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    Construction

    The House that Trash Built

    Mahatma Gandhi advised his followers to “be the change you want to see in the world.”  We decided to take Gandhi’s wise words and apply them to our own lives.  We hope our example will inspire others to do the same. The House That Built from Trash We hope this website will inspire you to take matters into your own hands – to live a sustainable lifestyle, eat what you grow, get off the grid and do your part to heal the planet and yourself. We are living at a time where gas and oil reserves are beyond peak… when our very way of life has an immense adverse effect on…

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    Energy

    Five Reasons Solar Panel Installation Is on the Rise

    If you’ve suddenly noticed solar panels popping up on buildings in your city at a rapid rate, your eyes don’t deceive you. The data clearly shows us that solar energy installation is becoming exponentially popular, both in public opinion and in practice. In fact, it’s likely you have learned quite a bit about solar through past school courses, pop culture, and friends or acquaintances who have utilized it in their home or office (especially at those innovative startups and powerful Fortune 500 companies). So, what exactly caused the shift towards solar energy? Read on to discover the top five reasons solar energy technology is becoming more and more popular. Solar…

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    Environment

    A Complete Guide to Creating an Eco-Garden

    The green movement has made its way into practically every aspect of our lives. And while it was about time we started giving back to our environment instead of just taking everything we can from it, many of us still don’t quite fully grasp the concept of eco-friendliness. So, if you’ve already embraced the green movement in your home and started reshaping your lifestyle habits to match it, it is time to translate the same vibe throughout your yard as well. On the other hand, if you’re not quite sure how you can achieve this, we’ve prepared an easy-to-follow guide to help you out. Check it out. Reuse everything you…

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    Energy

    Why Long-Term Tenants Should Think About Green Energy?

    Green energy is all the rage now in real estate. But if you only rent a home or an apartment, is it still worth checking out solar panels when you don’t even own a property? The response is yes. There’s a massive, untapped market for people who are leading and searching for the benefits of a renewable resource. And also there are currently choices for solar energy for tenants. There are new plans aiding renters to obtain access to green energy. Obviously, tenants have to take a look at the alternatives and obtain the best solar quote. However, renters are an expanding population and their absence of access to solar…

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    Environment

    3 Office Life Hacks to Reduce Waste

    The standard office used to be an environmental nightmare in many cases. Whether it was filing cabinets filled to the brim with outdated, dusty printouts, printers cranking out thousands of sheets of paper per day or the cheap paper coffee cups that filled the trashcan to the brim, it’d make most people cringe these days. Statistically speaking, we waste a lot when we’re at work. The average office worker contributes some two pounds’ worth of mixed paper products and uses about 10,000 sheets of paper each year. And that’s just talking paper products! We’re not even talking about water, food or electrical waste. An average person can throw out some…

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    Energy

    9 Best Ways to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

    When you work to improve energy efficiency in your house, several things happen. First, you save money. By cutting back on the energy you consume, you immediately reduce your utility expenses. The next thing that happens is you find the best ways to manage your consumption. Finally, your appliances last a little longer. While it can be tempting to crank the air conditioning, bake cookies with the kids, and catch up on laundry in the middle of a hot summer day, doing these things are a waste of resources. Instead, look at ways to improve your home’s efficiency during the summer months. Check Your Air Filters The summer time is…

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    Construction

    Permits

    People often ask us whether it is possible or necessary to get a permit for an alternative building project like ours. The answer is, it depends! We did apply for a permit and actually received one… although we did not mention tires or papercrete. On the application, we said we have a mobile home (we do) and said we wanted to build a metal roof over the top and add two, 6 feet X 55 feet covered additions, supported by ten 4 foot X 4 foot posts, along the sides (which we did). In reality, we probably did not need to have a permit in the first place since no…

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    Journal,  Recycle Blog

    No Fracking Way!

    Last night, Elisia and I attended a meeting of the West Virginia Legislature’s Select Committee on Marcellus Shale, which was held in the Robert C. Byrd auditorium in Clarksburg, WV.  This was the 3rd and last meeting for the Committee members to hear from their constituents before writing rules that will (hopefully) better regulate this controversial “new” mining technique. Since you are reading this blog on BuiltFromTrash.com, you already know we moved to West Virginia and bought this land to live our dream.  We found a magic slice of ‘almost heaven’, then, with plenty of sweat, tears and literal blood, we built a house using recycled construction materials.  We planted…

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    Recycle Blog

    How To Cut & Pack a Tire

    It is nearly impossible to fill a tire without cutting out the top wall. If you don’t, it takes twice the time and effort, and when the clay dirt settles, there is always a small gap remaining. By cutting away the top, you can fill the tire with dirt and tamp it in using a standard concrete tamper. This makes for a really solid and awesome foundation. Cutting out the side wall of the tire is easier than most people think. If you use the saw to cut a hole and start in the soft part of the tire just below the steel belt, it only takes about a minute…

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    Environment

    Reduce your Carbon Footprint

    Here are a few simple things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint Change to Fluorescent Bulbs – If every house in the United States changed all of the light bulbs in their house, that would be equivalent to taking one million cars off the streets. Hang Outside to Dry – Get a clothes line or rack to dry your cloths. Your clothes will last longer and you will save money Use Both Sides of Paper – if you have a printer with a double sided print option use it. You will save half of the amount of paper you would have normally used. Get rid of baths – Do not take baths,…

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    Alternative Energy,  Environment

    Hanging Out to Dry

    Today I decided to do something to change the world. I built a solar clothes dryer. It wasn’t my first, and it only took about an hour to put it up. One thing is for certain, it’ll save money and won’t foul up the air and water. Here are step-by-step instructions for how you, too can build a solar clothes dryer: 1. Choose two parallel points about 15 feet apart in a sunny part of your yard. Try to pick a spot that is relatively flat. 2. Using a post hole digger, dig a 3′ hole at each point. Set two, 10 foot posts at each point (use a level…