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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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Solar Hotwater in San Diego

Solar Hotwater in San Diego

News In Numbers: In Sunny San Diego, Few Install Solar Hot Water Nearly 40 years after California began offering inducements to people to heat their shower water using the sun, Brad Heavner of the California Solar Energy Industries Association still has to remind them the technology even exists. When most people think about solar energy, they think about solar photovoltaic panels that make electricity. “But there’s also solar water heating systems that are very effective at using energy from the sun,” Heavner said.

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Stockton University hosts “Earthships: Building a better tomorrow today”

Stockton University hosts “Earthships: Building a better tomorrow today”

Stockton University will host a multi-media interactive lecture, Earthship360, presented by Jonah Reynolds, a spokesperson and designer/builder of the modern sustainable buildings, on Thursday, April 7, 4:40pm-6:00pm. Mr. Reynolds’ company, Earthship360, based near Philadelphia, PA, designs and builds structures that allow individuals, communities, cities, and entire regions to live as independently and as possible. The discussion will focus on sustainable, passive building design and construction for single family, multi-family and communities – and will include a Q&A. The documentary short, New Solutions, will screen at the lecture.  An inspiring and personal story about a group of people building sustainable housing in…

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How To Build A Woodstove Water Heating Attachment

How To Build A Woodstove Water Heating Attachment

Follow these tips to construct a woodstove water-heating attachment and save on utility bills. Includes a materials list and diagram. One of the advantages of heating with wood is the variety of needs that just one stove can meet. Besides keeping us warm, a woodburner can cook dinner, dry clothes, and toast chilly toes. But wouldn’t it be just dandy if that black box would draw a nice hot bath, too? Actually, domestic woodstove water heating is nothing new . . . many cookstoves had water-tank attachments more than a century ago. The advent of the “airtight” woodburner and pressurized…

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Support the West Philadelphia Earthship Project for Love, Loving, Love

Support the West Philadelphia Earthship Project for Love, Loving, Love

Donate today for the Solar/biofuels Electricity & Hot Water System for the first Urban Earthship Demonstration & Education Center in West Philadelphia. Donate now at kickstarter.com: http://kck.st/1QFdNZ5 (opens a new window). Solar panels, batteries, charge controller, water heater, etc. We need about $25,000. We have really awesome gifts for the supporters of this project. The Philadelphia Earthship is the first Earthship built in a major U.S city, making it the first urban Earthship in America. Location: 675 N 41st St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 LoveLovingLove Inc., and local organizations in working to transform vacant land, abandoned homes and illegally dumped tires into profit…

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DIY-SOLAR WATER HEATER

DIY-SOLAR WATER HEATER

NEED A WAY TO ADD HOT WATER TO YOUR OFF-GRID HOME? This is not your quick 6 minute re-heat option but rather one that given enough time can serve up enough hot water for a nice outdoor shower. How much time it takes depends somewhat upon the season and the climate. It is always a good recommendation to insulate the heater to help maintain the warmth. The bad news is, this is a fair-weather friend of a water heater. Because the system is actually based on water, it has to be drained when the weather turns cold. But a nice…

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