Eco-Effective: Mineral Silicate Paints

Mineral silicate paints are non-toxic, odorless, vapor-permeable, naturally resistant to fungi and algae, non-combustible, light-reflective, resistant to acid rain, and extremely durable.

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Biodiesel FAQ

What is Biodiesel? Biodiesel is a vegetable oil-based fuel that runs in diesel engines — cars, buses, trucks, construction equipment, boats, generators, and oil home heating units. It’s usually made from soy or canola oil, and can also be made from recycled fryer oil. You can blend it with regular diesel or run 100% biodiesel. What are the benefits of …

Sun-Mar Toilets

Notes from Manufacturer: The Sun-Mar’s unique patented Bio-Drum™ tumbler optimizes mixing, oxygenation and moisture distribution. No other composting toilet includes a rotating drum. Evaporation is optimized via large surface areas, heating evaporated surfaces, and well-designed air flow. The finishing drawer collects compost from the Bio-Drum, isolating it from new compost and allowing it to dry before removal. Home Page: Sun-Mar …

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Biolet Toilets

Notes from Manufacturer: BioLet composting toilets are efficient, compact and reliable appliances which can be easily installed in any location. All models are manufactured from durable, easy to clean ABS plastic and non-corroding stainless steel and are backed by over 25 years of experience, a three year limited warranty and toll free customer support. Home Page: Biolet Price: $1065-2000

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Plants Good For Formaldehyde Removal

Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix Roebelenii) Boston Fern (Nephrolepis Exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’) Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) Philodendron Selloum

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Solar Chill Evaporative Coolers

Notes from Manufacturer: Recommended for drier climates. Works when humidity < 40% Features: Cut your cooling costs by up to 90% Low wattage cooling: from 20 to 150 watts This is a cooler that can run on 1 or 2 solar panels, or a car battery charger More environmentally friendly – no freon Cabinet is 24 gauge stainless steel, warranted …

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Endless Breeze Fan (12V)

These Endless Breeze fans are powerful, portable, high volume 12 volt fans with a twelve inch blade that operates at three speeds. Air movement of up to 1000 CMF (cubic feet per minute) is a major breakthrough in 12 volt portable fans. Standing only fourteen inches high on retractable legs and less than three inches thick it travels and stores …

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Ariston Point-Of-Use Hot Water Heater

Designed and made in Italy, Ariston hot water heaters have a lot going for them. They plug in directly under the sink or wherever you want hot water. They produce hot water instantly — you don’t have to wait for the water to get hot (80 billion gallons of water is wasted annually in the U.S. this way). The hot …

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Sunfrost Refrigerators

Sunfrost refrigerators are the most efficient ones out there. Here are the specs on a typical model: Energy Consumption : 585-845 Whr / day (42-58 Amp Hours) DC, 20 kWh / month, 249 kWh / year Annual Energy Cost: $21 Capacity: 16 cu. ft. Dimensions: 62.5″ H, 34.5″ W, 27.75″ D Weight: 300 lb. (44 cu ft. volume) Available from: …

Most Efficient Portable Coolers: Coolmatics

These Coolmatic Waeco coolers are built with the Danfoss BD35F compressor from Denmark, which means they run extremely efficiently on 12/24Vor AC power. The 28 gallon model above consumes only 65 watts on average (45 watts on 12V DC). You can get an insulating protective cover to make them even more efficient. The coolers also have a control panel where …

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Kar Kool – Portable DC Evaporative Cooler

Energy Consumption: 18 or 24W DC Dimensions: 12" H x 12" L x 9" Weight: 2 lbs. Best Price: $202 (Alternative Energy Store) or $259 (Southwest Solar) Notes from Manufacturer: World’s lowest energy using cooler. Evaporative cooling for RVs, boats, cars, tents and small rooms at a fraction of typical air conditioning energy costs. Cools hot dry air as much …

Servel Portable Fridge (LP Gas, 120V AC, 12V DC)

Although not the most efficient cooler, we like the fact that this cooler can be powered by so many energy sources. Notes from Manufacturer: Large enough to hold six 6-packs. Lightweight and compact with rugged turquoise plastic exterior. Comes with ice cube tray, thermostat and push button piezo igniter. Works with three different power sources: LP gas (disposable 1-lb, low …

Milk (Casein) Paint

This is the perfect paint for people who love the dappled, richly textured look of old plaster but find themselves surrounded instead by flat drywall. It is sold as a powder, made according to a recipe that’s been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians. As you need it, you mix it with water and ochres and oxides color …

Lime Paint

This paint is made from natural ingredients and does not contain acrylics or other plastics. The lime in it is slaked, meaning it cures by reacting with oxygen in the air. Other ingredients include a type of clay, marble dust, a natural glue and water. This paint works on all wall surfaces, from wood to drywall to masonry. It is …

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Wet Lead Acid Batteries

Wet Lead Acid batteries are the most common batteries used in energy systems because of their price, local availability, and ease of recycling. A properly maintained lead acid cell will last about ten years. This type of battery will deliver about 1000 full charge-discharge cycles. The drawbacks of Wet Lead Acid Batteries include the following: They need to be equalized …

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Gel Cell Batteries

Gel Cell batteries are also lead acid but the electrolyte is in gelatin form instead of liquid. Thus, they need no maintenance — water does not need to be added, and it doesn’t corrode. They can also be stored in any position and since there are no dangerous fumes, they can be placed in any part of the house. It …

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AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) Batteries

AGM is a newer type of sealed battery uses “Absorbed Glass Mats”, or AGM between the plates. This is a very fine fiber Boron-Silicate glass mat. These type of batteries have all the advantages of gelled, but can take much more abuse. AGM batteries have several advantages over both gelled and wet (flooded) batteries. Since all the electrolyte (acid) is …