Improving the Air Quality in Your Home

Improving the Air Quality in Your Home

By Sally Keys The idea of air pollution conjures up images of traffic jams and smokey cities, big factories and power plants. You probably don’t immediately think of your own home, but actually, the air inside your home can be just as polluted as the outside air – and in many cases, more than 100 times more toxic. As a keen off-gridder, you’re already trying to help minimize your impact on the environment, but have you thought...

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10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Electricity Bill at Home

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Electricity Bill at Home

By Brenden Carr 1. Use a Washing Up Bowl When you do the dishes by hand, use a refillable bowl to save $40 a year in energy bills! When you leave warm tap water running while doing the dishes, your water heater is working constantly and you tend to waste a lot of water straight down the drain. Use a washing up bowl to save on water and cut down energy bills. 2. Upgrade to High-Efficiency Light Bulbs LED bulbs are the way forward (you probably...

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My New Solar RV

My New Solar RV

My new Winnebago View RV (I just bought it this year) is an amazing machine and a home on the road! Best of all are the solar PV panels on the roof! With 300 Watts charging all day, there is really no need for an electrical hookup, which means I can be much more selective when it comes to finding a nice spot to take it camping. Of course, the 3,000 Watt off-grid inverter helps to deliver me all the AC power I need, and a cleanly installed solar...

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Sir Cob-A-Lot and Our New Cob Cabin AirBnB

Sir Cob-A-Lot and Our New Cob Cabin AirBnB

I met Sir Cobalot, aka Miguel Elliott, nee Michael Elliott, many years ago when he helped build the cob bench and walls on our Hops Tipi at the Solar Living Center. The Hops tipi is a gorgeous structure 30 feet in diameter with a rock in the middle that was found in Jackpot, Nevada. It weighs 6 tons and when lifted, an arrowhead was found underneath. How it got there will remain one of the great mysteries of the universe. Miguel reconnected...

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6 Energy Efficiency Home Renovations You Should Make This Year

6 Energy Efficiency Home Renovations You Should Make This Year

By Danielle Hegedus Fall and winter are just around the corner, but updating your home with energy-efficiency upgrades is always in season. Residential electricity rates have risen at a steady rate of 4% over the last 10 years, and there’s no relief in sight. And if you’re planning to sell your home any time in the near future, you’ll likely be selling to a Millennial (according to a recent study by Bank of America,...

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Top Home Improvements to Pair with a New Home Solar PV Installation

Top Home Improvements to Pair with a New Home Solar PV Installation

By Erin Vaughan Once you go solar, you never look back…or you do, and realize that a lot of that free energy is going to waste in your home. A plethora of inefficient appliances, aging windows and doors, and low-rated heating and cooling equipment can gobble down that free solar energy fast, forcing you to rely on a costly or fuel-heavy generator instead. For many homeowners, the dollar-to-kilowatt cost to run their households becomes a...

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