Be the Change You Want to See – What this Blog is Really About

Over the years we’ve profiled thousands of affordable and sustainable housing ideas that include affordable homes made with natural building materials, earthquake and hurricane resistant housing, renewable energy, appropriate technology, permaculture, and on and on. In fact, we’ve covered almost … Continue reading →

How a New Source of Water is Helping Reduce Conflict

“We are standing above the new Sorek desalination plant, the largest reverse-osmosis desalination facility in the world, and we are staring at Israel’s salvation. Just a few years ago, in the depths of its worst drought in at least 900 … Continue reading →

Water Vortex Power Plant Debuts in Switzerland

“A new way to generate electricity is being implemented in Switzerland. It’s a special water vortex power plant that bears the name of well known inventor, Bertrand Piccard.” This may be practical for homesteaders and ecovillages who want to live … Continue reading →

Turn $20 Into $3,500 With a Do it Yourself, Solar Water Distiller!

I found some very good ideas for a DIY solar water distiller on the video linked below. The problem is the bulk of the video turned into a long political rant and so I’m not posting the video here. Instead, … Continue reading →

Rocket-fired Griddle Oven — Free Plans

Kelly Hart posted an interesting story the other day about a Rocket-fired Oven and Griddle that really caught my eye. I think lots of readers would be interested in learning more about this stove. There’s some additional info on the … Continue reading →

New blade-less wind turbine — breaking the conventional windmill design

“Vortex Bladeless has designed a new form of wind energy, and state that it is “more efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly way to produce energy.” The Vortex Bladeless website states that their product reduced manufacturing and maintenance drastically and requires … Continue reading →