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6/5/2009
Learning the basics about electricity will help you conserve energy.
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.  
6/23/2010
Ceiling fans help cool people naturally, and use a lot less energy than air conditioners. Use them to save on energy.
11/30/2011
How potentially dangerous chemicals are tested and are they really that safe for humans or not.
7/22/2010
Denim is strong and durable, and used jeans can be recycled into all kinds of fun and useful creations.
4/6/2009
Here's something positive to blame on the recession: Less trash is going into the landfill. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence takes a look at the changing American throwaway culture.
1/31/2012
Cam describes his ongoing inner dialogue concerning his carbon footprint.
8/27/2013
Drawers overflowing? Drowning in a sea of more T-shirts than you can wear? Here are two quick and easy ways to get those used Ts back in heavy rotation.
12/16/2012
Outlining our process for locating a suitable location for finding a new homestead.
12/22/2012
Where we find a wealth of information for projects and enjoyable reading.
7/28/2010
Make a homemade kaleidoscope that rivals the most expensive models with a PVC pipe and a reflector made from mirrors and wood. Point it at anything or use the special reflector tray to make unique kaleidoscopic designs.
7/13/2010
Drying food is a good way to eat local produce all year, and if you make this solar food dehydrator for yourself, you’ll be well on your way to delicious meals during colder months.
3/13/2009
Of our daily water use, 75 percent is consumed in the bathroom. Changing our habits can cut back on our use. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence advises on how to save water and energy in the bathroom.
2/21/2012
Judy Mimranek shares her father's time-tested tip for digging a root pit and covering it with layers of straw and cow manure in order to store fruits and vegetables through the winter.
5/29/2014
Make your home more energy efficient with Indow Windows Shade Grade.
3/2/2012
Two easy steps to reduce your electrical use whether you live off grid or not.
10/5/2010
Things to consider when purchasing a new or used tractor.
8/12/2010
Building a pantry is a great way to store your groceries and home produce.
3/20/2009
Tell us about your all-time favorite fix-it tool.
12/5/2012
How to recycle a junked refrigerator into a refrigerator root cellar that works at keeping produce chilled but not frozen during winter months.
1/26/2012
Making good decisions on how we use our land. Keeping it natural.
5/19/2011
Air conditioning accounts for as much as 20 percent of the average homeowner's utility bill. These simple tips can help you reduce your mechanical cooling needs, meaning more money for you and better-quality air for the world.
12/13/2011
Try these easy and unique homemade gifts--from your kitchen and from nature--for your loved ones this year.
11/2/2012
Learn how to make a pinwheel for a fun, outdoors toy.
8/3/2010
Build your own wood-fired earth oven for baking fluffier, more flavorful bread and other baked delights.
11/30/2010
Done with flimsy, store-bought tomato cages that fall over when the wind blows? Build long-lasting, heavy-duty tomato cages to fit your garden with one of our four plans.
10/31/2011
Handmade candies are always better than store-bought. If you're a fan of the peanut butter-and-chocolate combination, mix up these delicious little truffles.
8/26/2010
Second in a series of blog posts about how to convert a lawn mower or other gasoline small engine to run on propane.
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.
6/16/2011
Americans are being asked to turn up the thermostat 3 degrees on June 21. If you find you don't notice the difference, why not keep it up? You will notice the difference in your electric bill.
3/9/2012
A short simple explanation of how to project your electrical needs in order to size your electrical off grid system.
7/27/2012
The author of STAND UP AND GARDEN discusses why it is safe to can and otherwise preserve produce that's grown in an environment in which pesticides are used.
2/7/2013
The Rainwater Hub is an entirely new answer to the limits of traditional downspout diverters and rain barrel systems. The Rainwater Hub distributes rainwater up to 150 feet through regular garden hoses.
5/14/2011
Steve Maxwell spotlights the three myths that prevent people from realizing the full value of the self reliant lifestyle, and how to dispel them
9/2/2011
Chris Lubkemann of Fox Chapel Publishing will present a workshop on whittling at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
9/16/2011
Mike Orr of Fox Chapel Publishing will present a workshop on homemade instruments at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/10/2011
This rustic, resourcefully sustainable dog fence fits right into the landscape. Before you install a fence, look around your place first to see what's already available.
2/14/2011
When you live in an off-grid house in the country, it's important to be handy!
9/25/2011
Learn how to make soap with Robin Bedford of Possum Hollow Farm Soap.
4/29/2011
Kiko Denzer of Hand Print Press will present a workshop and demonstration on modern homesteading, do-it-yourself building with mud at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
10/21/2011
With resources from Mother Nature, you can make natural and beautiful homegrown holiday gifts.
4/14/2011
You can upcycle (make crafts from recycled materials) to beautifuly and simplify your world! Have a few old T-shirts that are past their prime? Make them into a rosette pillow! Use homemade recycled paper to send friends and family chic, personalized greetings cards. Overrun with stuff to recycle? Transform tin can lids into a melodious windchime! Have fun and get creative turning your old stuff into treasures!
12/28/2012
Many readers can't say no to spouses, children, bosses, and so on. To please and care for others, we often sacrifice ourselves, working long hours, exhausting our energy. There is a cure. It's a two-letter word that starts with n. Try it.
12/6/2011
Winners of the Fabulous Food Garden Contest have been chosen. See who the lucky prize recipients are!
4/13/2012
Although you might think warming up your car is best on a cold morning, doing so is a bad idea — and not just because it wastes gas.
1/19/2012
How we approached buying our property, clearing and selecting a home site.
6/10/2010
Finding the perfect desk with just the right amount of work space can be a hassle and a financial drain. Build your own desk with this do-it-yourself tutorial, and you’ll have room for your computer, notebooks, phone, printer and any other work-time necessities, and you’ll save some serious cash in the process.
5/1/2012
We call our homestead Sunflower Farm and now we have the sign to show for it!
6/11/2013
As antibiotic resistant infections become more prevalent due to antibiotic use in livestock, health advocates turn to the White House for action.
5/30/2013
Meals become a snap when you add pressure cooking to your repertoire. Pressure cookers are great kitchen companions that bolster the flavor of even simple dishes, plus they save you time and money.
8/7/2011
One of the first steps to building our homestead in Texas was to get water and electricity on the property so we had the basics from which we could build. This blog discusses how we implemented the first phase of our utilities.
9/16/2012
In this posting we discuss the benefits of converting to renewable energy sources vs. the consequences of continuing to use fossil fuels.
2/17/2011
A year-long study in Oklahoma found that consumers who used energy-tracking technology and pricing plans that let them analyze their usage can cut their consumption in half.
9/26/2010
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy launches a national campaign aimed at the American Automobile Association.
6/6/2011
The sustainability of one’s home depends as much (if not more) on its location as on how the house is built. If you’re looking to buy land or to buy (or rent) a house, consider the following sustainability criteria when comparing property locations.
3/29/2013
As America’s fuel use continues to decrease, proposed solutions such as the Keystone XL pipeline and food-to-fuel conversions may be unnecessary.
12/5/2011
The New York Times reports our carbon emissions in 2011 were the highest on record. Reduce your family's carbon footprint by choosing vegetarian recipes such as Fennel and Leek Soup and Delicata Squash Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms and Herbs.
5/27/2014
Here are some simple steps you can follow when setting up drip irrigation for row crops.
1/20/2013
How we focused on attaining our dream homestead.
4/26/2012
A roof is a wonderful thing to have!
1/24/2011
When it's -30 degrees outside you can make your own snow!
2/1/2012
Comparing a covenant community against living rural without covenants.
3/4/2011
When you grow your own food, you not take a step towards self-sufficiency. You also make a move towards better health and whole new relationship with your food.
12/10/2012
This durable, puncture and tear-resistant chicken saddle will protect free-range chickens from pecking, cannibalistic behavior and predators.
9/21/2011
Your attractive food garden could win you $500 and a chance to be featured in MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
10/2/2011
Virtual farmers markets make buying and selling fresh farm goods easy and can grow into a thriving business!
3/31/2011
Craving something fresh and homegrown? Short on space and sunny weather? Growing sprouts is for you!
4/2/2012
Finally, we start to take shape.
5/21/2012
Many of us grow up disliking, even hating, ourselves. Learning to love oneself is no easy task, but it is vital to creating happiness and loving others. If you can learn to love yourself, you'll be rewarded many times over and be able to love others.
8/13/2010
First in a series of blog posts which will cover conversion of lawnmowers and small engines from gasoline to propane.
5/18/2011
Soapmaker Anne-Marie Faiola will present a workshop on soapmaking and Dr. Andrew Iverson will presenet a workshop on natural health at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
2/15/2012
Use old maps to wallpaper a room, shade a window, create a scrapbook, and other useful household crafts.
8/22/2011
Beat summer heat with this easy, do-it-yourself alternative to an expensive store-bought air conditioner!
9/26/2012
Therapeutic grade essential oils have a tonne of uses on the homestead - here's how we've used them effectively, and how they bring us peace of mind.
8/31/2012
More than 15 tips for saving water inside your home and outside in your yard and garden. Reducing your water use will not only lower your water bills and help prevent water shortages during drought periods in your area. It also...
12/1/2011
Trying to interpret and understand scientific reports and their failure to come to a consensus.
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.
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.
2/20/2011
An overview of groups, initiatives, planning certifications, and neighborhood developments that promote sustainable communities, including Transition initiatives, ecovillages, One Planet Communities, LEED for Neighborhood Development, and others.
6/5/2012
Many people have trouble getting things done or done on time. The blog presents a simple technique that will help you become more effective and more successful in all you do.
4/26/2011
Making your own cleaning products using vinegar, baking soda and water is healthy, easy--and cheap. Learn how to whip up your own cleaners using foods you already have in your kitchen cupboard.
5/8/2011
A post by Maria Rodale called A Harvest of Healing got me thinking about how gardening and growing your own food is much more than what you harvest.
7/10/2011
People often dismiss gardening as an expensive hobby that they can’t afford. While that can be true, it doesn’t have to be. There are way to make gardening cheap.
4/10/2011
In the United States, we are feeling the effects of the rising food prices as well. When you take a deeper look into the prices, it’s not the food that is causing the price to rise. It’s everything else that goes into getting the food to your plate t
7/25/2011
It might be the middle of the summer, but you should start thinking about getting your fall garden ready. If you don’t have much space, to plant everything outdoors, then you can certainly start your seeds indoors.
7/3/2012
Grapes can grow anywhere, thriving in a variety of climates and soil types. Growing grapes is rewarding, because after a few years they produce abundant fruit and quickly provide architectural interest in the edible landscape.
10/19/2011
Examining an community for your homestead.
6/10/2011
When you are apartment gardening in a small space, you are forced to be creative due to your space constrictions. Most traditional pots and containers might not work, so you become reliant on reusing objects to better fit your space.
4/15/2011
Reed diffusers are a great way to fill your home with the fresh, healing scents of essential oils--but they're pricey. You can save a bundle by making your own using repurposed bottles and plant stalks.
6/16/2011
Parents will often say that they don't have time to grow their own food because they have kids. Don't let kids be the excuse. Instead make them part of the experience too. It's what families have done since the beginning of time. The past 100 yea
3/14/2011
While there are many events that have lead us to where we are today in terms of food, there are some things/events that stand out the most in my mind. Growing your own food is one way to reverse the trend.
6/13/2011
Save money and keep harsh chemicals out of your kitchen by making your own dishwasher detergent. It takes just seconds to make a powdered or liquid version.
3/27/2011
When people ask why they should grow their own food, the answer that I give is often simple. I tell them, "It's because we are humans."
12/14/2012
Claire finds a recipe for hard lotion and makes molded lotion bars to give as Christmas presents.
5/27/2011
Take these into consideration the next time you are making your food purchases.
5/31/2012
Organic is a phrase that’s tossed around and abused a lot by marketers these days. Not all “organic” products should be treated equally.
5/16/2012
What if I told you that you could grow 50 plants in 4 square feet?
7/15/2011
We are taught when we are kids not to waste food, but it doesn’t seem as if that lessen has stuck with us.
5/20/2011
Whether you are new to gardening or experienced, you will make some mistakes. Get over it and learn from it. That’s the most important thing.
3/8/2011
Today's a great day to follow our tips for creating a home office that's easy on you and light on the planet.
6/26/2011
Some people use gardening as an escape from the trials and tribulations of the real world. It’s their time to get their hands dirty, connect with the earth and just be in their garden.
9/28/2012
Curing your own bacon is so simple that anyone can do it. Here's how to do so, complete with recipe and step-by-step.
4/5/2011
Use old jars to make these cute, inexpensive candle lanterns--for a fraction of what you'd pay if you bought them at the store.
5/6/2012
Reasons why we like to shop at our local grocery.
12/22/2011
History and those who may have crossed or used your homestead before you discovered it. Treasure is where you find it.
4/30/2011
If you are new to growing your own food in containers, these are some simple tips that should help you to get a better yield and results from your containers.
3/25/2011
Turn empty oatmeal and salt containers into pretty storage canisters--in a snap.
4/23/2011
Growing your own food doesn't have to be an expensive activity. There are plenty of ways to cut back the costs and be earth-friendly as well. You can do this by giving a second life to items that have outgrown their initial purpose.
6/18/2010
Use naturally cool nighttime air to provide summer comfort. It's a lot easier than you think and it can save you a fortune on cooling costs.
5/31/2012
Popcorn is easy to grow and makes an attractive and delicious alternative to sweet corn, especially in a small garden. Kids will love the cute little ears, and adults will treasure the superior flavor of homegrown popcorn. Plant in late spring.
4/23/2011
Containers are great for those that are gardening in small spaces. Though there is the fear of not knowing when or how often to water them. This is why I started to make my own self-watering containers.
8/7/2011
It’s the middle of summer and you are likely enjoying the harvests. There is` so much to do with all that fresh and flavorful produce, but what should you do?
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.
10/16/2010
The roundwood truss system described here enables DIYers to build their own trusses at very low cost. You can gather truckloads of poles from national forests, enough for several small houses, for the cost of one $25 firewood permit.
6/10/2012
Getting started each day presents a major challenge to many people. With so many pressing demands, it's often difficult to know where to start. Feeling overwhelmed and panicked, you may end up frittering away your time. He's a trick to get you going.
5/31/2012
Introducing the serviceberry, a beautiful landscape tree or shrub suitable in much of North America, to the edible landscape. Serviceberry -- or sarvis -- comes in many regional forms and produces edible berries.
7/15/2011
Connect together inexpensive mending plates to make these top-shelf candleholders--perfect for patio and porch dining. This simple project takes minutes and costs next to nothing.
4/19/2011
Whip olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice into a cheap, effective polish for wood furniture.
9/6/2012
Contemplations on what we eat and why we pay close attention to our food.
4/27/2011
Make your own all-purpose cleaners, dishwasher detergent and mildew remover with safe, simple ingredients. Ever think you'd be doing dishes with Kool-Aid?
6/9/2011
Noxious fumes aren’t conducive to happy cleaning. Give all your homemade cleaning solutions an invigorating and healthy boost by adding a few drops of pure plant essential oils such as lavender or lemon. Heavenly!
10/8/2012
Roses are easy to grow successfully if you follow a few guidelines: provide good air circulation around the canes and keep the plants clean and not too damp. Roses come in many forms, including bush or shrub, climbing, and miniature.
1/20/2011
Simran Sethi discusses easy (and free) ways to reduce your water footprint.
5/31/2011
With no building experiment and only the information they found online as their guide, Kyle and Jeannie built a sweet little home on wheels. In this video, they share what they learned in the process and invite you inside.
9/12/2012
When autumn brings a glut of orchard fruits, capture the goodness as juice by cooking extraction or cold pressing. Juices can be used alone or mixed to produce sweet or hard ciders, wines, syrups, and more.
6/24/2011
Pick some pretty leaves, paint them and press their likenesses onto an inexpensive shower curtain liner to make a shower curtain much prettier than anything found in stores.
12/2/2012
Growing some of the most delicious and sometimes expensive gourmet vegetables doesn't have to be hard. Artichoke, bronze fennel, kohlrabi, leek, and savoy cabbage are among the vegetables that grow well from seed.


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