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11 Building Materials That Will Make You Forget About Concrete!
Concrete is the material that literally holds all our cities together.  From homes and apartment buildings to bridges, viaducts, and sidewalks, this ubiquitous gray material's importance to modern urban life is undeniable. But you might have heard that it also has a dirty secret: the production...
2016 National Tiny House Jamboree
This is an Announcement and a Reminder for the 2016 National Tiny House Jamboree. It’s taking place August 5-7, 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Last year, the event attracted more than 40,000 people! This year, will be another memory of a lifetime. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share be...
32 Ways to Make Money And Avoid The Typical 9 to 5
Everyone is looking for ways to make money other than the typical Monday - Friday, 9-5 ...Well, look no further. Not only are these real options, but they really work! Check them out and let us know what you think! 1. Give Your Opinion to Make $100+/Month Usually we wouldn't recommend filling out ...
4 Ways to Enrich Kids’ Outdoor Play
Unless you’re completely grid independent, technology plays an important role in your children's lives. Digital tech continues to evolve in the classroom and schools are embracing the advancements tech offers, such as limitless information, teacher freedom and adaptable learning styles. ...
88 Years Old And She Still Lives Off The Grid Alone
"I feel very blessed that a friend introduced me to a wonderful 88 yr old woman who has lived "off the grid" since 1960.  Her name is Edna."  ~Transcript and photos by Jeanie Lawson  (2 pages) Sitting on her front porch with her Bible. She was raised in this house from the ...
A couple from Florida makes use of the sunshine by using solar,collects rainwater and just pays $1
A couple from Florida makes use of the sunshine by using solar, collects rainwater and just pays $10. Watch and listen to their story, you will learn of different ways to save energy and cost in your own home. You can start small, little by little, every bit of a change in the right direction will ...
A DIY Guide to Making Your Own Bucket Washing Machine (video)
Here is a complete picture tutorial on how to build a washer machine out of two buckets.   Made from a 6" washer machine pulsating base and 6" pulsator.  Also needed: 12 V DC Motor 4" Pulley Sewing Machine Belt 12" Long Iron Strips 2 20L Buckets 1" Nut Bolts 1 HB Automatic On/Off Timer ...
A House Truck Like No Other, And They Call It Csepellina
A unique Hungarian based guesthouse build on an old Csepel truck. Talk about a transformation when an old Csepel truck was stripped and transformed in to a beautiful home. The results are stunning, natural wood throughout, recycled materials and amazing attention to detail. Make this one...
A Village Inside A Volcano! This Really Exists!
This Village Was Built Inside An Active Volcano. The last recorded eruption killed 140 people in 1785. It was pretty quiet until about 50 years later, when people began once again to occupy the island. Aogashima can only be accessed by ferry or helicopter. Some 200 residents occupy tiny portion o...
Abandoned House In The Woods With Old Cars (Video)
This house is for sale, and a bit more than you might expect at $875,000.00, but location location location!  This spot by the lake is what it's all about.  The cost to bring an old house to great efficiency is difficult, but not impossible.  The source is this youtube below, and...
Amazing Dome Shaped House
In the middle of 28 acres of forest at 116 Canaan Road in New Paltz, New York lies a flying saucer of a house. The unique eco-friendly home can be rotated by a remote control utilizing Passive Solar Energy. Do you want to see it? With round houses being truly unique and hard to find, this one is ...
Bow Fishing Like You Won't Believe... Watch This Shot
Video from Facebook:  Kraze 6 Tips on How To Set Up Your Bow:  By Courtney at Thesportsmansbox.com This year I finally decided to upgrade my compound bow and inevitably ended up sticking my old bow in our guest bedroom to perpetually build on our mountain of gear.  It wasn't un...
Containers for Sale only US$1850.00 and great ideas for them.
Shipping containers are extensively used in the shipping industry for transportation of cargo. However, just as viable they are in their area of operation, these highly useful equipment have been known to be recycled and used in several innovative ways outside the industry as well. We found a great ...
Could Uranium Found In The Ocean Power Us for the Next 10,000 Years?
The US Department of Energy has declared that the four billion tons or Uranium could provide energy for the next 10,000 years!  Did you just hear what I said? 10,000 years! The element could be used to fuel nuclear power plants, except extraction poses significant challenges. The DoE funded a ...
Cows Come To Her Call With This Ancient Herding Song
"My name is Jonna Jinton. Born, 1989." "I moved away from the apartment and the Bell in Gothenburg in 2010 when I was 21 years old to settle in the small village Grundtjärn about 100 miles away. It is a village with 11 inhabitants. This was a huge step that changed my whole life,...
Deadly Algae Blooms In Lake Michigan, Eerie, Okeechobee Enhanced By Glyphosate
Lake Michigan is the largest lake that is fully contained in the continental United States.  Lake OkeeChobee in Florida Is the second largest.  Both lakes have been contaminated this year with Blue-green algae growth, both with the same type of algae growth. Photo credit:  Nasa ...
Discover the Northern Lights as You Sleep Under Them in Total Comfort!
What is better than seeing the northern lights?  Maybe, seeing them from the comfort of your bed? At the Kakksauttanen Resort just north of the arctic circle, you can do just that.  Recently they opened their Kelo-Glass igloos with complete unobstructed views of the sky.  Each ...
DIY: Full Irrigation System For Under $100
A drip irrigation system can save you time, money and conserve water. This drip irrigation system can be turned on and left to do its job without you having to stand over it to monitor its progress. Using water wisely with a drip irrigation system will produce a garden that will supply you with fres...
Do Women Live Longer in Nature?
According to a new study, when women live in nature they live longer. When someone is in the natural environment, the stress is reduced and the increase in social and physical activity keeps people healthier. But the main purpose of the study was to get insight into the relationship between...
Driving A Car Underwater: Is That Possible? In Norway It Soon Will Be!
Norway has recently launched a plan for a new UNDERWATER tunnel system!  Yes, you read that correctly.  Soon you will be able to drive in underwater tunnels through the fjords of Norway. Currently the only way to cross the fjords is through a series of small ferries.  In fact to tra...
Drone Footage Is Changing Our Perspective
The Little Farm Big Dreams Channel on Youtube posted this great little clip of over-head shots of  their startup desert farm.  First we had Google Earth to help us to discover local lakes and ponds all around us that we had no idea were there.  Now we have drones to give us close...
Electric Over-Billing Confirmed In Canada as Smart Meters Are Not So Smart
Hydro One says it has fixed the problems that plagued its billing system and malfunctioning smart meters. It was a year ago that the Ontario Ombudsman started an investigation into complaints from Hydro One customers about inexplicable bills and strange smart meter readings. Six hundred complai...
Everything You Need To Know About Powering Your Tiny House with Solar Panels (videos)
In The Big Tiny, by Dee Williams, it says, " Over time I've gotten comfortable with my limited understanding of what is actually happening, but there are the bare bones: no electricity is generated at night, less electricity in the long dark winter, and if I try to run something big (a big refr...
Floating Saunas Done Right (videos)
Saunas are popular in Iceland, Japan, Scandinavia and other parts of the world. Check out what happens when homemade rafts, saunas, and some creativity get together... A group of friends in Finland built this raft in 2012.  Passengers can dive off the multi-deck tower, enjoy a refreshing dip i...
From Dubai To Taiwan, The World's Architects Are Dazzling Us All!
The world's architects continue to not only push their creativity but also find new and better ways to use sustainable materials to literally dazzle us all!  Check out these building from some of the best architects our generation has to offer. 3deluxe created the whimsical butterfly pavillion&...
Green Towers Have Reached New Heights! Check Out Cornell Tech's Residential Building...
Green buildings have been brought to a new height!  Cornell Tech is opening a 26-story residential building that is expected to save 882 tons of CO2 per year.  That is the equivalent of planting 5,300 new trees!  The on-site geothermal and solar energy systems are the winner here. ...
Have You Heard of Gravity Glue? You Should Take A Peek...
Gravity Glue literally has no actual glue involved! It involves balancing rocks on top of each other using gravity as your glue.  Michael Grab is the artist, and his ability to create these works of art in nature is beyond amazing! Here is how Michael said he began, "I began balancing rocks&...
He's Done It Again! Building A Grass Hut Without Power Tools...
We have followed primitive technology for over a year and are always blown away by what he creates with his own two hands.  Using primitive techniques he creates buildings, weapons, surviving tools with only what he finds in the forest. His latest build is a grass hut that he built in 7 d...
How Do You Feel About A Robotic Gardener: Here Comes The Food!
One part of the off-grid lifestyle that people love so much is the fact that when you get out there and interact with animals... chickens, cows, goats, and your garden, you feel connected, and you're walking and getting exercise throughout the day.  The vision of the future 40 years ago was a w...
How Google Streets Is Keeping This Historical Home From Selling.... Boo!
This is a Fannie Mae Homepath property. This historical stunning home is more than rare! This property has been placed on the National Register or Historic Places! Beautiful covered porch welcomes you as you take a step back in time! Gorgeous stained glass, gleaming hardwood floors, large walk up at...
How to Build A Goat House Out of Scrap Wood
There are always to do lists when living off the grid.  Here, we came across a how to build your own goat house from old pallets and scrap wood laying around the homestead.   First order of business is rounding up enough wood to build your walls and wood.  He was able to collect the...
How To Build A Houseboat
A houseboat is a boat that has been designed or modified to be used primarily as a home. Some houseboats are not motorized, because they are usually moored, kept stationary at a fixed point and often tethered to land to provide utilities. However, many are capable of operation under their own power....
How To Convert Your Old Washing Machine Into A Water Powered Generator for Free Power
Whether you’re living off-the-grid or you just want to be able to save on monthly energy bill, you will appreciate this homemade generator tutorial courtesy of Angry Ram. In the YouTube video below, he demonstrates how to create your very own power generator out of an old washing mac...
In The Rain Shadow Of Mount Olympus, The Sun Shines All The Time!
Text transcript from video:If someone told you that it always rains in the Northwest, they would be talking about the constant cloud cover 9 months out of the year, and the excitement that comes when a clear day reveals a view of mount Rainier or the Olympics. Short cloudy winter days make one yearn...
Introducing the PEBL: A Vehicle for a Sustainable Future Made of Hemp
The bike car is made by hand and currently takes three months to build. The Murrays hope to open a workshop space over the summer so they can start building more vehicles and quicken production time. Buyers can pick out their favorite colors and, once the workshop is open, will soon be able to ...
Introducing The Strongest, Smallest, Tiny Travel Pump
When was the last time you began to blow up a float and you ran out of breath?  Or have gone to blow up your air mattress and you either totally forgot your pump or realized there was no plug in for your pump?  Or when trying to pack your suitcase, you couldn't get it to close no matter h...
Is Your Electric Bill Soaring? See How You Can Keep It Down!
American families often feel at the mercy of rising oil prices, which affects their costs to fill up the tank and heat their homes. Electricity is one household expense that seems destined to rise. In fact, electricity costs are projected to reach 13.02 cents per kilowatt-hour. That’s a 20 per...
Jonna: Painting From The Heart
"When I'm near the woodpile, I get a confident feeling from the knowledge that I will be warm another winter. The view of the paintings seems to give the barn a soul, when sunlight is sprinkled between the wooden walls." Jonna says to Create opportunities instead of problems: It's very e...
Lithium Suitcase-Portable Home-Battery
In spite of the fact that millions of people around the world are looking to Solar Power as a solution to their utility expenses, different communities, cities, and counties have different rules about how to apply the power you produce to the local grid system, and at what cost they buy it back from...
Lost In The Wilderness: What Do You Do? 42 Experts And Their Wisdom
Just the thought of being alone in the wilderness gives most people a panic attack. And while it is good to be aware of all the dangers of the wilderness, it is more crucial to think with a clear head so that you can survive any situation, such as getting lost. By Conrad Novak  June 23, 2...
Man Packs Truck Full of 2.5 Million Dead Honey Bees for Cross Country Tour: Chemical Companies Are Killing Everything
The Bee Informed Partnership, in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America and the United States Department of Agriculture, released its annual report on honey bee losses in the United States. Beekeepers reported losing 44 percentof their total number of colonies managed over the...
Meet FarmBot - the worlds first open source automated farming machine
Meet FarmBot, humanity's first open-source farming robot.  FarmBot plants seeds, and then waters them precisely so each plant grows perfectly.  FarmBot grows many crops at once all in the same area. FarmBot can detect weeds, and remove them too, using sensors to farm smarter...
NY Homeland Security Encourages Businesses and Neighbors to Snitch on Preppers as Terrorists by offering US$500 Reward.
The New York State Division of Homeland Security is encouraging businesses to snitch on preppers as terrorists, urging that the purchase of MRE’s, ammunition or flash lights be treated as a suspicious activity. As the video below illustrates, the LZ Army Navy Surplus store in Auburn, NY r...
One Woman's Idea Of A Minivan Is This Electric Assist Bicycle
Yesterday, we visited Victoria, Vancouver BC in Canada, and once getting off the ferry, my Dad is a wilderness man, and doesn't like trying to find a spot to park in the city, so he parked the same place I remember last time I was here.... 24 years ago... so that was a lot of years ago.  Beac...
Paid Vacation? This CEO Pays His Employees $7500 To Go Off Grid!
Does getting paid to go on a vacation every year sound appealing to you?  For Bart Lorang at Full Contact, a lofty idea became one of the best decisions he every made. Here is how it works.  Once a year they give each employee $7,500 and there are only 3 requirements: 1:  You must t...
Reknowned Holistic Doctor Killed: More Than 50 In A Year Now
If you have been following holistic news venues lately, you might have noticed that there have been more than 50 holistic doctors and leaders in the holistic medicine world who have turned up dead through various types of homicide or strange accidental death over the past year.  Many of them ha...
Ride-On Suitcase Is Going Viral Online
Modobag is changing the way the world travels! Featuring the latest in luggage design and advanced motorized technology, its luggage you can ride! Not only is it incredibly functional and efficient, it's fun! Modobag combines the convenience of a standard suitcase with the innovation of perso...
Sealander Is A Trailer That Floats: Now Let's go Fishin'
The Sealander is a unique combination of trailer and amphibious vehicle. It is a caravan and yacht in one. High quality and aesthetics of boat-building are combined with the flexibility of a mobile home. It is dynamic and modern. The Sealander is an innovative lightweight mobile vehicle that is pri...
Seeking Food In The Back Yard Forest: Jessie and Alyssa Show Us What They Found!
"When Jesse and I talk about becoming self-sufficient, we’re not just talking about producing our own power via solar panels, having our own water supply and having our own garden. We want to be self-sufficient on a deeper level and one of the things we desire to do is have the skills and...
Simplified Gardening With This 'Handheld Planter'
It’s called a ‘handheld planter’ or ‘StandnPlant’ and it will totally change how you garden! Usually made from stainless steel, the 'handheld planters' were made to plant the bulb, seedlings, vegetables and herbs without bending over. Source: Facebook And with...
Sol Duc Hot Springs, Falls, And The Use Of Geo-Thermal Energy in Washington (4 pages)
We had a fantastic personal visit to Sol Duc Hot Springs.  This is footage I took while there two days ago with family.   Our journey through the winding road through the Olympic National Park, (and the $25 for entry) is well worth it!  If you plan to visit a few national parks,...
Solar Roadways Coming To Route 66 - 'Road To Tomorrow'
For years, eco-entrepreneurs Scott and Julie Brushaw have been developing solar panels that can replace asphalt and generate energy as cars drive over them. Not until recently, however, did their brilliant innovation gain traction in the U.S. Clean Technica reports that the Solar Roadways will...
Spider Bites – Identification and Treatment
When spider bites do happen, they tend to occur because the eight-legged beasts are surprised -- for example when a person reaches into a glove, shoe or nook that they are occupying at the moment, Buddle said. Even then, however, the majority of spiders are not toxic to humans. Spiders prey on small...
Support For Eco-Construction Provokes Policy Changes (7 videos)
Building inspectors and codes are only what the population allows them to be.  Simple comments such as:  "Somebody needs to ban them from having a messy yard," are the types of comments that cause government to get involved and to grow their reach.  They force or coerce, or fine peopl...
That Fairy Tale Home You've Been Dreaming Of Is On The Market
OLALLA — Evonne Bess was looking for Prince Charming, so she bought a fairy tale house. The prince never showed, but Bess still loves living in her "Snow White" cottage, a surreal masterpiece hidden away at the end of a long dirt road in Olalla. Her visitors enter the grounds through an ornat...
The 'All Seeing' Eco-House...Take A Look
Architect Luis de Garrido has designed a glass domed house that is completely energy and water self-sufficient and features an amazing indoor landscaped terrace.  A state of the art geothermal power system powers the 25 bedrooms and 5 living rooms.  Check out this gorgeous home. The multi...
The Kodiak - Off Grid Home Solar System In A Box
The world's most compact, lightweight, expandable, and modular solar system, they ran a very successful campaign raising 860% of their goal. The Kodiak Solar Generator System is composed of 2 major components: the Kodiak Solar Generator , and the Predator 50 Solar Panels . The Predator Solar Pane...
This Alaskan Mom Not Only Built Her Own Home, But She Is Giving The Plans Away for FREE!
The idea of building anything can be completely overwhelming and sometimes prevent you from even starting the project.  So when I thought about building my own home... forget about it!  Then I found Alaskan blogger Ana White, and she brought everything into proper perspective and gave...
This Can Brew Your Coffee & Grow Mushrooms At the Same Time
What if I told you that your next coffee maker could grow mushrooms too?  Would you believe me?  Columbian designers, Adrian Perez & Mauricio Carvajal, created this integrated coffee maker. The coffee maker is not only stylish, but is able to re-purpose your used coffe...
This Car Runs On Air And Water! The Tides Of Change Are In Motion!
Phinergy is a leading developer of breakthrough, zero emission, high energy density systems based on metal air energy technologies, mainly Aluminum-Air and Zinc-Air. Unlike conventional batteries that carry oxygen, these batteries freely breathe oxygen from the ambient air to release the energy cont...
This giant ball could save your life in a tsunami (Video)
The pods are designed to hold up to 16 people and remain water tight while allowing those inside the breathe fresh air When you live by the ocean, there is always that possibility of a tsunami following an earthquake, volcano eruption, landslide, or other large cataclysmic event across the sea. &nb...
This Guy Lives In His Own Forest Den That Was Built for Only $12!
Using what other's throw out and $12.00, David Gell inherited this "den" he has lived in for 5 years. Originally built as an experiment in creative affordable living and reclaimed materials, this tent-like home is super comfy and extremely eclectic.  Alternating between ...
This Solar Panel Can Charge Anything, Anywhere, at Anytime...Curious?
Introducing the LightSaver Max, the most powerful and portable solar solution.  An integrated 15,600 mAh battery means you can use the Max anytime or anywhere, day or night. Your devices can charge even when the panel is closed, away from sunlight, or indoors, so use it whenever it's convenient...
This Woman Vanished Hiking the Appalachian And Two Years Later They Found These Notes...
Deep in the heart of the Appalachian Trail in Maine, a camera crew came across an abandonded tent.  What they found inside would be the answer to a two year long missing persons case. Geralidine Largay was 66 years old when she disappeared, and she had always wanted to hike the Appalachi...
Tree Sparrow House in Cornwall: a Beautiful Getaway
If you are looking for a nice place to go on vacation, settled in the middle of  an amazing tree, and surrounded by wilderness and relaxation, then this is the right place for you. Located in Cornwall the Tree Sparrow House is a unique and beautiful tree house. Just look at the beautiful pictur...
Turn Smog Pollultion into Diamonds
Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and his team of experts have created the world's largest smog vacuum cleaner. The Smog Free Tower uses patented ion technology to produce smog-free bubbles of public space, allowing people to breathe and experience clean air for free. Creating a tangible souvenir, Ro...
US MILITARY GOING SOLAR: The largest solar power system in the U.S. Army
“Solar energy is a great solution for military families that lowers costs, builds healthier communities, and reduces carbon emissions to help fight climate change. Our military families give so much to our country—it’s fantastic for them to have access to affordable clean energy ch...
We Checked Out Of The Modern World And Don't Miss It': How This Family Went Off Grid
After growing up in Kenya and experiencing the freedom of living off the grid, Melanie Finn and her husband dreamed of raising their children in the same way. When Melanie and her husband Matt, a wildlife film-maker, made the leap, they initially landed in New Mexico.  They quickly real...
What If I Told You That You Could Build Your Own Sustainable House in ONE Day?!
One company in Amsterdam has taken a kids erector set and turned it into a snap-n-lock livable, sustainable home called the Wikkelhouse.  Fiction Factory has created a product that uses completely sustainable, 100% recyclable materials. Using cardboard as its main material, these houses ...
What The Big Oil Companies Don't Want You To Know about HHO
Hydrogen on demand, or HHO has become quite popular as a means of improving fuel mileage, power, and cleaning out your enging while burning clean!  It sounds like a great idea to me!   Sorry Elon Musk... I love what you're doing, but couldn't help myself on this edit.   Check th...
When Horses (and ponies) Learn to Dance
This video shows the caring relationship of mutual patience it takes to work with a horse and to train him or her to dance.  Watch and enjoy: Meet Socks the famous dancing shetland pony: This beautuful dancing horse speaks spanish ;)  ...
When Trash Becomes Treasure... (video)
There are MILLIONS of pounds of plastics in our oceans. See how one woman is taking that trash and turning it into works of art!   Source:  Rockets Are Cool As leader of a team of dedicated employees and hundreds of volunteers, Angela Haseltine Pozzi, has vowed that this e...
Who Knew Eating A Tub Of Ice Cream Could Lead to This!
2,000 used plastic ice cream bins were used to construct a microlibrary in Indonesia.  This library is the first of a series of small libraries planned to be built through Indonesia.  It's aim to to enlighten and bring attention to the declining literacy amount the population.   The...
Wind And Solar Off-Grid House That Rotates 360 Degrees For A View
This house has a construction history and a story like no other.  When the original builder handed the photo set off to Susan when she occupied the house, it is beautiful and fantastic what he accomplished.  See for yourself: White Mountains of Arizona is known for outdoor living, lakes, ...
World's First Kinetic Energy Run Amusement Park (video)
One man's early morning dreams have become the first free amusement park run 100% on kinetic energy! Oh, and did I mention the man is 79 years old? Take a look... The amusement park is the first in the world run on free energy.  The attractions are run by muscle power... and gravity.   ...
World’s First Solar-Powered Town Under Construction In Southwest Florida
The state of Florida is way behind on the solar powered train.  But all of that is about to change... Kitson & Partners ushered in a new era of smart growth with the unveiling of Babcock Ranch, which – when completed – will be the most sustainable, most innovative and health...