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    Energy

    Living off-grid: how to become self-sufficient

    These days, we may feel as if leaving the likes of smartphones, cars and energy supplies behind us would be an impossible feat. However, we can regain our independence without compromising the quality of life we live. One way is by going off-grid. By replacing energy and water supplies from the main grid for renewable alternatives, this way of living offers a sustainable alternative to a lifestyle where everything we need is available to use 24/7. Together with Flogas, specialists in LPG canisters, we take you through exactly how living off-grid can be easier than you think. Finding alternative power If you manage to remove yourself from the grid, the…

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    Home Improvement

    5 Eco-Friendly Yard Tips

    Do you want to make your outdoor space even more eco-friendly so that it can match your green lifestyle and so you can take your eco-friendly home to new heights? Then continue reading to access five easy ways that you can make your yard more environmentally friendly and sustainable. 1. Choose an Eco-Friendly Shed When you are ready to add a shed to your outdoor space, there is a range of eco-friendly options that you can choose from, such as recycled plastic and reclaimed or sustainable wood. This means that you don’t have to settle for the plastic sheds that are sold at big box hardware stores. From sheds that…

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    Construction

    Basic information for cleaning industrial storage rooms and corporate office

    Now that you have perfectly clear the importance of maintaining a proper cleaning of industrial warehouses you will see the basics and objectives when doing this work. The general objective will be to eliminate the general dirt produced by the dust as well as by any other type of agents. If necessary then conduct a periodic treatment for the control of pestswhile maintaining. Another very important objective and prior to the beginning of concrete actions in the industrial cleaning is the removal of remains of packaging that are usually abandoned by the hurry that is usually generated in the activity and that result in obstacles that act to hinder accessibility…

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    Construction

    Benefits of Artificial Grass in Creating an Eco-Friendly Lawn

    Artificial grass covers about 50 million acres in the US, placing it third in total acreage in all of the United States. This type of turf is seen all across the country in stadiums, playing fields, playgrounds, dog parks and even homes. While the benefits of using this type of artificial grass include an improved overall look and much less maintenance than a traditional lawn, there are actually numerous benefits on the environment and health of your home as well. If you are going to decide to make the switch to artificial grass, however, you’ll want to ensure you go about it in the right way to make sure your…

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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…

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    Recycle Blog

    Get Off Your Duff & Don’t Rest on Your Laurels

    This the story of Duff & Laurel*, a rather apathetic and passive couple who slog through life unenthusiastically. As a young woman, Laurel had been involved in a community action group which was organized to get a smoking ban enacted in her home town.  After the town council passed the anti-smoking ordinance, Laurel felt contented and satisfied that she’d accomplished something important. Unlike Laurel, Duff has never been involved in any activism and has no desire to do so in the future. Because they are both so passive, it is a miracle that Duff & Laurel ever got together in the first place.  But, as luck would have it, they…