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Anyone living in a remote area without an existing connection to the national grid faces potentially expensive solutions to their power requirements.
You live on a windy ridge. Sunshine is unreliable (imagine the west coast of the South Island), and you're a long way from the nearest power pole.
Solar power: the nuts and bolts
For most of us approaching the idea of solar power as novices, there are some daunting matters to get our heads around.
Solar energy means different things to different people: is it solar water heating, or is it the use of photovoltaic panels to generate electricity?
Making your own cosmetics is cheap and easy - isn't it?
We have been told many times that cosmetics are a rip-off
Mostly harmless: making your own cleaning compounds
When you live with a septic tank and are concerned for the environment, the use of modern cleaning compounds may be something that worries you.
The benefits of baking soda
Common household baking soda has been used in many ways for a very long time
Loads Of Rubbish
Those of us living on the land cannot help but be aware of everything that has to be disposed of
Apple cores and teabags, onion skins and orange peel, and a fair amount of garden waste - all can be used to form compost.
The Productive Vegetable Garden
There are few sights so rewarding as a basket of your own freshly picked home-grown vegetables.
Buying Recycled Products
It’s becoming easier to buy products made from recycled materials, and it is also becoming easier to buy items that can be recycled.
Natural Beauty Products
Lay down in a darkened room and refresh your eyes with a cool slice of cucumber on each eyelid.
Concern for the environment means that we are less inclined to fill our cupboards with proprietary brands of household cleaner.
Using The Freezer To Save Waste
It comes as a surprise to learn that deep freezing has been used for generations to preserve food and save waste.
Use Less Petrol
Oil prices rise, there is an outcry and we turn down the oil-fired heating, close the window, and wish we were not so dependent on fossil fuel.