House in the forest

House in the forest

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Tips for your home

Energy efficiency tips for your household How do we use energy in our homes? Most energy in our homes is used for heating and hot water. For this reason these systems should be addressed first. Tips below are listed in the order of their best effect for minimum investment. Seal all gaps and drafts. Mass […]

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80% efficient stove

80% efficient wood stove? Can a wood stove be efficient? Is there a way to increase the efficiency of a wood stove? Not everything in our house is high-tech. For those cold winter days that are neither sunny nor windy we have to have a low-tech method to warm up the house. Just because a […]

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3-phase pumping

3-phase pressurized water system for off-grid home At my Mt Best residence I collect and store rainwater at the top of a hill some 30m above my house and garden and this enables me to avoid using pumps. For my friends and neighbors, who do not have a suitable hill nearby, I designed an efficient […]

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Bubble glazing

Bubble glazing Whenever financial aspects take precedence - availability of resources seems to be a disincentive for progress in sustainability and conservation. When we can afford more – we simply waste more, without even admitting for consideration that Earth is a system of limited resources. The opposite direction on the other hand – aiming to […]

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Chest fridge

Chest fridge Using vertical doors in refrigeration devices is an act against the Nature of Cold Air. Understanding and cooperating with Nature rather than acting against it leads to much better efficiency. My chest fridge (Vestfrost freezer turned into a fridge) consumes about 0.1 kWh a day. It works only about 2 minutes per hour. […]

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Worm farm

Worm farm We are proud of our A&A worm farm system. It is a complete aerobic (ventilated) eco-system that processes all our organic waste and never needs emptying or any attention. It is also a complete grey water processing system. Grey water sips by gravity to special trenches that water our lawn. The worm farm […]

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Solar hot water

Our solar hot water system Installing solar hot water system is an important step to minimize greenhouse emissions while achieving energy self-sufficiency. Even though we have our own electricity supply (wind + sun power station) we have chosen the system that does not require recirculating pump to function and hence does not require any external […]

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Floor insulation

Insulated floor We built our RAL home on suspended floor, because a house with such a floor provides minimal possible footprint on the environment (no bulldozing). However, suspended floor can waste a lot of precious energy in winter, especially on windy days. For this reason we insulated the floor with aluminum foil based fiberglass wool […]

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Solar heating

Reflective Solar Heating Heating our dwellings in winter is not only a source of pollution, but also costs money. Whether you use gas, firewood or electricity, you contribute to planetary pollution and pay for it too - one way or another. Photo above demonstrates how we use solar heating during cold winter days. A stainless […]

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