Solar water heater / Guides

High efficiency fireplaces and how to choose one
Wood stove and biomass heat

Choosing the right wood-burning stove or fireplace for both heat output & the environment homes that could probably be kept warm with a fondue pot and a few mood candles. So don't buy based on your square footage alone. If you get a wood stove that is too big for your space, you will either overheat or need to operate it at a lower temperature. Running it at too low a temperature means a less effici...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased heating on a budget! DIY solar air heater videos are a big hit on YouTube, with a couple of main staple ideas - recycled pop can solar collectors, downspout solar collectors, screen or sheet metal solar collectors. If you don't have it in you to make one yourself, solar air heaters for sale are also available o...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat thermal panels. Even this type of system is not new, the first house in the United States with an active solar heating system was built In 1939 on the MIT campus (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and sat on top of a huge water reservoir that was heated by thermal solar panels. MIT Solar House thermal...

Non-toxic, naturally-dyed Easter eggs
Lifestyle and environment

DIY non-toxic & all natural Easter egg dye.

...water softener had something to do with our not so blue results. I don't know, but it's fun to experiment so, hey! Pink: Beets (try 2 sliced or grated beets per 1.5 cups water) Raspberries, mashed, boiled (1 pint per 1.5 cups of water) I have seen recipes that call for one or the other. I tried a mix of bee...

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.

...water for the mortar was hand-gathered and he hand-mixed the cement that would eventually hold together approximately 175 tons of rock. Once his cabin was complete, with the help of friends he built the rope tow and then chairlift, essentially making his backyard their personal playground. Mike describes his accompli...