How to use an old computer to stream media and files

free NAS computer streaming

It’s a great day. You’ve just upgraded to a shiny new computer. But wait, now you have this not too terribly slow computer, with a huge hard drive full of files, pictures, and videos just sitting in the corner collecting dust. Isn’t there something you could do with that aging computer (that is now suffering from abandonment issues)? Yes there is!

Wind-proof DIY patio umbrella stand doubles as planter

DIY patio umbrella planter

You have a patio. You have a patio table. You have a patio umbrella. Correction, you had a patio umbrella — the wind just blew it away. This great DIY idea shows you how to turn a decorative planter into a patio umbrella stand that will seemingly withstand all but hurricane force winds. And bonus, […]

5 ways to save energy in your living room alone

Ways to save energy in your living room

Sometimes trying to find ways to save energy at home is a daunting task, why not just focus on one room? Since bills can be a tough burden for many of us these days, it could be wise to keep the ones you can as low as possible. Saving energy can help you lower your […]

Which is best: To rent or buy rooftop solar panels?

Solar panels on rooftop

Depending on the region you live in and the amount you pay for your monthly power bill, it’s quite possible that you’ve experienced ‘solar envy.’ This phenomenon occurs when a neighbor installs a shiny new set of panels on their roof and then sets up lawn chairs to admire their new array, happily offering a […]

3 DIY projects using 2-liter plastic soda bottles

plastic bottle bird feeder

Confession — I love soda. Specifically, Diet Coke. Yeah yeah, it’s terrible for you. I know this, but it’s my vice. The good news is that there are a great many DIY projects that can utilize empty 2-liter soda bottles. The following three projects are some of my current favorites. Plastic bottle bird feeder There […]

New Solar Power For Your Home book makes home solar projects easier

Solar power for your home

Although solar power still has the smallest market share among all energy providers in the United States — smaller even than biomass and geothermal — adaption of the technology has recently been rising by over 25% annually. According to Bloomberg Magazine, Google is taking up wind-power purchases to reduce their total emissions, even as it devotes […]

The BEST tool for keeping your reusable bottle clean

reusable water bottle brush

Reusable water bottles rock. They make sense environmentally and monetarily. Using a water bottle that is BPA-free, stainless steel, or glass makes it easy to hydrate in health- and eco-friendly fashion no matter where you find yourself. Unfortunately, keeping those bottles clean is not as easy as it may seem. Enter the Good Grips Bottle Brush.

Hank D and the Bee: Recycled Poo-per?!

Hank D and the Bee: Recycled Poo-per?!

More info on reusable and recycled paper products and the effects of bleaching paper products From Organic Authority: Where’s Bleach Hiding in Your Home? From People Towels: The customizable cloth alternative to paper towels! (do not use as toilet paper) From Seventh Generation: Coupons and Special Offers for recycled paper products Follow the rest of […]

How much water are you wasting at home?

How much water are you wasting at home?

It’s easy to waste a lot of resources at home. Fortunately, most of that waste is just a result of not knowing you’re actually wasting that energy or water  and/or being unaware of how easy it can be to NOT waste those resources. Last week I showed you 4 simple ways to vanquish energy vampires […]

Make stylish tea light holders from nothing but wire

DIY tea light holder

Want to add some style to an indoor or outdoor living space on the cheap? All you need is a roll of wire and some pliers. I stumbled across this DIY tea light holder idea from Remodelista via Pinterest the other day. It reminds me a lot of this very chic (and popular) hanging candle […]