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80/20 Rule for Energy and Homes

What is the 80/20 rule?

Also called the pareto principle in economics, it states that about 20% of the causes produce about 80% of the effects.

This rule has been altered and used by many to include real estate investing, marketing, and a host of other areas to produce a loose formula that has made […]

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Build a $100K house for ten thousand dollars

Here is how you can build a $100K house for about $10,000 that will save you 90% in energy costs for the lifetime of the home.

$100,000 – Typical cost to build a 1,200 sq ft conventional house (by a building contractor)

– $60,000 – savings because 2/3 the cost of building a house is […]

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Contaminants Removed by a Solar Water Distiller with Carbon Filter

Distillation is a physical process, so by using the sun to distill water it will make it ultra-pure. Nothing should be left in it except pure H20, but there are a few exceptions. People are concerned about pharmaceuticals and volatiles or pesticides, which can survive the distillation process since they are able to be distilled […]

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Get ALL My Books FREE!

It is true. I offer all my books free. Some of them are also for sale. So how do you know which is which or what needs to be done to get them free?

Why do I have both paid and free available?

I have for-purchase books because that is how I make my living. […]

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Earth Tubes Q&A

Earth tubes (earthtubes, or earth-air tubes) are underground tubes that use geothermal energy to cool or heat temper the air for your home. It works like cheap air conditioning because you can build it yourself for several hundred dollars and it is FREE to run (no electricity needed). Being completely passive, this is a sustainable […]

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Best Emergency Water Purification Methods

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What happens during an emergency such as an earthquake, when a storm or freeze busts pipes and contaminates water, you are hiking or lost, you are stuck out in the ocean, have an old water well (or a shallow well), or are camping and the only water is from a nearby stream? There could be […]

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Which is Superior—Passive Solar, Hybrid Systems, or Active Solar?

The paper below is something I researched and wrote about at age 19 in college, and although we have made great strides in technology since then, I am amazed at how relevant the information still is in 2015, some 25 years later (boy am I starting to feel old, haha). However, I definitely have a […]

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How I Chose to Live Sustainably

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Sustainable living is an easy choice, and there are so many things one can do to start living in a way that reduces waste and the overuse of earth’s natural resources. My experiences in attempting to live a responsible lifestyle that incorporates sustainable living and reducing my carbon footprint, as well as saving energy and […]

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