Thursday, January 30, 2014

DIY How to Build a Cattle Panel Greenhouse

Here's an awesome DIY cattle panel greenhouse design from Alan (aka TexasPrepper2) at  It appears to be simple enough for a single person to construct in less than a day and yet is sturdy, functional, and even looks great.  With just a  quick estimation, this greenhouse would cost about $120 to build with all new materials.  And if you have extra lumber, nails, screws, etc lying around you could probably build this for next to nothing.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Heating an Organic Greenhouse with Used Cooking Oil


An organic farm in Freeport Maine has engineered and adopted a clever idea of using used cooking oil from local restaurants to heat his large greenhouses in the winter time. It's an idea that should go viral as it saves the local restaurants from paying to have their used cooking oil taken away, and the organic farm acquires a nearly free heating source for its greenhouses that is much more environmentally and economically friendly than its alternatives.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Free Solar Panel and Wind Turbine Giveaway

Missouri Wind and Solar's 5 givewaway contestUPDATE 2/19/14 -  This contest is now over and the winners have been chosen.  To view the winners, please go here.  Stay tuned for the 6th giveaway starting in March 2014.
Jeff from Missouri Wind and Solar is having his 5th solar panel and wind turbine giveaway this month.  This time there will be 4 lucky winners.  This could be a great opportunity for anyone wishing to start or even expand their home renewable energy system.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Grid Tied or Off Grid, What is the Difference?

When choosing a solar powered system, home owners are faced with a decision on 3 different kinds of systems - Grid-Tied, Battery Grid-Tied or Off Grid. So what does this mean?  Which one is better?  Well, it depends on how you want to use your solar power.

DIY How to Build a Wind Turbine with a Treadmill Motor.

I hadn't realized building a homemade wind turbine was this easy until I watched the video below.  Mark from shows us how to build a wind turbine from an everyday treadmill motor and a few other parts you may have lying around.  This looks like a fun project for spring and most of the parts shown can be bought for pretty cheap.