Solar Radiant Floor Heating

solar_radiant_heatingHydronic, or radiant floor heating is a method of heating a home, shop, or other building with the heat concentrated in the floor. It works by embedding special tubing in a concrete foundation or in a thin concrete mixture on top of a wood-framed floor. Heated water (or a food-grade antifreeze mixture) flows through this tubing, warming the thermal mass of the concrete.

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Use a 2-Liter Bottle as a 50 Watt Light Bulb

bottles-as-light-bulbsIt's not often that I'm taken aback by the simplicity and power of an invention, but this one does it for me. It's cheap, anyone can make one and it literally changes lives. Welcome to the water-bottle lightbulb.

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Rocket Stove Water Heater (Video)

RocketStove1xIt looks like a white camel with a fat hump on a pillar but in actual fact its a hot water system. Rocket Stove technology has been around for many years, dating back to ancient China as a method of central heating, but this rendered mud brick construction is used out in the field near the student camping area at Zaytuna farm.

We’re outdoors filming the last sequences for The Urban Permaculture DVD at the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia and managing director Geoff Lawton points out his new toy.

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Fast and Easy Sun Jar

Fast-Easy-Sun-JarThere are many great "instructables" for sun jars, but by the time I decided to try making one myself, I realized that changes in solar garden light design had made it even easier to transfer from stake to jar.

No longer do you need to disassemble the lamp and battery case; the units of these small, compact designs can slip as is right into your jar. This means that the making a solar jar only takes a little more time than you need for paint and adhesive to dry.

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Antique Cylinder Wood Stove Points

cylindercollection2215Antique cylinder stoves, intricately crafted from cast iron and rolled steel, burn wood or coal and can be converted to gas.

The stately stove uses a minimal amount of floor space while providing the ultimate in heat distribution. With its air-tight design, Cylinder Stoves were considered to be the superior heating stove of the day (in the early 1900's).

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