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Start your car with 8 AAA batteries instead of one 12V car battery

Start your car with 8 AAA batteries instead of one 12V car battery

no, you cant actually start a car with 8 AAA batteries. Eight AAA batteries do add up to 12 volts, but they still can’t provide enough electrical current to run the starter motor. But that’s not the whole story. Any battery has a limit on the maximum current it can produce. To explain why, we have a model to represent a real battery.

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Consider this when doing a Sustainable Retrofit

Consider this when doing a Sustainable Retrofit

Sitting at home in the summer heat, your mind may start to wander to that fancy new air conditioner. But when it comes to making your house comfortable and sustainable, prevention is better than cure. By prevention we mean simple retrofits that will set you on the path to comfort and sustainability. As we spend more than ever on maintaining and improving our homes, we’re also becoming more aware of how their design and use impact on our health and society. Add to this climate change and rising energy costs. 

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From Trash to Homes – Building Earthships Outside of Bogota

From Trash to Homes – Building Earthships Outside of Bogota

My buddy Jeff and I recently spent a week volunteering with an organization called Los Tecnicos that is building a number of small, sustainable, off-the-grid houses about an hour outside of Bogota in a town called Choachi. These homes are constructed with predominately with salvaged and reused materials: tires with dirt pounded inside for the walls, plastic bottles packed with plastic wrappers and other assorted garbage to make bricks, as well as other salvaged goods.

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Surface Color & Solar Gain: White is the Greenest Color

Surface Color & Solar Gain: White is the Greenest Color

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that for low-rise commercial buildings, the heat gain through the roof is about 50 percent of the heat gain for the entire building. This heat gain can be reduced not only by using more insulation but also by reflecting the sun’s radiation. The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) states that the heat gain through a white roof is half of that of a black roof, and the heat gain through a white wall is two-thirds that of a black wall. Thus, in hot cli- mates, the walls should have…

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An Earthship Intern story: 2bed Global Model Adaption

An Earthship Intern story: 2bed Global Model Adaption

I interned for three weeks on the original global build in Buffalo Wyoming. Three years ago my wife and I pounded our first tire for our two bedroom global adaption. We finished the tires this past May, and in a few days we’ll have finished laying the can wall form for the bond beam.

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A completely sustainable home

A completely sustainable home

This vision was the beginning of what is now known as the Earthship – a remarkable feat of sustainable living. The environmental, economical, and ethical reasons for living in an Earthship – or any self-supporting home for that matter – are abundant. Whether you are breaking ground on a new home or would like to incorporate these concepts into your existing dwelling, read on for a breakdown on the principles of the self-sustaining home.

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Top 5 reasons for a company to go green

Top 5 reasons for a company to go green

Going green can be a major advantage for business in many ways. First of all, you have the increase in sales. 72% of Generation Z said they would be willing to pay more for services if they came from a sustainable company. You also have the environmental advantages, as well as the advantages within your workforce. This guide is going to discuss all of them so you can make an informed decision about your green policies.

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Abandoned Homes in Detroit Become Greenhouse

When steven mankouche first saw the house at 3347 Burnside Street in Detroit, in 2013, it was buckling and scarred with burn marks. An artist named Andy Malone, who lived nearby, had just purchased the lot for $500 and was hoping to find some way to bring it back to life. Mankouche, an architect, and his partner, Abigail Murray, a ceramicist, floated a proposal to do just that, by commandeering the house’s foundation and repurposing it as a sort of plant nursery.

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Tips for a high-impact, budget-friendly remodel

The kitchen was eye-popping for all the wrong reasons, remodeler Dan Kradzinski recalls. Dark brown oak cabinets with medieval-style handles. Birch-colored counter. White appliances. The backsplash was rust-colored brick, the walls the color of an overripe nectarine. The room had a jumbled 1980s-era vibe. The kitchen’s Richboro, Pennsylvania, homeowners asked whether his company, Kradzinski Remodeling, could bring it into this century? After about four weeks of work, the kitchen looked Pinterest-ready.

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Tennessee Earthship by Marcus Sisk [Video]

Tennessee Earthship by Marcus Sisk [Video]

The Earthship academy sessions have graduated a wide variety of students, who now reside in many different locales all over the globe. Many of them eventually try their hand at building their own Earthship structures in their own communities, using what they’ve learned.

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