Wednesday, March 28, 2007

How to build a home out of shipping containers

Bartlett Park Container Home
Bob is back in Bartlett Park in St. Petersburg, Florida, where they are helping to revitalize the neighborhood by building a new home out of four steel shipping containers. Bob recaps the shipping container story from the previous episode and tells how the stem-wall foundation was poured especially to receive these steel building units that are welded in place for maximum connection.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Recycle ink cartridges for $

Did you know?

• On average three quarts of oil are burned to make one new cartridge.

• An estimated 375,000,000 cartridges are thrown away every year.

• Ink cartridges cost more to destroy than to manufacture.

• It takes over 1000 years for each cartridge to decompose.

You will get $1 for each inkjet cartridge and toner cartridge you collect, and they pay the shipping!

All cartridges must not have been remanufactured previously and must be free of damage to be recycled. You must have a minimum of five (5) qualifying inkjet cartridges, or two (2) toner cartridges to receive your payment.

Call 1-888-661-9224 for details on how to receive cash for your cartridges! or send a quick email with the title 'RECYCLING'


Thursday, March 22, 2007

Harvesting Wind Power on Your Balcony

Motorwind Turbines can work in wind speeds of only 2m/second. Their light weight, small size, and flexible configuration allows them to be installedin both urban and rural environments, for individual or corporate use.

You can buy 8 micro turbines with generator for $150. Daily production: 1.2 kWh. Output= 12 to 100 volts non-regulated.

According to the site:

Motorwind can not and must not be interconnected to the main grid .The electricity production is only for home usage and does not have the regulators neccessary to make the Motorwind and grid frequencies compatible .

You do not have to get approval from power company to use Motorwind .

You can share the power produced with other homes if you wish only by using your own electric cables .

In 2008/2009 a version that can be inter-connected to the grid will be released .

Green Business Cards

Cool idea used by Zurich Landscape architects Tur Partner. Embedded seeds sprout through punched holes in the landscape plan on their business card.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Another one- gym power

They keep on coming. This one uses the energy produced by gym goers.
Another good reason to work out!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Sustainable Dance Clubs?

Its been a while since i've posted...sorry. A friend just sent this my way and had to post. A neat and fun idea. I'm assuming you can use this technology which captures "people-produced energy" for other building systems.
Watch the video.