Tagged: energy conservation

A young Asian pear tree guild produces food, habitat, and improves soil fertility using permaculture principles. 0

Permaculture

Permaculture offers a design approach for meeting human needs while improving the health of the planet. And it inspires a lot of our homestead activities. Quick Overview Inspired by the oil crisis of the...

Candles, books, and conversation fill the role often occupied by flickering TV screens. 3

Life without Television

As a child I watched cartoons every Saturday morning. I turned on the TV in the same motion that I threw off my book bag after school. I listened to the background noise during...

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Home Energy Audit

Whether we’re talking food or fuel, our use of energy defines how we choose to live. Having read several books on home energy conservation, I had already lowered my electric bill with lighting upgrades,...

Helpful Kitchen Gadgets: Jar Opener and LED cabinet lighting strip. 0

Helpful Kitchen Gadgets

Along our journey to reduce expenses and consume less, we discovered the value of conscientious spending—the acquisition of durable tools and implements that save money over the long run. Nowhere does this play out...

Little House on Pine - A finished beeswax candle. In a mason jar, of course. 0

How to Make Candles from Beeswax

Starting in spring, honeybees at the Little House on Pine turn nectar into wax comb. By autumn, we’re getting ready to make candles. After harvesting the honey, we leave the honey-speckled frames outside for the bees...

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Conscientious Spending

We get bombarded with messages to purchase things we don’t need and won’t use. Yet at the same time, new tools can prove helpful in transitioning to a lifestyle of reduced consumption. The idealist in...

Coconut oil popcorn. 0

Coconut Popcorn

Growing up in a household that watched lots of movies, I have an everlasting affinity for richly flavored theatre popcorn. I delight in the perfect ratio of crunch, buttery goodness, and salty accents. Since I try to avoid...