Instructables: exploring - living - green - energy http://www.instructables.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:25:57 PDT BLOX v1.01 Simple Recycled / Re-purposed Solar Phone Charger http://www.instructables.com/id/Simple-Recycled-Re-purposed-Solar-Phone-Charger/
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Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:54:59 PDT
Save Heat & $'s - Reusable duct seals http://www.instructables.com/id/Save-Heat-s-Reusable-duct-seals/
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Tue, 27 May 2014 22:40:26 PDT
Increase your refrigerator's efficiency in 10 minutes for about $2 http://www.instructables.com/id/Increase-your-refrigerators-efficiency-in-10-minu/
Increase your refrigerator's efficiency in 10 minutes for about $2 - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FQ5/G8MK/HANAQAYB/FQ5G8MKHANAQAYB.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FQ5/G8MK/HANAQAYB/FQ5G8MKHANAQAYB.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FQ5/G8MK/HANAQAYB/FQ5G8MKHANAQAYB.SMALL.jpg JacobAziza When I was a little kid, supermarkets often had these hanging plastic sheets with slits cut in them over the upright refrigerated produce and dairy sections to keep the cool air in while allowing people to easily reach through and grab the groceries. It was so easy that no one thought twice about i...
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Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:51:45 PST
Instant Greenhouse pallet wrap http://www.instructables.com/id/Instant-Greenhouse-pallet-wrap/ http://cdn.instructables.com/F8D/CSF8/H5Y9VPPL/F8DCSF8H5Y9VPPL.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F8D/CSF8/H5Y9VPPL/F8DCSF8H5Y9VPPL.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F8D/CSF8/H5Y9VPPL/F8DCSF8H5Y9VPPL.SMALL.jpg GREENPOWERSCIENCE This is not the prettiest greenhouse BUT it does work very well. I have tested standard pallet wrap for UV and it has surpassed 2 years without a problem. The wrap clings and if wrapped properly, it will not separate in winds exceeding 35 miles per hour. Maximum temperature difference with a 4x8 ft ...
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Sun, 19 Aug 2012 12:23:03 PDT
Reduced Drag VAWT from Recyclable Materials http://www.instructables.com/id/Reduced-Drag-VAWT-from-Recyclable-Materials/
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Tue, 5 Jun 2012 00:08:13 PDT
Solar Interior Lighting (Getting Your Solar Feet Wet) http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Interior-Lighting-Getting-Your-Solar-Feet-W/
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Sun, 27 May 2012 14:58:36 PDT
Wonderful World Draft Stopper http://www.instructables.com/id/Wonderful-World-Draft-Stopper/
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Fri, 13 Jan 2012 18:57:01 PST
Rain Barrels, Chicken Coops, and Solar Panels http://www.instructables.com/id/Rain-Barrels-Chicken-Coops-and-Solar-Panels/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FG5/WVG6/GHDS6OBK/FG5WVG6GHDS6OBK.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FG5/WVG6/GHDS6OBK/FG5WVG6GHDS6OBK.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FG5/WVG6/GHDS6OBK/FG5WVG6GHDS6OBK.SMALL.jpg scoochmaroo Welcome to Rain Barrels, Chicken Coops, and Solar Panels: projects to get you off the grid, a collection of awesome do-it-yourself projects from Instructables.com! The Instructables editors have chosen some of our best do-it-yourself off-the-grid projects to educate and inspire you to make great th...
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Thu, 8 Sep 2011 15:32:33 PDT
Not your average "save energy" advice: using less energy can save you thousands of dollars (and even some time!) http://www.instructables.com/id/Not-your-average-save-energy-advice-use-less-en/
Not your average "save energy" advice: using less energy can save you thousands of dollars (and even some time!) - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FAH/SU8J/GS0482MF/FAHSU8JGS0482MF.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FAH/SU8J/GS0482MF/FAHSU8JGS0482MF.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FAH/SU8J/GS0482MF/FAHSU8JGS0482MF.SMALL.jpg JacobAziza ******Shameless Self-Promotion****** Most of what I write isn't relevant to Instructables.  My main blog is here: biodieselhauling.blogspot.com **End Digression... On to the Good Stuff** Everyone has a reason to use less energy. -For the environmentalist, obviously, all forms of energy have some e...
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Sun, 28 Aug 2011 22:48:38 PDT
Poor man's insulated windows. http://www.instructables.com/id/Poor-mans-insulated-windows/
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Fri, 1 Jul 2011 09:33:18 PDT
DIY extra window insulation using bubble wrap http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-extra-window-insulation-using-bubble-wrap/
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Mon, 28 Feb 2011 08:37:12 PST
Solar Space Heater http://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Space-Heater/
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Wed, 13 Oct 2010 14:44:58 PDT
Summer Energy Savings brought to you by PG&E http://www.instructables.com/id/Summer-Energy-Savings-brought-to-you-by-PGE/ http://cdn.instructables.com/FOE/L1IU/GATU1JUR/FOEL1IUGATU1JUR.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FOE/L1IU/GATU1JUR/FOEL1IUGATU1JUR.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FOE/L1IU/GATU1JUR/FOEL1IUGATU1JUR.SMALL.jpg canida #meta-info-sidebar-box {display:none; } Summer days are here and it's a great time to reassess just how efficient your house is. Start some projects now and be ready well before winter comes around again. Whether you want to improve your insulation, add some solar heating, make your electronics a l...
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Fri, 25 Jun 2010 16:25:22 PDT
Save heat, money, and energy with easy pelmets for your windows http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-save-heat-money-and-energy-with-easy-pelm/
Save heat, money, and energy with easy pelmets for your windows - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FOZ/MJKT/G9NHGJTR/FOZMJKTG9NHGJTR.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FOZ/MJKT/G9NHGJTR/FOZMJKTG9NHGJTR.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FOZ/MJKT/G9NHGJTR/FOZMJKTG9NHGJTR.SMALL.jpg startree You lose a stack of energy around the windows of your house, even if you have blinds and curtains, and (apparently) you can save something like 15% of your energy  just by adding pelmets to your windows. So I asked at the curtain shop how much it would be for pelmets, and they quoted me something o...
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Tue, 25 May 2010 16:55:06 PDT
Resurrecting the California Cooler http://www.instructables.com/id/Resurrecting-the-California-Cooler/
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Fri, 11 Dec 2009 21:34:51 PST
The ultimate guide to eco living http://www.instructables.com/id/The-ultimate-guide-to-eco-living/
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Sun, 10 May 2009 21:16:28 PDT
Cut your energy bill in half FOR FREE! http://www.instructables.com/id/Cut-your-energy-bill-in-half-FOR-FREE/
Cut your energy bill in half FOR FREE! - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/FD1/DDKG/FSUUX9P4/FD1DDKGFSUUX9P4.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FD1/DDKG/FSUUX9P4/FD1DDKGFSUUX9P4.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/FD1/DDKG/FSUUX9P4/FD1DDKGFSUUX9P4.SMALL.jpg itsthatsguy ITS TRUE! ( if you live in a town that does this) AN JUST BY CHANGING A LIGHT BULB! Since it uses less power it will save you money AND help the environment. Materials a lamp with an incandescent.your local PUD or energy supplier, got them and see if they do a program for energy saving, mine did ...
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Sat, 28 Mar 2009 16:07:44 PDT
Going Green! A couple things you can do to help the environment. http://www.instructables.com/id/Going-Green!-A-couple-things-you-can-do-to-help-th/
Going Green! A couple things you can do to help the environment. - More DIY How To Projects]]> http://cdn.instructables.com/F12/AACY/F4GVCSSN/F12AACYF4GVCSSN.SQUARE2.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F12/AACY/F4GVCSSN/F12AACYF4GVCSSN.SQUARE.jpg http://cdn.instructables.com/F12/AACY/F4GVCSSN/F12AACYF4GVCSSN.SMALL.jpg g0pher Preserving the environment we live in is a huge task. If we all pitch in, and take a couple small green steps, collectively, we will make a huge impact on our environment. My biology teacher told our class one day that huge ecological disasters, for example, the Exxon Valdez, is dwarfed in comparis...
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