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7 solar-powered buildings that produce more energy than they use

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>As the cost of solar energy falls, more and more buildings are being outfitted with photovoltaic systems -- and some even generate more electricity than they use. Structures like that are called "energy positive" and it's a pretty impressive feat. If your home or business can produce …

Lady in Red: A Woodland Chicken Coop with Charm to Spare

In a sunny woodland clearing with a backdrop of redwoods and ferns, the chicken coop that Chiquita and Bob Woodard built in their Mill Valley, …

15 Storage Ideas to Steal from High-End Kitchen Systems

We scoured our favorite high-end fitted kitchen makers (from Boffi to Bulthaup to Henrybuilt) for ideals to steal at home.<p>Finally, get more ideas on …

Small-Scale Solar Installations Are Taking Back The Power Grid

But there is an untold story. When the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) puts together its figures, it only counts relatively large solar …

Solar Power

In The Heart Of Oil-Obsessed Texas, A Small Town Is Shifting To 100% Renewables

“There was some skepticism when we were looking at going 100% renewable,” says Jim Briggs, interim city manager of Georgetown, Texas, which will run …

Renewable Energy

12 of the Most Impressive Tiny Houses You've Ever Seen

These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal.<p>These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal. This piece originally appeared on CountryLiving.com.

The Coziest Two-Person Sleeping Bag Yet

Thanks to its shoe-style, zipper-free design, this new Backcountry Bed Duo from Sierra Designs packs bed-level comfort for two into a bag that's …

Sticky issues re-emerge at UN climate talks

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The momentum from a historic U.S.-China pact to resist global warming is showing signs of fading at U.N. climate talks as the …

This Solar-Powered Electric Bike May Be Even Greener Than A Regular Bicycle

The design isn’t the first to build solar power into an electric bike, but it uses unique technology that makes it possible to charge the bike even …

Clean Energy

What's killing your battery? Android's top 10 performance-sapping apps

It may seem to consume every spare moment of our lives, but the world's most famous social networking app is chewing up our mobiles too, with Facebook topping a global list of the most performance-draining Android apps, which considered battery drain, storage consumption and data use.<p>But it's not …

The 16 Best Healthy, Edible Plants to Grow Indoors

From farmers’ markets and Community Supported Agriculture, to urban farms and rooftop gardens, to produce delivery services, more and more people …

Gardening

6 Cozy Cocoons to Retreat From The World

In a world with an increasingly virtual connection between humans, CCTV cameras everywhere, new social networks sprouting all the time and too much …

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Design

Gardening 101: How to Water an Air Plant

Pity the poor tillandsia. With its affable, low-maintenance personality, your little friend tends to get ignored on a bookshelf. Its nickname–air …

Playful and Provocative Wooden Safe Box Inspired by Clock Gears: mr.knox

A safe deposit box may inspire many things, but it is not exactly the type of item you would like to have around for an inviting, homey feel. …

The World's Best Hotel Beds

From safaris to ski chalets, the most luxurious places to rest your stylish head.<p>From safaris to ski chalets, the most luxurious places to rest your stylish head.

First Wooden City Bike by Bough Bikes Hits the Streets of NYC (PHOTOS)

1/10<p>Bough Bikes Wooden Bike<p>Move over Banksy - there's another piece of European art invading NYC. The first of its kind to hit the streets of New …

Striking grassroots bike campaign shows how much space one car occupies

In the supposed war between cars and bikes, sometimes the bike wins. However, we know fundamentally that while the car isn't going to go away, bikes …

Tag: Bathrooms

Before & After: A Trend-Proof Bath Remodel in Brooklyn<p>by Alexa Hotz<p>A Kismet Renovation in Highbury, London, by O’Sullivan Skoufoglou Architects<p>by …

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California Enacts Nation's First Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill banning single-use plastic bags Tuesday, making California the first state to bar their use. …

A Light Bulb Shows How Solar And Wind Beat Coal

What would you rather do: burn 714 pounds of coal or put up 100 square meters of solar power?<p>Good Magazine performed an interesting experiment which underscores the benefits of renewables while simultaneously showing off the shortcomings of coal, nuclear and natural gas. It calculated how much …

Yale Students Discover Rare Plastic-Eating Fungus in the Ecuadorian Rainforest

Plastics represent one of the biggest waste problems in the world because they take a really, really long time to break down. But a recent discovery …

Why Green Architecture Is The Perfect Investment for Your Home

We all want to help the environment – or at least we know we should – but when it comes to actually implementing sustainable practices, the task …

17 Cozy Outdoor Fall Decorating Ideas

Just grab some hot apple cider and you're good to go.<p>If you want to dress your backyard up for fall without having a full-on pumpkin patch on your lawn, we get it. Save the gourds for the holidays and try out a few more chic fall decorating ideas instead. We've got plenty of tips to transition your …

Tiny Off-the-Grid Homes We Love

Photo: Graypants, Inc./Hide and Seek<p>The latest in coffee-table inspiration comes from the newly released <i>Hide and Seek</i>. The book is a compilation of unique, well-designed, escape-from-reality cabins we lust over. These structures aren't lavish: instead, they're dedicated to simplicity and the …

Reykjavk Police Department’s Instagram Is Unexpectedly a Lot of Fun

Men holding tiny cats, a plethora of tasty donuts, and silly fake mustaches are something that you'd expect to see on your friends' Instagram accounts, but certainly not one that's run by law enforcement. The Metropolitan Police Department in Reykjavk, Iceland seem to have a lot of fun though, and …

Law Enforcement

Amazingly Hyperrealistic Drawings Created Directly on Wood

Using pencils and pastels, Singapore-based artist Ivan Hoo produces amazingly hyperrealistic illustrations drawn directly on the surface of wood. The impressive works are filled with mind-boggling details that look incredibly realistic.<p>The skilled artist plays with perspective to develop everyday …

Drawing