Category Archives for "Eco Friendly"

Beautiful Islands –The Three Sinking Livings

It was interesting to see the people, culture and environment of these fragile locations. Whether you believe climate change is man made or natural, it’s a good video to watch.


Beautiful Islands –The Three Sinking Livings
This movie looks at three beautiful islands, shaken by climate change: Tuvalu in the South Pacific, Venice in Italy, and Shishmaref in Alaska.

The islands all have different climates and cultures, but the people all love their native lands. The film, which took three years to shoot, focuses on their daily lives. It portrays festivals that foster ties among the people, traditional crafts which have been passed on for generations, and peaceful lives by the water. They are all disappearing by climate change.

When these people lose their homelands, their cultures and histories face “death.” Their lives in the midst of all the changes suggest where our future leads..

Director, Kana Tomoko purposely decided not to put any narration or music in this film. It is a two-hour trip around the world, listening to the sounds of waters and winds, accompanied by the children’s smiles. She wants you to sharpen your minds and feel what we are going to lose as climate change really (threatens) hits our planet.

Englert Building Integrated Solar Thermal, PV and Rainwater Harvesting

The folks at Englert have a novel system that integrates a solar thermal system with their standing seam metal roofs (up to 35 year warranty), and offers a PV option. Produce your solar heated water for heating (hydronic) and domestic hot water, produce grid tied power, and harvest rain water for toilet, laundry and irrigation. Check out their system at Englert Environmental.

What we do on the roof is important because what happens below the roof is critical. More than a decade ago, we began imagining the roofing systems architects, builders and homeowners could use to face their most common environmental challenges.

Imagine a roofing system that protects your home or building, keeping it cool in summer, warm in winter and providing all the hot water and electricity you require.

Now envision a roofing system that captures 95 percent of its rainwater runoff, channels it through a debris-proof gutter system and deposits it in a rainwater harvesting tank for immediate use.

Today Englert Environmental is a leading provider of renewable energy solutions where metal roofing and gutters systems play a critical role in collecting solar energy and harvesting rainwater.

Partnering with key technology and service providers, including the foremost photovoltaic, inverter and mounting solution providers and the nation’s principal source of commercial and residential rain water harvesting systems, Englert provides world leading, best-of-breed technology, products and services.

Electricity for the Farm

Just finished reading a free online text called “Electricity for the Farm” at This is an excellent old time text on hydroelectric and pre grid living. You’ll absorb some great old time knowledge and ideas on how you can use waterpower for your home or business. We also recommend “Steam, Steel and Electric” at and “Electricity for Boys” (though that’s not terribly PC anymore, and girls will like it too) at

Mother Earth News Wiser Living Guides

At 100 full-color pages each, these six reference books present our best articles organized into four popular categories: Gardening, Energy, Country Skills and Living on Less. Each volume includes tips, information and instructions from the most relevant MOTHER EARTH NEWS articles.
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The MOTHER EARTH NEWS Wiser Living Guides set includes:

Guide to Energy Savings – Learn what you need to know to spend your money wisely. Compiled in this guide is a set of the most informative, most up-to-date articles available from MOTHER EARTH NEWS to educate you on all relevant aspects of energy savings, from solar space heating to small-scale wind power.

Guide to Organic Gardening – Find out how organic gardening can help you grow fresher, more nutritious and better-tasting food in a way that’s as natural and nontoxic as possible. This special issue is packed with advice for growing your own food using organic methods that are easy to apply in your own garden.

Guide to Growing Your Own Food – Save money and improve your health by growing your own food all year-round. Covering growing, harvesting, feasting and everything in between, this guide will help you grow a great garden and save money on your food bills.

Guide to Country Skills – Learn the basic country skills that will make you more self-reliant and secure. This guide has all the information you need to be more self-sufficient, from do-it-yourself projects to inspiring stories from those who have created successful homesteads.

Guide to Living on Less and Loving It! – Are you looking for simple ideas to save money and live more lightly on the planet? Find out how you can do both with the simple, satisfying and fun ideas in this special collection.

Guide to Home Energy Savings – You’ll save money on home energy bills for years to come using advice in this convenient collection of articles. The Guide to Home Energy Savings is filled with information on solar heating options, natural ways to cool your house, energy-efficient appliances and windows, and so much more.

Micro Hydro, The Other Renewable Power Source

Micro hydro power is probably the least common of the three readily used renewable energy sources, but it has the potential to produce the most power, more reliably than solar or wind power if you have the right site. This means having access to a river or creek that has a high enough flow and fall to produce usable power for a good part of the year.

Many creeks and rivers are permanent, i.e., they never dry up, and these are the most suitable for micro-hydro power production.

A micro hydro turbine can take several forms, the most widely recognized of which would be the water wheel, used extensively for grain grinding up until the past century. Waterwheels are still used in some situations that do not require a fast-spinning turbine, such as for pumping water. However, other type of turbines have become quite common.