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The Methane Midden compost water heater that surpassed its goal on kic
Plumbing and water heaters

Compost pile hot tub water heater

...compost pile, it was brought from 7 °C to a blistering 62 °C. Not much more needs to be said that the video doesn't say. We love seeing stuff like this, if you come up with your own brilliant backyard inventions or hear of one, by all means tip us off.

Disposing of old batteries
Kitchens

Waste management: compost and recycling

...composters are a great way to recycle kitchen waste into next years tasty tomato and zucchini crops Some leaves can be added to vegetable compost, but larger quantities can be composted in a pile of their own. As with vegetable compost, occasionally turning leaves over with a garden fork speeds up the decomposition...

Which House Plants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

Do house plants clean indoor air? The idea that house plants filter and clean indoor air is at best a mini-truth, and at worst a total myth, and like any pseudo-science health trend, it can have a negative impact as well. Providing false solutions to human health issues gives people a false sense of security. Having...

Keyhole Garden
Landscaping

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...compost tower can be filled with anything else you would put into your garden compost, but avoid adding cooked food waste, breads, pastas and oils. Source: Fix.com Blog Once the outer walls have been marked and the center compost basket is constructed, you can begin to fill the raised bed with the "lasagna" metho...

The Pros & Cons of Lasagna Gardening for Growing Food
Food production

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...compost and soil material to achieve this, and it has many benefits along the way. The ‘cons’ of lasagna gardening on the other hand can include the time spent building and finishing beds, finding safe compostable products, maintaining oxygen levels in the soil and the size in which it can work successfully. The fi...

Lasagna Gardening - How to Build an Easy Vegetable Garden
Food production

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

...Compost or manure on top of leaves layers the lasagna Here is where you will need to add a thin layer of compost - sheep, chicken, sea compost, pick whichever kind of poop resonates with you or which smell you can most comfortably tolerate. Some compost is very strong, so if you have spare topsoil, mix them together ...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...compost blankets, filter socks, or some comparable approach to prevent soil runoff. 2.1 No invasive plants: Introduce no invasive plant species into the landscape. To find out more about invasive plant species, consult the Canadian Botanical Conservation Network. Water Efficiency (WE) 3.1 Fixture efficiencies...

Sorting home recyclable materials at a recycling center
Lifestyle and environment

Why recycling is important, and how to recycle correctly at home

...composting , disposing of construction waste and other easy lifestyle changes to reduce your environmental footprint in these pages : How to sort and dispose of compost and household waste Use your kitchen waste as compost to grow food in a backyard lasagna garden How to dispose of construction waste ...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...compost pile and waiting to meet your maker, there is simply nothing you can do on this planet that will not, in some way, lead to environmental degradation. Every step you take wears out your shoes and every ‘save the whales’ sign you make uses cardboard and wears out crayons. So, with no further adieu, foam haters – ...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...compost!” If you have a cold climate greenhouse project, please catalogue the build & experience and let us know about it in the comments below. To compare Greenhouse Kits online with delivery, or Greenhouse construction materials, see here or f or tips on alternatives to a Grass Lawn that are Bee Friendly & Eco-Fr...

Snowboarder, Mike, Basich's, off-grid cabin in the woods with hot tub
Tiny house

Off-grid tiny house in the heart of the Sierras.

Snowboarding pioneer and photographer Mike Basich built himself an epic Tiny off-grid cabin. Without a bedroom or bathroom per se, but equipped with a hot tub and chairlift, this gorgeous Tiny House is most perfectly situated in the heart of the Sierras. © Mike Basich Basich began his career ...