Thought a Smart couldn’t get any smaller? Well, perhaps not on four wheels, but at this year’s North American International Auto Show, the company known for its tiny cars rolled out… a bicycle! Jo Borras at sister site Gas 2.0 has all the details on Smart’s latest “vehicle.” Production Smart Bicycle Launched at Detroit Auto […]
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Building a simple pedal-powered generator isn’t that difficult – we got one (kind of like the one above) going on the fly nearly four years ago at the last blogathon up at Dancing Rabbit. It didn’t really generate enough power reliably to help us, though – that takes a bit more engineering. If you want […]
If you’ve ever come home from work in the summer and found your lovely garden wilted, this DIY drip irrigation system might be just the thing for you. Best of all, it costs less than $10. There are a lot of drip irrigation systems on the market today…
Cargo bikes look kind of clunky, which may explain why they’ve been slower to catch on in the US. Still, if you’re looking to go low/no-car, a bicycle with room for groceries could go a long ways towards getting you there – they’d be even more convenient than the bus/train for shopping trips. Denmark’s Butchers […]
Got the house ready for Winter yet? If not, take a look at these suggestions for keeping your heat inside your home.
While it may not feel like it – it definitely doesn’t here – Winter garden season is upon us… and pretty soon you may be thinking about ways to extend the growing season as it starts to cool off. A greenhouse is the go-to solution for most folks, but that means shelling out some bucks… right? Maybe not as much as you might think…
Sure, you can turn parts of the hemp plant intro fabrics, oils, and even hemp milk… but building materials? That how one builder in North Carolina is using this versatile plant.
SolarCity announced on October 1st that it is going to install more than 5,000 solar panels on 14 schools across the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD), already one of the ‘greenest’ school districts in the country.
A new study argues that a living roof does more than just insulate a building really well: it can also increase the performance of solar panels.
Eric Jacqmain’s “solar death ray” concentrates the power of 5000 tiny mirrors. Watch it take on wood, paint can lids, and chunks of concrete!
Think “pay as you go” models only work for cell phones? Think again: social enterprise Eight19 has applied this model to solar panels for residents of the developing world.
Want to build your own solar phone charger? Check out this device, created for Occupy Boston protesters last Fall by Revolt Labs.
Cargo bikes are useful for all sorts of things. But for those trips which don’t require cargo capacity (most of them), do you really want to lug around that extra equipment? And if you’re only going to use it for some trips, do you really want to shell out the extra bucks for a cargo bike?