Grinding coffee by hand has a few advantages: it’s quiet, it yields a more uniform grind, and you can take them camping. You can find hand-cranked grinders at Amazon.
Solar water heating works efficiently even in cloudy areas. Home Power Magazine recently ran an article that gives a simple overview of solar water heating systems (well, relatively simple). In the article, they examine various popular systems that have proven themselves reliable.
"Foam-Flush" toilets look and function much like conventional toilets. Using a mixture of biocompatible soap and water, the foam-flush toilet moves waste through a conventional 4″ pipe to the composting tank below. The foam mixture cleans the toilet bowl with every flush but uses only about 3 oz. of water, making it fully compatible with… [Continue Reading]
Ecoflame is a cooking fuel made out of sugar cane. Apparently it burns cleaner, hotter and more efficiently than petroluem-based fuels. It’s an ethanol-based fuel made from natural sugar cane alcohol. Sugar cane is a renewable resource, but it does require a lot of water to grow. Still, most other heating fuel products are poisonous… [Continue Reading]
Green home building in all its forms is metaefficient. There’s a new DVD out with some practical advice for green building, called Building With Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home. It is a how-to video on building one home, from start to finish, that uses sustainable materials, generates its own electricity, collects rainwater in… [Continue Reading]
We mentioned previously that using porous pavers is an effective alternative to paving with concrete. They make patios and driveways less erosion-prone and they do not get as hot as hard-surfaced pavement. Now a company called Biopaver is trying to take things a step further by introducing a new type of paver designed to catch… [Continue Reading]
Have you ever spent time at the sink, judiciously adjusting the hot and cold water, to achieve that happy medium between “cold” and “scalding hot”? Well, we’ve been there too — and we’ve noticed that water streams down the sink in a meta-inefficient manner. That’s why these faucet restrictors are so handy. They attach like… [Continue Reading]
If you’ve got to fix a leak, you might want get some silicone sealant, instead of such things as Plumber’s Goop that contain toluene. Silicone sealants are often sold as aquarium or marine sealants. Some silicone sealants still contain questionable ingredients – best check the label. There are alternatives to any toxic substance they have… [Continue Reading]