Sauna Box Gives Shipping Container a New Life

Set yourself up with a steam room pretty much anywhere you want with the Sauna Box($41,000). Built into a shipping container, this semi-portable sauna is designed to be completely self-sufficient, with solar panels providing the power and a wood-burning stove. Features include a red cedar interior, integrated iPod stereo, electric guitar hookup, Castor stool, a magnetic truck light, and bronze antlers.

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Energy Benchmarking Key to Realizing $9 Billion in Savings in Apartments and Condos: Benefits for Owners and Renters

Almost 40 million Americans live in apartments and condominiums in multifamily buildings (those containing five or more units). Over the past decade, these Americans have seen their energy costs rise by 20 percent — more than three times the average rate of rent increases. A new report from the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), Energy Transparency in the Multifamily Housing Sector, finds that the nation’s multifamily housing stock holds potential for major energy efficiency gains, which would improve housing affordability by keeping renters’ utility bills down. Transparency about buildings’ energy use can drive these gains.

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Guest Post: Turn Your New Real Estate Green for Big Money and Eco-Awareness Benefits

Want to create eco-awareness with your new piece of real estate? Eco-friendly hardware and pieces are going to be your best option. Apart from creating awareness, green installations would also increase the value of the location, luring in attractive offers if you sell it in the future. They’ll also curb your bills and reduce the carbon footprint. Here are some hardware options you can consider: 1. Double-pane windows and fiberglass doors In commercial and residential real estate, windows and door…

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Guest Post: What to Know About Low Energy and Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Compact fluorescent light bulbs tend to be a lot more energy efficient as they do not produce excess waste heat. They consume only one fifth of the electricity, which means that they are 400 percent more efficient. There probably isn’t another way you can save and improve on energy efficiency to this extent. Shades and light fittings will last for longer due to the significantly smaller amount of heat they produce.

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Guest Post: Seasonal Landscaping

Landscaping is not limited to those with the green thumb or professional gardeners. It can be done by anyone even if you have no experience in gardening. A good eye for space and scale, a dash of creativity, and a touch of color are all you need to create a beautiful landscape. There are many ways you can make your yard look attractive and vibrant at any given season. Here are some ideas you can explore for your garden. Winter…

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Guest Post: How to Build a Solar Concentrator for Solar Hot Water

Blog writer James Vasanth has written to share his insights with readers on the daunting DIY task of building a solar concentrator for solar hot water. He writes, “In this post, I’ll discuss some key points including how to build your own 2-axis parabolic concentrator.” Thanks, James. The “how-to” steps are welcome, however, a ready made version sounds even better after counting all the steps.

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Re-Nuble: Integrating Business and Activism to Address Organic Waste

Thanks to Jeff at Sustainablog for this post. [repostus] Re-Nuble: Integrating Business and Activism to Address Organic Waste (via sustainablog) Those of us in the “saving the planet” business tend to get very focused when it comes to tactics. If we see the primary problems as political, for instance, then we view activism as the main tool for addressing it. If, however, we focus on technology and its impacts, we may scoff at the activist…

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Guest Post: Getting Rid of Ice in an Eco-Friendly Way

With winter on its way, you might be looking for eco-friendly methods to get rid of snow and ice. Walking awkwardly down your driveway every morning and navigating frostbitten stairs is certainly not fun, but there are things you can do that won’t harm the environment.

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Guest Post: Eco-Friendly Ways to Keep Your House Warm this Winter

Practically every year there is a new product or solution on the market that helps consumers trim their energy bills, and many of them are affordable. Green technologies will continue to be developed, and at a greater speed because of how necessary it really is to both consumers and the planet. Taking full advantage of them will make your own environment healthier, in addition to the other benefits. Therefore, it is good to get informed on the different products and learn how to apply them to your home. Even if they are baby steps, if everyone does their part, we can make a difference.

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Guest Post: Energy Efficient Mortgages – Go Green & Improve the Home

Introduction As the idea of green grows, industries are looking for incentives to promote being eco-friendly. The government and private institutions are sponsoring programs that offer cost-effective mortgages developed to help make a home more energy efficient. A ‘green mortgage’ or ‘energy efficient mortgage’ offers homeowners the opportunity to get or borrow money to upgrade their homes to energy efficient levels. These renovations can include, but are not limited to: Double-paned windows Modern HVAC systems Tankless water heaters Insulation Repairing…

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Guest Post: How Our Government Is Supporting Green

Government subsidies help aid an industry when it is not progressing fast enough in the free market. Generally, when new technology becomes available like green energy, it can take a considerable period of time before prices decline enough to where consumers find the technology affordable. The free market just doesn’t work as fast as some governments would prefer, so they intervene, helping important technology like green energy until it becomes profitable for businesses quicker than it would through the free market.

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New Thermoelectric Material Could Be Energy Saver

By using common materials found pretty much anywhere there is dirt, a team of Michigan State University researchers have developed a new thermoelectric material. This is important, they said, because the vast majority of heat that is generated from, for example, a car engine, is lost through the tail pipe. It’s the thermoelectric material’s job to take that heat and turn it into something useful, like electricity.

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Guest Post: Using Stacked Stone to Make Your Office Sleek and Professional

No office decor motif stands out like the smooth face of stacked stone. The multicolored layers of earth tones create a natural feel of warmth and simplicity, projecting your decorating taste across three dimensions. No matter what the outlay of a room, the veneer pillars of cut stone immediately draw attention once someone steps in the door. Though more expensive in comparison to other, cheaper decoration choices there is no backdrop that makes an office look more compelling and attractive…

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Guest Post: Tips to Keep Your Backyard Eco-Friendly

By now we should all be aware of the fact that going green need not cost more or reduce your standard of living. Being good to the environment means being good to ourselves, yet many people who are quite eco conscience inside the house fail to realize that the backyard is an area where your eco friendliness can really come to the fore. Water is a resource that is depleting all over the world. By reducing the amount of grass…

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