water fuel cell
Propelling a vehicle with air or water is possible, but whether it’s practical is another story.
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.
Learn how to waterproof fabric with these simple instructions for making tin cloth.
Keep chicken water clean with this innovative watering design.
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.
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.
Readers share their favorite garden irrigation methods.
Get tips on growing watermelons from the expert growers at Willhite Seed company, which offers dozens of unique watermelon varieties.
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.
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.
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.
Watermelon rind is this frugal pie's summery secret ingredient. Think of it as summer mincemeat.
Save water from March 12-18, 2012 during Fix a Leak Week!
Use a colorful radish variety and make great pickles.
This is a fun story about planting seeds for future generations and not recognizing a gift when it is blooming right in your face.
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...
Without ventilation, the produce in your root cellar could spoil. Here are some tips for ventilating a basement root cellar to control temperature and humidity.
You can make a simple but effective root cellar out of a junked fridge and $10 worth of hardware.
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.
Necessity leads to ingenuity in the creation of root cellar storage.
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.
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.
Researchers from the University of Michigan have developed a way to “pressure cook” algae to produce biocrude. The process shows promise in the development of green fuels.
San Francisco may become be the second city after Seattle to join a growing movement to divest from the companies driving the climate crisis.
Cell phone radiation has been a concern for years, but yesterday the Environmental Working Group released a report that rates the safety of cell phones on the market.
A heart warming story about a feral cat that traveled many miles across harsh terrain to be back to familiar ground.
A creative use of an old Ford truck.KimAnna tells the tale of how her husband Mike took an old 1964 ford and turned it into a useful Bar at their Cafe in Del Norte, Co. With a few added embellishments it is not only functional but a piece of art!
Fragrant and round with a tart lemony bite, this Lemonade Watermelon Sorbet Recipe has the flavor and texture of ripe watermelon.
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.
When my father's health was failing, he requested to be buried on our property. The purpose of this story is to take you through our walk with an ailing parent and to encourage and inform those who may be considering an at home burial.
A Beautiful Green Backyard Burial: This story is written to help inform anyone that may be considering being buried, or burying a loved one, on their own property. It shares some of what one may go through at the end of a life's journey.
Broadening your understanding of mold and mildew in the house will help you to eliminate this hazard to health and home value.
Conservation over corn.
Here's why a heat pump might be a good choice for your home.
Have some fun in your garden this year and grow something giant!
SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO) announces the availability of its most advanced HIT Power® solar module, the HIT Power 220A, offering improved efficiency and energy output -- and designed to energize integrators and installers with more power per square foot than ever before.
One of the newest apps for green car owners is Cleaner and Greener Fuels, which locates refueling stations for alternative fuel vehicles.
There’s plenty you can do to protect yourself—inside your home and out—from the potential risks of electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation.
Building a small cordwood cafe in Colorado. A fun project for everyone!
For the first time ever, Diesel motorcycles publicaly demonstrate their potential in real riding.
A quick and easy art project. Recycle those old wood frame windows and turn them into stunning pieces of art.
The Chicken Kooler keeps the water away from the chicken’s feet, where is can get filled with straw and dirt.
We would like all our food to be grown locally, but when it's too cold to grow outside, we often rely on what we've stored from the previous season. Calzones offer one more way to cook with stored food.
It pays to spend time preparing your garden for winter. You can improve your soil, increase your harvest, decrease garden pests and make next spring's planting much easier.
Join Steve for a no-cost 75 minute video tutorial on building and managing a root cellar
Options for phone service if you live in a remote location that doesn't have cell service or landlines available to you.
We're lucky to be able to live the way we do, even when we feel like we're melting
How to recycle a junked refrigerator into a refrigerator root cellar that works at keeping produce chilled but not frozen during winter months.
Here's a rundown of the many reasons behind the recent rise in the price of gas.
Last weekend more than 12,000 people flocked to Washington, D.C., for a three day demonstration to demand the creation of green jobs, cuts in the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and less dependence on fossil fuels.
350.org founder, Bill McKibben, asks college students across the nation to “Do The Math” on why climate change matters and urges them to demand divestment from fossil fuels on campus.
T. Boone Pickens is calling Americans to submit videos about the importance of independence from foreign oil. The contest ends Oct. 25, and the winning video will be sent to national political leaders.
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.
Sigg apologizes for BPA-lined bottles and offers a bottle-exchange program.
Read about new legislation that would stop the government from funding the fossil fuel industry. Then, sign your name to the petition and make a difference.
This is a fun step-by-step story about building a metal gate from scratch with scrap and the excitement of learning how to use new tools! "This ole truck ain't what it used to be."
This is a true account of an end of life journey. A beautiful backyard Burial and all the steps that were taken in order to do it. This story is written in two parts, part two will be posted next week.
Learn more about how you can reuse waste water from your home.
New federal standards will dramatically increase fuel efficiency in cars and light-duty trucks by 2025.
Step on the gas with a clear conscience: Use Clean Cities' vehicle comparison site to find the right light-duty model among alternative fuel vehicles, and green up your life in the fast lane.
This is a fun story about planting seeds for future generations and not recognizing a gift when it is blooming right in your face.
Find out the easiest way to use greywater in your home.
It's true! You really can pump water to a higher elevation using nothing but water power.
The Start A Lie campaign challenges the idea of truth in advertising while targeting the bottled water industry.
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.
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!
For the first time, investors put more money into alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal power than fossil fuels such as coal and oil.
For the first time ever, alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal power received more investment money than fossil fuels such as coal and oil.
A Louisiana State University forestry researcher is looking at a fast-growing plant called switchgrass as a potential biofuel feedstock. Using switchgrass biofuel is practical because the plant requires little fertilizer and can tolerate drought and floods.
You can run a truck on wood chips! No joke. Mother Earth News reported on this idea more than 25 years ago and the idea lives on. Using recycled water heaters, you can burn wood chips to power a truck, with little or no engine modifications required.
My MAX car got licensed with the local DOT to run on vegetable oil fuel and pay its proper taxes per gallon. Each state has its own rules; here's how we do it in Oregon.
There's no need to go to the grocery food in the winter if you have stored food in a root cellar, freezer or canning jars. Most of the work of preparing this food has already been done and so that winter meals are easy, nutritious and delicious.
It's not difficult to eat locally during the long winter months if you have preserved the previous year's harvest. Even while we wait for spring to arrive, the root cellar may still be providing our dinner.
Hiking The Ozarks' Lost Valley - Where getting lost is part of the fun! By Mike McArthy of Photozarks
Do we have a national goal in America? Would this be a good one?
Simran Sethi describes the choices she made for her eco-friendly kitchen remodel.
Sensor Plug update along with a report on Sunflowers being used as a cover crop and when to properly harvest onions.
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.
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.
Tips for water conservation during a drought.
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.
Protect and enjoy our nation’s 70,000 miles of rivers during National Rivers Month.
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.
Cleaning up an old water heater just requires two simple tools.
Comparing today’s cars that get 40 mpg or better to the high-mpg cars of a few decades ago is neither an accurate nor fair comparison.
Does 100 mpg fuel economy justify cross-country recreational travel? Maybe so and maybe not, but I need to be careful—increasing fuel efficiency can increase fuel consumption if you increase your driving, too.
Supply and demand have kept E85 gas prices low, and politics has played a role.
The T7 Series fuel economy is attributed to the design of the engine. With the SCR technology, the engine “breathes” clean air, instead of re-circulated exhaust gases, allowing the engine to simply do what it’s designed to do: produce maximum power.
As America’s fuel use continues to decrease, proposed solutions such as the Keystone XL pipeline and food-to-fuel conversions may be unnecessary.
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.
Adjusting the timing of your water heater could help you increase energy savings.
Unit helps homeowners heat more space while slashing high hot water bills
KOR Water has announced the reusable Nava filtering water bottle.
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.
Hundreds of disease-causing chemicals could be lurking in your tap water thanks to outdated federal laws.
Beware. I’m stepping up on the soapbox for a minute.
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.)
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.
This simple, low-tech method of disinfecting water with solar energy can be a lifesaver when safe drinking water isn't available.
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.
Green-building company PM Architecture recently put out a slide show about the negative aspects of buying bottled water.
Energy expert Dan Chiras shares the technique of conserving water with a two-gallon bucket.
Learn how one person is celebrating her birthday by raising money to bring clean water to those who need it.
First in a series of blog posts which will cover conversion of lawnmowers and small engines from gasoline to propane.
This blog explains how the carbon cycle regulates atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide. The blog also discusses how the burning of fossil fuels has disrupted the carbon cycle which increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
In this posting we discuss the benefits of converting to renewable energy sources vs. the consequences of continuing to use fossil fuels.
In this posting we discuss how rock weathering controls the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We also discuss why rock weathering can't remove the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that was generated by our use of fossil fuels.
There are many ways that each of us can lessen our unhealthy dependence on filthy fuels. You can do so in every area of your life, from choices you make regarding your house and home improvements, to food, transportation, and other consumer choices.
We discuss the concept that carbon dioxide released from the burning of fossil fuels is partly responsible for the current atmospheric carbon overload. We also briefly discuss other human activities that contribute to the atmospheric carbon overload.
Wood gas, or wood gasification, is a decades-old renewable energy technology that converts chunks of firewood, wood chips or other cellulosic biomass to power vehicles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The process of curing potatoes for winter storage.
Sauerkraut is an effective and delicious way to store cabbage and add something "fresh" to the winter months
Talking about carrying in the red roofing tin the old fashioned way due to a broken golf cart and some very muddy conditions. The refrigerator root cellar continues to prove itself as an experiment that seems to be working so far.
Our expert explains what really happens when fuel additives are put in a gas tank, and how this may cause more harm than good. If you really want to increase your mpg, our expert has a few tips for that as well.
Diesel engines are engineered and built to be more robust due to the higher compression ratio in the combustion chamber and the high torque output they produce.
2011 Fuel Economy Contests in several locations in the U.S.
Tips on how to increase your car's fuel efficiency by checking the tire pressure.
The G-20 met in Pittsburgh this week to discuss global economic issues and agreed to eliminate fossil fuel subsides to combat gloabl climate change.
The Rally Green starting flag drops in Knoxville Iowa, Sunday August 15, beginning a cross country fuel economy rally ending in San Francisco the folowing Saturday. MAX will be there and going for the gold.
The GeoSpring hybrid water heater from GE continues its impressive run of firsts.
Weatherization Program Nearly Doubles Payback in One Easy Step with GE's new GeoSpring™ Hybrid Water Heater
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.
Wise sprinkler usage will conserve water while maintaining your attractive lawn.
The EPA continues to fight a six-year battle against White House and Pentagon officials about drinking-water standards.
June is National Rivers Month! Help protect your local waterways with these simple tips.
Tips on how to protect naturally-beneficial estuaries.
Rain gardens provide many benefits including filtering out pollutants and keeping runoff out of city storm sewers.
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.
A simple, practical and easy option for priming seasonal water systems.
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.
Try these simple actions at home that can help reduce water pollution.
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.
The Viking Pure 1000 processes 25 gallons of water.
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.
Rice Intensification uses less water and fewer seedlings to produce greater yields of rice, which helps both poor farmers and the environment.
Ready for summer recreation? Hit the water safely during National Safe Boating Week.
Captured rainwater off of roofs can save money and water use.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
The EPA will regulate perchlorate and other toxic chemicals--but you may want to consider water filters in the meantime.
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.
According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 100 percent of the electric generating capacity added in January was renewable.
Grasshopper announces a new online tool designed to calculate fuel costs and impacts of commercial mowing equipment.
How much energy does it take to travel? Can we collect this from the vehicle while we are using it?
MAX gets a low cost, high accuracy, and none too attractive fuel gauge. Two out of three ain't bad.
Simran Sethi interviews Tom Kostigen about water waste and conservation.
There's honey in the hive, peaches on the trees, and food on the table, but it's still a long way from self-sufficiency.
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.
Simran Sethi discusses easy (and free) ways to reduce your water footprint.
How a born and bred city boy came to leave Detroit, start a Tennessee homestead with his wife, and blog about it here.
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.
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.
One of the realities of country life is having to get your septic tank pumped every few years.
A unique contest challenges people to hand-pump more water in one minute than a 64-year-old grandmother can.
Filtering tap water instead of buying plastic bottles helps my family’s carbon footprint—and bottom line.
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.
Tips on how to clean up after a hurricane.
Tips to save energy and water during the holiday season.
Tips on how to be smart about salt this winter and protect water quality.
Tips on how to protect local wildlife and water bodies during the spring thaw.
Tips on how to protect water quality with phosphate-free cleaning projects during spring cleaning.
Tips on how to calculate your nitrogen footprint.
May is American Wetlands Month. Find out the many environmental benefits of wetlands and find out how you can help protect them!
Tips on how to improve lakeshore habitat conditions by reducing nutrient pollution.
Explanation of what bioretention systems are and how they are used to reduce and filter storm water runoff.
Tips on how saving energy this fall and winter can help reduce nutrient pollution in water bodies.
November 11-17, 2012 is Geography Awareness Week and the theme is 'interdependency' this year.
Going to the beach? Get real-time info on Great Lakes beach water quality, weather and water conditions.
Productive urban landscapes, if managed correctly, can reduce pollution in local watershed.
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.
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.
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.
Find out how to enter our Solar Giveaway.
Find out what types of federal tax incentives are available for homeowners who install renewable energy.
Water filter supplier offers recommendations to avoid radiation contamination following the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster.
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.
Protect our water supplies during National Groundwater Awareness Week by saving water at home: www.earthgauge.net/?p=23794
Home experiment reveals tomato seedlings started in water heated in a microwave do not grow well. How different are we from plants?
The EcoAire is designed to be installed in much the same fashion as a window air conditioner and just as easily.
Hybrid-Like Fuel Economy Starts at $18,895; Goes on Sale in January
A few simple steps to make sure your tractor is ready for spring.
The clock is ticking and I've been taking some shortcuts on getting MAX ready for Rally Green ... and some have turned into long cuts. I need to work smarter, not faster.
MAX is back at the shop, awaiting diagnosis and correction of an overheating problem, plus some additional body work before its next venture.
How will we live with no gas at the pump and no power in the grid?
Energy goals for America
See the power of gasification before we hit the road.
Using MAX to test a tubing streamlining material, resulted in a significant reduction in drag.
MAX got a smog test at an Oregon DEQ Vehicle Testing Station, and passed with high marks.
An introduction to DraftSight, Dassault Systèmes' 2D CAD software. It's professional quality and it's free, and Jack is converting all the MAX fabrication drawings to DraftSight .dmg documents.
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.
A question about our future.
A video demonstration of MAX's windscreen, which deflects air around the driver's face with minimal aerodynamic drag.
To improve MAX's versatility, the passenger seat is removable, which converts MAX from a couple carrier to a cargo carrier.
How much power and performance does a car need for a guy to get a gal's attention? According to MAX fans, not very much.
The "High Mileage Car Show" at the latest Mother Earth News Fair, and the pleasure of driving a fuel efficient car.
MAX at its first autocross. Hey, it's a sports car, right?
A car's electrical consumption adds to its fuel consumption. For MAX, turning off the headlights improves fuel economy by roughly 4 mpg.
MAX gets a temporary mash-up of old and new style body parts (the new nose is at the fiberglassers' having a mold made so we can make more of them) to get road-legal for a trip to Canada.
Some burglar wanted my Millermatic 180 more than I did, I guess. Here's why I liked it and why I'm going to get another one.
Engine efficiency depends on rpm (among other things) and slower isn't always better. More wisdom from the Honey Bear.
On a summertime cross country trip from Oregon to Ohio, I restricted MAX's radiator inlet air a little at a time, demonstrating that very little inlet area (28 square inches) provides sufficient air for cooling.
We're cleaning up the details on MAX. One of the finishing touches is clear streamlined headlight covers, and here's how I made them.
MAX ran with the motorcycles in the Vetter Fuel Economy Challenge, with surprisingly high marks--127 miles per gallon. Surprising to the author, at least.
MAX got some new lager diameter wheels. They should do the job and the price was right, and as a bonus, they look terrific.
Whether you’re looking for a sporty two-seater, a large family vehicle, or a heavy-duty farm or work truck, here's how to find the best options for vehicles that use less fuel and save you money.
The first civilian-built MAXes are nearing completion, and here are a couple of them that are rolling under their own power.
You can save gas and money by keeping your tires correctly inflated. And now a group of high school students has launched a project to encourage drivers to regularly check their tires.
We're looking at a handful of low cost improvements, and since MAX is undergoing repairs at the moment, this is a good time to make them.
Hybrid cars save fuel by shutting the engine off at idle (among other things). Does MAX burn enough fuel at idle to be worth the effort? Our honey bear can tell us.
Technology marches on. It comes at a price, but a FloScan fuel consumption and mileage meter could give me instant feedback on MAX's fuel efficiency.
MAX got a new set of high efficiency Goodyear tires, and a second set of wheels so we can do comparison testing. Will the difference be detectable to our low budget testing technology?
Results of the long-awaited cooling system test, which shows how little air MAX needs through the radiator.
In the interest of making MAX a smidgeon safer, I've added side bumpers to the passenger compartment. Here's why I made them this way.
Jack missed Rally Green and MAX has a mysterious overheating problem.
Mankind’s use of fossil fuels during the last 200 years has dumped millions of years of sequestered carbon into the atmosphere in the form of Carbon Dioxide. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, 315 gigatons of carbon have been added to the atmosphere, leaving the carbon cycle 315 gigatons out of balance.
Hit the road, using wood for fuel! Chris Saenz takes a trip on wood gas power.
Ever wondered what its like to drive around using wood as fuel? Tag along with Chris as he fires up his wood gas truck.
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.
Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center in Taylor, Arizona celebrates national homesteading month with a display of solar ingenuity.
The Niagara Conservation Corporation has developed a new pressure-assisted toilet, the Stealth, which uses even less water than your standard pressure-assisted toilet.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS is proud to announce we have won a prestigious publishing award for our Guide to Green Cars.
The tankless water heater new design adheres to our corporate philosophy of practicing the Three Rs; of Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.
Receives SRCC OG300 certification on 41 system configurations for residential solar water heating systems.
Check out how millions of gallons of water can be saved by Aug. 11, 2009!
Quirky behaviors involving shaving, moisturizing, socks and water conservation!
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 keep water away from your home and water damage prevention.
Experiences building a water-saving bath house out of salvaged logs.
We have slowly replaced out dated fixtures and the Rialto toilet was the final step in getting more environmentally compliant.
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.
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.
Tips on how to protect yourself form harmful algal blooms.
Tips on how to save water at home and protect water quality during National Water Quality Month.
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.
This posting discusses how the oceans stores heat and transports the heat to warm colder parts of the planet. The posting uses El Nino as an example on how warm ocean water can have a diverse effect on the climate in different regions of the planet.
Tips to help wildlife beat the heat with fresh water.
Tips on how to conserve water in the fall with weather-based irrigation controllers.
Installing a rain gauge can help determine how much water your plants really need.
Tips on how to properly maintain your home's septic system.
Tips on how green roofs can benefit your wallet and the environment!
Tips on how to prevent soil compaction on your lawn and reduce water pollution!
Tips on how to dispose of pet waste properly for National Dog Day!
Tips on how to take part in citizen science projects during the fall!
Tips on how to save energy, water and fuel at home and on the road in 2013!
Plant life along small streams starts a food chain that stretches all the way to the ocean.
Cam readily admits to being obsessed about his use of energy.
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.
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.
We'd like to hear about projects you have planned that will help you save energy, save water or otherwise make your home greener.
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.
Whether you’re traveling or staying home, try these tips for a healthy & environmentally-friendly Thanksgiving. www.earthgauge.net/?p=33317
Headwater streams are small streams or tributaries that carry water from the upper reaches of a watershed to a river.
MetLife Stadium is reducing waste, saving energy and saving water. Take a page from their playbook. www.earhgauge.net/?p=33964
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.
Chase down household leaks and fix them to save water and money during the Earth Gauge #FixALeak Week.
Cage culture of fish has several sustainable techniques to consider adapting for a more innovative approach.
Don't let the spring invasion by algae aggravate the enjoyment of your pond.
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.
During National Ground Water Awareness Week next week, let's bring attention to what natural gas drilling is doing to our ground water supplies.
I was gratified when, two weeks ago, Consumer Reports announced that the Chevy Volt was the best-loved car in the world among people who drive one – for the second year in a row. I have never loved a car like I love this one. And I have loved some cars.
Explore how you can make your own home grown organic fuel to power your own transportation or electricity.
This posting will discuss how the buring of fossil fuels is putting strain on the ecosystem of the ocean.
This posting discusses the role of carbon dioxide emitted from the burning of fossil fuel in ocean acidification. We also discuss the potential effect ocean acidification will have on marine inhabitants.
Learn more about the upcoming Vetter Fuel Economy Challenges.
Why pre-1960 race cars were more efficient than post-1960 race cars, and thus a better example for high efficiency highway cars.
The tail end of MAX's bellypan (diffuser) gets tuft tested, and the attached video shows the results. This was the finishing touch that got MAX its 100 miles per gallon on the highway.
This fall's Fuel for the Body T.O.U.R. ("Total Organic Understanding Ride") will educate the public on the benefits of living a green lifestyle that includes eating organic food and supporting local, organic farmers.
Jack has dismantled MAX's body and is making molds from the body parts, so other MAX-like car builders won't have to duplicate his work.
At the Vetter Fuel Challenge in Ohio, vehicles powered by electricity, diesel and gasoline competed to see who would consume the least fuel in dollars and cents.
Jack took MAX to a local car show and found that even if they're not looking for high mileage, folks think MAX is cool.
Renowned motorcycle inventor and longtime aerodynamics expert Craig Vetter stopped by the MOTHER EARTH NEWS office on his way home from his latest fuel economy challenge.
MAX has very low rolling resistance, as demonstrated by this three year old kid pushing it around the building.
MAX is getting prepped for paint, and all the essential bodywork is done for the new, streamlined roadster body.
Craig Henderson and his Avion high mileage sports car went from Canada to Mexico at 119.1 MPG. He plans to produce Avion kits.
Use a digital tire gauge and learn how to check tire pressure regularly to get better gas mileage. While other types of gauges exist, the digital tire pressure gauge is an accurate and simple way to keep your tires properly inflated. Read this digital tire gauge review to see what digital tire pressure checkers you can buy.
Volkswagon's high mileage (1 liter of fuel per 100 kilometers) car is getting closer to production. Expect to see 100 of these available to the public in 2013.
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.
Blume Distillation debuts appropriate-scale biofuel distillation equipment that will allow farmers, entrepreneurs, municipalities and communities to produce their own alcohol fuel from a variety of readily available fuel stock sources.
This is a rundown of films that came out in the last few years. These films cover a wide range of environmental topics, from energy, climate, and fuel, to food, farming, and health. Many of the films have won awards or been critically acclaimed.
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.
Heat Recovery innovator produces a safe hot water heating system kit for wood stoves.
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.
Cam has had to learn lots of new skills living in his off-grid home!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The final result of a reporting a water violation and having a creek restored.
Costs associated with providing your own water.
Green Builder Media’s Vision and ReVision Houses highlight energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, indoor air quality and great new green materials.
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.
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.
This posting will discuss how clouds, volcanoes and water vapor effect the climate.
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.
Don’t miss these featured documentaries showing on PBS’s Earth Day programming.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Dan Chiras and other energy experts envision a future powered by a combination of renewable energy resources, including wind and solar.
Tiny plastic beads in cosmetics are found in the Great Lakes, putting fish and human health at risk.
Pickled garlic is both delicious and easy to make. Ever wondered why pickled garlic turns blue? Find out here!
HOMEGROWN blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel outlines strategies for responsible drought gardening in her home state of California--or anywhere.
Simran Sethi explains her bathroom-remodel goals to conserve water.
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.
Summing up the last week of mostly frozen stuff except for a brief thaw.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
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.
Discover the Ozarks region's natural beauty and adventure hot spots as told by Mike McArthy of Photozarks.
Simran Sethi discusses how to green your bathroom in easy ways: through your choice of toilet paper, shower curtain, and towels.