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Solar DIY – How to Make a Solar Food Dehydrator!

We’ve seen many ways to make a food dehydrator before, here, and here.  I even got a food dehydrator here as a Christmas present when I was completely broke couple years back.  Well, here’s another great guide on how to mak

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Solar DIY – How to Make a Solar Oven using Office Supplies at work!

Do you have empty boxes laying around work?  Do you sometimes feel the need to make something cool like a solar oven?

Well, if you’ve answered yes to both questions, you are in luck as you can try making one of these really cool solar ovens, all from parts you can get free from work!  Of course, don’t get fired doing this as your boss might see it as waste of time but if your line of work is science/technology related, you might be able to get by.

This DIY solar oven has been tested up to 120 degrees

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Solar DIY – Heliostat Can help you Track Sunlight!

Here’s a really cool heliostat that can help you track sunlight.

The purpose of this cool solar device is to help you make other solar projects where you “could” make use of constant sunlight to something such as solar power grids. (or somethin’ along lines of that…)

The heliostat is the first step in his solar energy experimentations, and it is designed to keep a mirror aligned so that it keeps the reflection of the sun onto a spe

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Bank of America ATMs Wasting Energy, Turn that LCD OFF Please!

video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT_YdfMU3Ig

Here’s my letter to BofA and any other ATM-owing banks in the world who leave their ATM LCD on all night long:

Dear CEO of BofA and other banks that leave their ATMs on at night:

It’s 3:35AM over here in California, I have not been able to goto sleep tonight so I am working(blogging) in my car again.  Anyways, I parked my car by a local stripmall where I’ve noticed that Bank of America ATM machine LCDs are on as bright as hell.

Suddenly I realized how many BofA ATMs were out there and how much energy

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Solar DIY – How to Build a Solar Cooling System for the Summer!

Solar systems have been appearing everywhere these days including the new Prius which practically cools itself while parked out in the sun.  Well, this technology isn’t so hard to understand or apply, simply get some solar panels and hook it up to a cooling device.

Okay, maybe it’s not that easy but here’s a great DIY that shows you how to do that.

This instructable will tell you how I went about building a 12v Solar setup to run my Air Cooler during our hot Summer and a 12v 120 litre Fridge/Freezer during th

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How to Lose Fat with the Manual Treadmill!

If you enjoy walking but don’t have time to in your super-busy life, you might be interested to know that you can get a manual treadmill that uses no electricity to work out at the comfort of your home.

The Stamina InMotion II Manual Treadmill is a good one btw.  At $142.11 on Amazon, this surely beats any motorized environmentally-harmful treadmills.

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RV DIY – How to Go Green with RVs!

Here’s some great tips on how to save money and energy if you are into RVs and cross-country driving:

1. Try a diesel-powered RV model such as the BioTrekker, which is powered by the more fuel efficient and less costly biodiesel.

2. Convert an existing model to biodiesel via a kit. Biodiesel kits can be found online or via a green RV dealer.

Q: Don’t you need a special biodiesel engine to run it? A: No. B100 (100 percent biodiesel) will run in most diesel engines with little or no modifications. B20 (20 percent biodiesel) will run in any diesel engine without mo

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Eco-Auto New Roundup!

Here’s a bit of an update on the auto industry from our green blog:

Boston Power unveiling their Plug-in Hybrid and Battery Electric Vehicles (PHEV/BEV) with SWING.  Propel Fuel will be holding a hydrogen vehicle showdown.

Are you ready for the Top 5 budget hybrid cars of 2009? – link

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Outdoor Lighting – Pack of 3 Solar Lights!

Here’s an awesome deal of pack of 3 outdoor solar lights, all of these run on a single photovoltaic solar cell, great for keeping your outdoors bright without use of any household electricity but with solar power.

These are great for continuous lighting through the night for a dark driveway or yard area. Be sure to position the multi-angle floodlight trio in direct sunlight throughout the day for best solar absorption.

Price: $36

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DIY Dynamic Hand Powered Lamp!

Here’s a nifty idea for future reading lamps, a dynamic hand-powered lamp that is completely driven by the energy generated by your hand, kinetic they call it.

Really cool, great idea!

Karin Johansson’s lamp is a wonderful and eco-friendly concept that uses the globe of the earth as your source of light and the kinetic energy of your hands as the source of power. A dynamo placed inside the globe converts the kinetic energy to light, when you spin it. It’

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