ways and new technology.
11/20/2008
The book Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide is a collection of skills, tools, and technologies usable by urban residents wanting to have more local access and control over life's essential resources.
3/31/2011
Known for their popular bike touring website, Pathlesspedaled.com, this spring Russ Roca and Laura Crawford are embarking on their next big bike touring adventure, aided by Amtrak, but otherwise astride two Brompton folding bicycles.
10/30/2009
By making good plans and imagining the future with a positive outcome, you can be ready to take advantage of opportunities when they come your way. 
3/17/2010
Mindy Pennybacker’s new book, Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices, and her website, GreenerPenny.com, offer easy tips for daily green living.
5/17/2005
I’ve heard that the moment you plunk down a deposit for a vacation or buy yourself a plane ticket, a good chunk of you is already at the beach (or the mountains or the city . . . or wherever).
5/3/2005
I’m sitting on the deck of my room at the Northern Queen Inn in Nevada City, California, on a gorgeous spring day.
12/21/2011
Most American homes are codependent with a lifestyle-support-system of roads, wires, pipes, lines of credit, satellites, and a collective identity determined by the supply side. Yet just about any household budget offers continuing opportunities for creating a healthier, less expensive lifestyle that’s also easier on the environment.
1/6/2010
As a new year unfolds, Natural Home forecasts 2010 predictions—and it's good news—Americans will become smarter, greener consumers.
1/22/2010
In most cases, we can't do all of the things we would like to live more sustainable lives — at least, not all right away. We can all do something, though, and making the choices and taking the steps that we can is an effective, satisfying way to make our lives more self-reliant and better for the planet every day.
9/27/2012
Ed and Bruce share their experiences with homesteading and self-sufficiency in a rural setting.
4/26/2013
If you want to achieve your goals, stop making excuses for the things that go wrong on your path to success. Learn from them. Never stop trying to improve. And never stop trying. Work smart and hard.
3/25/2013
Get out of your shell and lend a hand to those around you, even perfect strangers – you’ll be amazed at what you become and how your kindness touches others
9/19/2012
Soil Life is an all-natural, organic blend of microbes designed to enhance the nutritive value of soil in all growing conditions.
3/11/2011
Welcome to by blog “City to Country, One Step at a Time.” Here’s how I ended up as a modern homesteader on a little acreage in the Canadian West Coast bush.
3/25/2011
If you are growing vegetables, making a few homemade wares here and there ... you are practicing good, old-fashioned homesteading techniques.
1/24/2012
Many decisions go into remote living to decide if it is right for you.
10/10/2012
Ed and Bruce share their experiences with homesteading and self-sufficiency in a rural setting. This segment is on using natural resources around the homestead.
4/30/2013
KOR Water has announced the reusable Nava filtering water bottle.
5/20/2013
Missoula, MT company awards home owners sustainable products.
10/20/2010
Living luxuriously doesn’t necessarily mean living large — at least not in these homes — and reducing a little waste doesn’t hurt, either.
11/1/2012
The new metal roof was nailed down just hours before the storm hit.
6/18/2013
Noting the “firsts” and “lasts” occurring on the homestead at early summer.
7/5/2013
Choosing homesteading as a way of life and what it takes.
7/12/2005
We Westerners tend to think we’ve got it all going on when it comes to green living in general, and green building in particular.
12/11/2009
Wherever you live, you can practice sustainability and share your successes with your neighbors.
2/27/2009
Enjoy visiting green living fairs, shows and workshops from Maine to Texas in every season of the year.
7/6/2011
Luke Dinan, a young man from Toronto, Ontario, is forging his way towards sustainable living and a self-reliant lifestyle; a path we can appreciate, strive for and maybe contribute to.
2/4/2011
Most of us would love to live in energy-efficient homes that are good for the environment and have low, low energy bills. But what are the best real options available? How do you create an extremely energy-efficient home that’s still affordable for most people?
3/9/2011
Any net zero-energy home needs two things. The first is the sun, providing passive solar energy. The second necessity is retaining maximum heat.  
4/28/2010
The Canadian government’s ecoENERGY program stops giving financial assistance for energy-efficient home improvements.
3/18/2009
Sustainability starts at home—but it sure does help to have community backing. Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence takes a closer look at the Cambridge Energy Alliance, a nonprofit, community-supported program that offers free energy audits and customized plans to make homes and buildings more eco-friendly.
5/25/2010
The requirements for the much-trusted Energy Star label have changed after a government test discovered exploitable flaws in its certification process.
10/22/2010
Every year, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) releases a report assessing each state’s programs and policies for energy-efficiency. See how your home state did in 2010!
12/24/2009
Geothermal energy is cleaner than fossil fuels and is endlessly renewable. Find out more about why we should seriously reconsider geothermal energy as a way to meet the world's energy needs.
2/7/2011
The Council of Better Business Bureaus National Advertising Division recommends that Sherwin-Williams modify or discontinue advertising claims that its “Harmony” paint line is completely free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
4/19/2011
An energy audit can help the homeowner determine the best strategies for improving the home's energy efficiency.
6/29/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains why wind energy is growing in popularity right now.
8/28/2008
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) provides state-by-state information on incentives, rebates and grant programs for renewable energy systems and energy efficient home improvement programs.
2/6/2009
If you’re the first of your friends to move to the country, get some chickens and plant an organic garden there will be some inevitable social fallout.
2/24/2012
Our typical day living in the mountains in the winter.
6/25/2008
Congress is about to pass legislation to ease the worry of homeowner debt, but it's also possible to build your dream home without a mortgage.
5/9/2013
Nokero International has been awarded the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s ‘Patents for Humanity’ award.
7/15/2013
Admirals Alternatives make it easier to obtain renewable energy systems for your home.
11/12/2008
The bar has been raised! Televisions now need to consume less energy to qualify for the Energy Star label.
7/27/2009
The new Microsoft Hohm application makes it easy to track your energy use and provides simple recommendations to save energy and money.
6/11/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares exciting information about the Google PowerMeter, a new device that helps homeowners find ways to reduce their electric bills.
12/8/2005
Yesterday I had coffee with Kirk Adkisson, a pastor who’s starting a progressive Presbyterian church here in Boulder. (In the continual erosion of my judgments and stereotypes, I got to learn this week that “progressive Presbyterian” is not necessarily the oxymoron I had assumed it to be!)
1/28/2009
The future looks bright as long as the United States can follow its current energy efficiency programs.
2/10/2010
Profitability, efficiency and growth are eternal goals. As we improve, we set higher goals, always asking how to raise the bar so that we continue getting better and better.
9/24/2013
The GateMate, by Cartell, has the lowest current draw in standby than any other free exit system on the market.
4/26/2013
The all-new RZT S ZERO is available in select markets and will be headlining the Cub Cadet Test Drive Experience Tour.
8/13/2008
Be aware: Living sustainably can be hindered by homeowner association rules.
5/1/2011
The daily realities of living in the mountains.
10/17/2012
An introduction to me, a home-schooled 11 year old.
4/22/2013
An article about when the best time is to start a new homestead.
6/17/2013
Spring time is a time to experience the newness of life and living in the Sangre de Cristo mountains amid the wildflowers, birds, green woods and new birth.
7/11/2011
Ryan Mitchell, founder of TheTinyLife.com, is saving up to pay cash for a 130-square-foot home on wheels in North Carolina. He’s seeking perspective, clarity—and a girlfriend who gets it.
8/17/2007
An interview with the founder of a small organic gardening business that focuses on education and helping gardeners go organic. Learn more about this company and vote for it to win funding from a small business competition.
1/4/2013
Blog post number 17: Jeff solves the problem of how to use higher-efficiency D/C power for long run-time loads, while using some A/C appliances as well.
6/28/2011
A rural home in La Porte, Iowa thrives on all the elements of nature including bird feeders, a veggie garden and table scraps.
10/3/2013
Many people perceive going green as an inconvenience and an unnecessary burden on their daily lives. What they don't realize is that they can take simple steps to help protect the environment without the disruption to their lifestyle, but save money as well.
2/4/2014
Calculating the amount of mountain snow to actual moisture.
2/26/2014
Barebones strives to make the experience of outdoor recreation and hobbies a priority.
5/21/2009
Here’s advice from a renewable energy expert about what you can expect to pay for a solar-electric system to power your home.
7/24/2009
An Energy Efficient Mortgage can help you add value to your home by making home energy improvements more affordable.
10/5/2010
Next spring, President Obama will install a solar panels on the roof of the White House. The photovoltaic system will provide hot water and some electricity for the White House living quarters.
2/17/2009
Looking for natural ways to ward off that 3 o'clock slump? Real Simple magazine offers nine natural tips for increasing your energy — no pills, caffeine or other stimulants required.
2/19/2009
Want to know more about where that $787 billion dollars in the stimulus package is going? Here are links to a couple of timely articles with all the details about how the stimulus package will encourage renewable energy and energy efficiency.
7/26/2011
Sue McKay Miller divested herself of nearly everything she owned and moved into a yurt in the wilderness to determine how much she really needs to live a satisfying life. Turns out, she really doesn't need much.
1/4/2013
In this New Year, my first recommendation for personal transformation is to give compliments generously to those who grace your life. You'll brighten the lives of others and your own life enormously.
6/9/2010
Check out these high-quality workshops on solar electricity, home energy efficiency, and small wind energy systems. Geared to homeowners, aspiring professionals, students and teachers - anyone wishing to learn more about renewable energy systems
3/22/2011
Sixty-one percent of Americans say they understand our nation's energy issues, but more than half have never heard the term "smart grid." We have a lot to talk about.
1/3/2013
Solar Energy International is excited to announce the 2013 Online Solar Training schedule! On Jan. 14, we will kick off this year's online training schedule with some of the most rigorous solar training in the industry.  Join thousands of people from all over the world in SEI's Online Campus!
11/19/2008
Check out how millions of gallons of water can be saved by Aug. 11, 2009!
8/2/2011
Let's face it: Tax audits have given the word "audit" a bad name. But a home energy audit is a good thing, and every home can benefit from the information and recommendations a home energy audit provides.
9/28/2012
The Solar Energy Tour is coming to communities all over the U.S. the first weekend of October — learn how to attend an event, or create one yourself.
5/1/2013
More than the electricity needed to run these machines, the “rinse hold” hot water setting that many households use is the biggest energy drain associated with dishwashers – as much as 80 percent of the energy your dishwasher uses goes to heat water.
12/29/2010
U.S. energy consumers will rely more on natural gas and renewables and less on imports in 2011. Coal remains dominant.
5/10/2010
The Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010, which passed the House on May 5, would provide $6 billion in rebates to homeowners who make energy-efficient upgrades to their homes.
7/2/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains a Pew Charitable Trusts study that finds that jobs in the clean energy sector are growing faster than jobs in the fossil fuel industry.
6/22/2009
Summer marks the start of buzzing AC units, but this doesn’t have to waste energy or drain your wallet. By accessing the energy leaks in your home with a simple energy audit, you’ll save money on utility bills. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains how to perform a home energy audit.
12/5/2011
Hold on to the holiday spirit while saving energy and money this season with holiday LED lights.
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.
7/15/2010
American and European renewable power sources made up more than half of the countries' new electrical capacity in 2009.
4/1/2013
Tonight when you get home from work or school, call your utility company and ask what incentives they have for you to get an energy audit for your home. Many utilities have been offering free energy audits for years, but very few people have actually taken advantage.
10/3/2013
Renewable energy accounts for nearly 50 percent of added capacity in US in 2012.
7/14/2011
Victoria Gazely considers her revitalized 650-square-foot homesteader’s cabin on 7 acres of fertile earth--purchased for $150--a blessing. “I absolutely love living here,” she says.
10/22/2010
The success of Urban Gardens is a story about an expansion of one’s reach outside of one given discipline.
12/18/2012
Fall may be turning to winter, but there’s still time to enjoy those last sunny days before the harsh chill settles in.
1/9/2013
The 20th-Annual Organic Growers School takes place March 8 through March 10 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) in Asheville, N.C. The event, which is open to the public, provides practical, region-appropriate organic growing and permaculture workshops, homesteading and rural living classes, as well as a seed exchange, silent auction and trade show.
12/7/2009
Where is the strange and wonderful place this homesteader describes? And how do you get there?
2/8/2011
The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Ag Branch encourages purchasing tractors with a Rollover Protection Structure. Programs exist that will help offset the cost of the ROPS to add to older tractors. Tractor rollovers are common accidents that will lead to severe injury or death, but an ROPS will keep the driver safe.   
6/20/2011
New wood stove, another unexpected advantage of downsizing, and Murphy's Law.
6/25/2011
Finding friends out in the country can be challenging.
10/11/2011
We look for materials bargains while devising a way to pay for it all.
2/28/2012
Cam has a (temporary) job outside of the house and he has gained a new appreciation for being self-employed.
3/28/2012
Cam often finds himself relating to song lyrics.
8/22/2012
A typical day of activity on a modern homestead and off grid.
10/17/2012
Things that occur when switching from summer to winter mode. Fall is almost non existent.
1/16/2013
What exactly is ‘modern homesteading"? There are as many definitions as there are people doing it. What does the term ‘modern homesteading’ mean to you?
4/22/2013
Sheepskin rug keeps a childhood story alive.
5/17/2013
Riches sometimes come from natural resources - not always connected with dollar signs.
6/4/2013
Tree rings tell the tale. It is nice and green here now but our plants and weeds are acclimated to semi arid and have deep roots.
6/20/2013
Who knew that a flock of chickens would be able to teach us so much about living with our children?
7/10/2013
Instead of throwing out that empty feedbag, get creative and turn it into something new! Homesteader Ed Essex shares ideas for finding new uses for old objects.
3/2/2011
Sailors for the Sea presents its new Rainy Day Kits teach young sailors to care about marine ecology and the environment with fun, interactive games.
2/22/2013
Sharing our first experience with an indoor/outdoor vertical hydroponic garden.
9/18/2007
Now is a great time to sow a cover crop or two that will enrich your garden soil over the winter.
10/21/2008
Save time and avoid blisters and burnout by following these common-sense guidelines this leaf season.
2/27/2012
If you're like me, your life's been a series of trials and errors, mistakes and missteps. At times we get it right, but many other times we founder. The goal of my new blog is to help you and others spend more time enjoying life and less time in pain and struggle.
8/18/2012
Your mind can often trip us up, make things worse than they are, even lead us into disaster. You can control your own mind and change negative messages to positive ones, creating a much more productive,calmer. and fullfilling life.
12/23/2009
Check out this green gingerbread house built by MOTHER EARTH NEWS staff: It includes cookie and candy versions of SIPs construction, a living roof, and a solar electric system.
9/9/2013
Each year we learn more and more about living off grid and homesteading. These are just a few of the third-year experiences we wanted to share.
10/21/2013
Regular tasks that keep our cabin comfortable and welcoming.
10/11/2013
Even when the chicks have left the nest, they never really leave.
12/5/2013
Learning to appreciate seasonal differences.
1/8/2014
There is hard work homesteading in the mountains and the weather dictates much of those challenges.
1/29/2014
It takes commitment and determination to live remotely in the mountains.
2/11/2014
For many people, going green seems like a daunting task, but in reality, a few simple lifestyle changes is all you need.
2/13/2014
Celebrate meals with homegrown or local food. Tips for making your celebration gatherings zero-waste events.
12/5/2012
The cost to install and operate our solar electrical system.
1/1/0001
If you go shopping for an electric bike, you’ll find a wide range of prices and brands. Discover how to determine the best electric bicycle brands for your lifestyle.
3/20/2014
Passive House standards incorporate passive solar design principles, but the two labels don’t mean the same thing. Learn about the difference between passive solar design and Passive House certification.
4/7/2014
Taking time to reflect on the past brings renewed appreciation to the present.
4/8/2014
Unforgettable Fire's Kimberly and Katydid wood stoves are heating solutions for any and all spaces.
4/14/2014
Other than the four regular seasons there is a fifth season in the mountains called mud season.
2/14/2013
It's how solar energy is more affordable than we may realize.
5/16/2013
It’s springtime and the weather is getting warm, but that is no excuse for letting money and energy fly out the window every single day. Hopefully you were able to find all the drafts and leaks in your windows last fall (if not, now is just as good a time as any).
7/22/2010
Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will stop accepting loans from the nationwide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which helps homeowners pay for the cost of energy-efficient retrofits.
7/28/2010
Green stadiums are being built all across the nation by a variety of sports franchises and this is only the start. These franchises are also implementing green team programs.
6/4/2009
Vermont passed a bill into law last week that established a feed-in tariff policy. The policy is one of the United States' first.
6/19/2009
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed a bipartisan bill that does not go far enough for some environmental groups.
2/18/2013
It's about seven unique way's you can use your iPhone to be more energy efficient.
7/5/2013
New standards for Energy Star refrigerators and freezers will reduce energy consumption and include “connected” features.
6/2/2009
According to a recent American Wind Energy Association report, the U.S. market for small wind turbines grew 78 percent in 2008. Manufacturers predict that this trend will continue in the next few years.
9/28/2007
Many states are working quickly to develop their wind power resources knowing it will pay off big in the future.
12/3/2010
Have you had a home energy audit done before? A home energy audit can show you the best ways to make your home more energy efficient.
1/1/0001
Second annual report shows how homeowners consume and conserve energy; one third willing to cool off in undergarments rather than turn down the A/C.
1/10/2014
Alternative energy has become a hot topic in recent years as we try and work towards more sustainable resources. Whether we'll get there or not remains to be seen.
1/4/2012
How a born and bred city boy came to leave Detroit, start a Tennessee homestead with his wife, and blog about it here.
1/13/2013
Many of us make a habit out of complaining, when in fact our lives are pretty good. In this blog I suggest that gaining perspective -- focusing on how good your life really is -- will help you live a much happier life. Give it a try.
4/20/2011
When Paula and Matt learned that running a utility line to their rural Vermont home would cost the same as buying solar panels, they never hesitated. Now they're living the good life, off the grid.
4/25/2011
Kate and Jeff are building their off-the-grid dream near Taos, New Mexico. As they build themselves a small straw bale house and make do with a few solar panels, they're realizing how little they really need.
6/28/2011
Sayra and Dominic live with their 5-year-old daughter in a charming 550-square-foot home in rural Idaho. There are challenges, but they've found that less really is more. "It's like living in a fun clubhouse," Sayra says.
4/28/2011
Will our nation's positive moves toward saner, simpler living and smaller homes fall victim to an improving economy? No way.
4/27/2011
We can learn a lot from the Amish, who have passed down wisdom on living simply and celebrating community for generations.
5/12/2011
Deb and Tommy have spent just $7,500 to set up their off-the-grid homestead in Oklahoma's Kiamichi Mountains, which relies on one 80-watt solar panel for power. As they learn more, they will continue to build their systems.
3/20/2014
Two homesteaders discuss their experience with the weather applicable to their mountain homesteads in Washington and Colorado.
2/5/2009
Hanging your clothes up to dry rather than using an electric dryer is a great way to save energy. Here are links to a couple of sturdy wooden indoor drying racks.
10/8/2010
Adjusting the timing of your water heater could help you increase energy savings.
10/8/2010
Woodstoves can have indoor or outdoor air supplies depending on factors and requirements for the building.
4/5/2012
Despite rumors to the contrary, a Prius is still better for the Earth and has less embodied energy than a Hummer.
1/29/2013
In 2010, Chevrolet announced that they were embarking on their Carbon Reduction Initiative, an effort to invest $40 million in carbon offset projects across the country with the goal of reducing up to 8 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions. The program includes wind, landfill-gas-to-energy, solar, efficiency, and conservation projects.
5/1/2009
Learn how to build your own wind turbine, install your own solar panels and convert your car to electricity with hands-on teaching by Dan Chiras.
9/29/2008
This handy online tool helps calculate your solar energy potential based on your location.
1/20/2011
The Appalachian State University team will be blogging about their progress on the solar home they are building for the 2011 Solar Decathlon.
3/14/2011
We know that heating, cooling and operating our buildings is responsible for 40 percent of total energy expenditures in this country. That’s a huge percentage. But we also know how to test, evaluate and improve buildings so that energy use can be cut dramatically.
3/19/2013
The International Window Film Association says older dwellings can reduce energy use with energy saving window film, which was recently voted into the new California building energy codes.
11/11/2009
Are gas guzzlers becoming popular again? Dan Chiras gives his outlook.
9/22/2010
The World Community Grid uses grid technology and idle computers to power environmental and humanitarian research projects.
7/9/2010
To meet its goal of making all new buildings carbon-neutral by 2030, the American Institute of Architects introduces an online tool that help designers predict how much energy their buildings will use.
6/29/2010
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has invented an air conditioner, the DEVap, that’s up to 90 percent more efficient than traditional ACs.
4/12/2010
Looser standards and self-certification have led to a market flooded with Energy Star appliances—many with questionable qualifications.
3/9/2010
Touted as one of the greenest cities in the U.S., Boulder, Colorado, isn’t cutting the mustard when it comes to carbon emissions reduction because residents are slow to make energy-saving changes. City officials have gone so far as to send out contractors to perform the simplest changes for homeowners—including changing light bulbs.
2/26/2010
A GE Lighting survey finds that 82 percent of Americans use compact fluorescent light bulbs—and 75 percent have no idea that the government plans to phase out incandescent light bulbs starting in 2012.
9/9/2009
MyEmissionsExchange.com stimulates the economy and combats global warming by paying registered users for reducing their energy use.
3/30/2009
A survey by the Shelton Group, a Tennessee-based advertising firm, reveals why energy-efficient products are flying off the shelves during this tough economic time.
3/16/2009
A new government-sponsored program calls for India to replace 400 million incandescent bulbs with CFLs by 2012.
3/11/2009
Energy-monitoring devices won big at the Greener Gadgets Conference in New York City.
11/9/2007
As we continue to watch a zero energy home get built in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado, I’m digging the opportunity to learn more about building materials that I’ve seen in finished form but never in process. I like the
10/3/2007
Almost everyone uses a computer these days. But not everyone knows how much energy is consumed by that one device.Most appliances or electronics tell you the number of watts they use. An average CPU uses 120 watts, while the monitor uses 150 watts. That's 270 watts of power while in use, but there are several easy ways to reduce that amount.
12/7/2007
Try these helpful resources to follow environmental legislation currently being debated in Congress.
1/10/2008
Here's one helpful link that can help you find out where your favorite candidate stands on nuclear power, biofuels, renewable energy, fuel economy and other hot environmental issues.
8/20/2008
Check out this dramatic short movie.
11/6/2008
Ready, set, save! Try these online calculators for help finding the best ways to save energy and money at home.
5/21/2009
New York makes a plan to increase solar power as part of an aggressive energy policy.
7/31/2009
It’s a lot of fun to explore Google Earth, and you can find plenty of good information on environmental topics.
1/5/2010
Dan Chiras, founder of The Evergreen Institute, shares information on locating renewable energy training facilities.
5/12/2010
Following a disastrous investigation into the Energy Star program’s certification process, the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency are making major changes, including scrapping automated approval and requiring stricter lab results.
9/23/2010
Homeowners want energy-efficient features and functional rooms that will expand on small homes’ square footage, according to a recent American Institute of Architects report.Homeowners want energy-efficient features and functional rooms that will expand on small homes’ square footage, says an American Institute of Architects report.
10/15/2008
October 15 is Blog Action Day and this year the topic is poverty. Here are several related blog posts on this subject, especially as it relates to the sustainable living topics that we write about every day.
7/23/2009
The Sacramento Municipal Utility Destrict (SMUD) recently approved a FIT policy, which will allow owners of small renewable energy systems in the company's area to sell excess energy back to it. Several areas in the United States have passed similar policies in recent years.
12/31/2007
While photovoltaic panels are great for meeting small-scale energy needs (like those of individual homes or businesses), perhaps a more viable large-scale option is concentrated solar power (CSP) technology.
10/8/2008
California ranks No. 1 on the ACEEE's scorecard of energy efficient states. See how your state ranked here!
9/19/2008
Wouldn't it be nice if we could produce all the energy we needed from local, renewable resources, such as solar and wind power?
6/8/2010
Here are some ways to save on energy and money while keeping your home cool in extreme summer temperatures.
6/19/2009
Going off the grid offers complete energy independence — no utility bills, no grid outages, ever — but it takes some effort, and you will need to learn how to conserve energy.
2/26/2009
When you build with structural insulated panels (SIPs), wiring isn't as much of a challenge as you might think.
3/4/2009
You say you’re an environmentalist, but are you practicing what you preach?
11/21/2008
When you start measuring electricity use, you may be surprised by which appliances and electronics use the most energy.
8/1/2008
MIT researchers announced a breakthrough that could ultimately make it much cheaper and easier to store solar energy.
4/20/2008
Here's how you can find people selling home-scale wind turbines near where you live.
5/5/2008
Here are the basic options for buying your electricity from sustainable sources.
4/25/2013
Heating water is the highest drain that laundry machines and dishwashers have on your bill. Onaverage, water heating accounts for 18 percent of your energy bill.
2/13/2013
If someone told you that you were losing money just by sitting in your home, you would probably want to do whatever you could to change that. Well the reality is that your home is using up energy regularly, and there is a huge chunk of that energy that you do not even need. Luckily, we live in a time when technology is constantly coming up with ways to fix problems such as these. Here are some of the ways that technology can help to save the environment, as well as your wallet.
5/10/2011
Put your kitchen on an energy diet without spending money on new appliances. Use these simple tricks to use less energy while cooking, freezing and refrigerating--even drinking your morning coffee.
6/15/2011
Outdoor kitchens, dining areas and living rooms are a great way to expand your home's living space. Designers offer advice on how to make the most of the great outdoors--in your own backyard.
4/27/2011
The Living Seed Company is creating a platform to inspire gardeners and gardeners to be.
3/24/2011
This book club of the book, Better Off: Flipping the Switch on Technology, follows a couple who decides to live technology free for 18 months among a strict Amish-like community, growing all their own food and relying on their neighbors to survive.
5/11/2011
Gardening challenges at high elevation.
5/22/2011
The process of evaluating needs for successful downsizing.
7/15/2011
Cam describes the benefits of writing this blog and his recent book.
7/31/2011
Jeff and wife Kathy have lived off-grid since 2002. They strive to inform the public about ways to live inexpensively, and to further the principle of sustainability. Visit their website to learn more: www.naturalpower.weebly.com
11/7/2011
The political system is not broken.
11/17/2011
I love rural life and modern homesteading, but there are days when the comfort of a city condo would be welcome indeed. And honestly? A relief.
12/28/2011
This blog is an introduction to how we went from a condominium lifestyle to off grid modern homesteading in the mountains. It also includes an explanation of the meaning of "off grid".
1/12/2012
This blog is about all of the choices we have for the type of home we want for off grid living and some of the construction materials involved. It turns out there are a multitude of options we have to choose from.
1/15/2012
We finally see walls and a loft floor.
2/3/2012
Things you can do to prevent fire damage to your home from an external source.
2/7/2012
How we avoid cabin fever by doing volunteer work and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
2/24/2012
A quick look at different ways to be sustainable whether you are off grid or not.
3/2/2012
Two easy steps to reduce your electrical use whether you live off grid or not.
3/16/2012
A simple explanation of our solar power generating system and cost.
4/5/2012
If you've been on this rural living or modern homesteading journey for decades, or just starting out, how do you know when you've arrived?
4/13/2012
Robert Maxwell discusses the benefits of a rural lifestyle.
4/26/2012
A roof is a wonderful thing to have!
5/3/2012
The generators we use for living off grid and a multitude of other tasks.
5/10/2012
Tips on how to keep water away from your home and water damage prevention.
5/31/2012
A short history of my own horse riding adventures.
7/6/2012
Our power system begins to take shape.
7/16/2012
Living a ranch life in northern New Mexico in the 1960s consisted of hard work and knowledge. It was not the romantic life that many people imagine it to have been.
8/16/2012
Reflections on 15 years of mountain living.
8/16/2012
A description and pictures of a tornado force winds in Washington State in 2012.
8/29/2012
A comparison of costs between on grid and off grid utilities for our circumstances.
9/5/2012
Success at growing food at the 4200' elevation and some of the challenges.
9/12/2012
When we moved into the country, we had no idea that small critters would be such a nuisance.
9/19/2012
How we have adapted from salt water fishing to freshwater and what we do with our catch.
10/3/2012
Some of the downside of free ranging your chickens.
10/15/2012
How we live in the mountains during the winter.
10/31/2012
Design features we incorporated into our new off grid home.
12/19/2012
Fun facts about our first year of blogging for Mother Earth News.
1/3/2013
A brief description of how we grow fresh vegetables in our long cold winters.
1/9/2013
A brief description of our experiences with solar tubes in our off grid home.
1/28/2013
How we deal with unexpected incidents.
1/30/2013
A description about something unique - a wood burning masonry kitchen stove.
2/18/2013
It may not be in the Kangaroo Valley tourist brochures, and you might think it odd to visit a rural supply store just for a look, but I would encourage any visitor to Australia's Kangaroo Valley to make a trip to the Red Shed.
3/1/2013
How both we and the chickens have gotten better at surviving the cold winters where we live.
3/8/2013
Noting the time and marking its passing, keeping us in the present.
3/20/2013
This current situation is a perfect example of the 80/20 rule of homesteading: 80 percent of your time, energy and effort is spent on maintenance; 20 percent on progress towards the dream. A majority of your time homesteading is spent covered in chicken poop, squashing potato bugs, figuring out why gas isn’t getting to the carburetor in the ATV and shoveling snow after dark by headlamp.
3/22/2013
Our experiences in learning to pressure can and use reusable canning lids.
2/17/2012
A brief description of our experience with a masonry heater.
5/29/2013
If know you're destined to live in the country, or just more self-reliantly, but are overwhelmed by all the choices, here's a place to start.
6/20/2013
It is a regular occurrence, a question we're asked: Why do we do all this work?
6/26/2013
How did Victoria Redhed Miller and husband David end up living on an off-grid homestead in the foothills of Washington State's Olympic mountains? Grid? What grid? Electricity was something one took for granted; it came from those outlets on the walls. I was hardly aware of it except during one of the infrequent power outages.
7/16/2013
The journey to a self-sufficient life is a bumpy ride. Having a backup plan — or two — can make all the difference in your progress.
8/28/2013
Who would think it’s possible to discover the artist in me, incubate a business, plus milk goats, grow a garden...all in one unforgettable summer. I'm a rich woman by any standard.
9/26/2010
Simple living expert Wanda Urbanska at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
3/8/2012
Learn three simple tips for making the most of small gardening spaces, including hanging plants and advice for selecting seed varieties.
3/13/2012
Realize that DIY inspiration is just a click away by checking out these great home remodeling blogs. 
2/23/2012
Ben Davis, of Ben Does Life, has a truly inspirng weight loss story, but it's how message about how to be happy that is most motivational.
5/24/2013
How feeding the hungry amounts to action on behalf of a planet on fire with a toxic yang imbalance.
8/23/2013
Seth Leitman explains toxicity in our products and how green living is about recovering from these products.
6/25/2008
Daniel Sheridan found a way to turn children's energy into electrical power with a see-saw that generates electricity. The see-saw should generate enough electricity to light a classroom for a whole evening after only five to 10 minutes of use.
8/22/2013
MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine comes to life in the recently released Wiser Living Video Series. Volume One of the Series features some of our most popular workshops from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS taught by members of the editorial team and expert community. Become more self-reliant in and around your home by tackling 19 projects ranging from keeping backyard chickens to making tinctures.
7/18/2012
What it is like to live higher up.
6/3/2013
An upcoming inspirational documentary, “Beyond Off-Grid,” that strives to motivate people to return to the old paths, includes self-sufficiency experts from around the country. A MOTHER EARTH NEWS blog prompted the producer to contact us.
7/8/2013
A pressure canner greatly expands the range of foods that can be safely canned at home.
9/1/2010
If your job, finances, family commitments, etc., have thwarted or delayed your dreams of self-reliance, you don’t have to wait until you can afford a 20 acre parcel. You can start working where you are now to build and nurture self-reliant living skills that are sure to provide you with more peace of mind and improved health, and will most likely be of great personal benefit during the coming decades of global challenge and change.
9/21/2011
Gene GeRue relates the lessons he learned from a childhood of frugal living.
11/18/2011
At last, we construct the foundation.
8/9/2012
As everyone gathers around this campfire this fall, unite this variety of flavors into one savory skillet that will be enjoyed by all.
3/9/2012
A short simple explanation of how to project your electrical needs in order to size your electrical off grid system.
2/10/2012
This post is about our water cisterns and what we use them for. It also contains a caution that many local governments would like to tell you what you can and can't do with rainwater.
7/12/2012
Things to look for in your soil before you break ground on your new home or cabin.
11/25/2013
We’re interested in how our readers have lessened their environmental footprint.
1/3/2014
Outside of a few rare equipment failures, we’ve never had a power outage in the past 20 years that wasn’t our own fault — usually caused by not paying attention to power use or proper battery charging. Weather failures, on the other hand, are starting to become noticeable.
1/8/2014
Day 2 has a haphazard start with no hot water for a proper cup of tea, and people are arriving early for a day of consulting. What's the solution to keeping water hot overnight on top of a wood stove so there's plenty for hot tea, doing dishes and a shower?
1/10/2014
Each year we try to challenge ourselves with an entire month where we spend no money, and avoid using energy.
1/14/2014
How our "thanks for nothing" month came to be.
1/31/2014
Tips to help you get started planning your very own homestead. With proper planning you don't have to be experienced to do it right.
2/12/2014
Bruce McElmurray and Ed Essex collaborate on how the weather dictates to their mountain homesteading.
2/19/2014
Ed and Bruce compare the weather and its impact on their mountain homesteads at different elevations and mountain ranges.
1/9/2014
Mountain homesteading in a remote area.
12/31/2013
Using snowshoes to keep our paths and trails open as the snow piles up.
3/6/2014
Taking a bath in the winter takes a little more planning at our off-grid, no-plumbing home.
3/5/2014
Inspired by the recent Mother Earth News article, "65 Money Saving Tips", this piece shares how we at the Be the Change Product spend little and live better.
3/2/2011
Leasing solar panels may be a way for you to have a solar electric system on your home. See what our expert has to say on leasing solar panels, from an operating lease to a capital lease. Plus, learn about the federal tax incentives that come with solar electric systems.
7/20/2011
Prestyl USA’s customizable infrared art panels prove efficient, ecological & elegant.
7/25/2011
Tips for saving energy at home while trying to stay cool.
4/2/2013
CFLs use 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb. I know that when I purchased new lamps for my house, they had a whole shelf of incandescent bulbs right next to it, and I had to go search the store for CFLs, so I understand if you are currently using incandescent bulbs. But it’s worth the switch — not only are CFLs equal in light quality, they last way longer and will save you hundreds of dollars over their lifetime.
5/2/2013
Did you know that a dirty filter in your HVAC equipment can reduce its efficiency by up to 20 percent? Didyou also know that it is recommended to check your filter every month? Don’t despair!
5/3/2013
When you get home today, do this simple test: Close your fridge door on a dollar bill or piece of paper; if you can pull the bill out easily or worse, if it falls, then it is time to replace the seal.
5/7/2013
Did you know that heat transfer through windows can account for up to 25 percent of your energy bill by allowing heat out during the winter, and makes your air conditioner work overtime to combat the sun’s warming? Drafts and leaks can be the biggest culprit of energy waste but can also be fixed with relatively little effort.
5/20/2013
Attics can be a huge energy drain if they are not insulated sufficiently. We’ll leave the heavy lifting for next weekend, but for now look for uneven insulation, base sports, water damage, and anything else that looks out of place.
5/21/2013
Here are seven devices that will help you conserve energy in your home, and maybe even help make our world livable again.
6/7/2013
It might seem like a small thing, but your refrigerator can be a HUGE drain on your energy bill. We’ve already shown you how to check for leaks in your refrigerator seal—now let’s take the next step in keeping your fridge in top working order.
6/18/2013
Having a properly maintained water heater is like going to the dentist: No one wants to do it, but it’s gotta be done. Ideally, you should have an inspection and necessary maintenance performed on your water heater once a year.
1/7/2011
The difference between power and energy and how it relates to toast!
11/15/2010
Two new federal programs, the Home Energy Scoring program and the PowerSaver program, make it easier for homeowners to save energy.
5/8/2009
As tough economic times hit the renewable energy industry, unsold solar panels are collecting dust in warehouses in many parts of the country. But in Gainesville, Florida, homes, buildings and schools are glittering with brand new panels, installed after the city passed a feed-in tariff law, requiring the power company to buy renewable energy from local producers.
11/7/2011
Tips on how to conserve energy at home with Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs.
12/16/2008
The Apollo Alliance want you to tell the new Obama Energy Czar, Carol Browner that you support renewable energy policy.
1/14/2009
Find out what different states are doing to promote power from renewable sources, including solar and wind energy.
3/5/2009
There are many ways farmers can benefit from renewable energy, including wind energy, solar energy, energy efficiency and biofuels.
3/4/2011
To learn more about large wind energy companies and wind power generation, Brittney Tyler-Milholland and Brenna Long talk with a representative from Horizon Wind Energy about the wind energy industry in this Wind Energy blog. With wind farms in 18 states, Horizon Wind Energy plays a role in the future of wind energy in the United States.
3/20/2013
Wind turbines within two miles of residential areas can hurt the property values of homes.
7/5/2013
The “Remote Community Renewable Energy Partnership” exceeds Obama’s goal for supporting clean energy development in small native villages.
5/11/2010
Environmentalists are in a debate about the Cape Wind project. We want to know what you think about the proposed offshore wind farm.
11/19/2008
The X Prize Foundation needs your vote to help them decide their next X Prize.
7/1/2013
Save money and energy at home by choosing energy-efficient products whenever you purchase home appliances or computers and other electronics.
7/8/2010
High-efficiency washers save energy, water and money with every load. And with the average household washing 400 loads per year, those savings add up.
12/10/2009
Renewable energy expert Dan Chiras shares details about The Evergreen Institute's new Renewable Energy Educator Certificate program, designed to prepare teachers to train a new generation of renewable energy professionals to meet the needs of a growing industry.
11/27/2009
Dan Chiras points out the efforts already being made to increase availability of renewable energy professionals and educators and talks about The Evergreen Institute's new goals to raise interest among potential students.
12/19/2013
The sun provides us with enough clean energy that if ever effectively harnessed, we might never need any other form again. Sadly, we are only able to harness a fraction of it's potential. Fortunately, we are making great progress to get where we want to be.
12/14/2011
Life really is good when you live on a dirt road.
7/20/2011
Karen and Tony Tipsword's rehabbed 720-square-foot cabin allows them the freedom and independence to live their dream of running a campground. "Being happy does not mean a large home filled with things," Karen says.
7/25/2011
Katie and Martin Clemons are resetting their priorities as they settle happily into a 480-square-foot apartment in Berlin. “Living smaller has taught us to live more simply,” Katie says. They bike more, shower less and enjoy their good life.
11/5/2012
Jim and Holly Smith, founders of Today’s Abundant Living, sent us this great review of a Homesteading Education Month open house and country skills workshop they hosted at their Michigan homestead.
1/26/2011
Figure out whether a home wind turbine is right for you by evaluating land for the best wind turbine location. Our expert explains placement, turbulence, wind speed and wind site assessment. These steps and factors will determine if a wind turbine is right for you.
5/27/2010
Yes, you can make your own solar panels, but it won’t necessarily save you much money compared with buying commercial solar panels.
9/4/2012
Beautiful night time display of spinning colors in downtown Ann Arbor vividly demonstrates possibilities of wind energy.
8/19/2010
Information about energy-efficient washing machines and cellular window shades. These energy-efficient appliances and window shades will please environmentally conscious consumers. 
1/18/2010
Solar energy organization Show Me Solar comes highly recommended by renewable energy expert Dan Chiras for its 2010 list of workshops, webinars and other educational opportunities.
3/26/2010
The fourth annual Earth Hour is Saturday between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Turn off the lights and take a stand against climate change!
11/13/2009
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program reached a major milestone this week when it qualified its 1 millionth Energy Star home.
7/29/2009
President Obama and the Department of Energy are creating new standards for energy-efficiency in lighting.
7/20/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains how the new energy and climate legislation that creates opportunities in green building.
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.
10/17/2011
How to save energy in commercial and industrial buildings.
12/21/2007
For holiday cheer that uses less fossil-fueled energy consider LED Christmas lights.
12/27/2007
These 25 very different places all get some or all of their energy from wind power.
7/31/2007
When you're ready to price or purchase a new solar system, findsolar.com has everything you need.
9/17/2008
This unusual water-powered clock from Bedol is powered by salt and water.
5/8/2009
Check out this video on tapping wind power with kites.
6/12/2009
More money from the Stimulus plan has gone to hot and cold states for weatherization programs.
2/24/2011
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) assures consumers that manufacturers have rectified many of the issues related to using CFLs, making them into mere myths. These issues include usage in three-way fixtures, non-compatibility in dimmers, the high price of CFLs and CFL use in fans and candelabras. Additionally, CFL users should understand the lifespan of the bulb and causes of flicker.  
4/20/2011
To learn more about large wind energy degrees, Brittney Tyler-Milholland and Brenna Long talk with educators at Iowa Lakes Community College about the wind energy degree program in this Wind Energy blog. Iowa Lakes had the first wind energy program in Iowa.
8/1/2011
If you crave great music with an eco-conscious cause, attend Rock the Green, Milwaukee’s first green music festival.
8/27/2008
The X Prize Foundation will be hosting a forum in early September to discuss different ideas regarding renewable energy.
8/19/2008
Bill Clinton has 10 recommendations for what the U.S. government should be doing to promote cleaner energy.
1/11/2008
Want to learn more about the benefits of compact fluorescents (CFLs)? Here's a fast explanation of how the new efficient light bulbs can be better.
3/20/2009
The Bedol water-and-salt-powered clock runs for six months on a teaspoon of salt.
5/1/2009
Dan Chiras elaborates on his previous blog about the disadvantages of vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs).
10/27/2008
A new technology developed at MIT, solar concentrators, could dramatically reduce the cost of photovoltaic (PV) power.
7/2/2010
The BP oil spill shocked the nation, but it’s not too late to take action. We want to know what you plan to change.
12/3/2009
The fastest-growing energy technology in the world is solar, and photovoltaic solar collectors capture solar energy in a supremely adaptable and portable form. Find out more about photovoltaics, how they work, and how they can change the way we make energy.
12/1/2009
Today most new homes are sited without any reference to solar energy at all. A few builders are catching on, however, and making the simple adjustments necessary to turn new houses into solar collectors by adhering to the tenets of passive solar building. Learn more about how passive solar works and its benefits.
8/6/2008
The term "living off the grid" can be used in different ways, but it means something very specific when you start looking at producing electricity from renewable sources.
8/17/2011
Check out this magical photograph of an energy-efficient dome home and the surprise above.
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.
11/12/2008
How much electricity is your computer using right now? You might be surprised how easy it is to find out.
11/5/2013
A do-it-yourself portable solar cart allows us to have solar power without removing trees from the yard. We can also take it away from the home site and move it indoors before storms.
1/14/2014
Nothing lasts forever, let's do the math.
11/7/2012
Press Release about UNEP/GEF en.lighten initiative’s Toolkit, “Achieving the Transition to Energy Efficient Lighting.”
4/3/2013
Some large electronics can use as much energy as a light bulb while in "stanby" mode, meaning you should unplug them when you leave the house or know you won’t use them for awhile. Having a large electronic setup plugged into a  power strip makes it much easier to completely power it down, especially if it has a lot of plugs like a home theater system or computer.
4/25/2012
Monitoring energy use has led to increased motivation for conservation
3/7/2011
Homeowners and renters who made five or more energy-efficient improvements found satisfying savings, a new study finds.
6/11/2010
Now's the time to redouble our efforts to tap into energy efficiency. The potential is huge and the benefits are even greater.
6/16/2010
A brief announcement of a rare educational opportunity ... a wind turbine installation. We'll be installing a 2.5 kW Skystream wind turbine on a 127-foot tilt-up tower.
3/18/2011
In this Wind Energy Blog, we talk with a representative from The Nature Conservancy to learn more about the environmental impacts of wind energy. Despite the many concerns about the impacts these wind farms can have on wildlife, there are no current regulations that wind farm developers must follow before building their wind farms.
3/15/2013
Defying conventional wisdom about the limits of wind power, in 2012 both Iowa and South Dakota generated close to one quarter of their electricity from wind farms. Wind power accounted for at least 10 percent of electricity generation in seven other states. Across the United States, wind power continues to strengthen its case as a serious energy source.
8/30/2013
Our efforts to improve energy efficiency in the United States might be faltering.
4/24/2013
Many people don’t know that most HVAC systems don’t produce more or less heating or cooling based on the room temperature – they simply blow air for longer.
2/16/2010
Courses in solar energy taken through The Evergreen Institute now apply toward the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s site assessor certificates.
2/19/2010
Energy expert Dan Chiras suggests a simple process for locating energy-efficient appliances and electronics.
5/13/2010
Three-day workshop announcement on net zero energy homes by leading authority on energy efficiency and renewable energy, Dan Chiras. Learn how to reduce your utility bill through conservation, effriciency, & clean, affordable, renewable energy.
3/28/2011
Our “needs” for the latest gadgets elevates our energy consumption, even with the onslaught of energy-efficient appliances and consumer electronics in recent years.
10/23/2012
The Obama Administration releases its plans for new renewable energy sources.  Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, explains that the new solar energy zones span six states and keep both domestic energy and environmental preservation in mind. If completed, the power generated from these solar energy zones would provide electricity to roughly seven-million homes.  
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.  
1/7/2011
The Evergreen Institute lowers prices to encourage more participating in its January workshops in home energy efficiency, electricity and electrical wiring, and basic PVs: An Introduction to Solar Electricity.
10/31/2010
The thousands of families who have built affordable homes, cash up front, made of earthbags, straw bales, cordwood, cob and rammed tires are not in danger of losing their homes in the current mortgage crisis.
1/13/2010
Dan Chiras announces that five of The Evergreen Institute's workshops currently qualify as continuing education credits for LEED Accredited Professionals.
4/6/2011
With 67 percent growth in one year, the solar energy industry eclipses even the telecommunications industry, according to a new Solar Energy Industries Association report.
12/5/2010
A BIG issue in everyone’s lives today is increasing fuel costs. The seriousness and scope of our energy problems calls for an all-out effort for sustainable solutions, starting as soon as possible.
11/1/2012
The ENERGY STAR Rebate Finder app uses your zip code to find sales tax exemptions, credits, or rebates on qualified products.
5/31/2011
When a fire destroyed their home and office near San Luis Obispo, Ken Haggard and Polly Cooper seized the opportunity to build the off-the-grid straw bale home of their dreams. Their comfortable compound now houses two other families as well.
6/27/2011
Follow these simple guidelines to make the most of your small space: contain clutter, find furnishings do double-duty, and make maximum use of color and light.
6/24/2008
Here's a rundown of the many reasons behind the recent rise in the price of gas.
6/4/2008
Mounting a wind turbine on your roof instead of on a tower might seem like a good idea, but here are some issues you should consider.
8/10/2010
NativeEnergy, an innovator in the United States carbon market, today launched its year-long 10-Year Anniversary program.
8/10/2010
NativeEnergy, an innovator in the United States carbon market, today launched its year-long 10-Year Anniversary program.
1/11/2011
New approach to renewable home energy – heating with pelletized fuel in free-standing pellet stoves and fireplace inserts. Generally made from recycled wood byproducts, pellets are low carbon fuel that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
2/15/2011
Lundberg Family Farms announces the opening of a new warehouse that is powered by 100% solar energy. Lundberg Family Farms produces wholesome, healthful rice products while protecting and improving the environment for future generations.
1/31/2012
Companies launch demonstration site to illustrate the consumer and utility benefits of a BMW electric vehicle in a Smart Energy Home powered by Tendril Connect(TM) cloud platform.
11/23/2012
A Federal Housing Association (FHA) EEM provides mortgage insurance to the borrower who is looking to purchase or refinance their home, and incorporate the costs of energy efficient improvements into their mortgage.
10/1/2009
The Solar Decathletes begin assembly on the National Mall at midnight, Oct. 1. But just getting the houses into D.C. is no simple task.
10/1/2009
Tell us what you think! We'd like to know whether you're using compact-fluorescent light bulbs at home and why or why not. 
4/18/2011
Michael Strizki proves that living off the grid doesn't have to mean sacrificing comfort.
6/7/2013
Save money and energy by going green and being smart about your home utilities.
6/27/2013
Passive solar design comes to Navajo families, as architecture students build homes on Utah reservations.
8/18/2010
The second post (of three) describing an organic gardener's attempt to grow his own wheat.
8/23/2010
Cam shares the results of his experiment growing wheat in his vegetable garden.
9/9/2010
What's the most efficient way to boil water?
2/3/2011
Cam is glad to find out that he has been successful at encouraging people to embrace renewable energy.
3/7/2011
Cam speaks to a group of university students about "sustainable" development...
3/9/2011
Cam learns a lot by spending time with people who "get it."
3/29/2011
Getting solar panels in Seattle is becoming more affordable with state incentives and net metering but still doesn't quite compare to other states.
5/4/2011
Cam describes how our solar electric system has evolved over time.
8/29/2011
Cam considers how Peak Oil will affect our lives....
1/24/2012
Cam shares his enthusiasm for the sun and the wind at his off-grid home.
3/23/2012
Sometimes being off grid doesn't necessarily mean that you're green.
12/18/2012
Wind turbines kills birds, but not as many as are killed by tall buildings and other hazards.
1/12/2011
New investment in clean energy reached $243 billion last year, driven by soaring activity in China, offshore wind and European rooftop photovoltaics
12/29/2010
The Snail, the winner of Electrolux Design Lab 2010 Competition, saves both energy and space by heating food with magnetic induction.  
8/30/2010
The Sierra Club’s top 100 greenest colleges and universities carve a clean energy future—students demand it.
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.
2/10/2010
A National Association of Home Builders report and a Better Homes and Gardens survey find that builders and homeowners are moving toward smaller, more energy-efficient homes.
2/17/2010
LG Electronics unveiled a new energy-efficient bottom-freezer refrigerator at the Maison & Object living design exhibition in Paris. The product, which uses linear compressor technology to save energy, was named the best example of an eco-chic product at the exhibition.
5/4/2009
The Environmental Protection Agency releases a list of the top green power purchasers in the United States.
12/19/2011
Tips to save energy and water during the holiday season.
10/15/2012
Tips on how saving energy this fall and winter can help reduce nutrient pollution in water bodies.
10/30/2012
Tips on how to conserve energy and save money with compact fluorescent bulbs during shorter daylight hours.
11/13/2012
November 11-17, 2012 is Geography Awareness Week and the theme is 'interdependency' this year.
11/27/2012
Tips on how to reduce energy with lights during the holiday season.
10/10/2007
Waves, tides and currents can all be used as sources of energy.
6/24/2008
A new city being built in the Middle East could become the model for the world's move to renewable resources. Could the U.S. be next in line for a carbon-free metropolis?
8/6/2008
Find out what John McCain and Barack Obama have to say about energy issues including the use of nuclear power, clean coal and support for renewable energy.
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.
12/22/2008
The word is that nitrogen trifluoride is more of a problem than previously thought, and it's used to manufacture all kinds of high-tech equipment, including thin-film solar panels.
7/28/2009
The Environmental Protection Agency announced a list of the top 20 on-site renewable electtricity generators.
9/11/2009
The U.S. Congress has retuned from summer recess, but conflict might keep the Senate from drafting climate and energy legislation quickly.
9/15/2009
Check out the PV Watts calculator and find out how much solar-electric power you can generate in your part of the world.
3/17/2010
Dan Chiras announces a four-day energy workshop he'll be teaching in Kansas City, Mo.
10/14/2010
Researchers at the University of Bath are all set to test the efficiency of the HemPod, a building made from a hemp-lime composite.
12/14/2010
Environmental journalist and author Amanda Little gives a keynote speech about America's dependence on fossil fuels at the 2010 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pa.
12/16/2008
Meet the new green team! Here are the people Obama picked for key environmental posts in the new administration.
2/17/2009
Yep, some of the money in that stimulus bill is committed to green initiatives, including creating green jobs.
1/28/2009
Earlier this month a plan was drafted to remove all plasma screen televisions from California retail shelves.
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.
9/12/2007
Start cutting your electricity use today, and it will save you a bundle of cash on a renewable energy system when you're ready to buy one.
11/16/2009
Check out these renewable-energy courses to see if there’s an Evergreen class for you.
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
2/24/2009
Save thousands on a solar electric system by learning this simple secret.
8/27/2008
If we want more electricity from renewable sources, we need to think about upgrades to our electric grid.
11/25/2009
Find out what types of federal tax incentives are available for homeowners who install renewable energy.
3/13/2009
Check out RenewableEnergyWorld.com for background information and breaking news on renewable technologies.
7/17/2008
This one policy makes it much easier to pay for a solar or wind-electric system, but not every state offers it.
2/4/2008
Here's how you can find out what financial incentives are available for purchasing solar panels, or another renewable energy system for your home. Search these resources to find state and local incentives.
3/9/2009
If you’re thinking about getting a solar electric system to help the environment and save money, think about efficiency first.
12/17/2013
Here are three of the season’s brightest and cleanest gifts for a greener holiday celebration.
12/3/2013
Ready to decorate? Show your holiday spirit with LED lighting to save energy and money. www.earthgauge.net/?p=33327
12/4/2013
How are US college students helping to brighten the future of Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, without leaving campus?
11/6/2013
Learn how to evaluate your own home for solar potential with four easy steps!
11/5/2013
Fall is a great time to replace traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs. Save up to $50 per year.
1/27/2014
Tips for solar advocates to invest money smartly and be part of the growing solar market
2/24/2012
Check out the Kimberly stove, an energy efficient, small space wood cookstove.
3/14/2014
How does induction cooking work? What are the pros and cons? Efficient electric cooking or hidden health risk?
4/7/2014
Utility companies and solar power companies are vying for customers' business. See how that affects you.
3/6/2012
The Living Seed Company is working to preserve genetic diversity in our food chain, through the distribution and growing of open pollinated seeds and preserving the ancient art of seed saving.
4/24/2013
Want to Save on Earth-Friendly Products? Check out Worm's Way's sale by clicking on the Earth Week banner at WormsWay.com and enjoy up to 20 percent off your purchases.
9/8/2010
Engineer Venkappa Gani leads by example when it comes to sustainable living. His entire backyard is an organic garden, an edible landscape that borders his rainwater harvesting tank collectors overlooked by solar panels that power his home (and more!). Gani is dedicated to sustainability, a word he lives by everyday at his suburban home in Austin, Texas. 
11/9/2011
Christopher shares an experience of painting his family farmhouse, but when he used flat, not glossy paint, his uncle was not happy. How could the uncle have responded in a more productive manner?
1/5/2012
These are the first steps we took to make the change from city living to off grid living. It describes the questions you should ask before you buy property and the research required to make sure you can do want you want with your property.
3/23/2012
Options for phone service if you live in a remote location that doesn't have cell service or landlines available to you.
3/30/2012
Our take on the positive and negative points of insulated concrete forms.
4/13/2012
Where we have chosen to draw the line between convenience and sustainability - for now.
4/20/2012
An article about how we learned to double our growing season and have home grown fresh veggies almost all year long.
4/27/2012
Tips for snow removal around your house and down the road.
5/3/2012
Living in possibly the best place in the USA.
5/8/2012
What we have found as an advantage of having a rural hardware store close by.
5/11/2012
A surprising number of amenities found in a small town complete with western hospitality.
5/16/2012
The final in a 6 part series on Ft. Garland, Colorado
5/17/2012
Short stories about our chicken experiences
5/24/2012
After the snow leaves to do list for us.