My first experience with Gene was 40 years ago reading Homesteading: How to Find New Independence on the Land. I still have that book, although it’s pretty dog eared, from reading it over and over. It was a primary inspiration for our own move offgrid over 10 years ago. Gene lost his battle with cancer today, and will be missed.
Want more freedom when camping? Solar is a great way to providing lighting, charge your phones and reduce your fridge’s propane usage. If getting great views is your goal, a powered site isn’t going to get you there. Here is a free guide for sizing, installing and maintaining a off grid power system. Did I mention it’s free? We recommend it!
Ever wanted to make your own soap? Thought it was too slow or complicated? Here’s a fast and easy method using a “hot process” in your typical crockpot. A cheap digital scale for about $15 and you are in business!
All-natural soap is actually surprising easy to make. 12-18 big bars of organic soap are made with ingredients that cost less then $10 .
We are working with an organization that provides adapters and converted equipment to announce status messages by speech instead of visually. We have speech enabled shop measuring equipment like calipers, micrometers and dial indicators, weather stations, and thermostats, and are working of speech enabled appliances, motion sensors, and other common gadgets. To help fund this endeavor, we have reduced the prices of all our ebooks at http://green-trust.org/products/ to $10 each.
To see a bit of what we are working on, see:
“What we are doing is using the environment to battle the environment,” said Asit Parikh, who helped his father Raj develop what they call “Zenesis House.”
The New $50 DE (Diatomaceous Earth) Filters are the most powerful filters available on the market. With filtering specs that approach the much more expensive purification elements, these are an awesome value!
The most powerful gravity-fed element in the Filtration class (Black Berkey and White Ceramic are in the Purification class, a higher standard).
Filtration class: Micro-Filtration Technology. Tested to reduce contaminants to bacterial level, as well as some viruses.
Chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, VOC’s, THM’s, heavy metals and more are easily reduced to 99.9%
Proprietary formula comprised of Diatomaceous Earth, granulated activated carbon and other media components, designed to exceed filtration standards (test results).
Each element will filter up to 3,000 gallons of water or last up to 3 years, before replacement is needed.
With 4 elements (in a Big Berkey system), the 9” elements can produce flow rate of up to 1.5 gallons per hour or up to 36 gallons of water in 24 hours.
Ideal for the price-conscious consumer to get started with a highly efficient filter system, at a more affordable price.
Economical entry price affords those who would like to upgrade to the more powerful Black Berkey™ elements down the road, the ability to get an effective and economical system now and then upgrade later.
We package a 9″ twin pack with a faucet to build your own Berkey. Just add two buckets. See http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Berkey-Water-Purifiier/ for construction details. Prices for the elements (delivered in the lower 48) run $50 for the New DE, $75 for the white ceramic, and $115 for the Black Berkey. We also include a series of ebooks on collecting, storing, filtering, and heating water.
You never know when you need a length of paracord to tie down a load, lower yourself out a second story window, or other emergency or day to day use. What better way to have the cord with you, than to make a functional piece of clothing or attire out of it. Here are some great instructionals on how to make these useful gadgets:
Sources for paracord:
Fire Starter Buckle Flint Buckle Whistle Buckle Combo
Today we built and fired up our new rocket stove. It took 13 Fire Bricks at $1.35 each, one cement block, and less than a pint of furnace cement. The pictures document the build, and the video shows the operation.
The Wofati is a Earth Bermed home made of materials primarily found on the building site. Virtually no heating or air conditioning expenses, it works with nature instead of against it. From the inside it looks and feels like a log home, and with more light than a underground home! A living roof with plenty of thermal mass, this pole building is worth checking into! – https://paulwheaton12.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/wofati/
The common 5 Gallon Bucket is useful for so many things after it’s initial use. We have been building water filters, clothes washers, and composting toilets, but there’s a whole lot more you can do with this everyday object. Chris Peterson has written a full color photo and diagrammed book that lists parts, tools, and step by step instructions for over 50 neat projects including:
Small Room Air Conditioner
Cable and Cord Organizer
and so much more. We have been avid bucket upcyclers for years. This book is fantastic! I can’t wait to start some of these projects. A few of my favorites are the mailbox, dryer lint trap, and the storage stool.
You can read a preview of the book for free at http://amzn.to/1R7HZZ7, just click the book cover.
Discuss these projects at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/bucketproducts/info