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6/15/2010
Propelling a vehicle with air or water is possible, but whether it’s practical is another story.
1/10/2011
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.
3/6/2013
Learn how to waterproof fabric with these simple instructions for making tin cloth.
8/4/2010
Home urinals are catching on. First found in high-end homes, many people are installing them when building or retrofitting all types of homes.
7/22/2010
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.
6/3/2010
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.
7/2/2012
Keep chicken water clean with this innovative watering design.
3/15/2012
Get tips on growing watermelons from the expert growers at Willhite Seed company, which offers dozens of unique watermelon varieties.
2/17/2014
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.
7/16/2013
Watermelon rind is this frugal pie's summery secret ingredient. Think of it as summer mincemeat.
7/18/2011
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.
3/12/2012
Save water from March 12-18, 2012 during Fix a Leak Week!
5/16/2006
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.
12/27/2011
Use a colorful radish variety and make great pickles.
6/3/2009
Readers share their favorite garden irrigation methods.
11/5/2013
Necessity leads to ingenuity in the creation of root cellar storage.
8/27/2014
A root cellar slowly is dug by hand, with the goal of increasing our homestead's food preservation and storage capacity through the winter.
10/27/2010
This is a fun story about planting seeds for future generations and not recognizing a gift when it is blooming right in your face.
3/18/2013
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.
6/15/2010
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. 
11/21/2013
You can make a simple but effective root cellar out of a junked fridge and $10 worth of hardware.
5/13/2009
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.
11/7/2012
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.
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...
9/15/2009
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.
2/18/2013
San Francisco may become be the second city after Seattle to join a growing movement to divest from the companies driving the climate crisis.    
10/31/2012
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.
11/5/2010
A heart warming story about a feral cat that traveled many miles across harsh terrain to be back to familiar ground.
9/6/2011
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!
7/10/2013
Fragrant and round with a tart lemony bite, this Lemonade Watermelon Sorbet Recipe has the flavor and texture of ripe watermelon.
6/26/2014
Many of us are seeking to discover a lifestyle in which not all of our needs are provided through the medium of monetary exchange. Don’t let misconceptions about what is necessary to a family-size farmstead discourage you in the search for that small rural acreage, reasonably priced, where you can begin to realize your dreams.
7/28/2011
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.
7/21/2008
Conservation over corn.
5/9/2012
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.
5/23/2012
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.
6/6/2012
Broadening your understanding of mold and mildew in the house will help you to eliminate this hazard to health and home value.
5/27/2014
Here are some simple steps you can follow when setting up drip irrigation for row crops.
1/1/0001
Use programmable watering timers in your garden to help you maintain a regular schedule, keeping your plants well hydrated with less work.
5/12/2011
Have some fun in your garden this year and grow something giant!
7/23/2010
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.
9/30/2008
Here's why a heat pump might be a good choice for your home.
6/20/2011
There’s plenty you can do to protect yourself—inside your home and out—from the potential risks of electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation.
9/14/2012
One of the newest apps for green car owners is Cleaner and Greener Fuels, which locates refueling stations for alternative fuel vehicles.
6/7/2011
For the first time ever, Diesel motorcycles publicaly demonstrate their potential in real riding.
3/23/2012
Options for phone service if you live in a remote location that doesn't have cell service or landlines available to you.
12/5/2010
Building a small cordwood cafe in Colorado. A fun project for everyone!
1/7/2011
A quick and easy art project. Recycle those old wood frame windows and turn them into stunning pieces of art.
1/17/2014
Join Steve for a no-cost 75 minute video tutorial on building and managing a root cellar
4/7/2011
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.
7/5/2012
The Chicken Kooler keeps the water away from the chicken’s feet, where is can get filled with straw and dirt.
10/14/2011
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.
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.
7/3/2014
Declare energy independence this Independence Day, 2014
3/9/2009
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.
10/22/2008
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.
6/24/2008
Here's a rundown of the many reasons behind the recent rise in the price of gas.
2/6/2013
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.
8/14/2014
Criminal racketeering by the fossil fuel industry is destroying our environment.
5/9/2012
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.
9/22/2009
Sigg apologizes for BPA-lined bottles and offers a bottle-exchange program.
7/2/2012
We're lucky to be able to live the way we do, even when we feel like we're melting
7/21/2014
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.
5/10/2012
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.
8/30/2012
New federal standards will dramatically increase fuel efficiency in cars and light-duty trucks by 2025.
5/5/2012
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.
5/5/2011
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."
6/1/2008
Learn more about how you can reuse waste water from your home.
12/5/2013
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.
11/14/2008
It's true! You really can pump water to a higher elevation using nothing but water power.
3/8/2011
Find out the easiest way to use greywater in your home.
10/27/2010
This is a fun story about planting seeds for future generations and not recognizing a gift when it is blooming right in your face.
8/13/2012
Hiking The Ozarks' Lost Valley - Where getting lost is part of the fun! By Mike McArthy of Photozarks
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.
8/5/2009
The Start A Lie campaign challenges the idea of truth in advertising while targeting the bottled water industry.
11/4/2010
Do we have a national goal in America? Would this be a good one?
7/7/2008
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.
2/25/2014
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.
11/21/2012
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.
11/9/2009
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.
6/17/2009
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.
1/6/2011
Simran Sethi describes the choices she made for her eco-friendly kitchen remodel.
1/2/2011
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.
9/26/2012
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!
3/28/2011
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.
9/19/2012
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.
4/4/2012
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.
4/4/2012
Supply and demand have kept E85 gas prices low, and politics has played a role.
2/9/2011
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.
6/13/2013
Protect and enjoy our nation’s 70,000 miles of rivers during National Rivers Month.
8/15/2011
Tips for water conservation during a drought.
8/9/2012
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.
7/15/2008
Cleaning up an old water heater just requires two simple tools.
3/11/2013
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.
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.
10/3/2012
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.
8/1/2012
Sensor Plug update along with a report on Sunflowers being used as a cover crop and when to properly harvest onions.
9/18/2012
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.
4/25/2012
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.
4/30/2013
KOR Water has announced the reusable Nava filtering water bottle.
3/29/2010
Green-building company PM Architecture recently put out a slide show about the negative aspects of buying bottled water.
2/24/2010
Energy expert Dan Chiras shares the technique of conserving water with a two-gallon bucket.
9/15/2013
Learn how one person is celebrating her birthday by raising money to bring clean water to those who need it.
10/1/2010
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.
3/22/2011
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.)
7/6/2010
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.
2/25/2013
Unit helps homeowners heat more space while slashing high hot water bills
7/28/2008
This simple, low-tech method of disinfecting water with solar energy can be a lifesaver when safe drinking water isn't available. 
8/25/2008
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.
1/27/2010
Hundreds of disease-causing chemicals could be lurking in your tap water thanks to outdated federal laws.
10/8/2010
Adjusting the timing of your water heater could help you increase energy savings.
2/24/2006
Beware. I’m stepping up on the soapbox for a minute.
6/4/2009
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.
7/17/2014
Homes in the United States a responsible for one fifth of all carbon dioxide emissions. Simply taking steps to reduce these on a domestic level will help positively impact carbon outputs, decreasing environmental damage.
3/8/2011
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.
8/13/2010
First in a series of blog posts which will cover conversion of lawnmowers and small engines from gasoline to propane.
11/10/2010
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.
1/9/2011
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.
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.
10/1/2012
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.
5/16/2014
TRUFUEL, a ready-to-use engine fuel, can be used in two and four-stroke engines.
7/30/2014
One of our readers made a fiberglass and carbon fiber roof for his own home-built MAX high-mileage sports car, and here's how he did it.
4/4/2012
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.
1/22/2013
Tips on how to increase your car's fuel efficiency by checking the tire pressure.
1/23/2011
2011 Fuel Economy Contests in several locations in the U.S.
2/23/2011
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.
7/12/2010
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.
9/25/2009
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.
7/25/2012
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.
9/12/2012
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.
2/2/2012
Sauerkraut is an effective and delicious way to store cabbage and add something "fresh" to the winter months
12/28/2012
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.
10/13/2011
The process of curing potatoes for winter storage.
5/16/2012
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.
2/6/2013
Talking about carrying in the red roofing tin the old fashioned way due to a broken golf cart and some very muddy conditions. The refrigerator root cellar continues to prove itself as an experiment that seems to be working so far.
3/20/2013
Rain gardens provide many benefits including filtering out pollutants and keeping runoff out of city storm sewers.
7/7/2011
A simple, practical and easy option for priming seasonal water systems.
2/11/2014
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.
4/1/2014
Try these simple actions at home that can help reduce water pollution.
2/19/2013
Tips on how to protect naturally-beneficial estuaries.
7/8/2010
High-efficiency washers save energy, water and money with every load. And with the average household washing 400 loads per year, those savings add up.
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.
7/9/2008
Wise sprinkler usage will conserve water while maintaining your attractive lawn.
8/24/2010
Weatherization Program Nearly Doubles Payback in One Easy Step with GE's new GeoSpring™ Hybrid Water Heater
6/18/2012
June is National Rivers Month! Help protect your local waterways with these simple tips.
7/7/2010
The GeoSpring hybrid water heater from GE continues its impressive run of firsts.
9/24/2008
The EPA continues to fight a six-year battle against White House and Pentagon officials about drinking-water standards.
9/3/2014
Spot an algal bloom, snap a photo, enter to win great prizes!
5/22/2013
Ready for summer recreation? Hit the water safely during National Safe Boating Week.
6/3/2013
Captured rainwater off of roofs can save money and water use.
1/7/2014
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.
6/17/2010
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. 
6/17/2009
Rice Intensification uses less water and fewer seedlings to produce greater yields of rice, which helps both poor farmers and the environment.
6/23/2010
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.
8/10/2009
You can use the power of the sun to heat water for your home using manufactured solar hot water systems or one you build yourself.
7/27/2012
The Viking Pure 1000 processes 25 gallons of water.
6/14/2011
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.
7/7/2011
Sales for Simple Pump, a hand-operated well pump, have tripled compared to the same time last year, as word about its versatility, reliability and durability have spread.
2/2/2011
The EPA will regulate perchlorate and other toxic chemicals--but you may want to consider water filters in the meantime.
8/28/2012
Homesteads are attempting to provide longer grazing times by dividing pasture into paddocks. The difficulty of getting water to each paddock can be solved by a windmill with underground pipes. No electric is needed--just wind!
4/14/2011
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.
6/29/2011
Steve shares an approach he installed at a friend's place for easing the burden of priming seasonal water systems
9/24/2010
How much energy does it take to travel? Can we collect this from the vehicle while we are using it?
5/9/2012
Grasshopper announces a new online tool designed to calculate fuel costs and impacts of commercial mowing equipment.
12/23/2010
MAX gets a low cost, high accuracy, and none too attractive fuel gauge. Two out of three ain't bad.
5/1/2012
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.
3/6/2013
According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 100 percent of the electric generating capacity added in January was renewable.
10/25/2010
Simran Sethi interviews Tom Kostigen about water waste and conservation.
1/20/2011
Simran Sethi discusses easy (and free) ways to reduce your water footprint.
7/1/2013
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.
12/19/2013
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.
6/16/2014
MAX won an award at the 2014 Maker Faire Bay Area for...gosh, we don't really know, but it was best in its class.
1/21/2014
Ever wondered what its like to drive around using wood as fuel? Tag along with Chris as he fires up his wood gas truck.
1/31/2014
Hit the road, using wood for fuel! Chris Saenz takes a trip on wood gas power.
8/11/2014
Biomass grass crops can be established on marginal lands and processed as a fuel replacement for heating oil or propane
6/29/2011
MAX got some new lager diameter wheels. They should do the job and the price was right, and as a bonus, they look terrific.
8/23/2012
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.
4/19/2011
See the power of gasification before we hit the road.
4/4/2011
Engine efficiency depends on rpm (among other things) and slower isn't always better. More wisdom from the Honey Bear.
8/25/2010
MAX is back at the shop, awaiting diagnosis and correction of an overheating problem, plus some additional body work before its next venture.
2/21/2011
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.
7/29/2011
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.
1/15/2012
MAX at its first autocross. Hey, it's a sports car, right?
8/7/2011
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.
3/6/2011
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?
2/16/2012
A video demonstration of MAX's windscreen, which deflects air around the driver's face with minimal aerodynamic drag.
11/27/2010
A question about our future.
10/28/2010
The EcoAire is designed to be installed in much the same fashion as a window air conditioner and just as easily.
2/5/2013
The first civilian-built MAXes are nearing completion, and here are a couple of them that are rolling under their own power.
1/31/2011
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.
7/27/2010
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.
5/4/2011
Using MAX to test a tubing streamlining material, resulted in a significant reduction in drag.
11/17/2010
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.
12/26/2011
A car's electrical consumption adds to its fuel consumption. For MAX, turning off the headlights improves fuel economy by roughly 4 mpg.
5/15/2012
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.
3/4/2012
To improve MAX's versatility, the passenger seat is removable, which converts MAX from a couple carrier to a cargo carrier.
11/1/2010
A few simple steps to make sure your tractor is ready for spring.
12/1/2010
Hybrid-Like Fuel Economy Starts at $18,895; Goes on Sale in January
9/2/2010
How will we live with no gas at the pump and no power in the grid?
7/5/2011
MAX got a smog test at an Oregon DEQ Vehicle Testing Station, and passed with high marks.
8/22/2010
Jack missed Rally Green and MAX has a mysterious overheating problem.
8/6/2012
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.
7/22/2010
Results of the long-awaited cooling system test, which shows how little air MAX needs through the radiator.
5/21/2011
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.
8/3/2010
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.
10/21/2011
The "High Mileage Car Show" at the latest Mother Earth News Fair, and the pleasure of driving a fuel efficient car.
4/22/2009
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.
7/2/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains a Pew Charitable Trusts study that finds that jobs in the clean energy sector are growing faster than jobs in the fossil fuel industry.
8/18/2011
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.
1/4/2012
How a born and bred city boy came to leave Detroit, start a Tennessee homestead with his wife, and blog about it here.
4/18/2012
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.
6/19/2013
A unique contest challenges people to hand-pump more water in one minute than a 64-year-old grandmother can.
7/23/2013
Going to the beach? Get real-time info on Great Lakes beach water quality, weather and water conditions.
11/25/2009
Find out what types of federal tax incentives are available for homeowners who install renewable energy.
9/23/2013
Water filter supplier offers recommendations to avoid radiation contamination following the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster.
3/12/2014
Protect our water supplies during National Groundwater Awareness Week by saving water at home: www.earthgauge.net/?p=23794
2/5/2014
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.
4/8/2014
Home experiment reveals tomato seedlings started in water heated in a microwave do not grow well. How different are we from plants?
5/8/2014
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.
6/3/2014
Planting a water-smart garden with native plants can help you save water when temperatures heat up.
5/2/2014
Show us how you take a second to conserve water!
7/15/2014
You can create refreshing-flavored waters and sodas right from your backyard. Homemade waters and sodas are easy, cost effective and healthy.
8/24/2012
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.
9/17/2012
Tips on how to improve lakeshore habitat conditions by reducing nutrient pollution.
10/15/2010
Filtering tap water instead of buying plastic bottles helps my family’s carbon footprint—and bottom line.
8/29/2011
Tips on how to clean up after a hurricane.
11/13/2012
November 11-17, 2012 is Geography Awareness Week and the theme is 'interdependency' this year.
10/15/2012
Tips on how saving energy this fall and winter can help reduce nutrient pollution in water bodies.
3/26/2012
Tips on how to protect water quality with phosphate-free cleaning projects during spring cleaning.
12/19/2011
Tips to save energy and water during the holiday season.
3/20/2012
Tips on how to protect local wildlife and water bodies during the spring thaw.
8/5/2011
Find out how to enter our Solar Giveaway.
4/13/2011
Productive urban landscapes, if managed correctly, can reduce pollution in local watershed.
10/15/2010
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.
10/31/2011
One of the realities of country life is having to get your septic tank pumped every few years.
6/14/2010
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.
1/17/2012
Tips on how to be smart about salt this winter and protect water quality.
1/11/2011
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.
10/1/2012
Explanation of what bioretention systems are and how they are used to reduce and filter storm water runoff.
4/30/2012
Tips on how to calculate your nitrogen footprint.
5/21/2012
May is American Wetlands Month. Find out the many environmental benefits of wetlands and find out how you can help protect them!
5/19/2010
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.
6/1/2011
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.
9/28/2012
Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center in Taylor, Arizona celebrates national homesteading month with a display of solar ingenuity.
6/2/2010
The Niagara Conservation Corporation has developed a new pressure-assisted toilet, the Stealth, which uses even less water than your standard pressure-assisted toilet.
1/14/2013
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.
12/4/2012
MOTHER EARTH NEWS is proud to announce we have won a prestigious publishing award for our Guide to Green Cars.
5/22/2013
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.
8/14/2013
Plant life along small streams starts a food chain that stretches all the way to the ocean.
2/10/2012
This post is about our water cisterns and what we use them for. It also contains a caution that many local governments would like to tell you what you can and can't do with rainwater.
11/26/2013
Whether you’re traveling or staying home, try these tips for a healthy & environmentally-friendly Thanksgiving. www.earthgauge.net/?p=33317
12/27/2013
Headwater streams are small streams or tributaries that carry water from the upper reaches of a watershed to a river.
3/12/2014
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.
6/30/2014
Here at Deer Isle Hostel, Maine, we use a compost pile built with local, natural materials and a 100-foot water pipe to create a steaming hot shower.
4/15/2014
Don't let the spring invasion by algae aggravate the enjoyment of your pond.
3/24/2014
Cage culture of fish has several sustainable techniques to consider adapting for a more innovative approach.
5/1/2014
Why manual water pumps are making a comeback and how to select the right type for a homestead.
1/30/2014
MetLife Stadium is reducing waste, saving energy and saving water. Take a page from their playbook. www.earhgauge.net/?p=33964
3/19/2014
Chase down household leaks and fix them to save water and money during the Earth Gauge #FixALeak Week.
4/15/2014
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.
6/17/2014
The Drought Pod experiment assists growing tomatoes in drought.
8/2/2014
Use a hand water pump to compress air for filling tires without electricity.
11/18/2012
We have slowly replaced out dated fixtures and the Rialto toilet was the final step in getting more environmentally compliant.
8/13/2012
Tips on how to prevent soil compaction on your lawn and reduce water pollution!
3/30/2010
We'd like to hear about projects you have planned that will help you save energy, save water or otherwise make your home greener.
2/21/2012
Installing a rain gauge can help determine how much water your plants really need.
5/14/2012
Tips on how to properly maintain your home's septic system.
5/4/2010
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.
8/20/2012
Tips on how to dispose of pet waste properly for National Dog Day!
7/8/2008
Heating water with the sun is no longer an option on the Hawaiian islands. A bill was passed in Hawaii that requires all new homes to install a solar water heater in order to receive a building permit.
8/4/2012
Experiences building a water-saving bath house out of salvaged logs.
1/14/2013
Tips on how to save energy, water and fuel at home and on the road in 2013!
10/3/2011
Tips on how to conserve water in the fall with weather-based irrigation controllers.
8/30/2010
The tankless water heater new design adheres to our corporate philosophy of practicing the Three Rs; of Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.
11/19/2008
Check out how millions of gallons of water can be saved by Aug. 11, 2009!
8/8/2011
Tips to help wildlife beat the heat with fresh water.
6/26/2012
Receives SRCC OG300 certification on 41 system configurations for residential solar water heating systems.
9/10/2012
Tips on how to take part in citizen science projects during the fall!
5/10/2012
Tips on how to keep water away from your home and water damage prevention.
8/6/2012
Tips on how to save water at home and protect water quality during National Water Quality Month.
11/8/2010
Quirky behaviors involving shaving, moisturizing, socks and water conservation!
2/9/2011
Cam readily admits to being obsessed about his use of energy.
12/2/2010
This posting discusses how the oceans stores heat and transports the heat to warm colder parts of the planet. The posting uses El Nino as an example on how warm ocean water can have a diverse effect on the climate in different regions of the planet.
10/6/2010
The Obama administration announced yesterday that it will place solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the White House roof by spring 2011.
7/30/2012
Tips on how to protect yourself form harmful algal blooms.
3/1/2010
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.
8/29/2011
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.
7/23/2012
Tips on how green roofs can benefit your wallet and the environment!
8/22/2014
Enter the Take a Second contest and win great prizes! http://takeasec.org/
3/2/2011
During National Ground Water Awareness Week next week, let's bring attention to what natural gas drilling is doing to our ground water supplies.
8/27/2012
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.
5/23/2014
MAX is getting a garage mate. We're building a high-mileage pickup truck for those jobs that a sports car can't do, and this post outlines what we're starting with.
3/30/2011
Explore how you can make your own home grown organic fuel to power your own transportation or electricity.
8/29/2011
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.
6/29/2012
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.
7/16/2011
This posting will discuss how the buring of fossil fuels is putting strain on the ecosystem of the ocean.
9/8/2010
MAX is getting prepped for paint, and all the essential bodywork is done for the new, streamlined roadster body.
12/20/2010
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.
12/17/2012
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.
8/12/2011
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.
2/7/2011
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.
2/23/2011
Learn more about the upcoming Vetter Fuel Economy Challenges.
6/20/2011
MAX has very low rolling resistance, as demonstrated by this three year old kid pushing it around the building.
3/23/2012
Why pre-1960 race cars were more efficient than post-1960 race cars, and thus a better example for high efficiency highway cars.
7/29/2011
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.
9/3/2010
Craig Henderson and his Avion high mileage sports car went from Canada to Mexico at 119.1 MPG. He plans to produce Avion kits.
2/21/2011
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.
4/30/2012
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.
7/28/2011
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.
6/16/2011
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.
11/4/2011
Western civilization is totally dependent upon cheap and abundant energy. Three quarters of the petroleum we burn in our engines is imported. Could it be cut off suddenly? Without cheap and abundant energy, our way of life would collapse. If we value our freedom and independence, we should not be relying on foreign petroleum. We should be making our own energy. 
4/18/2012
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.
1/1/0001
Don’t miss these featured documentaries showing on PBS’s Earth Day programming.
3/12/2010
Dan Chiras and other energy experts envision a future powered by a combination of renewable energy resources, including wind and solar.
12/19/2013
Tiny plastic beads in cosmetics are found in the Great Lakes, putting fish and human health at risk.
2/25/2014
HOMEGROWN blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel outlines strategies for responsible drought gardening in her home state of California--or anywhere.
1/16/2014
Pickled garlic is both delicious and easy to make. Ever wondered why pickled garlic turns blue? Find out here!
7/9/2014
Chinese water chestnuts are a delicious nutty root that are also easy to grow. Learn more in this article!
11/22/2010
This posting will discuss how clouds, volcanoes and water vapor effect the climate.
4/21/2011
Cam has had to learn lots of new skills living in his off-grid home!
6/13/2012
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.
6/18/2012
Heat Recovery innovator produces a safe hot water heating system kit for wood stoves.
7/10/2012
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.
6/21/2010
When the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010 passes (as expected) this summer, be prepared by learning what to expect when you buy a water heater, heating system, air-source air conditioner or heat pump.
10/1/2012
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.
4/27/2011
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.
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.
12/27/2010
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.
12/30/2010
Green Builder Media’s Vision and ReVision Houses highlight energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, indoor air quality and great new green materials.  
1/24/2008
There are many different ways to bring solar power into your home. Here's a quick overview of the different ways people use solar energy, with links to related articles and plans.
11/14/2012
Costs associated with providing your own water.
4/25/2012
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.
6/6/2010
From switching out light bulbs to bundling up your water heater, environmental journalist, Simran Sethi, shares some simple and stress-free tips on how to save energy in your home.
8/20/2012
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.
9/21/2012
The final result of a reporting a water violation and having a creek restored.
6/21/2012
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.
3/15/2011
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!
12/9/2010
Simran Sethi explains her bathroom-remodel goals to conserve water.
2/18/2011
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.
7/22/2011
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.
1/31/2013
Summing up the last week of mostly frozen stuff except for a brief thaw.
12/12/2012
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.     
6/16/2011
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.
9/12/2011
Rancho Margot in Costa Rica is completely off the grid and constantly closing the circle. Nothing is wasted on this self-sufficient ranch, where everything is considered a resource--including methane from the compost ovens.
10/24/2012
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.
1/10/2013
We haul our water from the river - walking water!
5/13/2010
Three-day workshop announcement on net zero energy homes by leading authority on energy efficiency and renewable energy, Dan Chiras. Learn how to reduce your utility bill through conservation, effriciency, & clean, affordable, renewable energy.
1/26/2013
Making the most of a winter walk to home.
1/19/2013
Discover the Ozarks region's natural beauty and adventure hot spots as told by Mike McArthy of Photozarks.
1/13/2011
Simran Sethi discusses how to green your bathroom in easy ways: through your choice of toilet paper, shower curtain, and towels.


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