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Off the Grid: Ready to Pull the Plug on City Power?
What to consider if you want to stop relying on public utilities — or just have a more energy-efficient home
"home, the building envelope, generating energy from renewable sources, water collection... We use wind and solar power with gas generation for backup. We are striving to drop... get from wind or solar, battery power storage and delivery efficiency, etc, and not... normal power tools he needed to build his house with , skilsaw , drills , etc. There... nuclear power stations, gas power stations, over head lines...... everything. Some..."
Sunlight Used Right: Modern Home Designs That Harness Solar Power
Embracing passive heating principles through their architecture, siting and more, these homes save energy without skimping on warmth
"Coal powered power stations are a serious contributor to carbon in our atmosphere... plenty of power for TV, internet, computer, sewing machine, power tools and there is... BIOTECTURE building with natural and recycled materials • solar and wind electricity... predominant power suppliers. Global warming is perhaps best described as global weather... fires and wind and torrential rain occurring concurrently in different States, our multi..."
Power to the People: Outlets Right Where You Want Them
No more crawling and craning. With outlets in furniture, drawers and cabinets, access to power has never been easier
"access to power has never been easier... all the power! leaving little for the phone. And make sure the power strip you install... couch (the power reclined version) but has two built in usb plugs, 2 outlets and a decent... Undercounter power strip I wanted the telescoping socket when we built our house. Saw it... outlet power strip placed on the backrest. I wish this was here a few months ago... Our building built in the 1950s had enough, although perhaps they had been added..."
More Power to You: How to Pick the Right Generator
If your home's electricity goes, don't let it take your necessities with it — keep systems running with this guide to backup power
"losing power can result in days without a heating or cooling system, frozen and broken... that will power the heater as well as our 2 refrigerators. We lose power at least 2x... generator that powers our ranch. Volvo and Detroit Diesel also make larger ones to power bigger... It will power our whole home with power to spare. I love the security of knowing we... forced winds/ rains or just strong thunderstorms. We usually alwasy lose power and..."
Patio Power: 12 Ways to Energize Your Outdoor Room
From free and easy to pro skills required, we give you a range of options for boosting the look of your patio for summertime entertaining
"had it build,and I like when it turns gray!! Deer hate the smell of garlic. I blend... strong winds. Yes, we live in hurricane country, and right now my wrought iron furniture... lanterns Build a PergolaTime required: A weekend if you're very handy, potentially a... cedar to build a DIY 8-foot by 8-foot pergola, it will run you around $700 to $1,000... wall, build a wall of trellises or create an outdoor divider with one like you see..."
Houzz Tour: California Cabin Ditches the Power Grid
Solar energy powers a modern, expandable vacation house among the trees for a family with two children
"energy powers a modern, expandable vacation house among the trees for a family with... essential core building at an elevation of 4,000 square feet that could be expanded later... with power savings. Bobbi - Nevada City is inland on the western slope of the Sierras... plan on building, our main home off the grid as well. I like to be inspired by others... budget to build this house? Nevada City is a great little town with all sorts of fun..."
Architect's Toolbox: Solar-Powered Design
"sun's power. More: High Design With Solar Panels... out to build an overhang for efficient shade in the summer and letting the light into... is to build a 3D model of the project in Sketchup ( http://sketchup.google.com/intl/en/... other power needs. In this home, Nate orients the long face on an east/west axis... a home powered by the sun is some smart design. For another project, architect Nate... by the building and energy code). What I especially like about this home is that it..."
14 Power Tools for the Home Shop
Want the thrill of building it yourself? These "big guns" help the handy homeowner tackle just about any job
"thrill of building it yourself? These "big guns" help the handy homeowner tackle just... world of power tools. You'll be amazed at the professional results of your projects... only AC powered. Battery powered tools should come with li-ion batteries. Same... essentials of power tool use. @ tetoette, what a fantastic idea for the occasional DIY'er... using a power sander: many, like the one above, that have a little attached dust..."
The Power of Plywood All Around the House
Of course you've heard of it, but you might not know all the uses and benefits of this workhorse building material
"walls and build cabinets with plywood. It wasn't long ago, however, that all of these... slow-going build that gets wet a lot than regular-grade OSB. Second, I have never seen... When I build shelving to be painted, my design typically includes a strip of poplar... cladding buildings and getting covered up by other building materials. It has many uses... want to build a cabinet with it. A nice piece of birch plywood with an A-grade face..."
How to Screen a Seaside Garden From the Wind
Lucky enough to live by the coast? Here’s how to protect your garden and deck from the harsh sea breezes
"blasted with wind and salt spray. A nice sea breeze is welcome on a hot summer afternoon... but the wind can give you goosebumps and a real chill at other times of the year.... prevailing winds and designing screens that protect your outdoor living areas from harsh... filters wind, as can cause turbulence as the wind swirls over the barrier. Screen for... need a wind break, but other times we really need the wind (Texas summers!) We also..."
Why You Might Want to Build a House of Straw
Straw bales are cheap, easy to find and DIY-friendly. Get the basics on building with this renewable, ecofriendly material
"basics on building with this renewable, ecofriendly material... a R-2 building. You could build an apartment building up to 2 stories and 7,000 sf... 3+ unit building apartment building (covered by the IBC) would be categorized as a... type V-B building. V-B buildings are like houses, not fire rated. Straw bale walls... ways to build affordable , safe housing , one I love is building houses with pallets... flexible building materials out there. I did some cursory reading on the subject a few..."
What Is a Living Building?
Part philosophy, part advocacy, the Living Building Challenge is pushing designers and homeowners to rethink how we live
"Living Building Challenge is pushing designers and homeowners to rethink how we live... sustainable building, but what about a living building? That’s the focus of the International... Living Building Challenge; it’s a concept that uses nature as the ultimate measuring... for a building’s performance. The challenge has been called a philosophy, an advocacy... living buildings in the world. With more than 200 registered projects, however, that..."
Insulation Basics: Heat, R-Value and the Building Envelope
Learn how heat moves through a home and the materials that can stop it, to make sure your insulation is as effective as you think
"home’s building envelope (the walls, slab and roof that protect your home from the... no two buildings are the same, and because there are so many ways to insulate, it... lot of wind, and is very cold in the winter time. We are building a snug house with... vapor wind barrier 5- proper venting- all houses need circulation to prevent moisture... tight building envelopes has been the use of double stud walls with dense packed..."
Off the Grid: Siting and Building to Conserve Energy
"don’t build is energy saved. " Amen! This is a fantastic article and I am so proud... need to build a new house to go off-grid or grid tied and most homes can be made much... solar power now that gets you a much larger system at a reasonable cost and you make... to the building envelope the insulation effectiveness is greatly reduced. Everything... energy building but you have to drive twenty miles for a loaf of bread and have to..."
The Unparalleled Power of Trees
"as you build. I've seen a tree that was growing close to a new building (small shops... of the building - so they just designed the roof overhang with a notch in it for the... That's a powerful -- and saddening -- concept. Scarbowcow- thanks for sharing the medals... we are building are of the tree canopy. I love walking in and gazing at the amazing... into the power lines, and left the rest of it alone. It's not as beautiful as it once..."