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BUILD YOUR OWN EARTH OVEN

Kiko Denzer
Paperback

Price: $17.95

This book is fully illustrated with step-by-step directions for building your own earth oven. This easy DIY project can be completed with a few tools and in one day. If you have a scrap pile you can…

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This book is fully illustrated with step-by-step directions for building your own earth oven. This easy DIY project can be completed with a few tools and in one day. If you have a scrap pile you can build this for free — or buy materials for less than $30. Kiko Denzer's book includes directions on how to tend the fire and how to make sourdough hearth loaves in the artisan tradition.

Good building soil is often right in your backyard, under your feet. Build the simplest oven in a day! With a bit more time and imagination, you can make a permanent foundation and a fire-breathing-dragon oven or any other shape that you can dream up.

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THE HUMAN-POWERED HOME

Tamara Dean
Paperback

Price: $29.95

What if I could harness this energy? An unusual question for anyone putting in a long stint on a treadmill perhaps, and yet human power is a very old, practical and empowering alternative to fossil fu…

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What if I could harness this energy? An unusual question for anyone putting in a long stint on a treadmill perhaps, and yet human power is a very old, practical and empowering alternative to fossil fuels. Replacing motors with muscles can be considered a political act -- an act of self-sufficiency that gains you independence.

The Human-Powered Home is a one-of-a-kind compendium of human-powered devices gathered from a unique collection of experts. Enthusiasts point to the advantages of human power:

  • Portable and available on-demand
  • Close connection to the process or product offers more control
  • Improved health and fitness
  • The satisfaction of being able to make do with what is available
This book discusses the science and history of human power and examines the common elements of human-powered devices. It offers plans for making specific devices, grouped by area of use, and features dozens of individuals who share technical details and photos of their inventions. For those who want to apply their own ingenuity, or for those who have never heard of human-powered machines, this book is a fine reference. For those who are beginning to understand the importance of a life of reduced dependency on fossil fuels, this book could be a catalyst for change.

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BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS: NATURAL BUILDING METHODS CD-ROM

MOTHER EARTH NEWS
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Price: $5.00

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If you want to build an environmentally friendly house, garage or barn from natural materials, this i…

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CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $14.95. AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

If you want to build an environmentally friendly house, garage or barn from natural materials, this is the ultimate guide for you. Explore the pros and cons of building with straw, logs, cordwood, earth and local lumber. Learn how to manage local building codes and inspections. And find out how you can design any home to take advantage solar heat and natural cooling.

Plus, we’ve included extra articles on green roofing options, used building materials and choosing the perfect plaster.

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*PC requirements: CD-ROM drive, Adobe Acrobat Reader (available from Adobe.com.)

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101 PRACTICAL DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECTS CD-ROM


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Price: $4.00

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IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT THIS PRODUCT: The software on this version of Mother Earth News 101 DIY Projects CD, Vol. 1, triggers a security bre…

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IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT THIS PRODUCT: The software on this version of Mother Earth News 101 DIY Projects CD, Vol. 1, triggers a security breech when updating to version 7 or higher of Java. While an internet connection is not required to access the content on this CD, it does require an internet browser with Java for viewing the files. As a result of the security breech, the files on this CD cannot be viewed once Java has been updated to version 7 or higher.

We've assembled the 101 most-read DIY projects based on website traffic, and now we're making them available to you in an easy-to-use CD-ROM format, just like our popular Mother Earth News Archive on CD-ROM.

Selected from nearly 40 years of material, this collection provides enough fun, rewarding projects to keep you busy every single weekend for a full year!

Learn to build a:

  • tomato cage
  • solar food dehydrator
  • solar heat grabber
  • cider press
  • hot tub
  • pipe xylophone
  • home office desk
  • super-efficient fireplace
  • And more!!!
Plus, learn valuable techniques for making your own toys, hunting knives, longer-lasting sheds and secure knots!

This premium collection is delivered in a simple, searchable CD-ROM format, with image galleries and fully printable articles! No Internet connection required.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

This CD is designed to run on PC and Mac platforms.

You will need one of the following setups to run this CD:
  • With an IBM-compatible computer: Microsoft® Windows 98 SE (Second Edition) or newer; with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5 or newer. You also will need Java Virtual Machine (VM) version 1.3 (free download from www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp) or newer browser plug-in with Java enabled on your browser and computer.
  • With an Apple Computer: Mac OS X with Safari 3.2.525.27.1 or newer and Java. Use the Software Update feature (available on the Apple menu) to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Java for your Mac.
  • For Mac OS 9.2.2, this CD must be run in Netscape 7.0.2 with Apple MRJ 2.2.5. (Both available free from www.versiontracker.com.)
  • A CD-ROM drive (auto-start should be enabled).
This CD also operates with Mozilla 1.4 and Opera 7 browsers.

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GREEN HOME IMPROVEMENT

DAN CHIRAS
Paperback

Price: $34.95

In a tight economy, this book offers clear financial benefits by helping homeowners immediately cut their utility bills. Many of these smaller home improvements require only a modest investment, and g…

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In a tight economy, this book offers clear financial benefits by helping homeowners immediately cut their utility bills. Many of these smaller home improvements require only a modest investment, and give readers an edge when they sell their homes: Buyers are looking for energy efficiency, and they are also tuned into green health and environmental concerns.

The book's projects include quick and easy, low- or no-cost tasks — like insulating a water heater, sealing foundation cracks or painting with insulating paint — as well as bigger-ticket items, such as installing a new energy-efficient heating system, windows or green flooring. The more than 65 "Go Green" tips highlighted throughout the book give readers ideas to make their homes and lifestyles greener.

Projects include:

  • Green flooring and paint options
  • Environmentally friendly cabinetry and countertops
  • Whole-house insulation and weather-stripping
  • High-efficiency heating and cooling
  • Water conservation
  • Efficient lighting, appliances and plumbing fixtures, including Energy Star and WaterSense models
  • Solar electric and water heating systems
  • Eco-friendly roofing and siding
  • Energy-efficient windows, doors and skylights
  • Green materials for patios, walkways and driveways
  • Landscaping and irrigation for water conservation and energy

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO HOME ENERGY SAVINGS E-BOOK


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Price: $6.99

Mother Earth News: Guide To Home Energy Savings

You’ll save money on home energy bills for years to come with this convenient collection of recent articles from Mother Earth News! The Guid…

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Mother Earth News: Guide To Home Energy Savings

You’ll save money on home energy bills for years to come with this convenient collection of recent articles from Mother Earth News! The Guide to Home Energy Savings filled with information on solar heating options, plus natural ways to cool your house. If you want to heat your home for free, you can find instructions for building a DIY solar heating system. And if you’re planning to remodel or build a new home, the Guide includes articles to help you make your home super-energy efficient by tapping the free energy of the sun.

Considering new, energy-efficient appliances or windows? Maybe even heating with a woodstove? Learn what you need to know to spend your money wisely. Including a 3-page directory of more resources related to solar energy and energy efficiency.

This is the downloadable e-book version of the Mother Earth News: Guide to Home Energy Savings Bookazine. To order a print copy by mail, click here.

17.

POWER FROM THE WIND

Dan Chiras
Paperback

Price: $24.95

This book by Mother Earth News contributing editor Dan Chiras will enable you to make wise decisions during the design, purchase and installation of home-based wind energy systems. Written in consult…

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This book by Mother Earth News contributing editor Dan Chiras will enable you to make wise decisions during the design, purchase and installation of home-based wind energy systems. Written in consultation with two of the most experienced "small wind" experts in the United States, this is the book you need if you are interested in a wind turbine for your home.

Faced with frequent power outages, skyrocketing energy costs, and constant reminders of the impacts of conventional energy sources, homeowners and businesses are beginning to explore ways to use energy more efficiently and to generate their own electricity to reduce fuel bills and their carbon footprint and to achieve greater independence.

Power From the Wind is an easily understandable guide for individuals and businesses interested in installing small wind energy system. Written for the layperson, this practical guide provides an accurate and unbiased view of all aspects of small wind energy systems, including:

  • Wind and wind energy systems
  • Ways to assess wind resources at your site
  • Wind turbines and towers
  • Inverters and batteries
  • Installation and maintenance of systems
  • The costs and benefits of installing a wind system
This book is designed to help readers make the smartest, most economical choices. Readers will gain the knowledge they need to make wise decisions during the design, purchase and installation of small wind energy systems and to communicate effectively with wind system installers.

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THE EARTH-SHELTERED HOUSE

Malcolm Wells
Paperback

Price: $29.95

The Earth-Sheltered House is a classic in the annals of sustainable building books, written by a legend in the field of sustainable architecture. Malcolm Wells had a fundamentally different way of loo…

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The Earth-Sheltered House is a classic in the annals of sustainable building books, written by a legend in the field of sustainable architecture. Malcolm Wells had a fundamentally different way of looking at the design and building process, and his iconoclastic perspective has never been more apparent.

Wells’ work is revolutionary, but readers will find his message to be pure common sense. Earth sheltering offers superior comfort with minimal energy input, and it is adaptable to diverse terrains as well as a variety of architectural aesthetics.

This architect's sketchbook will show you how you can build underground homes of different styles. Complete with floor plans, elevation drawings and detailed diagrams, this book is a necessary resource for anyone who is considering building green.

An architect by trade, Wells lived in The Underground Art Gallery, in Brewster, Massachusetts, and wrote several books about this subject, which he began promoting in 1964. He was a pioneer of underground building and natural design. His best-selling books include Gentle Architecture and How to Build an Underground House. The Earth-Sheltered House is scanned from his own handwritten and illustrated pages.

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HOW TO BUILD SMALL BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS

Monte Burch
Paperback

Price: $18.95

More than 20 projects offer complete plans and instructions for building a wide range of structures that are designed for adaptability and usefulness. You'll learn the step-by-step fundamentals of gen…

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More than 20 projects offer complete plans and instructions for building a wide range of structures that are designed for adaptability and usefulness. You'll learn the step-by-step fundamentals of general construction — from planning and laying out a site to do-it-yourself framing, roofing, wiring, plumbing, and much more. Some of the projects featured include:

  • All-purpose barns
  • Equipment or machine shed
  • Two-car garage
  • Roadside stand
  • Insulated dog house
  • Home office
About the Author:
Monte Burch has worked as a contractor, an editor, and freelance writer and photographer. He is the author of more than 50 books, including Building Small Farms, Sheds and Shelters, and has written numerous articles for various outdoor and how-to publications. With his wife, Joan, he owns and operates Outdoor World Press, Inc., a book publishing house.

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TOOLSHED GREENHOUSE PLAN


Blueprint

Price: $14.95

Build your own backyard shed, using these blueprints for our toolshed greenhouse. Using recycled or salvaged materials, you can build a spacious, versatile backyard shed for a couple hundred dollars. …

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Build your own backyard shed, using these blueprints for our toolshed greenhouse. Using recycled or salvaged materials, you can build a spacious, versatile backyard shed for a couple hundred dollars. The demo toolshed for these plans was constructed for only $250!

With its design components, this 10-foot-by-12-foot backyard shed will serve as tool storage and a work area, as well as a greenhouse to overwinter plants.

This toolshed greenhouse is a great place to store tools and gardening supplies. The workbench is handy for all projects because tools can be organized and within reach. The greenhouse portion not only allows light into the work space but makes a good location to overwinter plants and start new seedlings in spring. With all the organizational features and handsome design, the building will be an asset to any backyard.

Almost everything you'll need to build the shed can be found for free on the Internet or at little cost at a salvage yard. For the demo toolshed, the designers found mis-tinted paint at a well-known distributor at no cost. They also found that when friends and relatives learned about their backyard shed they contributed insulation materials or miscellaneous lumber that they were not using. In the end, they saved money by using materials that would have ended up in the landfill.

The toolshed greenhouse plan includes ready-to-build blueprints and step-by-step assembly instructions. This toolshed greenhouse, as well as the story about how the designers came up with the plans and materials to build it, were featured in the October/November 2009 issue of Mother Earth News.

Designed by Puget Sound Home Design.

DISCLAIMER
It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications blueprints are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or this blueprint you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

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