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Materials & Architecture

Energy-Smart Ways to Cool Your Home? Look to the Past

On days when the mercury hits 90 degrees and keeps rising, itís almost instinctive to reach for the HVAC control. Most folks in the US, especially in warm, humid states, canít imagine life without …

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14 Surprising Uses for Old Picture Frames

Got some empty frames but no photos to fill them? Check out these surprising uses for old picture frames! Old picture frames that are missing the glass, have gotten scratched or dinged, or that are…

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No Joke: This House Can Be Built With A Screwdriver!

As the passive house trend spreads globally, architecture firms are getting seriously creative when it comes to building environmentally-friendly homes. The latest iteration of the passive house ma…

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The Best Window Shades & Curtains for Saving Energy

The first thing I tend to do when I move into a new home is hang up some window treatments. I like my privacy, thank you very much, and I also like to filter and control light levels for maximu…

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These Solar Panels Love Cloudy Days

Everyone knows solar panels don't work on cloudy days, right? If there's no sun, how is a solar panel supposed to generate energy? That's why they're a great choice for warm, sunny climates like Sa…

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10 Ways to Repurpose an Altoids Tin

Altoids tins are icons of upcycling. Even folks who aren't into DIY crafts often reuse these handy containers for things like storing change or organizing small knick knacks. With a little bit of craf…

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23 Surprising Uses for Junk Mail

Is your mailbox flooded with unwanted junk mail? Check out these ways to repurpose all of that wasteful paper! Junk mail is definitely one of my pet peeves. It shows up unbidden in my mailbox, and ba…

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Are Carbon Offsets Effective?

I love trees. Not for nothing am I called, on occasion, a tree hugger. But I got to wondering recently about the popular belief that planting trees will help save the environment; does planti…

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Homes Made from Old Cargo Containers (Infographic)

Would you live in a home made out of old shipping containers? Plenty of people are ó shipping container homes follow in the footsteps of container furniture and even cafes and office spaces. The trend…

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Building A Cob House In A Day

Cob construction, using a mixture of clay, sand, straw, and water to create a very strong, functional, eco-friendly material, is popular in many regions of the world. Looking through galleries o…

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Good tips. Thank you for sharing. Here in Portugal the electricity is very, very expensible. So we …