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How to Cheat In an Argument: A Beginner’s Guide

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Manners. We were all taught them from a young age, and yet, they are oft forgotten when we find ourselves in the heat of an argument about a topic we are passionate about. Before we know it, we are mere shells of ourselves, using cutthroat tactics to win our case. Unfortunately, our momentary loss of…

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Mushroom Adventures: Mushroom Composting and Recycling

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In the United States, an average of 35 percent of home waste and 60 percent of business waste is suitable for use as a mushroom growing substrate. Mushrooms can be grown on toilet and paper towel rolls, egg cartons, newspapers, magazines, coffee grounds, tea bags, old cotton clothing, tissue boxes, shredded paper, cardboard boxes, and more.…

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Composting as if it Mattered

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Composting is more than a way to minimize waste and supplement your garden. It is a method which can be practiced and perfected to “supply all the needs of [your] crops and the soil in which they live.” Composting master Will Bonsall has honed the craft to be so efficient that he has made over 200…

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Grow Mushrooms on Your Jeans. Seriously.

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Thinking about getting rid of that pair of worn out jeans? Think again. You could use them to grow mushrooms. That’s right, mushrooms. Mycologist Tradd Cotter has been experimenting with mushroom cultivation for more than 20 years. Through his ongoing research he has not only discovered the best ways to successfully grow morels but also…

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Save Energy & Money This Winter: Seal Up Your Drafty House

Unless you’ve taken special preventative precautions, it’s likely that on cold days much of your house’s heat pours out through your (closed) windows. Most houses—especially old houses—have drafty, uninsulated windows that do little to prevent heat from dumping out into the cold night. Even if your windows aren’t drafty, the expensive heat your furnace has…

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Project: Shag Carpet Your Refrigerator

Refrigerators are one of the single largest users of energy in the average home. They seem to do a decent job of keeping things cold, but they’re typically not very well insulated. This may have become abundantly clear to any of you who lost power during Hurricane Sandy recently. Food stored in a fridge that…

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Project: Harvest Rainwater with Sand Filters

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Here’s a great tip from Stephen and Rebekah Hren from their book The Carbon-Free Home: 36 Remodeling Projects to Help Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit. Harvested rainwater needs filtration before it is potable. Pollution, particles from the air, debris from the collection system (your gutters) are not things you want to find in your tall glass…

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Project: Reduce Heating Costs with a Solar Air Heater

We recently published a story about the skyrocketing home heating costs that will prove difficult—if not disastrous—for many households this winter. The article suggested a few solar options for reducing your winter oil bill—one of which was installing a solar hot air system, as described in Greg Pahl’s Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to…

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Project: Reduce Heating Costs with a Solar Air Heater

We recently published a story about the skyrocketing home heating costs that will prove difficult—if not disastrous—for many households this winter. The article suggested a few solar options for reducing your winter oil bill—one of which was installing a solar hot air system, as described in Greg Pahl’s Natural Home Heating: The Complete Guide to…

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Project: Your Summer Outdoor Solar Shower

Summer is a great time for projects. Especially when they’re outdoors. What could be better this summer than an eco-friendly outdoor shower? Easy to build, easy on the environment, and when your girlfriend uses it…it’s easy on the eyes. Stephen and Rebekah Hren, authors of The Carbon-Free Home, offer this great outdoor solar shower to…

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