This is part three in a series of articles on how I made the transition to off grid homestead living by combining appropriate modern technology and reliable techniques practiced for thousands of years. Currently I’m entering the first winter of full-time off grid living at my mountain homestead after completing the construction of my small house.
In a time where everything you could possibly want comes pre-packaged, pre-canned, filled with preservatives and is processed to last, why should we learn to can? Why should we use our valuable time and resources to learn a skill that has almost become obsolete? I think I can answer these questions in three simple words: to be prepared.
After drilling a well and hooking up the pressure tank, whole-house filter and water softener, one couple covers the steps in having the health department come and test well water for bacteria to ensure the well water is safe to drink.
Gardening is often hard work and often costly, but it doesn't always have to be. Here are some low maintenance techniques to help you garden smarter, not harder.
Canning your own foods can be a rewarding, economical and healthier way to preserve a garden’s bounty — but it’s not for everyone. Here is a bit of the lowdown on what is involved in the process for canning food so you can decide for yourself what will be best to preserve your garden bounty.
One couple explains how their well water will flow into the house they are building. They review the water’s path through a water pressure tank, whole-house water filter and water softener. This post highlights the differences between this water-well setup and a house that gets its water from a city or rural water system.
Back in the 1950s, there was a restaurant in Stamford, Conn., named The Hamburger Den that was a local favorite, not just for pretty good burgers, but for pots of delicious relish on each table. Later, in the 90s, I decided I had to make that relish I so loved and finally came up with what I remembered to share here.
This is the first post in a three-part series on how a water well works, as experienced by couple building a new home in the country. This initial post focuses on the initial decision to drill a water well, the installation process, and their maintenance plan to keep their well safe.
The white part of watermelon rind makes a delicious pickle! Be sure to take a little time to make some for a garnish on sandwiches or as a key ingredient in Red Pepper Relish. The recipe below has won several ribbons in State Fairs over the years.
When putting in a greywater system, consider how you’ll reuse the water carefully. One couple settles on an underground release system that will irrigate the roots of their future orchard’s trees.
Tomatoes and peppers are plentiful in backyard gardens and at the farmers markets right now. Preserve this bounty in the form of salsa with your water bath canner and you can enjoy the goodness the whole year.
Making corn relish and canning it in a water bath canner is an easy and delicious way to preserve end-of-the-season corn. Open these colorful jars for a taste of summer in the middle of winter.
Making corn relish and canning it in a water bath canner is an easy and delicious way to preserve end-of-the-season corn. Open these colorful jars for a taste of summer in the middle of winter.
Solar power is taking the world by storm. People are not only using solar power to produce energy by placing solar panels on their roofs, but they are starting to use the technology in new ways. This post highlights ways solar power can provide homeowner benefits but are less often discussed.
Building a new home with energy-efficient appliances and water-conserving features is now pretty easy. One home-building couple relates how simple these options were to find, thanks to the EPA’s appliance and plumbing labels.
Utilize these simple earthworks systems to survive the drought and design storm water runoff to transform from a problem to an asset for your home! Let the Water work for you! Remember: “Slow it, spread it, sink it.”
Permaculture premise is creating a self-sustaining garden that has a nurturing relationship with your yard’s environment and symbiotic relationship among the plantings.
What could be better than these luscious preserves made from golden plums? Capture the taste of summer with this easy recipe.
Which foods are safe to process in a boiling water bath and which must be canned in a pressure canner? The answer is the single most important thing you need to know if you want to safely preserve food in canning jars.
I’ve done what I can to reduce our household water usage; I am not sure how I could cut down any further and still keep my vegetable garden alive. These are the steps I have taken over the years. Use these five simple techniques to conserve water (and save money) on your homestead.
One of the largest energy expenses in a typical home is its water heater. Here are some ways to assess the efficiency of your water heater and decide whether a replacement is needed and if so, what type it should be.
In order to save money, water and energy, one couple is building a new home that will incorporate a simple, gravity-run, household greywater system to divert and collect greywater, as well as rainwater from their roof, for landscape use.
The value of our watershed.
The particularly dry spring has prompted us to move up some of our water-harvesting strategies on the project list. Swales are an integral part of our overall water plan.
Gardening in containers can address a number of gardening situations such as adding color to a patio, controlling soil pH, allowing sensitive plants to be portable, and water conservation.
A leaky pond can be frustrating, and while good construction is the best way to avoid this problem, there are some solutions for fixing your pond when it does spring a leak.
These nifty watering nipples can be added to a chicken waterer to keep your flock’s water free of debris.
Cam shares his experience trying to fix a broken hot-water tank.
Catching and storing rainwater is one of the most important tasks on the suburban frontier for "green preparedness." It's a great way to build "home economics" and connect more closely with taking care of basic needs.
Your drinking water might not be as spring fresh as you'd like to think.
This year I took several liberties in developing a new version of salsa verde. I don't grow tomatillos so I use green tomatoes. I won't call it salsa verde (except on the lids of my jars), because it isn't authentic. But let me tell you, it is GOOD. Here is Annie’s Green Tomato Salsa Recipe good for use when water bath canning.
A new film called 'Behind the Water' is an engaging story of the men and women searching to find clean water. The film takes viewers on a wild ride through some of the world’s most rural and restricted areas, many captured on film for the first time.
A gravity watering system can consist of a cistern to save roof top rain water and elevated tanks to gravity feed this water to your garden. As climate change makes rain less predictable, you can both water your garden and help save ground water.
Chaya is one of the most delicious greens you've never tried. Learn to grow and enjoy this wonderful perennial!
Spot an algal bloom, snap a photo, enter to win great prizes!
Enter the Take a Second contest and win great prizes! http://takeasec.org/
Use a hand water pump to compress air for filling tires without electricity.
Stephanie Tourles, author and Seven Springs, Pa., FAIR Speaker, shares how to make a delicious, ice-cold watermelon cooler. Refresh after a day in the heat with this super easy and nutritious drink.
You can create refreshing-flavored waters and sodas right from your backyard. Homemade waters and sodas are easy, cost effective and healthy.
Chinese water chestnuts are a delicious nutty root that are also easy to grow. Learn more in this article!
Here at Deer Isle Hostel, Maine, we use a compost pile built with local, natural materials and a 100-foot water pipe to create a steaming hot shower.
Many of us are seeking to discover a lifestyle in which not all of our needs are provided through the medium of monetary exchange. Don’t let misconceptions about what is necessary to a family-size farmstead discourage you in the search for that small rural acreage, reasonably priced, where you can begin to realize your dreams.
The Drought Pod experiment assists growing tomatoes in drought.
Planting a water-smart garden with native plants can help you save water when temperatures heat up.
Here are some simple steps you can follow when setting up drip irrigation for row crops.
There are weeds in the pond, what to do and what to use. A description of what to do with pond weeds and how to manage them with the various pond weed tools available on the market and a description on how they work. In this article we do not discuss chemical treatments and stick to natural methods.
Show us how you take a second to conserve water!
Why manual water pumps are making a comeback and how to select the right type for a homestead.
Explore ways to reduce both your direct and indirect water footprint. Reducing your water footprint could make a huge different to both the environment and finances.
Don't let the spring invasion by algae aggravate the enjoyment of your pond.
Home experiment reveals tomato seedlings started in water heated in a microwave do not grow well. How different are we from plants?
Try these simple actions at home that can help reduce water pollution.
Cage culture of fish has several sustainable techniques to consider adapting for a more innovative approach.
Chase down household leaks and fix them to save water and money during the Earth Gauge #FixALeak Week.
Protect our water supplies during National Groundwater Awareness Week by saving water at home: www.earthgauge.net/?p=23794
Keeping your pond healthy and its inhabitant healthy can be a challenge, but knowing the basic steps to a healthy ecosystem can keep the pond alive for years, even reverse the aging process. Let’s look at two highly recommended tools for pond maintenance, aeration and beneficial pond bacteria.
HOMEGROWN blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel outlines strategies for responsible drought gardening in her home state of California--or anywhere.
From our last post learning about the difference between large and small ponds let’s jump into the large (below ground) ponds to discover what happens to them and what makes each pond unique. We’ll see that the watershed has a great effect on the pond water quality and the pond inhabitants have an effect on each pond even the wildlife that visits our ponds pose some challenges.
Because county health departments and public water systems check only for a few contaminants, homeowners are advised to test their own water, an inexpensive and simple solution for peace of mind.
Learn the parts of a pond’s watershed and the differences between aboveground and belowground ponds to determine which pond type is the best for your property.
MetLife Stadium is reducing waste, saving energy and saving water. Take a page from their playbook. www.earhgauge.net/?p=33964
Pickled garlic is both delicious and easy to make. Ever wondered why pickled garlic turns blue? Find out here!
A hippie in the 1980s who demonstrated for a clean environment, particularly water, now owns an online water filter business where she shares her views about the scarcity and fragility of water, the toxins dumped in it and what we can do about it.
Headwater streams are small streams or tributaries that carry water from the upper reaches of a watershed to a river.
Drought has been displaced by winter storms in the headlines, but persistent water shortages are plaguing much of North America, and the past 18 months have seen a global outbreak of water emergencies.
Tiny plastic beads in cosmetics are found in the Great Lakes, putting fish and human health at risk.
Whether you’re traveling or staying home, try these tips for a healthy & environmentally-friendly Thanksgiving. www.earthgauge.net/?p=33317
To prevent algae growth deterioration by sun damage to a plastic rainwater tank, cover it with a painted bed sheet.
Water filter supplier offers recommendations to avoid radiation contamination following the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster.
Learn how one person is celebrating her birthday by raising money to bring clean water to those who need it.
Plant life along small streams starts a food chain that stretches all the way to the ocean.
Save the rain for a sunny day with this homemade rainwater collection system. Using recycled water containers and storing up to 275 gallons, this setup is five times bigger than the typical rain barrel.
Going to the beach? Get real-time info on Great Lakes beach water quality, weather and water conditions.
Watermelon rind is this frugal pie's summery secret ingredient. Think of it as summer mincemeat.
Fragrant and round with a tart lemony bite, this Lemonade Watermelon Sorbet Recipe has the flavor and texture of ripe watermelon.
A unique contest challenges people to hand-pump more water in one minute than a 64-year-old grandmother can.
Protect and enjoy our nation’s 70,000 miles of rivers during National Rivers Month.
Captured rainwater off of roofs can save money and water use.
Ready for summer recreation? Hit the water safely during National Safe Boating Week.
Missouri farmer and HOMEGROWN Life blogger Bryce Oates tackles the Enbridge Flanagan South Pipeline, which would cross 1 mile from his area's water intake.
Ban disease-carrying mosquitoes from rainwater collection sites with window screen and scrap materials.
A 1909 household-hints book reveals old-time method of filtering rainwater for drinking.
KOR Water has announced the reusable Nava filtering water bottle.
People took a stand against one of the largest multi-national oil companies in the world and resolved to fight back against Shell’s plans to annihilate the Sacred Headwaters. And we were successful. After 5 years of incredible campaigning, community organizing, hard-hitting ads, protests and a storm of media coverage, Shell agreed to forfeit its tenures in the Sacred Headwaters and public pressure catalyzed the government of British Columbia to ban all further oil and gas development in the region.
Rain gardens provide many benefits including filtering out pollutants and keeping runoff out of city storm sewers.
A mapping and assessment by the Electric Power Research Institute found that the U.S. hydrokinetic waterpower resources could provide 3 percent of the nation’s annual electricity use.
March 10-16, 2013 is National Groundwater Awareness Week and groundwater provides over 40 percent of U.S. population with drinking water. You can protect water quality at home by conserving water.
Learn how to waterproof fabric with these simple instructions for making tin cloth.
Unit helps homeowners heat more space while slashing high hot water bills
Tips on how to protect naturally-beneficial estuaries.
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.
Summing up the last week of mostly frozen stuff except for a brief thaw.
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
Discover the Ozarks region's natural beauty and adventure hot spots as told by Mike McArthy of Photozarks.
Tips on how to save energy, water and fuel at home and on the road in 2013!
Keeping goats inside during nasty weather isn't easy, but it's worth the time! Dealing with sick goats, fever and runny noses isn't fun, so taking precautions makes things much easier.
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
Announcing an opportunity to get Anna's new Ebook for free today at Amazon on the subject of homesteading in a mobile home otherwise known as a trailer.
A new study has uncovered a link between food and environmental allergies and chemicals found in pesticides, herbicides and other agricultural products and drinking water.
We have slowly replaced out dated fixtures and the Rialto toilet was the final step in getting more environmentally compliant.
Costs associated with providing your own water.
A Nov. 5, 2012, press release from consulting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers
LLP warns current CO2 reductions put us on target for 6 degree average global
November 11-17, 2012 is Geography Awareness Week and the theme is 'interdependency' this year.
As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above strategy to
expand safe and responsible domestic energy production, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Nov. 7, 2012, a lease for commercial wind energy development 11 nautical miles off the coast of Delaware.
Talking about the new Chocolate Turkeys we saw on Saturday and how to properly plant into a kill mulch without doing much damage to the killing.
Comly Wilson, Associate with CleanEdison, a solar installation training provider, offers her tips to remedy 6 common mistakes solar PV installers make when setting up new photovoltaic systems.
Tips on how saving energy this fall and winter can help reduce nutrient pollution in water bodies.
describing the upcoming fun photo contest with the theme being chickens and the fun they either have or give. Figs and more figs are at the heart of the obsession.
Explanation of what bioretention systems are and how they are used to reduce and filter storm water runoff.
In this posting we discussing how both the surface and bottom water ocean temperatures are rising along the East Coast of the United States. We also discuss the consequences to this rising water temperature.
Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center in Taylor, Arizona celebrates national homesteading month with a display of solar ingenuity.
talking about building a composting toilet and how well the Seed Swap went on Saturday. Hauling capacity of a golf cart compared to an ATV generated some useful and helpful comments regarding electricity vs internal combustion engines. No till works!
The final result of a reporting a water violation and having a creek restored.
Saving butternut squash seeds while using a sledge hammer and putting up a roof and planning a seed swap. Also planning a high density apple orchard with a new variety called Zestar.
Tips on how to improve lakeshore habitat conditions by reducing nutrient pollution.
Putting a new roof on a mobile home and harvesting the worlds biggest sweet potato while growing for the first time Par-cel cutting celery and hauling horse manure from our parking area back to the garden.
Tips on how to take part in citizen science projects during the fall!
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...
Homesteads are attempting to provide longer grazing times by dividing pasture into paddocks. The difficulty of getting water to each paddock can be solved by a windmill with underground pipes. No electric is needed--just wind!
Expecting our third child any day, I went into labor the afternoon of July 27th. Almost 12 hours of labor later, the contractions stopped. I was starting to lose all trust I had in my body and the birthing process. This is Part 2 of Nathalia's story.
Our third child arrived the night of July 30, 2012. After many weeks of waiting and 12 hours of labor that stalled, we welcomed our daughter Nathalia Christine earthside. This is Part One of our birth story.
Tips on how to dispose of pet waste properly for National Dog Day!
Hiking The Ozarks' Lost Valley - Where getting lost is part of the fun! By Mike McArthy of Photozarks
Tips on how to prevent soil compaction on your lawn and reduce water pollution!
Try to get clean water and wanting simple bottling options with the purity. Most of the experts in water say you need a countertop water filtration system. Which one is the way to go? This story shows you one option but seems to be kicking it up.
Tips on how to save water at home and protect water quality during National Water Quality Month.
Experiences building a water-saving bath house out of salvaged logs.
Sensor Plug update along with a report on Sunflowers being used as a cover crop and when to properly harvest onions.
Tips on how to protect yourself form harmful algal blooms.
The Viking Pure 1000 processes 25 gallons of water.
Describing how to look up tax maps, cutting carrots, and deleting problem tomato plants that only produce insipid fruit. The main attraction this week is our Power Plucker review and how awesome this new product is at saving time when plucking.
Tips on how green roofs can benefit your wallet and the environment!
As my birthing day draws near, I am settling in and nesting and preparing our home for the upcoming birth by gathering birth supplies, essentials and creating my birth space.
The Chicken Kooler keeps the water away from the chicken’s feet, where is can get filled with straw and dirt.
We're lucky to be able to live the way we do, even when we feel like we're melting
Keep chicken water clean with this innovative watering design.
Receives SRCC OG300 certification on 41 system configurations for residential solar water heating systems.
A Birth Altar is a space that will become a power symbol of one's birth. I have begun creating my birth space and bringing together objects that will become my collection of strength during my home birth.
June is National Rivers Month! Help protect your local waterways with these simple tips.
Heat Recovery innovator produces a safe hot water heating system kit for wood stoves.
This week's post is a guest submission by Kaitlin Rose from Bring Birth Home. She writes about preparing for a home birth, and why it's truly DIY.
Broadening your understanding of mold and mildew in the house will help you to eliminate this hazard to health and home value.
Tips on how to replace driveways, sidewalks, patios and walkways with pervious pavements, materials that let water seep through to soil.
May is American Wetlands Month. Find out the many environmental benefits of wetlands and find out how you can help protect them!
Summing up the last week of activity by hitting on a few key stories that might prove note worthy to a few of the homesteading folks out there complete with photo montage of golf cart jousting and aquaponic trout.
Tips on how to properly maintain your home's septic system.
Tips on how to keep water away from your home and water damage prevention.
Eating cicadas, building a porch, and hauling lumber for said porch all in the same week with several images of the action as well as some bee installation pictures.
Tips on how to calculate your nitrogen footprint.
An introduction to my current pregnancy with Baby #3 and plans for a second homebirth. Details of my seventh month and thoughts on the gender of our baby.
Top bar hive modifications, turkey traps, and gourmet potatoes are just a few of the topics covered in the past week of blogging we've been up to. Homesteading healthcare and a new virtual book club round off the week with several reader comments.
Breaking down the last week of homesteading we've done over at WaldenEffect.org, and the Top Bar project we started as well as talk on Brix, biodynamics, and Plant Secondary Metabolites. Also have details on an external frame backpack modification.
Learn about advertising-induced fear of an innocuous, food-grade substance, vinegar. Plus, get interesting information about vinegar being used for bioremediation of extremely dangerous chemicals.
Tips on how to protect water quality with phosphate-free cleaning projects during spring cleaning.
Tips on how to protect local wildlife and water bodies during the spring thaw.
Get tips on growing watermelons from the expert growers at Willhite Seed company, which offers dozens of unique watermelon varieties.
Save water from March 12-18, 2012 during Fix a Leak Week!
Installing a rain gauge can help determine how much water your plants really need.
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.
Rainwater Warehouse introduces a complete line of rainwater harvesting systems and products available for purchase on their new website.
Tips on how to be smart about salt this winter and protect water quality.
Use a colorful radish variety and make great pickles.
Tips to save energy and water during the holiday season.
Although winter is setting in, that doesn't mean an end to the garden season in desert climates! Get inspired by this beautiful rainwater-harvesting, food-producing desert landscape!
Tips on ways to use fallen leaves in the fall.
One of the realities of country life is having to get your septic tank pumped every few years.
Tips on how to conserve water in the fall with weather-based irrigation controllers.
Rancho Margot in Costa Rica is completely off the grid and constantly closing the circle. Nothing is wasted on this self-sufficient ranch, where everything is considered a resource--including methane from the compost ovens.
Four of the requirements honey bees need to thrive, no matter where they live, or what type of shelter they have, or what kind of management they have, or don't have.
Tips on how to clean up after a hurricane.
Tips for water conservation during a drought.
Tips to help wildlife beat the heat with fresh water.
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.
Find out how to enter our Solar Giveaway.
Alma Hecht's renovated century-old cottage is artistic and beautiful--and it inspires her to create wonderful watercolor paintings. Her home is both an outlet and a source for her creativity.
Bring back bottle-cutting! This contemporary candelabra, which gives new life to beautiful blue mineral water bottles, will make you rethink that old '70s craft.
Do you have trouble picking the perfect watermelon? It's not foolproof, but here are my tips to make choosing a good melon a little easier.
A simple, practical and easy option for priming seasonal water systems.
Sales for Simple Pump, a hand-operated well pump, have tripled compared to the same time last year, as word about its versatility, reliability and durability have spread.
Steve shares an approach he installed at a friend's place for easing the burden of priming seasonal water systems
Our process of buying the land for our homestead had little to do with logic and a lot to do with emotion. For me, it was a chance to return to the plains where I grew up and be close to family.
While garden hoses may leach some chemicals into the water flowing through them, there’s little reason to think it’s a serious health issue.
Cool bees are more productive than bees that have to work at keeping cool. Here's several ways to help your bees keep cool this summer.
Have some fun in your garden this year and grow something giant!
Liza Fleischer was a suburbanite through and through when she met her husband, Ted, who she says was "born 100 years too late." Now they live in a solar- and hydro-powered hand-built home on 160 acres in Vermont--and she loves it.
Cam has had to learn lots of new skills living in his off-grid home!
We use more water than we need in our homes every day. If you’re curious to know how much water your own home might be wasting, check out this infographic on U.S. residential water consumption from eLocal.com.
Productive urban landscapes, if managed correctly, can reduce pollution in local watershed.
Change we can believe in? The Obama administration paves the way for more than 300,000 megawatts of coal-fired energy.
The average American uses twice as much water as the rest of the world. We can lower our consumption by taking a look at how we eat, shop, travel and live. (Taking shorter showers isn't even the half of it.)
Cam has always enjoyed playing with water. Now he lets his solar-powered pump do some of the work!
Do easy ways to save money exist? Absolutely! Blissful saving is only a trip to the bulk section away! When you get home from the store, keep track of your finances on Mint.com; then look for Groupon's daily deal. Search the house for unused items and sell them on eBay. Use these tips to start saving today!
Find out the easiest way to use greywater in your home.
During National Ground Water Awareness Week next week, let's bring attention to what natural gas drilling is doing to our ground water supplies.
Once our bodies and our imaginations are engaged, the incremental change begins. Then it gets easier and easier to envision humanity occupying this planet–this beautiful, abundant planet–far into the future.
A new wastewater treatment plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will use methane gas to produce energy.
Cam readily admits to being obsessed about his use of energy.
The EPA will regulate perchlorate and other toxic chemicals--but you may want to consider water filters in the meantime.
Simran Sethi discusses easy (and free) ways to reduce your water footprint.
Simran Sethi discusses how to green your bathroom in easy ways: through your choice of toilet paper, shower curtain, and towels.
Dole, with 2009 net revenues of $6.8 billion, is the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, and is the leading producer of organic bananas and producer/shipper of organic pineapples.
One reader learns how to grow seedless watermelons: A successful venture in growing juicy fruit that led her to question how much control we want over nature.
Simran Sethi describes the choices she made for her eco-friendly kitchen remodel.
Green Builder Media’s Vision and ReVision Houses highlight energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, indoor air quality and great new green materials.
This posting discusses how deforestation increases global warming and ocean acidification. It also discusses the role of deforestation in triggering severe flooding,aquifer depletion, soil degradation and animal and plant extinction.
Simran Sethi explains her bathroom-remodel goals to conserve water.
This posting discusses how the oceans stores heat and transports the heat to warm colder parts of the planet. The posting uses El Nino as an example on how warm ocean water can have a diverse effect on the climate in different regions of the planet.
This posting will discuss how clouds, volcanoes and water vapor effect the climate.
Quirky behaviors involving shaving, moisturizing, socks and water conservation!
This is a fun story about planting seeds for future generations and not recognizing a gift when it is blooming right in your face.
Simran Sethi interviews Tom Kostigen about water waste and conservation.
This year's Blog Action Day topic is water, and thousands of bloggers around the world are joining together to provide valuable information, increase awareness and help readers learn more about the state of water, why they should care, and what they can do to help.
Filtering tap water instead of buying plastic bottles helps my family’s carbon footprint—and bottom line.
Adjusting the timing of your water heater could help you increase energy savings.
The Obama administration announced yesterday that it will place solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the White House roof by spring 2011.
Most stock tanks aren’t designed to prevent the water from freezing. The tanks have no insulation, and the large area of water exposed to air doesn’t help either. Livestock owners frequently us a floating electric tank heater. But there’s a better (and less expensive) solution — solar livestock water tanks.
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.
The tankless water heater new design adheres to our corporate philosophy of practicing the Three Rs; of Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.
Weatherization Program Nearly Doubles Payback in One Easy Step with GE's new GeoSpring™ Hybrid Water Heater
Home urinals are catching on. First found in high-end homes, many people are installing them when building or retrofitting all types of homes.
CU user Shelby captures the beauty of the water falling on the rocks in this week's Photo of the Week. Remember to submit your photos every week at our CU photo-sharing website, and you could be the next Photo of the Week.
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.
The GeoSpring hybrid water heater from GE continues its impressive run of firsts.
Don't miss Blue August, a month-long event with special programming from Planet Green that will motivate you to become more aware of the world's oceans.
We claim to live sustainably if we can harvest or extract the earth’s resources without depleting or permanently damaging them. By that standard, no one in a country that devours coal, oil and water—and uses up a quarter of the earth’s resources—can live sustainably.
When the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 passes (as expected) this summer, be prepared by learning what to expect when you buy a water heater, heating system, air-source air conditioner or heat pump.
Find the best reusable water bottle for you. Whether it is plastic, steel, aluminum or glass, using a reusable water bottle helps the environment. The $11 billion bottled water industry takes a toll on our environment. Here is a list of reusable bottles that could end your bottled water habits.
Propelling a vehicle with air or water is possible, but whether it’s practical is another story.
Water conservation can help you save big on money and energy. Here are a few ways to help you conserve water at home by simply using water-efficient appliances.
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been in the news constantly for the past two months, and all the new developments can be a bit overwhelming. Here's a comprehensive update to help you keep everything straight.
From switching out light bulbs to bundling up your water heater, environmental journalist, Simran Sethi, shares some simple and stress-free tips on how to save energy in your home.
Hundreds of gallons of water can slip down the pipes if you own a leaky toilet. You can save water by checking for toilet leaks using simple tricks or by replacing your old model with a water saving-toilet.
The Niagara Conservation Corporation has developed a new pressure-assisted toilet, the Stealth, which uses even less water than your standard pressure-assisted toilet.
Natural cleanup methods for the Gulf of Mexico oil leak, such as using hair and hay to absorb oil on the water surface, are beginning to spark interest in the United States.
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.
An explosion at a British Petroleum oil rig has caused a massive and growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico just off the Lousiana coast. Here is an account of where the spill stands at the moment.
We'd like to hear about projects you have planned that will help you save energy, save water or otherwise make your home greener.
Green-building company PM Architecture recently put out a slide show about the negative aspects of buying bottled water.
Dan Chiras and other energy experts envision a future powered by a combination of renewable energy resources, including wind and solar.
Michael Morley will post regular updates about his progress building a unique green home with structural insulated panels (SIPs). Here, he discusses options for installing a colored concrete floor, and considering whether to install a solar hot water system.
Energy expert Dan Chiras shares the technique of conserving water with a two-gallon bucket.
Hundreds of disease-causing chemicals could be lurking in your tap water thanks to outdated federal laws.
Find out what types of federal tax incentives are available for homeowners who install renewable energy.
Sigg apologizes for BPA-lined bottles and offers a bottle-exchange program.
You can use the power of the sun to heat water for your home using manufactured solar hot water systems or one you build yourself.
The Start A Lie campaign challenges the idea of truth in advertising while targeting the bottled water industry.
Colorado residents can now legally catch and store rainwater for landscape irrigation.
Rice Intensification uses less water and fewer seedlings to produce greater yields of rice, which helps both poor farmers and the environment.
Readers share their favorite garden irrigation methods.
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.
Check out how millions of gallons of water can be saved by Aug. 11, 2009!
It's true! You really can pump water to a higher elevation using nothing but water power.
The EPA continues to fight a six-year battle against White House and Pentagon officials about drinking-water standards.
A new report released at World Water Week in Stockholm last Thursday states that nearly half the world's food (and therefore large quantities of water) is mindlessly wasted.
This simple, low-tech method of disinfecting water with solar energy can be a lifesaver when safe drinking water isn't available.
Cleaning up an old water heater just requires two simple tools.
Wise sprinkler usage will conserve water while maintaining your attractive lawn.
Heating water with the sun is no longer an option on the Hawaiian islands. A bill was passed in Hawaii that requires all new homes to install a solar water heater in order to receive a building permit.
Learn more about how you can reuse waste water from your home.
There are many different ways to bring solar power into your home. Here's a quick overview of the different ways people use solar energy, with links to related articles and plans.
Publisher Bryan Welch doesn't make his living on the farm, which he says is a good thing. He writes about his steps and missteps in his first year using an automatic waterer for his cattle, and the first winter test.
Beware. I’m stepping up on the soapbox for a minute.
Use programmable watering timers in your garden to help you maintain a regular schedule, keeping your plants well hydrated with less work.
Don’t miss these featured documentaries showing on PBS’s Earth Day programming.