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Embrace the Sun

Energy efficient two bedroom, one bath home designed with our sunny skies in mind. Quality passive solar construction combines southern exposure, trombe walls, woodstove, and radiant heat translating to a warm home with low utility costs. 92 more words


7 tips to designing an energy efficient home

Passive Design reduces or removes the need for artificial cooling and heating (which accounts for about 40% of energy use in the average Aussie home) and instead takes advantage of the natural climate to maintain thermal comfort. 503 more words


Creating a Home in a Off-Grid, Dry Cabin

When people find out that we are developing a homestead in the mountains one of the first things that they wonder about it how we live on a day to day basis.   1,524 more words

Eco-Design, Payback Period and Savings

Editor’s Note: This is more or less the 100th weekly column I have written for our city’s newspaper, the Wanganui Chronicle.  

Nearly two years have passed since I was invited to write this column, which brings us to what is approximately the 100th edition of Eco-Thrifty Renovation. 617 more words

Eco Thrifty Renovation

Permaculture Home Design

by Douglas Barnes
In July 2009, I started building my own passive solar home. This is the story of the planning that led up us breaking ground.



Here is one example of the student proposals from Phase 1. This project was located at the Emma site. Read what Lana and Kellen have to say about their project below! 137 more words

Iowa State University

Your Daily Egg 212

Canned Heat

Considering that the average American consumes 600 cans of soda a year, it only makes sense to offset those dental bills with something like this. 9 more words

Waste Management