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How to Compost with Worms

Vermicomposting is a composting method that employs certain worm species to consume and convert organic matter into a useful soil amendment and organic fertilizer. Provide moist bedding at all times for [more…]

How to Help Your Composting Worms Thrive

In addition to bedding and food, your composting worms need appropriate temperature, moisture, oxygen, and pH levels to thrive. Here are some basics for maintaining a healthy environment for your worms [more…]

How to Turn a Garbage Can into a Composter

One inexpensive option for making your own compost container is to use a large, recycled garbage can. Contact the department responsible for trash pickup [more…]

How to Make a Straw-Bale Compost Bin

Straw bales can be stacked to create a simple and inexpensive compost bin. As an organic material, straw breaks down and decomposes over time, and you can eventually incorporate it into your compost pile [more…]

Carbon-Rich Materials for Your Compost Pile

You need to add carbon materials to your compost pile to provide energy for microorganisms while they break down your organic matter. Carbons for the compost pile include the following: [more…]

Nitrogen-Rich Materials for Your Compost Pile

Greens provide bodybuilding proteins for the microorganisms crunching through your organic matter. Nitrogen-rich materials are called greens because most of them are greenish in color. The following are [more…]

Getting the Right Carbon-to-Nitrogen Ratio in Your Compost

You might think composting is hard when you learn that you need to feed your compost carbon and nitrogen. And on top of that, it needs to be in the correct amounts. You're not a chemist [more…]

Materials You Cannot Compost

Composting isn't a free-for-all. You can't toss in anything and everything you come across waste-wise and expect it to produce usable, healthy compost. Some materials definitely don't qualify as compost [more…]

Choosing a Location for Your Compost Pile

You've decided to get into the composting game. Way to go! First, you need to figure out a good location in your landscape to situate your composting efforts. To be a good neighbor, take into account your [more…]

Tips for Mounting Solar Panels on Your Home

Powering your home with rooftop solar collectors is great way to go green while reducing energy bills and your carbon footprint. If you mount solar panels on your roof, you can maximize your solar exposure [more…]

Choosing a Solar System to Supplement Your Water Heater

Dozens of different types of systems that use solar energy to supplement your hot water heater are available, but only a few have stood the test of time. Sticking with proven entities is always a good [more…]

Using a Drainback System to Heat Water

A drainback system lets you use solar power to heat water for your home. Indirect, active, closed-loop drainback systems are an excellent choice for heating water unless you receive a lot of snow and have [more…]

Using a Closed-Loop Antifreeze System to Heat Your Water

Closed-loop, active, antifreeze systems are the most versatile and failsafe of all the solar supplemental water heating systems. Most new solar homes feature a variation of one kind or another. [more…]

How to Use Radiant Heat Floor Systems

Radiant floor heat systems use solar power to heat water, which is then pumped through your home's floor. You can use solar-heated water to heat your home off-grid. Radiant heat, without solar, costs much [more…]

How to Use the Chimney Effect to Cool Your Home

You can take advantage of the chimney effect to cool your home without using an air conditioner. Using natural ventilation is an easy way to green up your lifestyle and save you money by reducing your [more…]

How to Design a Solar Room or Greenhouse

Solar greenhouses and sunrooms share some common design features. To design a solar room or greenhouse, you need to understand the greenhouse effect, which occurs when sunlight enters the enclosed space [more…]

Tips for Building a Solar Room or Greenhouse

A do-it-yourselfer can design and build a solar room for a relatively low cost, with relatively low risk. You don't need electrical wiring or plumbing, and you don't need to obey all the building code [more…]

The Benefits of Solar Powering Your Home

Most photovoltaic (PV) customers are interested in solar powering their homes because they realize that solar power is good for the environment, among other things. Few other investments can positively [more…]

The Basic Components of a Home Solar Power System

Solar intertie photovoltaic (PV) systems are not particularly complex. First there are panels, which collect the sunlight and turn it into electricity. The DC signals are fed into an inverter, which converts [more…]

Types of Photovoltaic Solar Panels

If you're looking into powering your home with solar power, you need to know about photovoltaic (PV) panels. PV panels, which cost anywhere from $2.40 per watt to over [more…]

Mounting Equipment for Solar Panels

When you switch to solar power for your home, mounting your photovoltaic (PV) solar panels is of critical importance. First, you need to mount the panels where they'll get maximum sunshine over the course [more…]

DC-to-AC Inverters for Your Solar Equipment

In your solar power system, you need inverters to take the low-voltage, high-current signals from the PV panels and convert them into 120VAC or 240VAC, which is directly compatible with grid power. Inverters [more…]

Installing a Solar Power System for Your Home

Installing a solar system to power your home is an involved process. Even though you'll be hiring a professional, it helps to understand what's going on. Expect the entire process of installing a full-scale [more…]

Should You Hire a Contractor to Install Your Solar Power System?

You could install your own photovoltaic (PV) solar power system. Many self-installed systems work just fine, and the owners are happy with the results. On the other hand, there are a lot of reasons to [more…]

What You Need to Go Off the Grid

Off-grid solar PV systems are expensive, so find any means you can to reduce the energy requirements. Most off-grid houses use a wide range of energy resources, in sharp contrast to the typical all-electric [more…]

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