Turn down your water heater to save energy

Many water homes have their water heaters turned up too high. Many health codes used to call for hotter temperatures for home water, to ensure that dishes and clothes got clean enough. However, science has taught us that in most cases, it is the act of rubbing the items, the agitation, that causes things to […]

Are 3D Printers Green?

As someone who likes to create new things, I have been following the 3D Printing revolution from the sidelines for a couple of years.  Until now, getting in the game required spending over $1,000 and dozens of hours, which for a toy or at best hobby, was just too much for us.  Now with the […]

Save Water with Every Flush – American Standard Champion 4 Max Review

In honor of World Toilet Day on November 19, 2013, we replaced one of our toilets with a WaterSense 1.28 gallon per flush  American Standard Champion 4 Max and could not be happier. Alicia says that she never before thought she would have an actual opinion on a toilet beyond the shape and height of […]

Flush for Good Giveaway – $200 Home Depot or Lowe’s Gift Cards

In honor of World Toilet Day and their Flush for Good Campaign, American Standard is encouraging people around the world to learn more about saving water.  To help promote it, they are giving 2 of our readers each a $200 gift card to Home Depot or Lowe’s.  There’s no restrictions on how you use the card, […]

Saving Water with a New Toilet

Water it’s the key to life. Over the human span water has been the most fought over resource and it is one of the most important resources for sustaining life on this planet. Access to clean potable water is a requirement for a happy and healthy life.  Water is essential to grow the food that […]

Jon’s Reading Wish List for DIYers

I wish I had more time to read and make things.  For now, I will just have to share the books I just added to my wishlist after reading the 15 great books for making your own gadgets article on TreeHugger. Projects to Get You Off the Grid: Rain Barrels, Chicken Coops, and Solar Panels Looks […]

Shrinky Dink Wine Charms from Discarded Plastic

Do you remember the excitement of watching shrinky dinks shrivel up and shrink as a kid?  Do you want a unique personalized way to identify your wine glass or beer bottle at your next party? If you were a kid in the 80’s like me, you probably remember the joy of coloring on and baking shrinky […]

Making Micro-Solar Sustainable and Affordable

What cool things could you create with this Solar Pocket Kit? Have you ever bought a solar powered gadget only to have it fail in about a year? We have dozens of defunct solar yard lights that worked well for a few weeks or month, but are now just junk. Either the electronics have rusted, […]

Growing, Growing, Growing Potatoes in a Garbage Can

Wordless Wednesday Our regular readers are aware that this year we started growing potatoes in a garbage can.  They’ve grown very fast, so here is a picture walk through the process: We started with these: We let them cure overnight on the windowsill: And planted them in a can: About three weeks later we had […]

Cleaning Refrigerator Coils to Save Energy

Many of you have been trying to guess what the above image is, ever since we posted it in How Vacuuming Can Save Lives.  While I had the shopvac and brushes out to clean the dryer vent (to save energy & lives) I also cleaned my in-laws refrigerator coils.  To keep your food cold, your […]