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The Rainwater Pillow – Rain Barrel Meets Cistern

by Benjamin Roman •

Utilizing rainwater runoff is a double bonus for homeowners, both in environmental and financial terms.  It reduces the amount of water consumed from the municipal system, and it lessens the strain on wastewater treatment facilities that must process water after it flows down the drain.  A rain barrel is great for small-scale applications like a flower garden, and now there …

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Best Backyard Compost Tumblers

by Benjamin Roman •

ComposTumbler Compact Compost Tumbler

Composting is a great way to reduce the amount of waste your household generates, plus there’s the added benefit of free fertilizer for your yard or garden. There are some nifty options for indoor composting on the market, but to do it on a larger scale you need to move outdoors. Here are four of the best compost tumblers available, …

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The Best Kitchen Faucet Aerators

by Justin Thomas •

One of the least expensive ways to increase the efficiency of your home is to install low-flow aerators on your faucets. These devices save water, and lower utility bills as well, because less hot water is used. Because of this, low-flow aerators will generally pay for themselves in only a few months.

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VentureOne: Three-Wheel Plug-In Hybrid Gets 100MPG

by Justin Thomas •

The VentureOne is another three-wheeling electric vehicle that has been given a green light to go into production. The vehicle seats two and is capable of 100 miles per hour while maintaining its 100 miles per gallon fuel efficiency going from 0 – 60 in a respectable 6 seconds. It can also tilt almost 45º in turns. The total range …

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Eco Kettle

by Justin Thomas •

This Eco Kettle is designed to boil the exact amount of water you need. It has two compartments: the internal reservoir holds about half a gallon of water ready for use, while the measuring button allows any quantity — from a single cupful to the full capacity to be released into a separate chamber for boiling. Available from The Insight …

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Ceramic Crock: Efficient Composting

by Justin Thomas •

From what we’ve seen, this is the most affordable composting container for kitchen scraps available. We choose this ceramic container because the interior absorbs odors and resists stains, and is more attractive than a plastic bin on your kitchen counter. The crock holds a gallon of scraps and has a lid with an activiated carbon filter to trap odor than …

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Octagonal Rain Barrels

by Justin Thomas •

Arid Solutions makes these unique and practical rain barrels. Their octagonal shape increases the durability of the barrel. Each barrel has two overflow outlets, allowing you to connect multiple tanks together. The system show here is actually two 54 gallon barrels: one is stacked on top of the other for a total of 108 gallons.

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Recycled Rain Barrels

by Justin Thomas •

Aaron makes rain barrels out of recycled plastic, and runs an informative web site about rain water harvesting. The 58 gallon rain barrels are made out of thick food-grade plastic, and can withstand both hot and cold temperatures. The barrels connect directly to the downspout of your rain gutter. They are also paintable (with Krylon Fusion) for those who want …

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Biodiesel FAQ

by Justin Thomas •

Biodiesel Cycle

What is Biodiesel? Biodiesel is a vegetable oil-based fuel that runs in diesel engines — cars, buses, trucks, construction equipment, boats, generators, and oil home heating units. It’s usually made from soy or canola oil, and can also be made from recycled fryer oil. You can blend it with regular diesel or run 100% biodiesel. What are the benefits of …

Honda Civic Hybrid

by Justin Thomas •

Configuration: 1.3L 4, auto Miles per Gallon: 46.9 Price: around $20,000 Homepage: Honda