Adam Leviness

The Benefits of Using a Solar Heat Catch

When the weather starts getting warmer we can all start preparing for heating bills to jump up over the next couple months. Whether your heating system runs on electricity or natural gas, you can still expect it to get pretty high. If you heat your home with wood stove, then you may be saving money but you will have to spend near endless hours cutting enough wood for the winter. […]

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A Simple Solar Light to Light Up Your Life

In the developed world it can be pretty easy to take light bulbs for granted. For 1.6 billion people around the world that don’t have access to electricity, light is a precious commodity.  Out of the nearly 25% of the world’s population that has to go without electricity, many of them also live in makeshift, ramshackle housing in shanty towns thrown together with whatever sheet metal and spare wood they […]

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How a Japanese Table Can Lower Your Heating Bills

Most times when I start looking for new ways to cut down on my utility bills I make the mistake of taking an all or nothing approach. I look for things like solar and wind power as opposed to buying electricity from a utility company, cooking with a solar oven instead of gas, or canning and smoking meat as opposed to storing it in the refrigerator. But, it doesn’t always […]

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6 Everyday Gadgets with Manual Powered Alternatives

Normally when I write up one of these articles I pick one gadget or appliance that normally runs on traditional electricity or fossil fuels and describe the benefits of an alternative energy version of the same thing. But there are so many everyday gadgets that we use that have energy free alternatives that may not warrant a full-page write-up but are still important to know about. We are so accustomed […]

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The Benefits of a Solar Heated Shower

There are few things that feel better than a nice warm shower. Showers are a place where we can be free to sing out loud, get in some quality deep thinking, and just relax. A traditional shower, however, can cost an average of fifty dollars a month per person for just ten minutes a day. The more devastating cost of a hot shower is the hundreds of pounds of carbon […]

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Plastic-Eating Fungi!

Global warming gets all the hype lately in the discussion on our impact on the environment, and while it is a huge problem it tends to push the littering and plastic problems to the background. Every year the world use enough plastic to circle the globe four times. And, if that isn’t bad enough only about five percent of the plastic gets recovered. Plastic accounts for around ten percent of […]

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Urban Homesteading: How to Get Started

Every year we hear about the damage that humanity is doing to the planet. Global warming and pollution are constant topics of debate and featured in the news. The world is heating up and landfills are overflowing, and because of this more and more people are starting to take notice of the impact they have on the environment and are trying to do their part by reducing their dependence on […]

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How Seaweed can Help Save the World

Every year it becomes more and more apparent how much influence humanity has on the climate. While there are a few holdouts, most people are in agreement that we are the direct cause of the increase in global temperature. Everyone knows the cause, right? It’s all the CO2 we are putting into the air, from the cars on the road to the factories spewing out greenhouse gases. However, there is […]

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Benefits of Evaporation Fridges

If you are planning on going off grid or living in a tiny home, a huge obstacle can be putting in a refrigerator. If you are using solar or wind power, a refrigerator can be extremely taxing on an already stressed system. You could completely forgo a refrigerator and opt instead for preserving food and a root cellar, but that doesn’t let you keep cold drinks or many dairy products […]

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Benefits of a Composting Toilet

When contemplating living off-grid, a tiny home, or reducing your use of natural resources in your home, one of the biggest things to come up is what type of water system you will use. There are plenty of options to choose from, you could use a well, a gray water system, water directly from a stream or river, or the simplest kind, a rain catch. If you are choosing a […]

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The Benefits of a Hand Crank Dishwasher

People are always really excited about the idea of an alternative energy dishwasher, and why wouldn’t they be? Washing dishes is by far one of the most loathed chores that has to be done around the house. Luckily, more and more electric-free dishwasher designs seem to be popping up all over the place. Available models include the Circo Dishwasher that washes all of your dishes while only taking up a […]

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The Benefits of Using a Manual Washing Machine

When people start picturing washing their clothes without electricity they imagine of bringing their clothes down to the river or creek start popping up in their mind, taking out the washboard, and vigorously scrubbing their clothes until they are clean. It sounds time-consuming, tiring, and just down right awful. Luckily it doesn’t have to be that way anymore, there are plenty of washing machines on the market now that do […]

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