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A home is a dwelling-place used as a permanent or semi-permanent residence for an individual, family, household or several families in a tribe.

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How much could the US reduce its electricity demand if people moved from Texas back to Ohio?

I have a theory that I am trying to develop empirical support for. I believe that the migration of people from the Rust Belt to the Sun Belt has caused an increase in overall electricity usage and ...
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Why should we bother to recycle household waste if it's only a small portion of all waste that is generated?

For the past two months, I have been investing some attention and effort in taking care of setting aside all my dry waste in my room's bin. I wish to separate the recyclable ones and the unrecyclable ...
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better to heat house with gas or with electricity?

Is it better to heat house with gas or electricity? We have gas insert and gas heating but am looking at other options for sustainable energy use. Thank you!
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For overnight heating, is it more efficient to use an electric space heater in a bedroom or a whole house natural gas furnace?

Is it more efficient to heat a bedroom with whole house's forced-air natural-gas burning furnace, or only an electric space heater in the bedroom? For a very location-specific application, electric ...
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Which appliance should I replace first?

I recently bought a home with many appliances approaching 20 years old. As I expect that many of them will fail over the next several years, I want to get a head start on replacing them (since last-...
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Does air duct cleaning increase heating efficiency?

I recently moved into an older house with a natural gas-burning forced hot air furnace. There are no records of the ducts being cleaned, and based on the layer of black grime I can see, they are quite ...
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Reusable alternatives to plastic wrap?

I have been reducing use of one-time-use items in the house, and have drastically reduced the use of plastic wrap by putting food items in tupperwares. However, there remains a few uses for plastic ...
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Domestic flywheel energy storage: how close are we?

I've done some web searches, but I don't see anything very current on how close we are to having a home energy storage flywheel system that's comparable in price and performance to a battery system. ...
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Alternatives to garbage plastic bags

I currently use plastic garbage bags in the kitchen. I would like (if possible) to use something plastic free, as hygienic as the usual plastic bag and easily obtainable in Europe. Is there any ...
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Are machine-washed rags more sustainable than paper towels for any & all household messes?

Anything single-use is suspicious in terms of sustainability, especially if it goes to the trash afterwards and is not recyclable. Considering that, and the disproportionate use of paper towels by the ...
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How can a rocket mass heater be combined with a tight modern construction?

I currently have a house under construction. The overall design is for a tight, well-insulated building with a balanced active air exchange system (an ERV: a unit with two blowers, one in and one out,...
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What is the most sustainable way of making coffee?

Which method of brewing coffee is the most sustainable? The criteria being: minimal waste, minimal energy (no matter where it's produced) I guess for the optimal solution it would be necessary to......
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How can I determine the U-value (or R-value) of my existing double glazing system?

Is there an easy way to determine the U-value (or R-value) of an existing fitted double glazing system? Two options spring to mind, looking up the value in some kind of database (sadly I have no idea ...
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How to choose between an electric, natural gas, or heat pump clothes dryer?

I will soon be moving into a new home with a very old electric clothes dryer. I expect that before too long it will fail and need replacing. I would like to replace this with a more efficient model. I ...
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Prevent concrete roof from absorbing too much heat during summer

I live in India where most of the building roofs are made of concrete. In summer during night, the roof emits too much of heat that were absorbed during day time. I was aware of the options like ...
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Newer heat pump vs new space heaters in Seattle winter

I see similar questions to this one, but mine is slightly different, so here goes: I live in Seattle, where the winters are mild, with days in the 40s°F (4-10°C) and nights in the low 30s°F (around -...
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What capacity solar system is required for new homes under the California 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24)?

From the press release (emphasis added): Moving to cut energy use in new homes by more than 50 percent, the California Energy Commission [CEC] today adopted building standards that require solar ...
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What is an energy efficient way to get fresh air indoors during winter?

Letting some fresh air inside is always a good idea, but during the winter it seems a bit wasteful to fling open the window and let the fresh air in at the expense of all that hot air going out, and ...
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What's the best way of getting an eco-friendly off-grid house?

My partner and I have been considering what the different options are for buying properties in the UK. We are interested in at least 1 acre of land, plus a house of 50-70 square meters minimum. We ...
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Alternatives to concrete for a flat roof

I am from India and planning to build a house with as little cement, steel and sand as possible. I am looking to keep the temperature inside the home to be minimal since temperature will touch around ...
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Portable AC or Dehumidifier?

I currently am a recent graduate and I am living in a place that does not have AC. I am looking to buy a portable AC or to buy a dehumidifier. I currently live in Minnesota and sleeping at night when ...
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Do USB outlets waste energy just like conventional wall warts?

It is widely known that most AC-DC converters (aka "wall warts") continually use electricity, even when no devices are plugged in to them. That wasted energy is often called "phantom electricity" or "...
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Alternative to sealing compound

Has anyone ever used self-made, eco-friendly sealing compound for outdoors? What recipe? How long does the recipe you used last? I intend to use this sealing compound to stop wasps from getting in ...
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Is an electric shaver more sustainable than water-based shaving ? And how to determine so for one's context?

I have tried both, a low-cost electric shaver and a medium-cost regular razor for water-based shaving. Water and Electricity, are both, equally important factors to be considered for sustainable ...
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Switching to Toilet/Sink Combo

As part of my ongoing downsizing, my new house's bathroom will be smaller, so I'm looking at installing a toilet/sink combo to save space, reduce construction costs by making the bathroom as small as ...
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How to set up optimal Air humidity in passive house?

I have a passive house with air ventilation and heating in the floor. In the question of the temperature of the air and the floor I have found the optimum, but I'm absolute without any knowledge, how ...
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Being a sustainable Digital Nomad in a Van - First Steps

I am considering the purchase of a retrofitted Ford Transit with a Diesel motor to have a more flexible option for travel and accomodation. Since I aspire to reduce my footprint (and increase my ...
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How long will a 12V Koolatron compact cooler last with 12Ah battery?

I'm thinking of purchasing a Koolatron P20 compact cooler and this ExpertPower 12200 battery How long will cooler last with this battery at full charge? Is this the correct battery to use for this? ...
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Is heating with candles economically and/or ecologically worthwhile?

Considering my home doesn't have a heating system nor chimneys, I wonder if it's worthwhile to heat using only candles. There are multiple dimensions to consider: Does it cost less than electric ...
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Is secondary triple glazing a practical way to reduce energy costs?

I have been considering installing secondary double glazing units in my home in an attempt to turn my double glazed windows into triple glazed windows. I understand the law of diminishing returns, ...
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Does orange essential oil create formaldehyde when exposed to ozone?

I recently found this article by EWG, putting limonene-containing cleaners on the bad list of toxic household cleaners: http://www.ewg.org/cleaners/hallofshame/ The claim is that limonene reacts ...
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Heat escaping very old cob house

I have just moved into a semi-detached house (rented) made out of cob, heated with a wood burner which also heats up the water for radiators and washing. There is also a large boiler,electrically ...
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Mismatched socks? What to do with hundreds of them?

I may be unique here but over the years I have collected perhaps hundreds of mismatched socks of various sizes and colors. Some are good cotton and others are like new. Since I have a large family and ...
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Detailed breakdown of Solar PV installation site test (site survey)

I'm slowly teaching myself on how I can build a solar PV system for my own home. Anyone kind enough to provide a breakdown of what tools i need to test my site for an optimum conversion of solar ...
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How to reduce humidity in the home?

During the winter, I often get high humidity in the home. Especially with multiple people living here, and cooking, or having showers etc. This leads to condensation on the windows, and moisture on ...
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How to regulate temperature at home with windows and blinds?

I have windows getting direct morning sunlight on one side of our apartment, and direct evening sunlight on the other side. All windows have (wooden slat) blinds. I was wondering: what is the best ...
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Alternative for electrical washing machine

I don't by any means live an electricity-free life, yet, but more than any other household item, I think I would miss the washing machine the most. Sweeping with a good broom is a good alternative to ...
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Environmentally friendly alternative to salt for de-icing walkways?

Salt has been the go-to for de-icing walkways and roads here in the northeastern U.S. It is terrible for vegetation and is substantially corrosive on other surfaces. I'm looking for a good residential ...
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Safe weather tape for insulating windows

I just purchased weather tape for my windows, but after seeing a proposition 65 warning label of carcinogenic materials on the package I intend to return it due to safety reasons. The warning is ...
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Hotel communal living

I want to purchase a hotel and sell rooms that have been renovated into tiny apartments that can accommodate one couple. Living together will reduce costs for all and the rent can reinvested in green ...
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How do I keep my room on the first floor cool all day and night?

I live in a duplex bungalow. The room on the first floor is about 250 sqft but has only two windows of 12 sqft each. The roof is at 10 ft level. The roof is open to sunlight and is used to dry clothes ...
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How do I set myself up to not have to mow the lawn?

In the next few years, I will likely be getting my first home, and I don't want to mow the lawn. I see this as a large waste of time, as well as a source of waste in buying a lawnmower, fertilizer, ...
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How much capacity inverters and batteries should i need to set up a 800 watts solar panel? [closed]

my requirement is just to run ten 4-watts LEDs, a 0.5 HP submursible motor and four ceiling fans through solar panels. Calculations suggested that i need 800 watts panels to work on it. But I'm ...
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What countries favour people who want to live a sustainable lifestyle?

I want to pursue an independent lifestyle growing my own food, using solar panels etc. but I live in Spain and the legislation here doesn't favour this, buying terrain in a rural area and being ...
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What are effective ways to make a home significantly more sustainable when renting?

People might not be able to buy their own home, or might even decide to rent their whole life for good reasons (it sometimes makes sense in an economical way; other people might not be able to stay at ...
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Sustainable vs Living off the Grid vs Green

These three terms are often considered interchangeable. IMHO, they're distinct. For example, you can live Green and not Living off the Grid (solar power to charge batteries to stream NetFlix). You ...
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How much moisture is left on the walls and floors of a shower after use? Is it significant?

Our shower has 2 plastic walls and 3 (smaller) glass walls, and a plastic floor. My family prefers to squeegee it to remove at least the water from the glass so that minerals from the water don't ...
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Does it make any difference to charge my electronic devices using an USB port?

I work with a computer and I was wondering if using its USB ports to charge the devices that I use the most (mostly my phone and my e-reader) while working as opposed to charging them using a normal ...
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Can we compare superadobe earthbags to concrete construction?

For simplicity, lets stick to a concrete block bunker with a tin roof, as these are our direct competitors here. I have seen a lot of comparisons about seismic activity, fire resistance, and cost, ...
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How can people afford to be self-sufficient and sustainable?

This is my first post so hello to everyone on here! One thing I constantly battle with is money and affording to be more self-sufficient. Don't get me wrong – I earn good money, I have managed ...